3 Relaxing Gifts Inspired by Modern Crochet Mandalas

The holidays are notorious for being both wonderful and hectic. Gift-giving is a delicate affair that often inspires stress. But never fear, the editors at Interweave have brought us Modern Crochet Mandalas, a book of over fifty motifs that make beautiful gifts. Sandra Eng writes in the foreword that there’s “[a] meditative quality to the process of counting stitches and introducing new colors, round by round.”

That meditative aspect is exactly what we need when giving gifts in a busy holiday season!

What makes these mandalas such great projects is that they can be transformed into so many useful and stylish gifts. Instead of using yarn, crochet with thread to shrink mandalas;  try the cost-efficient Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet size 3 for coasters or Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet size 10 for jewelry. Mandalas can also be starched to keep their shape. Best of all, these mandalas are relaxing to make and rely on upon a basic crochet stitch vocabulary.

1.   Garlands

Drape garlands of mandalas across windows, fireplaces, and entryways. Kerry Bogert’s Mint Chips pattern would make a beautiful string of mandalas to hang across a kitchen window as a valance. It’s worked with simple single crochet and double crochet. Choose yarn colors to accompany the cookies baking in your oven: mint chip, snickerdoodle, even peanut butter.

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2.   Dangling Decor

Many of the motifs in Modern Crochet Mandalas are vintage Workbasket doily designs updated with fresh, brilliant colors and heavier yarns. But you can also size these patterns down, keeping the sassy colors for delightful holiday jewelry. Make a string of Snow on Easter mandalas by Stephanie White in light yarn or thread, then starch it to wear as a bracelet or necklace. Or try Sandra Eng’s snowflake-like Puffs and Picots to create versatile ornaments. Replace the yarn color with an ice blue or light blue-purple to bring the beauty of winter into your cozy home.

3.  Table Toppers

Time with family and friends means shared meals, warm dishes, and tasty drinks. The There’s a Starman pattern by Melinda Miller can serve as a table topper or hot pad when made at full size, or you can size it down in thread for matching coasters. The pattern uses four colors that can be tailored to the personality of your gift recipient.

From Interweave to you: have a wonderful, relaxing holiday season. Happy crocheting!

—Lisa

crocheted mandalas