How to Use Crochet Kaleidoscope to Make Crochet Mandalas
If you haven’t heard, crochet mandalas are kind of a big deal. Despite surfacing over a year ago, this trend is still going strong, and for good reason! Mandalas are fun, portable, and great stash busters. I’m totally hooked on mandala making. I’ve managed to completely dog-ear my year-old copy of Modern Crochet Mandalas, yet I’ve recently been itching for more mandala making inspiration. Lucky for me Sandra Eng’s new book, Crochet Kaleidoscope, features 100 colorful motifs and helpful color-selecting tips. This book is an invaluable resource for a mandala-obsessed crocheter such as myself! If you’re also looking for more mandala inspiration, here are some tips I learned from Crochet Kaleidoscope.
Practice really does make perfect
Designing your own mandalas doesn’t happen overnight: it takes a lot of trial and error. Get the hang of things first by crocheting some of Sandra’s motifs from Crochet Kaleidoscope, then start to play! Switch to a larger hook size and/or a bulkier yarn weight to enlarge the motifs into mandalas, experiment with different types of yarn to add texture to your stitches, or even duplicate rows to expand the pattern.
Get creative with color
Crochet Kaleidoscope is overflowing with seemingly endless color palette inspiration. The first chapter of the book is a go-to guide for choosing colors, and most of the motifs are shown in multiple color palettes. Try out some of Sandra’s color choices first, then use her color-selection tips to create a palette for your mandalas that reflects your personal style!
Don’t fear the frog
Making mandalas is more about the journey than the finished object, so don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself when it comes to mistakes. As I said before, crochet mandala designing takes practice, and there are bound to be whoopsies along the way. When in doubt, frog it out, take a deep breath, and try again.
Block, block, block!
I know you are probably sick of hearing us all harp on the importance of blocking your crocheting, but it is especially important with working with crochet mandalas. To see blocking magic in action, take a look at the star mandala I made using motif #98 from Crochet Kaleidoscope. On the top right below, you’ll see a crumpled-up mess of yarn; on the bottom left, a blocked mandala ready for my wall. I prefer to spray block my mandalas which is illustrated in the post How to Block: Instructions for Spray Blocking Crochet Squares.
With Sandra’s guidance from Crochet Kaleidoscope, you’ll be well on your way to making your own crochet mandalas!
Happy mandala making!