Yarn Leftovers: Mandala Wall Hanging
I always find myself struggling to use up the tiny bits of yarn that are left over after a project. I tried using them as decoration, but nothing quite satisfied my need to use every last little bit of yarn. Sometimes it’s just hard to have fantastic yarn not pass over your crochet hook.
If you feel the same way, I have the perfect project for you to use up your yarn leftovers: the DIY Crochet Mandala Wall Hanging Kit.
The fantastic thing about making mandalas is that often you make only a round or two in one color before you switch to a new color. In all likelihood, if you have enough yarn to make a small ball, you have enough to use in a mandala. This varies depending on your choice of mandala, as the outer rounds of a very large mandala will of course use more yarn.
If, like me, you have boxes of leftover yarn that you just can’t part with, you’ll want to get this kit. It features so many crochet mandala patterns, you’ll find ways to use up that leftover yarn in no time!
If you have a ton of yarn that all looks good together, you could even make a series of mandalas and string them all together to make a wall hanging!
What You Will Need
-Small balls of leftover yarn in the same weight and in colors that look good together
-A crochet hook appropriate for your yarn weight
-Some great mandala patterns (I recommend these crochet mandalas)
-An embroidery hoop (optional)
1. Pick a mandala pattern that works well with the yarn you have available. Take number of colors, weight of yarn, and amount of yarn into account. For example, if you only have 2 colors of yarn to use up but you pick a mandala with 6 colors, your finished mandala might look funny. If you choose a really large mandala, you’ll want to make sure you have enough yarn leftovers to complete it.
2. Work the mandala according to the pattern.
3. Weave in loose ends and block your mandala. I prefer wet-blocking, but use the method appropriate to the fiber you have chosen.
4. Optional: You could attach your mandala to an embroidery hoop. For a full tutorial on how to do that, check out this post.
To create the beautiful mandalas pictured in this blog, I used Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky. Paintbox is a great resource if you would like to buy some yarn for your mandala projects—it has an incredible color selection! You can find Paintbox yarns at LoveCrochet.com. I used these incredible colors to make the Mint Chips Mandala from Modern Crochet Mandalas.
Which mandala pattern will you try out first? Let me know in the comments!
Associate Editor, Interweave Crochet
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