Meditations on the Mandala Love of Crochet Spring 2017


Daisy Chain Mandala by Deborah Bagley

Crochet a Daisy Chain Mandala from the center out—its layers and colors draw the eye to the lovely flower in the center, making a beautiful centerpiece or wall hanging.

Difficulty Beginner

Finished Size 8″ in diameter.

Yarn Lion Brand Yarns Vanna’s Choice (100% acrylic; 170 yd [156 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): #301 rose mist (A), #173 dusty green (B), #146 dusty purple (C), #305 pearl mist (D), #108 dusty blue (E), 1 skein each.

Hook Size G/6 (4 mm).

Notions Yarn needle; 10″ embroidery ring (optional).

Gauge Not important for this project.

Desert Rose Mandala by Deborah Bagley

Work the dimensional Desert Rose Mandala, where flower and berry stitch rounds are added after you complete the center-out mandala.

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 9.5″ in diameter.

Yarn Red Heart Soft (100% acrylic; 256 yd [234 m]/5 oz [141 g]): #9114 honey (A), #1882 toast (B), #9522 leaf (C), #9770 rose blush (D), #9520 seafoam (E), 1 skein each.

Hook Size G/6 (4 mm).

Notions Yarn needle; 12″ embroidery hoop (optional).

Gauge Not important for this project


Labyrinths Cardigan by Robyn Chachula

If you’ve ever wanted to snuggle under an afghan and wear it as a sweater, this project has you covered. Play with color and make this entire project from scraps: as long as color A is consistent throughout, you’ll have a uniform look to your labyrinth motifs.

Difficulty Experienced

Finished Size 31.5 (35, 38.5, 42)” bust circumference, without 1.5″ front bands. Sample shown measures 35″, modeled with 3.5″ ease.

Yarn Cascade Yarns Longwood Sport (100% superwash extrafine merino wool; 273 yd [250 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): #37 oatmeal (A), 3 (3, 4, 4) skeins; #19 deep ocean (B), #41 sky heather (C), #46 cream (D), #05 peach (E), 1 skein each.

Hook Size G/6 (4 mm) (7 [4.5 mm], H/8 [5 mm], I/9 [5.5 mm]). Adjust Hook size if necessary to obtain correct


Notions Yarn needle; st markers.

Gauge Motif = 4.5 (5, 5.5, 6)” diameter using Hook for your size.
Note Use smallest Hook for size 31.5″, next Hook size for size 35″, the following Hook size for size 38.5″, and the largest Hook size for size 42″.


Mehndi Coaster by Lori M. Carlson

Henna tattoos traditionally decorate brides in India, and now they can beautify your home. Cluster stitches create large picots that resemble jewels within gilded lacework.

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 4″ in diameter, blocked.

Yarn Lizbeth Size 20 Thread (distributed by Handy Hands) (100% Egyptian cotton; 210 yd [192 m]/.75 oz [25 g]): #611 gold (A), #670 Victorian red (B), #647 purple iris dk (C), #661 country turquoise med (D), 1 ball each.

Hook Size 8/1.25 mm. Adjust Hook size if necessary to obtain correct Gauge.

Notions Tapestry needle.

Gauge Rnds 1–4 = 7⁄8″.


Carry Your Rainbow Bag by Christine Pfortmiller

Embolden your wanderlust with this color-infused bag. It crochets up quickly and will carry all your necessary supplies with ease. Front post stitches and a whimsical leaf drawstring add just the right amount of spunk.

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 11″ wide and 13.5″ tall, measured flat.

Yarn Red Heart With Love (100% acrylic; 315 yd [288 m]/6 oz [170 g]): #1207 cornsilk (A), #1252 mango (B), #1907 boysenberry (C), #1538 lilac (D), #1805 bluebell (E), #1601 lettuce (F), 1 skein each.

Hook Size H/8 (5 mm). Adjust Hook size if necessary to obtain Gauge.

Notions Yarn needle.

Gauge 11 sts and 8 rnds = 4″.

Chakra Shawl by Christine Pfortmiller

Relax in the springtime sunshine with this four-piece shawl. From its center, the sunburst radiates outward in a riotous variety of stitches and fresh hues. Lacy V-stitch triangles are joined to the mandala as you go.

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size About 64″ wide and 32″ long at center back.

Yarn Cascade Yarns Sunseeker Shade (50% cotton, 50% acrylic; 246 yd [225 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]; ): #02 lavendula (MC), 2 hanks; #21 sunlight yellow (A), #04 ibis rose (B), #11 fusion coral (C), #01 grape compote (D), #15 bluebird (E), #14 aqua (F), 1 hank each.

Hook Size E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust Hook size if necessary to obtain Gauge.

Notions Tapestry needle; stitch markers.

Gauge 6 V-sts and 8 rows = 4″; Rnds 1–7 = 7.5″ in mandala patt.