Saturday, March 11, 2017

Eye of the Emerald Mandala

  This mandala would look great in lots of color combinations, but I wanted to celebrate my Irish roots by creating something for upcoming St.Patty's Day. A skein of "Paddy Green" found in the stash seemed to be the perfect tribute. The emerald tone of the green inspired lace like the facets of a gemstone, and the picot edging is a little nod towards Irish lace... But much easier to work than most Irish lace!

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  The picot stitches of round 20 stick up and make some neat texture around the edges of the mandala. However, if you would like them to sit flat to avoid an accidental drink spill when a cup gets placed on the bumpy round (because we know that would never happen, right?), just push them down between chain spaces when blocking. You could also work a chain-2 picot for a less pointy version.

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Check out the pattern for the matching mini mandala! They make a great compliment to the large mandala whether you're using it as an art piece or a table set.


Finished size: 24" (61 cm) in diameter


Skill level:
Easy


Materials:
Worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn
I'm using Red Heart Super Saver in Paddy Green (color A) and White (color B)*
Crochet hook size J/10 - 6.00 MM
Yarn needle
Stitch marker (to mark beginning if needed)

*The entire pattern used 2oz (28 g) of color A and 3oz (85 g) of color B... Since I had no label attached to the scrap skein of White I used, there is a chance that it is actually Caron One Pound, which is a little heavier than Red Heart SS (but they both work up in the same gauge). If you happen to make this pattern using all Red Heart SS yarn (for sure) and you can weigh your finished project, I'd love if you could let me know so I can label my yarn. (Total weight is 5 oz, so if yours weighs in around 4.5 oz, then I'll know I was wrong.)


Gauge:
Not important.
First 2 rounds measure 3" (7.5 cm) across


Notes:
Chain stitches at beginning of rounds do not count as stitches.

Finished pattern will need a small amount of blocking. Some ruffling should be expected until working the final round.

Some rounds are joined with half-double or double crochet stitches to take the place of a chain space. When the next round instructs to work into the "half-double crochet joining space", you will be working over the post of the joining stitch.

New colors are joined with standing crochet stitches. If you are unfamiliar with this method, you can join with a slip stitch, chain 1, and make the beginning stitch.


Stitches:
(American terms)
Chain
Slip stitch
Single crochet
Half double crochet (only for joining rounds)
Double crochet
*Long double crochet - Yarn over and insert hook. Yarn over, pull up a long loop to stitch height. (Meaning: Pull it up high enough to be on top of the stitches you're working over.) (Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2x.
Just like a double crochet, but with a longer bottom loop. Easy, right?

*Picot (worked slightly different than usual) - Chain 3, insert hook in the front loop and bottom bar of last stitch (from left to right); slip stitch.

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Instructions:


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Round 1:
Color A
Begin with a magic circle. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch), single crochet in the ring.
(Chain 3, single crochet) 5x more.
Chain 1, make a half double crochet in the beginning single crochet to join.
(6 chain-3 spaces)

Round 2:
Color A
Chain 1, single crochet in the half-double crochet joining space.
[Chain 3. (Single crochet, chain 3, single crochet) in the next chain-3 space] 5x.
Single crochet in the beginning space. Chain 1, use a half double crochet to join.
(12 chain-3 spaces)

Round 3:
Color A
Chain 1, single crochet in the half-double crochet joining space.
(Chain 3, single crochet in the next space) 11x.
Chain 1, half-double crochet to join. Bind off to change colors.
(12 chain-3 spaces)

Round 4:
Color B
Begin with a standing single crochet in the half-double crochet joining space.
Make 5 single crochet in each of the following chain-3 spaces around (11x).
Work 4 single crochet in the joining space. Join with a slip stitch to beginning single crochet.
(12 "sets" of 5-single crochet)

Round 5:
Color B
Chain 1, single crochet in the space between single crochet sets. (You will work over this stitch in round 6 with the long double crochet.)
(Chain 5, single crochet in the next space between sets) 11x.
Chain 2, double crochet in the beginning single crochet to join. Bind off to change colors.
(12 chain-5 spaces)

Round 6:
Color A
Begin with a standing single crochet in the double crochet joining space. Chain 3.
(Make 3 long double crochet over the single crochet of the previous round. Chain 3, single crochet in the next chain-5 space. Chain 3) 11x.
Make 3 long double crochet over the last single crochet. Chain 1, half-double crochet in the beginning single crochet to join.
(24 chain-3 spaces)

Round 7:
Color A
Chain 1, single crochet in the joining space.
(Chain 3, single crochet in the next chain-3 space) 23x.
Chain 1, half double crochet to join.
(24 chain-3 spaces)

Round 8:
Color A
Repeat as for round 7.

Round 9:
Color A
Repeat as for round 7. Bind off to change colors.

Round 10:
Color B
Begin with a standing single crochet in the joining space.
Make 5 single crochet in each of the following chain-3 spaces around (23x).
Work 4 single crochet in the joining space. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning single crochet.
(24 "sets" of 5-single crochet)

Round 11:
Color B
Chain 1, single crochet in the space between single crochet sets. (You will work over this stitch in round 12 with the long double crochet.)
(Chain 5, single crochet in the next space between sets) 23x.
Chain 2, double crochet in the beginning single crochet to join. Bind off to change colors.
(24 chain-5 spaces)

Round 12:
Color A
Begin with a standing single crochet in the double crochet joining space. Chain 3.
(Make 3 long double crochet over the single crochet of the previous round. Chain 3, single crochet in the next chain-5 space. Chain 3) 23x.
Make 3 long double crochet over the last single crochet. Chain 1, half-double crochet in the beginning single crochet to join.
(48 chain-3 spaces)

Round 13:
Color A
Chain 1, single crochet in the double crochet joining space.
(Chain 3, single crochet in the next chain-3 space) 47x.
Chain 1, half-double crochet in the beginning single crochet.
(48 chain-3 spaces)

Round 14:
Color A
Repeat as for round 13.

Round 15:
Color A
Repeat as for round 13. Bind off to change colors.

Round 16:
Color B
Begin with a standing single crochet in the half-double crochet joining space.
Make 5 single crochet in each of the following chain-3 spaces around (47x).
Work 4 single crochet in the joining space. Join with a slip stitch to the beginning single crochet.
(48 "sets" of 5-single crochet)

Round 17:
Color B
Chain 1, single crochet in the space between single crochet sets.
(Chain 5, single crochet in the next space between sets) 47x.
Chain 2, double crochet in the beginning single crochet to join.
(48 chain-5 spaces)

Round 18:
Color B
Chain 1, single crochet in the double crochet joining space.
(Chain 4, single crochet in the next chain-5 space) 47x.
Chain 1, half-double crochet in the beginning single crochet.
(48 chain-4 spaces)

Round 19:
Color B
Chain 1, single crochet in the double crochet joining space.
(Chain 3, single crochet in the next chain-4 space) 47x.
Chain 1, half-double crochet in the beginning single crochet.
(48 chain-3 spaces)

Round 20:
Color B
Chain 1, single crochet in the half-double crochet joining space.
(2 single crochet, picot, 3 single crochet) in each chain-3 space around (47x).
(2 single crochet, picot, 2 single crochet) in the joining space.
(This still counts as 48 "sets" of 5 single crochet, disregarding the picot in the count.)

Bind off, insert hook in beginning single crochet. Yarn over with tail, pull through. Insert hook from the bottom up through the ending stitch, pull tail through.
(This can also be done with the tail on a yarn needle if you prefer.)

Round 21:
Color A
Begin with a standing double crochet in the space between sets of single crochet.
(Double crochet, chain 5, double crochet) in the space between each of the following sets (47x).
Double crochet in the beginning space, Chain 2, double crochet in the standing double crochet to join.
(48 chain-5 spaces)

Round 22:
Color A
Chain 1, single crochet in the double crochet joining space. Slip stitch in the same space.
(Slip stitch, chain 1, 2 single crochet, picot, 3 single crochet, slip stitch) in each of the following chain-5 spaces (47x).
(Slip stitch, chain 1, 2 single crochet, picot, 2 single crochet) in the joining space.

Bind off, insert hook in beginning single crochet. Yarn over with tail, pull through. Insert hook from the bottom up through the ending stitch, pull tail through.

Weave in ends; dampen slightly to block.


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  Now - If you know me, then you know I don't like making patterns that require heavy blocking. This one needs a little help, but it doesn't have to be pinned out. Just shape the dampened project on a towel and keep flat until dry. No extra work!

  If you would like to pin it out anyway, you can make it a little bigger. The lace has enough stretch to increase to 25" (63.5 cm) in diameter. Also for more work: I suppose you could also starch it if you want, but there's no need unless you're making it into a wall hanging.


  And again, if you know me, then you know I always see more than just crochet in designs. There's always some color, a feature, or texture that inspires more than meets the eye to most. My favorite part of this pattern isn't the lace or the picots (well, kinda), and it's certainly not the color. My favorite part is when the sun is shining through the window, starting in the early afternoon. The texture of the picot edge makes the coolest shadows to one side of the mandala, and they move around it like a sundial as the day progresses into the evening. So it's not the picots themselves, but the shadows around them that I like:

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  What's your favorite part of this pattern? And what colors would you make it in? Do you like the first round of picots sticking up for texture, or would you flatten them out? I know that's a lot of questions, but I'm curious to know! And one more thing... Would you be willing to wait a day or two for a smaller matching pattern to become available? (It's available here now!)

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Hmm... What will it be? No sneak peeks this time! But I bet you can guess what it is...


Happy Crocheting!

6 comments:

  1. ABSOLUTELY LOVELY!!! Great job you didn't listen to Rip and frogged the granny stitches! This mandala is sooo lovely. The green reminds me of malachite.
    No Irish roots here, but French, German, even English (my mum is into genealogy and traced out family tree back till 1340 or something like that - I'm not really up-to-date). Therefore I'd have to make the mandala pretty colourful...
    Have a great weekend,
    Marjan
    P.S.: Thank you for the pattern!

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    1. Thank you, Marjan! Malachite does fit it perfectly. Maybe I'll make Rip a granny stitch mandala in orange and black to fit in with his beloved motorcycle collection that takes up a wall of my living room (hence the black curtains, plus it's the horrid reason I always use a sheet as a backdrop). He likes the stitch, but it didn't belong here.
      It's great that you can trace your roots back that far! I'm Irish, Native American, and I think Dutch or Swedish (possibly both) and a bunch of other things... But the info doesn't go far, and much is hard to find. I'm a lost mutt, so maybe I should make a colorful version, too. :)
      Ooo, I just got a great idea for a project that would take a lot of research and time - A "heritage" afghan!
      Hope you have a wonderful weekend, too.

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    2. A heritage afgan sounds great - I could start with the shades of the numerous arms and crests we come across along the family tree... Urgh: That would take years and years to make - Guess I'll just stick to my regular crochet, that suffices me completely.

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    3. I agree; it's a great idea but too much work in research.

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  2. Didn't know you have Irish roots! Love the name you came up with by the way.
    And I'm certainly going to save this pattern, inspires me a lot!
    Have a nice day, Sigrid

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    1. I'm glad to have inspired you, Sigrid! I know you will use it well. :)

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