Mandala Madness – all video tutorials, colors list and yardage – It\’s all in a Nutshell

Mandala madness crochet along designed by Helen Shrimpton is completed. In a long journey over 18 weeks that took us through a few bumpy bits and sharp turns we all came out reasonably unscathed the other side. Time to show you my completed mandala.


Yarn & yarn packs

There are/were various yarn packs available for the crochet along.

These yarn packs are available from Wool Warehouse as well as selected Scheepjes Stockists.

I preferred not to use a kit, but to go my own way; like I always do actually. I used Scheepjes Sunkissed and Scheepjes Cotton 8 with a 3mm (D-3) hook to make my mandala. I had no preset plan for my list of colors or color distribution, I just took it week by week using leftovers from other projects and yarn from my stash. I ended up using 11 shades of Sunkissed and 8 shades of Cotton 8; that is a very bright total of 19 colors. No wonder my mandala is such a color explosion. I hadn’t realized that there were that many colors until I counted them. You can find all the details of which colors I used for each round in my color chart.

I have done some calculation on how much yarn you need of each color to make a mandala similar to mine. Please realize that this is an estimate based on my personal tension and style of crochet. If your tension is much different to mine you may need more or less yarn than I needed. Both Sunkissed and Cotton 8 come in 50g balls and have a running length of 170m per ball. I have calculated the yarn amount I used per color and rounded it up to get the number of balls. Inevitably there will be some left-overs from certain colors. It turns out that there is a whopping 4km of yarn in my mandala. WOW!!!

Yarn & number  Color name  Yarn amount  Number of balls
Sunkissed – 04 poolside 240m 2
Sunkissed – 05 seaside 340m 2
Sunkissed – 10 lavender ice 290m 2
Sunkissed – 12 beach hut orange 170m 1
Sunkissed – 13 cherry ice 460m 3
Sunkissed – 14 spearmint green 235m 2
Sunkissed – 15 noonday sun 360m 3
Sunkissed – 17 summer rain 205m 2
Sunkissed – 19 candy floss 150m 1
Sunkissed – 20 beach hut pink 190m 2
Sunkissed – 21 ultra violet 170m 1
Cotton 8 – 508 soft yellow 105m 1
Cotton 8 – 652 grey-blue 365m 3
Cotton 8 – 661 purple 25m 1
Cotton 8 – 669 olive 210m 2
Cotton 8 – 716 orange 30m 1
Cotton 8 – 717 bordeaux 230m 2
Cotton 8 – 720 fuchsia 100m 1
Cotton 8 – 721 heath 135m 1

If you prefer, you can also use one of the yarn packs that are available for this CAL in Scheepjes Color CrafterScheepjes Stone Washed XL and Scheepjes Merino Soft, available from Deramores and Wool Warehouse.

Video tutorials

Each week I had a video tutorial for you to show you how to work the stitches. In the beginning I was miles ahead of you, but as time went by and our mandala grew in size my time seemed to shrink and at the end I even fell a little bit behind. The series of all video tutorials is now completed. You can find all the videos for Mandala Madness on my YouTube channel and on my blog grouped on this dedicated video page.

A few numbers

Just for fun I have tried to capture my mandala in a series of numbers, I am an engineer after all.

  • diameter: 150cm
  • weight: 1200g
  • yarn used: 4km
  • colors used: 19
  • size of crochet hook: 3mm
  • video playtime: 16 hours
  • recording & editing: 140 hours
  • days working on project: 180 days

Looking back

If you would like to look back at the road traveled with my mandala you can read all the bus stops along the way from the to part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4; part 5; part 6; part 7; part 8; part 9; part 10; part 11; part 12; part 13; part 14; part 15; part 16 and last weeks part 17.

It has been a pleasant journey but all things come to an end. I hope to travel with you again on my next project.

With love,


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