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Pretty Polly Mandala

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Hi everyone,

I hope you all have had a great start to 2016 and wish it turns out to be a great year for everyone.

This is one my first 4am designs! I have been having a few Sleepless in Seattle Melbourne nights and when counting the yarn sheep doesn’t work, then I figured a hook and yarn might.

And it sure did. Well, not in making me fall back to sleep but coming up with this quick mandala pattern.

Pretty Polly Mandalas

Pretty Polly Mandalas

Materials

Any yarn and a one hook size bigger than the recommended size. (I have used an Aran weight (10ply) cotton yarn with a 6mm hook for the tutorial below.)

A darning Needle

A pair of scissors

Material for Pretty Polly Mandala

Materials

US Abbreviations                                                 

st – stitch

sl st – slip stitch

ch- chain

ch-sp – chain space

dc – double crochet

sc – single crochet

hdc – half double crochet

Pattern & Tutorial

Round 1

Make a slip knot. Ch 4 and sl st in the last chain from the hook to form a circle. Ch 2 (does not count as a st) and then make 16dcs in the circle. Join with a sl st to the top of the first dc.  (Total – 16dcs)

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 1

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 1

Round 2

Ch 4. Sk 1 dc, sc in the next dc. (ch3, sk 1 dc, sc in the next dc) 6 times. ch3 and sl st in the first ch of the first ch4. (8 ch3 sp, 8 sc)

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 2

Round 3

Ch1 (does not count as a st). (5 sc in next  ch3 sp) 8 times. Join with a sl st to the top of the first sc.  (40 sc made)

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 3

Round 4

Make 1 hdc in each of the 40 scs from the previous round. Join with a sl st to the top of the first hdc. (40 hdcs)

(The pic below shows how I made my first hdc in this round but feel free to make whichever way you are comfortable with. After closing the last round, I made an sc in the same st as the sl st. ch1 on top of that sc. This constitutes the first hdc. And then the rest 39 are made the normal way. To close this round, sl st in the ch1 made for first hdc. I have shown this in the 2nd pic below with the darning needle inserted in the ch1)

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 4

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 4

Round 5

Make a standing dc (here is a good tutorial for it) in any of the hdc from the previous round. (Ch 3, sk 1 hdc, make 1 dc in the next hdc) 19 times. Ch3, join with a sl st to the top of the first dc made.(20 dc, 20 ch3 sp)

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 5

Round 6

Ch1 (does not count as a st). (4 sc in the next ch3 sp) 20 times. Join with a sl st to the top of the first sc. (80 sc)

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 6

Round 7

(Ch 4, sk 3 sc, sl st in the next sc) 19 times. Ch 4, join with a sl st under the first sl st made. (20 ch4 sp)

Pretty Polly Mandala

Round 7

Round 8

(1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc) in each ch4 sp. Join with a sl st to the top of the first sc. Cut yarn and weave in the ends. (20 petals)

And we are done!

Pretty Polly Mandala

Pretty Polly Mandala

Its fast and simple and looks good both in a single colour or multiple colours.

Pretty Polly Mandala

Pretty Polly Mandala

Pretty Polly Mandala

Pretty Polly Mandala

I hope you give this a go. The possibilities are endless and I would LOVE to see the different colour recipes you cook up. If you share your makes on Instagram, then please do tag them using the #prettypollymandala.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Love,

Aki.

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