Mandala

MANDALA

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I was in Kerala undergoing Ayurvedic treatment( the Indian science of medicine) when I saw this post by my Bubbly and chirpy young friend, Mousumi Rao on a Mandala CAL. I couldn’t take part in it then and so I had a Mandala CAL for my group of crocheters…but my health, which is quirky to say the least..decided not to be amenable and I couldn’t take part that time too…then the sun came up, the birds went chippy, chirp and that rainbow rose and bowed right over me…..everything came together and my fingers went hook,  hook, hook…..and Lo Behold! I did it ……….A Mandala!

You must be thinking why is this so important to me…well……….. it’s culture, heritage, history and it’s also the love for all things Indian, I grow more and more home bound as the years pass along. Mandala is an Indian concept…..tied in very deeply to the Hindu religion.

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a centre point. The first mention of the Mandala is seen in the Rig Veda. It represents,  balance and  harmony between the material and the non material things and aspects of the Universe.

It was later on adopted by  Buddhism, and  now  you see a wide acceptance of this concept by Westerners  as well.

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Abbreviations

ch – chain

ss – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

Materials Used:

Cotton Yarn – 4 ply ; Hook 3 mm

As I used a little of many colours and types of yarn…I would say I used around 200 gms of yarn approx.

I have used Soft Feather’s Nature, Bali Cotton , Laura Knitting Cotton

Method:

Pls Note that the written pattern hasn’t yet been tested.

Make a Magic Ring.

Round 1:

Make 3 ch up; Crochet 23 dcs into the Magic Ring. ss into the 3rd chain of the 3 ch in the beginning.

Round 2:

Crochet 4 ch up;* 1dc in dc ;1ch*; ** until end; ss.

Round 3:

ss in dc;  3 ch up in  the  1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc 2ch 2dc in the same loop; *2dc, 2ch, 2dc in the next 2 ch loop* Repeat ** until you get a  total 12  such stitches then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  4:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch;

*2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch* – Repeat ** until you get a total of 12 such stitches. then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  5:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in three ch loop, 3ch;  2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch  loop; 3ch sc in three ch loop; 3ch *. Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  6:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in sc of previous row ; 2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop; 3ch sc in sc of previous row; 3ch in 3ch loop*. Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals

Round  7:

ch up; sc in the same stitch; sc in each dc and 3chs and 2dc; sc in sc; *8 sc in each stitch in the petal and one sc in sc.*….Total 8 sc per petal…and as you have seen there are 12 petals.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the first chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  8:

ss in next  2 sc; *sc in next sc, hdc in the next sc, dc in each of the next 3 dcs, treble in next stitch, dc in each of the next 3 dcs, hdc in the next sc*,sc in next sc;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  9:

3 ch up; 2 dc in the next 2 dcs; 2dc in each of the next 3 dcs; one dc in each of the next 3 dcs; skip sc; *3 dc in the next 2 dcs; 2dc in each of the next 3 dcs; one dc in each of the next 3 dcs; skip sc;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  10:

3 ch, one ch , sk dc, *one dc in dc; one ch , sk dc, one dc in dc;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  11:

3 ch up , *3ch skip dc , 5 dc in each of the next 5 stitches*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  12:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 3 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3 ch; *2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop;  3ch* .

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  13:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in three ch loop, 3ch; 2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop; 3ch sc in three ch loop; 3ch *.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  14, 15 & 16:

Repeat row 13.

Round  17:

ch up; sc in next 9 stitches; skip ch, *sc, ch; sc in each of the next 9 stitches*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the first chain in the beginning.

Round  18:

3 ch up, dc in next 3 scs; sk sc; *dc in next 4 scs; sk 1 sc; dc in next 4scs*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  19:

scs all around.

Round  20:

3 ch up, dc in same stitch as the 3 ch: dc in each of the next 6 stitches; 2 dc in next stitch;

2dc each in next 2 stitches,dc in each of the next 6 stitches; 2 dc in next stitch;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  21:

4 ch up, sk one dc, dc in dc, ch; dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, 2 ch, sk dc, ;

dc in dc, ch;  sk dc, dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, 2 ch, sk dc, dc in dc;

ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  22:

3 ch up; dc in every stitch all around.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  23:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first chain in the beginning.

Round 24:

3 ch up; 3 dc in next 3 scs; *3 ch 4 dc in next 4 scs*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 25:

ss in next 3 dcs; 3 ch up in the 3 ch loop, 3 dc in the same loop, *3 ch , 4 dc in  3 ch loop;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 26:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch  in the beginning.

Round 27:

5 ch up, sk 2 ch, 5 dc  in the next 5 stitches; * 2 ch, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in the next 5 stitches*;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 28:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch in the beginning.

Round 29: 

one chain up; *sc in the next 12 stitches; 2 sc in the next sc *; Repeat ** until the end of the round.

Round 30:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch in the beginning.

Round 31:

one chain up; *sc in the next 16 stitches; 2 sc in the next sc *; Repeat ** until the end of the round.

Round 32:

3 chain up; dc in each sc all around.

FINITO

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As you can see the chart finishes at round 28….I have extended to round 32 cos I have a secret agenda…. follow this blog  to see what happens next….:-)

Here is the chart from which I did this Mandala. But I have tweaked this pattern in many places.

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Enjoy doing the piece of sunshine…and as I said…I have plans for this Mandala…………WATCH OUT…..:-)

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