Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Crochet along .... Mandala (11)

Welcome back, it was a quick break this time as we have very little to go and I thought we should plough on with it  :)

If you are wondering what all this is about, then click HERE to find out - we are crocheting a Mandala.

This is the stage you should be at right now.

Let's make a start on the final few rows then.
Attach a new colour and CH 7 (counts as 1 x DC and 5 CH)

DC into the space between clusters from the row below, then CH 5.

Repeat this last row all the way around, then SS to join, do not cut yarn.

Work 4 x DC's into the chain spaces all the way around.

Join a new colour into the stop of any of the DC's and CH 4 (counts as 1 x TR and 1 CH.

The next stitch will be a TREBLE TREBLE - you wrap your yarn round the hook THREE times before going through your work and bringing your yarn back through (5 loops on hook), ** wrap yarn around and take two off (4 loops)  Repeat from ** until you only have 1 loop left.

*** So, make that TR-TR inbetween the clusters of 2 DC's from the top of the 4 rows of colour BEHIND the last row.

CH 1 and work a TR into the top of the DC from the previous round.

Repeat from *** all the way round and SS to join.

Add a new colour into the BACK LOOPS only and DC all the way around, SS to join.

Add a new colour into the BACK LOOPS only and HTR all the way around, SS to join.

Whoooosh!!  I do believe that is both Mandalas very nearly finished.  Well done you!!  

Right, you might want to finish them off with an edging, or you might want to put them together to make a cushion cover - it should fit an 18" round Cushion pad - you can find them at Dunelm.

The next stitch I am going to show you is Crab Stitch - it is a Double Crochet, but worked in the opposite direction to what you would usually work, giving a nice twisted rope effect.  If you want to leave your Mandalas as single pieces, work each one with the Crab stitch separately, if you wish to make a cushion cover we are going to join them together by using Crab Stitch.

FOR THE CUSHION COVER: Place your Mandalas nice side outwards (for both).

I then put a marker stitch at 4 places so it would hold it all in place and I could use it as a guide that it was joining nicely.

Join a new yarn into a stitch from each of the Mandalas (or a single one if you are doing flat pieces) and CH 2.

Now, insert your hook into the stitch BEFORE, like this...  and make a DC as you normally would, the yarn passes over the previous stitch creating a rope like effect.

Ohhh, sorry, blurry photo.

Work around 3/4 of the cover before inserting the cushion, then work the rest with the cushion in place.

And there you go, a beautiful, reversible cushion, for you to show off your crochet skills.

Right then, if you have joined in with this crochet along - whether you have done the two single pieces or the cushion cover, send me a photograph - either to my email, soozintheshed@gmail.com, or by adding a message to my Facebook page Sooz In The Shed.

You have until the end of August 2014 to complete the project and all photos that are sent in will be entered into a random name generator and a single winner picked.  They will win the set of crochet hooks as detailed below.

It's not too late to join in  :)

The links below are all the instalments for both Mandalas, feel free to work through them at your own pace and I would love to see any finished pieces  :)

Side A.

Side B
Crochet along .... Mandala (10)

And remember, anyone who joins in with this crochet along and provides a photo at the end will be entered into a draw to win a lovely prize of a full set of coloured crochet hooks in a nice purple case just like this one...


I would love to hear from you, questions, comments and salutations all welcome.