Stars and Stripes Sparkle Mandala

Patriotic Crochet Mandala made in red, white and blue yarn with a star in the center and several beads hanging down past the metal ring that supports the mandala - mandala is shown hanging from a tree branch in front of a river

Patriotic Crochet Mandala

This patriotic crochet mandala is easy to make and looks great hanging outdoors to celebrate any patriotic holiday! I love decorations, clothing and flowers in red, white and blue.  I love the combination of the bright colors in our American flag along with the stripes and stars.

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Stars and Stripes – a Reminder of our Precious Freedom

Seeing an American flag flying with its stars and stripes reminds me of our precious freedoms and how they began and remain at a great cost to many families.  Seeing a yard decorated with red, white and blue ribbons and buntings encourages my patriotism and pride in our country.  And hearing patriotic music uplifts my spirit and brings me joy. I wanted to create a unique patriotic decoration with a mandala design and many sparkling beads so the Stars & Stripes Sparkle Mandala was created!

Features of this Patriotic Crochet Mandala

You’ll see that this patriotic crochet mandala uses several of the same stitches (clusters and PUFF stitches) that are in the Crystal Crochet Mandala and the same yarn – Sinfonia by Omega.  I really love the texture in puff stitches and how they look great in mandala projects. I found some wonderful red and blue beads at Hobby Lobby to add around the star center and cascading down from the lower edge.

Close up of the bead elements used for the patriotic crochet mandala

Out of all of the red, white and blue decorations I have seen around, I have not seen one like this!

So, let’s begin to make this one-of-a-kind patriotic tribute – the Stars and Stripes Sparkle Mandala.

Skill Level: Easy

Measurements: 10″ diameter

Crochet mandala in red, white and blue yarn on a metal ring hanging from a tree branch with a river behind it

Supplies for the Patriotic Crochet Mandala:

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Sinfonia by Omega in colors: Blue (833), Red (823) and White (801) – 1 skein of each color

F/3.75mm crochet hook

8″ metal ring

50 eye pins (2″ long)

Approximately 110 clear plastic faceted beads in a variety of sizes (5 being larger teardrop shapes)

A variety of red and blue beads (In photos shown: 6 large hearts, 10 blue stars, 11 round red faceted, 8 red bicone, 14 1/2″ thin tubes (bugle))

Jewelry Pliers

Special Stitches and Abbreviations:

2 Double Crochet Cluster (2 dc CL) =(YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2 times; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook

3 Double Crochet Cluster (3 dc CL) = (YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times; YO, pull through all 4 loops on hook

Sl st (slip stitch) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook

Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice

Back Loop Only = Insert hk only into the back lp at the top of the stitch

Click here to watch a short video tutorial of this technique

PUFF st (Puff stitch) = (YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop ½” long) 5 times; YO, pull through all 11 loops on hook; ch 1

Hdc (half double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch; YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through all 3 loops on hook

Treble Crochet (tr) = YO twice, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) 3 times

Sc around ring (while working into existing crochet sts) =Holding yarn behind ring and mandala in front of ring, insert hook into center of ring and next stitch on mandala so that hook protrudes beyond ring; YO, draw up a loop through stitch and to front of ring; YO over top of ring edge, pull through 2 loops on hook

YO (yarn over)

Hk (hook)

Lp (loop)

Ch (chain)

St (stitch)

Sp (space)

Patriotic crochet mandala laying on a white background showing a close up of the stitches and some beads

Instructions for the Patriotic Crochet Mandala:

Special stitches are written in bold and italicized text and defined above

Round 1: 

With Blue (833) ch 3, 2 dc CL in 3rd ch from hook; (ch 3, 3 dc CL in same ch) four times ending with ch 3, sl st in top of 1st cluster.

Round 2: 

[(3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp; sl st in top of next cluster] around ending with sl st in sl st that ended Round 1.

Round 3: 

Sl st in back loop only of 1st dc and next dc; ch 2, PUFF st in same st; [ch 1, (PUFF st, ch 3, PUFF st) in next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sk next dc, PUFF st in next dc, sk next dc and next sl st, sk next dc, PUFF st in next st] around ending with sl st in top of 1st cluster.

Round 4: 

Sl st into next st, ch 2, hdc in next ch-2 sp, [hdc in next PUFF st; (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) in next ch-3 sp; hdc in next PUFF st, 2 hdc in next ch-2 sp; sk next PUFF st; ch 1, sl st in next sp between PUFF sts, ch 1, sk next PUFF st, 2 hdc in next ch-1 sp] around ending with sl st in starting sl st. Fasten off.

Round 5: 

Join white (801 ) with a sc in any ch-3 sp; sc in same sp; (Working in the back loop only, sc in each of next 5 hdcs, ch 1, sl st in next sl st, ch 1, sc in each of next 5 hdcs, 3 sc in next ch-3 sp) around ending with sc in last ch-3 sp (where already 2 scs).

Round 6: 

Ch 1, sc in next sc; (ch 15, sc in center sc that was worked in next ch-3 sp) around ending with sl st in 1st sc.

Round 7: 

Sl st into next ch-15 sp; ch 2, 17 hdcs in ch-15 sp; (18 hdcs in each ch-15 sp around; join with sl st to top of starting ch-2. Fasten off.

Round 8:

Join Red (823) with sl st in space between sets of 18 hdcs, ch 5, (sk next 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 2) around ending with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch-3.

Round 9: 

Sl st into next ch-2 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp; 3 dc in each ch-2 sp around.

Round 10:

Ch 1, sc in each dc and ch-1 sp around while also sc around metal ring ending with sl st in 1st sc.

Round 11: 

Ch 3, dc in each of next 2 sts, (ch 1, sk next st, dc in each of next 3 sts) around ending with ch 1, sl st in top of starting ch-3.

Round 12: 

Ch 1, sc in ch-1 sp just made (so working to the right slightly); ch 1, 7 tr in next ch-1 sp, ch1; [sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 7 tr in next ch-1 sp, ch 1] around ending with sl st in 1st sc. Fasten off.

Round 13: 

With Blue join with sl st in any sc; [sc in next ch-1 sp, sc in each of next 3 trs, 2 sc in next tr, sc in each of next 3 trs, sc in next ch-1 sp, sl st in next sc] around ending with sl st in 1st sl st of round. Fasten off.

The Stars and Stripes Sparkle Mandala with the sun shining through the back side highlighting the red, white and blue colors

Finishing & Assembly:

Using photo as a guide, thread beads onto eye pins and create another loop for each (while trimming off excess wire) – Project shown has 45 bead elements that hang below the mandala: 9 bead elements in each length; 5 lengths total each with a larger teardrop-shaped bead at end

**Watch this video tutorial here to learn how to make each bead element as done for the Crystal Crochet Mandala**

Attach eye pins to stitches around star in center, in scs along metal ring (at bottom edge) and to each other to create design as shown in photos

Attach wire or yarn loop at top and hang in a sunny window to watch it sparkle and shine!

Your Patriotic Crochet Mandala is complete!

Your Patriotic Crochet Mandala is complete! I hope you enjoyed making this project and are enjoying it as a decoration in your home. 🙂 I love how the beads sparkle in the sunlight and how the cotton yarn does a good job of highlighting the pretty stitches and star shape.

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Thank you for stopping by! Happy crocheting!

Jennifer

Long image for pinterest of the patriotic crochet mandala project hanging on a tree and laying on a white background in red, white and blue

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