Mandala Toddler Mat

This post contains affiliate links.

Over a year ago I saw the Bernat Blanket yarn for sale in Joann’s – I loved how the yarn was wound and packaged.   These 4 colors were combined into a “Stripes” yarn that had long color changes.  I thought these colors looked great together in this order and quickly got to creating this mandala project.  Later I found the same colors packaged separately (see below).  I love how it turned out.

Have you touched the Bernat Blanket yarn? It is super soft and chunky – perfect for blankets and mats (or rugs) like this one. By using a large hook and tall stitches, this mat works up in no time and adds a colorful and cheerful accessory to a toddler’s room.

This would also look cute in a college dorm room or on a back porch adding color and cheer to those spaces, too. Read on below to see how to make one of your own!

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Measurements: 36″ across

Supplies:

Bernat Blanket Brights

(Click on name of yarn or image to purchase)

1 skein of each of these colors:

  • School Bus Yellow
  • Busy Blue
  • Race Car Red
  • Carrot Orange

Crochet Hook, Size L/8.0mm by Clover

Large Eye Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

Ch – chain

Sl st – slip stitch

Sc – single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble crochet

Sp – space

Shell – several sts worked in same st

Lp – loop

Special Stitches:

Beg. 5 dc-CL = Ch 2, [YO, insert hook into next st, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hook] 4 times; YO, pull through all 5 lps on hook

5 dc-CL = [YO, insert hook into next st, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hook] 5 times; YO, pull through all 6 lps on hook

V-st-3 = (dc, ch 3, dc) all in st indicated

V-st-2 = (dc, ch 2, dc) all in st indicated

Beg. 4 tr-CL = Ch 3, [YO twice, insert hook into next st, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hook) twice] 3 times; YO, pull through all 4 lps on hook

4 tr-CL = [YO twice, insert hook into next st, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hook) twice] 4 times; YO, pull through all 5 lps on hook

Instructions:

(All stitches in bold red type can be found in above list with explanation of how to do each one)

With Yellow, ch 8 – join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1:  Ch 4, (dc, ch 1) 11 times in ring; join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch-4. (12 dc, 12 ch-1 sps)

Round 2:  Sl st into next ch-1 sp, (ch 5, sl st in next ch-1 sp) around ending with ch-2, dc in 1st sl st of round. (12 ch-5 sps)

Round 3:  Ch 3, 4 dc in same sp; (ch 3, sl st in next ch-5 sp, ch 3, 5 dc in next ch-5 sp) around ending with sl st to top of starting ch-3. (6 5-dc groups and 12 ch-3 sps)

Round 4:  Beg. 5-dc CL over next 4 sts, (ch 5, dc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, ch 5, 5dc-CL over next 5 dcs) around ending with ch5, dc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, ch 5, sl st in top of 1st cluster. Fasten off Yellow.

Round 5:  Join Blue with sl st in any ch-5 sp (immediately to left of a petal); ch 3, 5 dc in same sp, [dc in between next 2 dcs, (6 dc in next ch-5 sp) 2 times] around ending with 6 dcs in last ch-5 sp; join with sl st to top of starting ch-3. (12 6-dc groups)

Round 6:  Ch 1, sc in sp just to Right of sl st just made (between last dc and starting ch-3); [ch 2, V-st-3 in space between next 3rd and 4th dc, ch 2, sk next 3 dcs, sc in sp between next 3rd and 4th dc] around ending with sl st in starting sc. Fasten off Blue. (12 V-sts)

Round 7:  Join Red with sl st in any ch-3 space (center of V-st); ch 4, (dc, ch 1) 5 times in same sp, [hdc in next sc, (ch 1, dc) 6 times in next ch-3 sp, ch 1] around ending with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch-3. Fasten off Red. (12 dc shells)

Round 8:  Join Orange with sl st in any hdc, ch 5, (tr, ch 1) 4 times in same st, [sc in space between 3rd and 4th dc (of next dc-shell), (ch 1, tr) 5 times in next hdc] around ending with ch 1, sc in space between last 3rd and 4th dc, ch 1, sl st in 4th ch of starting ch-5. Fasten off Orange. (12 tr shells)

Round 9:  Join Yellow with sc in center tr of any shell, [ch 4, V-st-2 in next sc, ch 4, sc in center tr of next shell] around ending with sl st to 1st sc. (12 V-st-2’s)

Round 10:  Sl st into next ch-4 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, (3 dc in next V-st, [4 dc in next ch-4 sp] 2 times) around ending with 4 dc in last ch-4 sp, sl st in top of starting ch-3. Fasten off Yellow. (132 dcs)

Round 11:  Join Blue with sl st in top of starting ch-3 from Round 10; Beg. 4 tr-CL over next 4 sts; (ch 6, 4tr-CL over next 3 sts with middle 2 legs of cluster worked into center dc, ch 6, 4tr-CL over next 4 sts, ch 6, 4 tr-CL over next 4 sts) around ending with ch 6, sl st in top of 1st cluster. Fasten off Blue. (36 tr-clusters)

Round 12:  Join Red with sl st in any ch-6 sp; ch 3, 4 dc in same sp; 5 dc in each ch-6 sp around ending with a sl st in starting ch-3.

Round 13:  Ch 1, sc in current space; {sk next 2 sts; [(dc, ch 1) 4 times; dc] all in next st, sk next 2 sts; sc in space between 2 sts just skipped and next st} around ending with sl st in 1st sc. Fasten off Red. (36 dc-shells)

Round 14:  Join Orange with sl st in sc between any 2 shells; ch 6, (sc in center dc of next shell, ch 3, dc in next sc, ch 3) around ending with sl st in 3rd ch of starting ch-6. (72 ch-3 sps)

Round 15:  Ch 4, [(dc, ch 1) 2 times; dc] in same st; {sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next sc, sk next ch-3 sp; [(dc, ch1) 3 times; dc] in next dc} around. Fasten off Orange. (36 dc-shells)

Using large eye yarn needle, weave in all ends.

Tada! A cute little mat for a cute little toddler.

(This would also work great in any room as a circular rug – the super soft yarn feels great on your toes!)

Hope you have fun making this – send me a photo of your project – I would love to see it!

 Jennifer

Here is an image for your Pinterest boards:

Copyright 2018 – Jennifer E Ryan, all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the publisher but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others.

If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please see our About page for details.

Please follow and like us:

4 thoughts on “Mandala Toddler Mat

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *