Many of you know that I love to crochet mandalas and that I also love to crochet outdoors. So, here is a project that combines those 2 things 🙂 Introducing the Chunky Outdoor Mandala!
I was able to quickly crochet 2 of these mandala projects and have already hung them in my backyard.
This mandala project is actually a combination of 2 free mandala patterns I recently completed and I LOVE how it turned out!
Would you believe it is only 6 rounds and ends up being 21″ across?
And don’t worry about hanging it outside – it is crocheted with a thick acrylic yarn that holds up well to the sun and rain.
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Skill Level: Easy
Measurements: 21″ diameter
Round 1 = 2 1/2 inches across (If your Round 1 is a little smaller, that should be fine – your mandala will still fit across the ring and will be nice and tight. If your Round 1 is bigger, than you should go down in hook size or use a bigger ring)
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Yarn: Lion Brand Hometown – 2 skeins (Purchase here)
Hook: N/P (10 mm) (Purchase here)
Small hula hoop (21″ from outside edge across to other outside edge)
Optional: Spray paint
Adjustable Ring = Wrap yarn around hand to create a loop; pull working end of yarn through lp with hk; work stitches inside lp as indicated by pattern
To watch a video tutorial of this technique, click here
(If don’t want to do adjustable ring, then ch 4 and work 11 dc in 4th ch from hk instead of the Round 1 written below)
Beg. Popcorn (Beginning Popcorn) = ch 3, 4 dc in same place; remove hk from working loop and insert through top of starting ch-3; pull working loop through top of starting ch-3
Ch-3 picot = ch 3, sl st in 1st ch
Popcorn = 5 dc; remove hk from working loop and insert through top of first dc; pull working loop through top of first dc
Back Loop Only = insert hook into back loop of st
(To watch a video tutorial of this technique, click here)
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
sk = skip
This project is stitched using the pattern from the Fairy Garden Mandala project (found here) and that comes with a detailed step-by-step video tutorial that you can watch here. (Rounds 1-4 are very much like the smaller mandala except there is no changing of color and Round 4 starts a little differently but is basically the same; Round 5 of the big mandala is just like Round 3 of the smaller mandala)
**Special stitches are printed in bold and italicized text and defined above**
***To see the stitches for Rounds 1-3 demonstrated, watch this video here (from time stamp 1:55)***
Round 1: Make an adjustable ring; Ch 3, 11 dc in ring; join with sl st to top of starting ch-3. (Starting ch-3 counts as a dc – now have 12 dc)
Round 2: Ch 8 (counts as first dc and first ch-5 sp); (sk next dc, dc in next dc, ch 5) around 5 times; join with sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch-8. (6 ch-5 sps & 6 dc)
Round 3: Sl st into next ch-5 sp; Beg. popcorn; (ch 3, ch-3 picot, ch 3, Popcorn) in same ch-5 sp; (ch 3, ch-3 picot, ch 3, Popcorn) 2 times in each ch-5 sp around ending with a ch 3, ch-3 picot, ch 3, sl st in top of 1st popcorn. (12 popcorns)
Round 4: Sl st in the next 3 chs and into the next ch-3 picot; (ch 6, sl st in next ch-3 picot) around ending with sl st in 1st ch-3 picot. (12 ch-6 sps)
Round 5: Sl st into next ch-6 sp; Beg. popcorn; (ch 3, ch-3 picot, ch 3, Popcorn) in same ch-6 sp; (ch 3, ch-3 picot, ch 3, Popcorn) 2 times in each ch-6 sp around ending with a ch 3, ch-3 picot, ch 3, sl st in top of 1st popcorn. (24 popcorns and 24 ch-3 picots)
Round 6: Sl st into next 3 chs and into the next ch-3 picot; (ch 5, sc in next ch-3 picot) around ending with sl st in 1st sc. Do not fasten off.
Optional: Spray paint hula hoop to match yarn color (or contrast with yarn color) and let dry completely
(My hula hoop had a bunch of bright colors on it so I spray painted it a dark grayish-brown color to give it a better look)
While holding the ring in front of the mandala, ch 1; (insert hk into back loop only of next st on mandala while working over ring in front; YO, draw up a lp through st and bring up this lp so on top of ring; YO at top of ring, pull through both lps on hk) around working in each chain and each st around (*Note: You are working a single crochet around the ring and into each stitch); join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
Cut a length of yarn and thread through mandala – tie in a knot for hanger (see photo)
Now your Chunky Outdoor Mandala is complete! Don’t you love how quickly it came together?
I love how the popcorns “pop” and the ch-3 picots are “sharp” once you stretch the mandala across the ring.
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