Crochet Mandala Decoration
I love to make a crochet mandala decoration to hang in my home. They are reminiscent of crochet doilies that were very popular decorations about 100 years ago. These “modernized doilies” look great stretched across a metal ring with some pretty ribbons hanging down. I love how the stretching really helps the pattern of the stitches stand out and the lacy details shine!
The Marvelous Mandala is Crocheted with a Variety of Stitches
I am calling this crochet mandala decoration the “Marvelous Mandala” – it works up relatively quickly and has a great rhythm to it as you get the hang of the stitches. There are several different stitches used in this project. You’ll need to know some basics (slip stitch, double crochet and treble crochet) but then you’ll also need to know how to turn these stitches into cluster stitches. Don’t worry – I explain each of the cluster stitches below. And if you would like extra photos for each cluster stitch, you can purchase the pattern PDF in my Etsy Shop here.
Cluster Stitches are a Great Crochet Technique
Cluster stitches are a great tool to use when recreating natural shapes in your crochet projects. Cluster stitches are created by making several partial stitches and then joining them into one at the last step (or yarn over) of the cluster. This crochet mandala decoration features some leaf shapes that have pointed ends. By using the cluster stitches you can create these pointed ends very easily. If you’ve ever crocheted flowers and leaves, you have probably crocheted many cluster stitches to get the unique leaf and flower petal shapes. For your first time working with cluster stitches I recommend going slowly and carefully examining the instructions being mindful of all punctuation and repeats.
Variations of this Marvelous Mandala
The instructions for this crochet mandala decoration include all the colors I used and when/where to change each color. But you can make this mandala project with just one color to achieve a different look. You can also add the ribbon and yarn fringe as full or as ‘lean’ as you like – or you can leave it off altogether! I think adding some feathers, beads and tassels would also be pretty in amongst the ribbon lengths. I also give you a place where you can stop the project ‘early’ and have a smaller mandala decoration that works up even quicker.
So, let’s get started!
Skill Level: Intermediate
19” (48.26 cm) across
Ribbon/Fringe length: 19” (48.26 cm)
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Size 3 yarn (DK weight)
(I used Omega’s Sinfonia in 4 colors but you can use just one color – if you decide to just use one color, you would need about 180 yds total)
C 1 = 843 (Copper); C2 = 887 (Charcoal Gray) ; C3 = 801 (White); C4 = 813 (Denim Blue)
Variety of ribbons of various widths – Total yardage – approximately 20 yds (18.2 m)
(I used 4 different kinds of ribbon approximately 15 feet (4.5 m) each)
(For my smaller mandala project I used a Size 3 cotton crochet thread, 3.75 mm hook and a 12″ diameter metal ring)
Rounds 1-3 = 3 ½” (8.89 cm)across
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Special Stitches and Abbreviations:
(Remember, if you would like to see more photos regarding the cluster stitches, then purchase the pattern PDF here)
Beg. 3dc CL (Beginning 3 double crochet Cluster) = Ch 2, (YO, insert hk into sp, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) 2 times; YO, pull through all 3 lps on hk
3dc CL (3 double crochet Cluster) = (YO, insert hk into sp, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) 3 times; YO, pull through all 4 lps on hk
Join with sc = Put slip knot of new color on hk; insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, YO, pull through 2 lps on hk
Click here to watch a short tutorial on this technique
V-st (V-stitch) = (dc, ch 3, dc) all in sp indicated
Beg. 4tr CL (Beginning 4 treble crochet Cluster) = Ch 3, [YO twice, insert hk into next st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) twice] 3 times; YO, pull through all 4 lps on hk
4tr CL (4 treble crochet Cluster) = [YO twice, insert hk into next st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) twice] 4 times; YO, pull through all 5 lps on hk
Sl st (slip stitch) =Insert hook into stitch, YO, pull through stitch and loop on hook
Sc (single crochet) = Insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop; YO, pull through 2 loops on hook
Dc (double crochet) = YO, insert hook into stitch, YO, draw up a loop, (YO, pull through 2 loops on hook) twice
Tr (treble crochet) = YO twice, insert hk into st, YO, draw up a lp, (YO, pull through 2 lps on hk) 3 times
YO (yarn over)
Mandala is worked in the round from the center out
Test your gauge to see how your mandala fits inside the metal ring
If you would like to make your mandala all one color it would be easiest to fasten off and join as the instructions explain but use the same color throughout
Instructions for the Crochet Mandala Decoration:
(All Special Stitches are in bold and italicized text and defined above)
With C1 ch 8; join with sl st to form ring
Beg. 3dc CL in ring, ch 3; (3dc CL, ch 3)7 more times in ring; join with sl st to top of 1st cluster. Fasten off. (8 clusters)
Join C2 with sl st in any ch-3 sp; (ch 5, sl st in top of next cluster, ch 5, sl st in next ch-3 sp) around ending with ch 2, dc in joining sl st (that counts as last ch-5 sp). (16 ch-5 sps)
Beg. 3dc CL in current ch-5 sp, ch 3; (3dc CL, ch 3) in each ch-5 sp around; join with sl st to top of 1st cluster. Fasten off. (16 clusters)
Join C3 with sc in any ch-3 sp; (ch 5, sc in next ch-3 sp) around ending with ch 2, dc in joining sc (for last ch-5 sp). (16 ch-5 sps)
(Ch 6, dc) in same sp (counts as first V-st); (ch 4, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 4, V-st in next ch-5 sp) around; ch 4, sc in last ch-5 sp, ch 4, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch-6. Fasten off. (8 V-sts; 16 ch-4 sps)
Join C4 with sl st in ch-3 sp of any V-st, (ch 4 (counts as tr), 3 tr, ch 2, 4 tr) all in same sp; [ch 3, tr in next sc, ch 3; (4 tr, ch 2, 4 tr) in next V-st] around ending with ch-3, tr in next sc, ch 3, sl st to 4th ch of starting ch-4. (16 4-tr groups)
Beg. 4 tr CL across next 4 trs; ch 4, 4 tr in next ch-2 sp, ch 4, 4 tr CL across next 4 trs; [ch 4, sc in next tr, ch 4, 4 tr CL across next 4 trs, ch 4, 4 tr in next ch-2 sp, ch 4, 4 tr CL across next 4 trs] around ending with ch 4, sc in next tr, ch 4, sl st to top of 1st cluster. (16 4- tr clusters and 8 4-tr groups)
Sl st into next ch-4 sp; ch 1, sc in same sp; [ch 6, 4 tr CL across next 4 trs, ch 6, sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 5, tr in next sc, ch 5, sk next ch-4 sp, sc in next ch-4 sp] around ending with sl st in 1st sc. Fasten off. (8 – 4tr clusters)
Join C1 with sc in any ch-6 sp to the right of any 4tr cluster; (ch 6, sc in next sp, ch 6, V-st in next tr, ch 6, sk next ch-5 sp, sc in next sp) around ending with sl st in 1st sc.
**If you would like to make a smaller mandala, then you can stop here and attach to ring following instructions below. You could also work Rounds 14 & 15 here and then fasten off. (For beg. of Rounds 14 & 15 do this: ch 1, sl st in next 3 chs; then follow the pattern as written below for those rounds)**
Sl st in each of next 3 chs; ch 1, sc in same sp; (ch 6, sc in next ch-sp, ch 4, [4 tr, ch 2, 4 tr] in ch-3 sp of next V-st; ch 4, sc in next ch-sp, ch 6, sc in next sp) around ending with sl st in 1st sc. (16 – 4trs groups)
Ch 1, sc in same st: (Ch 5, tr in next sc, ch 4, 4tr CL across next 4 trs, ch 4, 4 tr in next ch-2 sp; ch 4, 4tr CL across next 4 trs, ch 4, tr in next sc, ch 5, sc in next sc) around ending with sl st in 1st sc. (16 – 4tr clusters, 8 – 4tr groups)
Sl st in each of next 3 chs; (ch 5, sc in next sp, ch 5, sc in next sp, ch 6, 4tr CL across next 4 trs, ch 6, sc in next sp, ch 5, sc in next sp, ch 5, sc in next sp, ch 5, sc in next sp) around ending with sl st in base of 1st ch-5. Fasten off. (16- 4tr clusters)
Join C2 with sc in top of any 4tr CL; [(ch 5, sc in next sp) 2 times; ch 5, dc in next sp; (ch 3, dc in next sp) 2 times; (ch 5, sc in next sp) 2 times; ch 5, sc in top of next cluster] around ending with ch 3, dc in joining sc (which counts as last ch-5 sp).
Ch 1, sc in same sp; (ch 6, sc in next sp) around ending with sl st in 1st sc.
Optional: (You might find that if you have a tight tension you will need an extra round so that your project can be stretched across the metal ring – Crocheted projects have a lot of stretch in them so you may be fine with ending here – test your mandala out on the ring by doing the next step in the finishing section below)
Ch 1, sl st in each of the next 3 chs; Now repeat Round 14. Fasten off.
Finishing and Assembly of the Crochet Mandala Decoration:
Attaching Mandala to Ring –
Lay your mandala inside the metal ring and clip ch sps above each 4tr cluster to ring
Then clip ch sps in the center of each section in between cluster sections
(If mandala nicely stretches across ring, you are ready to attach it – if you can’t get it to reach all sides, then add one more round (repeating Round 14 again)
Thread a long length of C2 onto needle – tie opposite end around a ch sp and ring where clip is holding ch sp in place; Sew ch sps to ring by passing over ring and then up through ch sp around entire mandala
Make sure to keep this yarn length taut so all stitching is even
Tie in a knot near where began joining and weave in all ends
Adding Yarn and Ribbon Fringe:
Cut 25 lengths of C1 (each approximately 40” (101.6 cm) long)
Repeat with C4
Using photo as a guide attach yarn fringe and ribbons in the following manner:
(Each bunch of yarn fringe is 5 lengths of yarn)
Fold ribbon/yarn length in half
With the Right Side of the mandala facing insert the loop created from the fold down through the last round (next to the ring)
Pass the cut ends of the ribbon/yarn lengths through the loop and pull tight
Trim fringe so all the same length
Your Crochet Mandala Decoration is Complete!
Tada! Your crochet mandala decoration is complete! Did you make yours in a bunch of colors or did you crochet yours all in one color? Please let me know in the comments below – I love to hear about your ideas and projects! I have now made 3 of these Marvelous Mandala decorations and I am not sure which one is my favorite. I do love that the stitches work together nicely and are very calming to crochet. When I made the smaller red mandala, I think I was able to finish it in less than an hour. I would like to hang it near my kitchen where I have several red accents for decoration. Where would you hang your mandala?
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Since I love to crochet mandalas, I have designed several patterns for them that you can see here. I have even created some that have a Celtic Knot in them – the Celtic Shimmer Mandala and the Celtic Knot Sparkle Mandala.
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