Crochet pattern: Vintage Rainbow Mandala

One of my favourite things to crochet are mandalas! I’ve made so many in the 2 years I’ve been crocheting and can’t get enough of them!

I love the fact that I can finish one in a few hours (and feel like I’ve actually accomplished something :P) and learn new stitches at the same time!

When I started designing a square to go along with my ‘vintage rainbow square’ last week, I inadvertently designed a mandala as well!

Vintage
Vintage rainbow square
Mandala
Work in progress … Mandala square

After a few adjustments I came up with this! Keep scrolling for the pattern!

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For a small fee the PDF version of this pattern is also available on Etsy, LoveCrochet and Ravelry

As well as the pattern, this PDF contains additional information and resources that are not included in this blog post.
These include:

  • Step by step photos for ALL rounds.
  • Printer friendly PDF document: Images and pattern are each on separate pages.
  • Full crochet chart of mandala
  • Exact amounts for each colour listed in metres and yards.
  • Alternative joining method: Invisible join (step by step photo instructions)


YOU’LL NEED:   

– Yarn of your choice
I’ve used Cotton DK in the shades listed below:

– Corresponding crochet hook
I’ve used a 4mm hook.

– Yarn needle                                                                           

– Scissors

– Blocking equipment


Gauge: Gauge is not important for this pattern.


Finished size:  Approx. diameter of 21 cm using hook and yarn weight listed above.


THIS DESIGN USES US CROCHET TERMS

ABBREVIATIONS

– slst slip stitch
– st(s)
 stitch(es)
– sp space                    
– ch
 chain
– sc single crochet
– hdc half double crochet
– dc double crochet
– pc popcorn stitch
– ps puff stitch
– slst-2-tog slip stitch two together
– bphdc back post half double crochet
– fpsc front post single crochet


SPECIAL STITCHES: 

Puff stitch: (Yarn over, insert hook into space and pull yarn through) Repeat 4 times. Yarn over and pull through all but 2 loops. Yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops.

Popcorn stitch: Make 5 dc sts into one st. Take loop off hook and insert from front to back into first dc. Place dropped loop on hook and pull through first dc st.

Slst-2-tog – slip stitch two together: Insert hook across both sts, yarn over and pull through loop.

Picot: Ch 3 and slst back into last st made.


Pattern notes

You might find that for the first few rounds your work will start to curl but don’t worry, it should sort itself out a few rounds later!

Pattern:

Rnd 1: {start with COLOUR A}
Working into a magic circle, ch 1 (does not count as stitch), 8 sc in ring, slst into initial sc.[8 sc]

Fasten off COLOUR A

Rnd 2:  {Attach COLOUR B with a slst in any st}
(ch 3 + ps + ch 3 + slst) in same st, *(slst + ch 3 + ps + ch 3 + slst) in next st** repeat from * to ** 7 times, slst into initial slst.
[16 x ch 3, 8 x ps, 16 x slst]

Fasten off COLOUR B

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Rnd 3: {Skip slsts from [Rnd 2]. Attach COLOUR C with a slst into any sc from [Rnd 1]- make sure to place the st to the right of any ps from [Rnd 2]}
3 sc in ch 3 sp, 1 fpsc around ps, 3 sc in ch 3 sp , slst into same [Rnd 1] st, *slst into next [Rnd 1] st, 3 sc in ch 3 sp, 1 fpsc around ps, 3 sc in ch 3 sp, slst into same [Rnd 1] st** repeat from * to ** 7 times, slst into initial slst.
[48 x sc, 8 x fpsc, 16 x slst]

Fasten off COLOUR C


Work the next round in the back loops only.

Rnd 4: {Attach COLOUR D with a slst in any fpsc}
ch 3 , slst-2-tog across the 2 sc either side of slsts from [Rnd 3], ch 3, *slst in fpsc, ch 3 , slst-2-tog across the 2 sc either side of slsts from [Rnd 3], ch 3** repeat from * to ** 7 times, slst into initial slst.
[16 x ch 3, 8 x slst, 8 x slst-2-tog]

Fasten off COLOUR D

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Rnd 5: {Attach COLOUR A with a slst in any ch 3 sp}
ch 3, *slst in next ch sp, ch 3** repeat from * to ** 15 times, slst into initial slst.
[16 x ch 3, 16 x slst]

Fasten off COLOUR A

Rnd 6: {Attach COLOUR B with a slst in any ch 3 sp directly above slst-2-tog}
(ch 3 + ps + ch 3 + slst) in same sp, ch 3, skip next ch 3 sp *(slst + ch 3 + ps + ch 3 + slst) in next sp, ch 3, skip next ch 3 sp** repeat from * to ** 7 times, slst into initial slst.
[24 x ch 3, 8 x ps, 16 x slst]

Fasten off COLOUR B

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Rnd 7: {Work over ch 3 from [Rnd 6]. Attach COLOUR A with a slst in any skipped ch 3 sp from [Rnd 5]}
ch 1 (does not count as st),* 2 sc in ch 3 space from [Rnd 5], 1 fpsc around slst from [Rnd 5], 3 sc in ch 3 sp, 1 fpsc around ps, 3 sc in ch 3 sp, 1 fpsc around slst from [Rnd 5]** repeat from * to ** 8 times, slst into initial sc.
[64 x sc, 24 x fpsc]

Fasten off COLOUR A

Rnd 8: {Attach COLOUR E with a slst in left sc of any 2 sc group from [Rnd 7]}
skip st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, (4dc) in next st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, skip 2 sts *slst in next st, skip st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, (4dc) in next st, 1 dc in each of the next 3 sts, skip 2 sts** repeat from * to ** 7 times, slst into initial slst.
[80 x dc, 8 x slst]

Note: (4 dc) will always be made in the fpsc from [Rnd 7]

Fasten off COLOUR E

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Rnd 9: {Attach COLOUR F with a standing bphdc in first dc of any repeat from [Rnd 8]}
1 bphdc in each of the next 4 sts, ch 1, 1 bphdc in each of the next 5 sts, skip slst, *1 bphdc in each of the next 5 sts, ch 1, 1 bphdc in each of the next 5 sts, skip slst ** repeat from * to ** 7 times, slst into initial bphdc.
[8 x ch 1, 80 x bphdc]

Fasten off COLOUR F

Rnd 10: {Work pc over [Rnd 9] st. Attach COLOUR B with a slst in any ch 1 sp}
ch 5, 1 pc in slst from [Rnd 8], ch 5, * slst in next ch 1 sp, ch 5, 1 pc in slst from [Rnd 8], ch 5 ** repeat from * to ** 7 times, slst into initial slst.
[16 x ch 5, 8 x pc, 8 x slst]

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Fasten off COLOUR B

Rnd 11: {Attach COLOUR G with a slst in any ch 5 sp left of a pc}
ch 1 (does not count as a st), * (6 hdc) in next ch sp, picot, (6 hdc) in next ch sp, 1 fpsc around pc ** repeat from * to ** 8 times, slst into initial hdc.
[96 x hdc, 8 x picot, 8 x fpsc]

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Block if necessary.

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If you have any questions, or notice errors in this pattern, please feel free to contact me at crochetbycraftycc@gmail.com

-Celine

15 thoughts

  1. Thanks for posting this pattern—I want a picture free copy of the pattern-do I have to copy all these pages–??–It is so beautiful–

    1. Thank you so much! I’m working on a PDF printable version of the pattern that has all images only on one page (so you can choose to print the written pattern without the images). That should be available sometime this week.

  2. I absolutely love the 3d flower two layer white flower in the top picture. Do you have a pattern or how to make that. It is unlike anything I have seen. I would love to be able to make one. I’m new to crochet

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