Today’s post is another crochet pattern, but not one made by me. It’s actually a review of a pattern I followed, because I was curious and I wanted to try something new, not to mention I wanted to use up all the leftover yarn I had from previous projects. Ok, so if you’re not new to the crochet world, or Pinterest, or online crochet patterns, you’ll already know of this pattern. It’s the Mandala Madness pattern on the Crystals And Crochet website. It’s been showcased on Pinterest a couple of times if you search for “mandala crochet patterns”, and it’s actually a pretty piece of artwork.
Now, the reason I tried this pattern was because I wanted something a little more challenging than the regular granny squares I’m used to, or the simple reps of crochet stitches. I also wanted to discover new and interesting crochet stitches, that I could add to new patterns and designs in the future. So, with that in mind, here’s the review!
Sorry I didn’t take any pictures of the mandala while I was working on it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure I was even going to upload a post about it, so I don’t have any pictures of the working project, However, you can view the process on the Crystals and Crochet page, which will be listed below.
So, when I started the mandala, I had the idea of using it as a rug for my room, since the puffs, popcorns and front loops created a new dimension to the pattern that would have been interesting for my feet. However, the yarns I used were a little too bright and festive for it, and in the end I used it as a Christmas Tree base, so it could rest on top, without damaging the floor (or the straw rug we have).
I had fun with this mandala, despite only owning five colours to complete it, I had to be a bit creative when it came to arranging the colours according to the pattern. When I first saw the pictures on Pinterest, the pattern consisted of at least ten yarn shades. Now, I don’t have ten shades in my storage, so I had to choose a base colour, that way it could be a little more consistent, and I wouldn’t have to buy so much yarn from the store. In the end, I chose the yellow yarn as my base, and worked the other colours around it, which is why it became a Christmas themed rug.
Overall, I loved this pattern, and I love the different stitches used for it. In the future, I may just steal some of the techniques used here, but for now, I’ll just keep practicing the stitches, just to get used to them. For those of you who are experienced at crocheting, I would highly recommend this pattern, but those of you who are beginners, something a little less ambitious would be better. Don’t worry, I’ll be creating simple patterns for now, like my coasters, bags and scarves, so you won’t have to look too far, and I’ll be suggesting other patterns for you too!
I won’t be selling this mandala in the shop, as I don’t own the pattern, and I don’t really have the right to, but you can check out the original pattern at Crystals and Crochet, if you’d like to take a whack at it! Just click the link below.
So, what do you guys think? Have you tried this pattern before, what did you think of it? Would you like to try it again, or do something different. Let us know in the comments below and we’ll see you soon!
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