A little bit more Madness

A little bit more Madness

Just a little bit more madness for you all.


Some of you may have seen the stunningly gorgeous Mandala Madness that Ineke Mooijenkind, from Gouda in the Netherlands made.

It is the most beautiful black and white mandala.

Ineke MM


I know that many people like everything square, and so Ineke has done the most amazing job of squaring Mandala Madness.

row 28 c

The pattern has not been tested, so if you do come across any problems or mistakes, please let us know so that we can correct it.


The square up works by building up the 4 corners separately, sorry but there are quite a few ends to work away, but Ineke also gives a hint on how to make it easy for you.

Then you will work around the entire mandala to complete this amazing addition to Mandala Madness.
For all the parts of the Mandala Madness CAL just click the link and it will take you to the main page.

♥ Yarn requirements for the square up

You will need approx 25% of the original amount you used.
To work that out, add up the total metres/yards you used to part 18, divide by 4 and that is how much more you will need 🙂

The instructions are available for you to download, but are only in English with US terms.

♥ PDF downloads

♥ US terms

Mandala Madness Squared Photo Tutorial


♥ Translations

For the translated versions of the Square up, please click on the links here and it will take you straight to your preferred language. With no need to scroll down further on this page.
And another HUGE thank you to the awesome team of translators, from the CAL - Crochet A Long Facebook group, for the fantastic job they have done with all the translations.
More translations will be added as they become available.

Dutch - Nederlands
Finnish - Suomi

Hebrew - עברית
Swedish -Svenska
French - Français
With thanks to Sylvianne for the French translation

This pattern is written by Ineke as an addition to Mandala Madness, she has done this with my blessing. But the copy right belongs to Ineke Mooijenkind, please do not copy or alter in any way.


I would like to thank Ineke for the amazing job she has done

For details of the yarn used for Ineke's Black and White Mandala Madness and the square up, please see Ineke's Ravelry project page.







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66 Responses

  1. cuando estara disponible la traduccion en español de esta parte?

    • Helen Helen

      Sorry there will not be any more translations.

  2. Can I get the square in danish? I would like to make it. Thanks

    • Helen Helen

      Sorry the only translations for the sqaured up Mandala Madness have already been added.

  3. Hi, I,over the black and white mandala, I would love To try this pattern but ant seem to find it in black and white. Can you help.

    • Helen Helen

      You can find the round by round details on Ravelry in Ineke Mooijenkind projects, there is a link it the a little bit more madness post which is the square up pattern and details.

  4. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for this site! Love your work. Beautifully done!

  5. I cant seem to get the MMsquared pattern instructions. Maybe im not seeing something on the page on where to get it?

    • Helen Helen

      where it says PDF Download just under that is the link to click on, I will make it bolder so it is easier to see 🙂

  6. I’m am coming in extremely late, but I simply fell in love with your black and white version of the MM. I have probably looked over it a million times, but could you please tell me where I can find the completed (squared and all!!) yardage of black and completed yardage for white? I want to make double-sure that I purchase enough before I even start. Thank you for the inspiration and courage to do this magnificent Mandela Squared!! And thank you in advance for your time and effort to answer one more “dummy” question..LOL!!

  7. Hi I’m in love with this Mandala, will this last come in danish soon? Please

    • Helen Helen

      I will find out 🙂

  8. Help I’ve tried to get the corner to finish but cannot find the link to pdf or to download thanks in advance

    • Helen Helen

      a little way down the page it says PDF Download
      then it says Photo Tutorial…click on that and the pdf will open 🙂

  9. Can i Hope of German Translation ?

    • Helen Helen

      hopefully, they are still working on them 🙂

  10. I’m on row 11 and stuck! The madness has started. It says fphdc then dbc in front of skip stitch….I’m assuming that both stitches go in row 9? I’m so confused with this part.

    • Helen Helen

      Hi Wendi, the best way to get help is to email me from the contact page…. but yes, the note says the dc’s are made into round 9 🙂

  11. I have just started doing this and have crocheted the first fifteen rows. As I am a more visual learner i have followed some youtube tutorials. It rocks. thank you!!

  12. I have been crocheting and knitting for about 50 years. Then I got a smart phone and discovered Pinterest. What wonderful creatuons there are to be discovered! This black and white mandala is absolutely stunning. I can imagine that the bright colored ones may go out of fasion but black and white are timeless. Also, one can always find black and white yarn, not so with colors. Thank you for posting.

  13. For those of us who want to corner up with the rainbow color scheme, can you give some insight as to which rows will be which colors? Or can you send a link that states this already?

    • Helen Helen

      The square up, is not my pattern, although it is available for download here, I have not done it, so you will need to work your own colours, how ever you want it to look 🙂

  14. This is gorgeous !! WOW! You are very talented!

  15. Hi Helen. I’ve started to extend my mandala however, I’ve already discovered a few errors in rows 2 and 3. I am yet to go on. Would you like me to make note of the errors (and fixes) and how would you like me to let you know what these are?? I’m still going to extend it!!

    • Helen Helen

      Hi Kathy…message me on facebook is the easiest way, and thank you xx

  16. I am nearing the end of my first mandala and have enjoyed it immensely. My question regarding the black and white version (which I guess would apply to all versions) is how do you prevent color bleeding? Are there specific brands that do not bleed? Should we be soaking in vinegar to prevent the possibility? After such a long dedication of time to a project, I’d like to be as sure as I can. (don’t mean to be a downer, but thought I’d ask and see what you all think). Thanks!

    • Helen Helen

      So pleased you have had fun 🙂
      It would really depend on the yarn you have used, if it is a natural fibre then yes you may want to set the colours, if it is synthetic then the colours should not run.
      I have advised using the colour catcher sheets for the merino soft yarn, and a cold wash.

  17. I’ve discovered this CAL a little late but I am stunned by your immense talent! WOW! Thank you for your passion and hard work! You are an inspiration!

  18. Hi, Helen. I’m planning to make the beautiful Mandala Madness blanket, and would like to buy all the yarn I will need to make it. I plan to use mostly white, with a little greenand strawberry here and there. Can you give me an idea of the total yarn used so I can figure out how much I will probably use in each color? I tried to find info on it but couldn’t.

    • Helen Helen

      Hi, on the intro post, just below the yarn pack info is where you will find the info…but here you go 🙂
      For those of you going in your own direction, you will need approximately

      ♥ Double Knitting weight 4800 meters / 5250 yards

      ♥ Worsted/Aran weight 6300 meters / 6890 yards

      Please allow for colour changes and get more rather than less…. it’s always better to have a little left over than run out and not be able to get the same dye lot or even for the colour to have been discontinued…yes that makes ya so mad…right!

  19. ve rediscovered my passion for crochet & i have to say you are primarily responsible for this. Bless you and keep living well and be very happy. Come and visit when you get to Brisbane Australia. Your mandala madness blew me away. Your very special to have wonderful people to help with parts of this magnifico!!!!!!!

    • Helen Helen

      bless you 🙂

  20. LDG

    I read that a video tutorial was not planned. But ciuld you do an exception and make one? Please… I do ok with reading a pattern, but do better, and lot faster with the video.
    I just finished my very first mandala, and I KNOW that if it wasn’t for the tutorials I wouldn’t even be half way through. With all the frigging lol…
    I enjoyed making it till the end.
    Thank you so much to both of you!

    • Helen Helen

      I did not make the videos, Esther did and she has lots of other commitments, so there will not be a video.

  21. So nice work. Is there a danish translation to the corner?

    • Helen Helen

      I am waiting on the translations, will post as soon as I get them.

  22. Hello Helen, thank you for sharing the square pattern and a big thank you to Ineke Mooijenkind. I will start continue mine once the weather has cooled down. Have a wonderful summer. Again thank you for your wonderful work and sharing it with us.
    ~Sofia~ xx

  23. Hi Helen, having returned from my fortnight holiday in Italy I have started yesterday on tis amzing squaring up of my MM. In nrow 9 it says at the very beginning to start with a standing sc in the 5th loop before row 8….I guess that has to be the 2nd loop?

    • Helen Helen

      yes I did post about the correction, but will double ckeck the pdf and upload a new one if ness 🙂

  24. Will there be a video for this?

    • Helen Helen

      There is no video planned.

  25. Your MM IA an amazing work of art as all your projects are , just stunning. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with the world. Hope to have another cal from you next year. I neko did such an awesome job with the corners , it’s beautiful , as another said two amazing minds has made a stunning design. Thank you again to you both

    • Helen Helen

      Thank you 🙂

  26. Hi Helen,
    Beautiful addition to your Mandala. Is there a chance anyone has calculated the yarn up for this addition ? Thanks!!

    • Helen Helen

      I know Ineke has a list, I will add it to the post 🙂

  27. Bettina

    Many thanks for you pattern. I’am a little bit late, but i will finish. Can you give my thanks to Inneke, please? She did what i wanted to do since your first part and her pattern will help me so much.
    greetings from France 🙂

    • Helen Helen

      This was all Ineke, but she did use the elements of MM 😉

  28. Hello, this is absolutely amazing and I am just starting to do this. But I ran into problems understanding right from the start. Shall I PM someone of just write them here? Since its not tested out yet, and just following the pattern right now don’t make sense to me. Thank’s so much!

    • Helen Helen

      Hi Annette, I can answer your questions here, then it will help everyone else too 🙂
      or you can ask on my facebook page… https://www.facebook.com/crystalsandcrochet/

      • Hej Helen, Thank you!
        I figgured out how to get the corners by looking at the picture since I couldn’t work out what she meant with a loop. But row 1 shes placed the needle in the 5th stitch from the marker, and I can’t understand how it’s the 5th stitch. I make it out to be the 6th one. Also, since it said to start on the backside and place the marker, I can understand that row 1 is done on the backside, but it don’t say to flip the work to the right side up at some point and it has to be done after row 1 so were working on the front side from there on, right?

        • Helen Helen

          You do not count the stitch with the marker, so 5 sc before the marker, the photo shows the back, but you will work with right side facing you at all times 🙂

  29. This is amazing. I hope it will soon be in Finnish language. It is too complicated to do it in English. Greetings from Finland.

    • Helen Helen

      I believe they have already started on translations 🙂 so won’t be too long to wait.

  30. Thank you for showing this beautiful mandala. What an inspiration!!

  31. Absolutely fabulous

  32. LOVE love love it squared up! <3

  33. Such stunning work you’ve achieved there – I’m even more in love with this pattern now. A perfect example of what happens when two very skilled women put their minds together

  34. Thank you so very much!! Any chance you can put what rows you used for black and which ones were white on the entire mandala? I was following one but, it ended after awhile. I would really love to make a black and white one also.

    • Helen Helen

      Ineke will be adding that info to her photos on Facebook 🙂


  36. Wow! This is absolutely beautiful! What a gorgeous finish to an already outstanding piece of beauty.

  37. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful update, Helen and also to Ineke for taking time to design and write up the pattern square-off too. This gives me the perfect excuse to return to my gorgeous mandala. My husband laughed when I showed him this. He said I would be in seventh heaven now that I have an excuse to continue MM. (He knows me so well.) Thank you so much girls.

  38. Hi Helen,
    Oh my goodness, what an absolutely stunning addition by Ineke to your Mandala Madness. Thank you both so very much for sharing.

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