Mandala Madness Part 12

Mandala Madness Part 12

Mandala Madness Part 12

This week you will be building on part 11, creating a staggered pattern with long single crochet stitches, more looped double trebles, and the addition of some shells.

Lots of back loop stitches this week, so a little reminder about working into the back loop and the 3rd loop to stop “over stretching” of your stitches. To help you here is a fantastic tutorial by the very talented Tatsiana at

Also time to create some more Perfect Picots this week!
I know some of you have found the way I make picots to be much easier and neater, especially when you need to make a stitch into the picot, if you haven’t seen the post then check it out HERE.

There is also a hint at the end of this week for how to fix the point section from part 10. You can leave it just as it is or if you want to fix it down then just follow the instructions at the end of this week’s instructions.

Remember stitch markers are your friend!
Check each repeat, count, count, count and there should be no sign of froggies this week!!


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If you haven't read the introduction post, then please find it here. You will find all the information on Yarn Packs, how much yarn you will need, hook sizes, the finished size of your blanket and all the resources available.

It is worth book marking the main Mandala Madness page as it will contain all the posts about the project and each weekly part.

You may also like to add this CAL to your Ravelry Queue.

I also have a group on Ravelry, which covers all of my designs. I will try to check in there every day. I now have some lovely moderators, thank you so much for your help ladies.

I suggest taking a look through the photo tutorial here before downloading the pdf to work from, but if you just can’t wait to get started I have put all the pdf downloads together.

And for those of you who like to follow the Video Tutorial by Esther Dijkstra from, just click here and the link will take you straight to the video for this part.
Again my love and thanks to Esther for the amazing job she has done with these videos.


♥ PDF downloads

Written pattern with just a small picture. mandala madness part 12 written pattern
Photo tutorial.  mandala madness part 12 photo tutorial

♥ Translations

For the translated versions of the CAL, 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.


Afrikaans                          Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Afrikaans
Dutch - Nederlands      Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Dutch
Danish - Dansk              Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Danish
Finnish - Suomi              Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Finnish
French - Français          Mandala-Madness-Part-12-French
German -  Deutsche      Mandala-Madness-Part-12-German
Greek -  Ελληνικα             Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Greek
Hebrew - עברית                 Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Hebrew
Korean  -   한국어.           Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Korean
Persian -   فارسی                Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Persian
Polish -   Polski                Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Polish
Russian -  на русском    Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Russian
Spanish - Español           Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Spanish
Swedish - Svenska          Mandala-Madness-Part-12-Swedish


Thanks to Natalie for the Russian Video Tutorial
Thanks to Carmen for the Spanish Video Tutorial


Mandala Madness Part 12

mm part 12

For the purposes of this tutorial I am using Scheepjes Merino Soft and a 4 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook.

The colours used in each round are listed below.

mm round 12 colours

US terms used throughout.

 AbbreviationsAbbreviationsHints: Are typed in italics and coloured purple, they are to help and guide you and hopefully make life a little easier.
Reference to photos is [P] with the relevant photo number.
* Repeat instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified. This is normally a repeat for a complete side and will consist of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat instructions between parentheses the amount of times specified. This is a lower level repeat.

Special Stitches

Long Single Crochet: Insert hook into stitch one round below next st, and pull up a loop to level of current round, then yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.

Picot:  chain 3 and sl-st through stitch at base of chain.



77. Join with a standing sc in sc after last long sc on any repeat,

*(skip next 2 sts, in next st (4 tr, picot, 3 tr), skip next 2 sts, sc in next st) twice,
(sc in next st, skip next 2 sts, in next st (4 tr, picot, 3 tr), skip next 2 sts) twice,
sc in next st, (long sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) 14 times, sc in next st.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last sc.
Join to standing sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 48 sc, 14 long sc, 28 tr, 4 picot.
Total: 384 sc, 112 long sc, 224 tr, 32 picot.


78. Join with a standing sc in 1st long sc after any picot shell group,

*(long sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) 13 times,  long sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts,
(skip next st, blsc in next 4 tr, ch 1, skip picot, blsc in next 3 tr) twice, skip next 2 sts,
(blsc in next 4 tr, ch 1, skip picot, blsc in next 3 tr, skip next st) twice, sc in next st.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last sc.
Join to standing sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat:  42 sc, 28 blsc, 14 long sc, 4 ch-1 spaces.
Total: 336 sc, 224 blsc, 112 long sc, 32 ch-1 spaces.


79. Ch 4 [counts as tr], or make a starting tr, make 6 more tr in same st,

*skip next 3 sts, hdc in next 48 sts, skip next 3 sts, 7 tr in next st, skip next 3 sts,
(sc in next st, hdc in ch-1 space behind picot, skip next 2 sts, 4 tr in next st, 3 tr in next st, skip next 2 sts) 3 times, sc in next st, hdc in ch-1 space behind picot, skip next 3 sts, 7 tr in next st.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 7 tr.
Join to top of ch-4 [or starting tr], fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 4 sc, 52 hdc, 35 tr. Total: 32 sc, 416 hdc, 280 tr.


80. Join with a standing dc in 3rd hdc of any repeat, dc in next 43 sts,

*skip next 2 sts, (bldc in next 2 sts, blhdc in next st, blsc in next st, blhdc in next st, bldc in next 2 sts, skip next st, dc through picot [R77] and next st [hdc]) 4 times,
bldc in next 2 sts, blhdc in next st, blsc in next st, blhdc in next st, bldc in next 2 sts, skip next 2 sts, dc in next 44 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 44 dc.
Join to standing dc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 5 blsc, 10 blhdc, 44 dc, 20 bldc.
Total: 40 blsc, 80 blhdc, 352 dc, 160 bldc


81. Ch 4 [counts as dc plus ch 1], or make a starting dc and ch 1, (skip next st, dc in next st, ch 1) 5 times, skip next st,

*hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 14 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, (ch 1, skip next st, dc in next st) 31 times, ch 1 skip next st.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 6 dc, ch-1 spaces.
Join to 3rd ch or starting dc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 14 sc, 6 hdc, 33 dc, 32 ch-1 spaces.
Total: 112 sc, 48 hdc, 264 dc, 256 ch-1 spaces.

Hint: to help you with stitch placement, and to make counting easier, 10th, 14th, 18th and 22nd dc’s fall in dc made in to picots.



Join with a standing sc in 3rd hdc of 1st group of hdc in any repeat,
*sc in next 17 sts, (working in front of ch-1 space, dtr in skipped st [R80], bpsc in next st) 31 times, working in front of ch-1 space, dtr in skipped st [R80], sc in next 3 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last sc.
Join to standing sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 20 sc, 31 bpsc, 32 dtr.
Total: 160 sc, 248 bpsc, 256 dtr.


Hint: If you would like to fasten down the point section in part 10 then this is a good time to do it. Lay your work flat and gently press on the point section, you will see it spreads out slightly, pin in place and with matching yarn and a yarn needle make a few stitches under the loops of the outer stitches. Keep these stitches loose to keep the drape of your work even.




Part 12 is now complete.

See you next week. 🙂







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23 Responses

  1. Hi Helen, I LOVE this pattern. It is absolutely stunning.

    I have a question regarding the hint at the end, fastening down the point sections. I don’t completely understand your instructions. How did you place your stitches? Did you approach from the front or back of your work? Is it like a running stitch that you knotted off or are these stitches in which you weave in the ends? Sorry for so many questions. I’m eager to understand. I watched the video provided, but she opted not to fasten the points. Any assistance would be very much appreciated.

    • Helen Helen

      sorry for the delay in answering you…currently travelling 🙂
      I just made a few running stitches, through the back loop,and then worked away the ends, but only did it on 1 of my MM’s

  2. Hi Helen!
    I´m kind of behind with my Mandala but now I´ve finished part 11 and started part 12… As far I go, my Mandala is getting curly, it´s not flat and I´m worried because I dont know what I did wrong or in which part…. I would like you to see how it is, and maybe, with your experience, you can tell me where I mess up… or something. I´m afraid that the only solution is starting over from Part 9… but i´m not sure. Is there an email, where I can send you a video from my mandala? I would love your help!

    Thanks 🙂

  3. Hello Helen loving this Cal. Mine is not laying flat. It looks like it starts going wavy at the start of this part, is it my tension or is this normal? Thank you

    • Helen Helen

      Yes it will get the wobbles in certain parts, but I make a note of that in the pattern, as your MM gets bigger you may find it best to have it well supported as you work on it , to stop it from stretching and to keep your tension even…end of part 15 is where it will be flat and round again 🙂

  4. I’m not showing any pictures for row 78. Are there any or is there an update page? Thank you!

    • Helen Helen

      They should be there…they are on the pdf and on the week 12 post 🙂

  5. Can I substitute sport weight acrylic yarn? I want the finished size to be less than the 7 ft size I have read it will be with worsted weight acrylic.

    • Helen Helen

      I think sport weight is the same as UK Double Knit, so go with the required amounts for that, and it will be much smaller.

  6. Just wondering if we will be using more of the darker pink from the color crafter pack. Now and then I see a row I think would look neat in the hot pink but afraid I won’t have enough to finish if I use it ahead of time.

    • Helen Helen

      yes you will be using both the pinks in a couple of weeks 🙂

  7. Hi Helen ! Can You tell me the leaving colours for Mandela Madness ?? My colours 613 Giotto and 639 Monet has Run Out. My yarn Merino Soft.

    • Helen Helen

      part 12 is the end of all the purple colours…you move on with the rainbow to blues next 🙂

  8. Dear Helen, I wrote you last week and never got a response….I certainly hope you didn’t take it literally. Just trying to express what a creative mind you have.

    • Helen Helen

      Hi Marlene, if you emailed me I would normally have responded, so if there is something you need just use the contact form and I will get the email 🙂

  9. Amazing and more beautiful each week! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us. Would it be possible to see a larger photo of the purple Color Crafter Mandala? It is so tiny on the photos that are posted. Thank you for all that you do!

    • Helen Helen

      Have you checked on Ravelry, I have different photos there, I will also try to post some different photos on my facebook page 🙂

  10. More a question. Busy with my last round and now finding out I have been doing backposts instead of backloops…OMG…. that is 504 stitches…could you PLEASE tell if we are going to use the remaining front loops or either round 78 or 80… which case I will have to frog. Understand you don’t wantbto give away any of the thibgd to come but do hope you are willing to answer me. Kindest regards

    • Helen Helen

      don’t worry it will be fine 🙂

  11. I am already using your picot lesson to make picots in first section of Mandala Madness. I guess I’ll always be a bit slow, but it is coming along. I’ve had a terrible time with holes left by “back stitch only” stitched in round 7. The tutorial by Tatsiana of “Little Bears Crochet” solved my problem, so in that respect, I’m glad I’m slow.
    Thanks so much!! Your assistance has been invaluable.

    • Helen Helen

      glad both tips are helping 🙂

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