Mandala Madness Part 16

Mandala Madness Part 16

Mandala Madness Part 16

Where would we all be without the sun?

The bright shining star that we, on this tiny green and blue planet, tend to take for granted, is the source of all life. Without it we would all be in the cold and dark, nothing would grow or thrive. We would not be able to see or share the amazing beauty in our world. Though the sun sets at the end of a day, it will always rise again to bring a bright new beginning.

I felt the perfect ending to our journey together would be to add an homage to the sun, so this is the beginning of the end. 🙂

Part 16 begins the setting of the sun on this wonderful journey we have all been sharing.

Remember the sun is constantly changing, and is so much more than it seems to be!
So take care to be mindful as you journey around the different suns this week.


Please remember this is my design and is covered by copyright law. You may share a link to this page with anyone, you may print off the photo or written tutorials for your own use, but please do not alter or change in any way.
Please love and respect me, as I love and respect you.

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 16 written pattern
Photo tutorial.  mandala madness part 16 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-16-Afrikaans
Dutch            Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Dutch - Nederlands
Danish          Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Danish - Dansk
Finnish         Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Finnish - Suomi
French          Mandala-Madness-Part-16-French - Français
German        Mandala-Madness-Part-16-German - Deutsche
Greek            Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Greek - Ελληνικα
Hebrew        Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Hebrew - עברית
Korean         Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Korean - 한국어.
Persian        Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Persianفارسی
Polish            Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Polish - Polski
Russian        Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Russian - на русском
Spanish        Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Spanish - Español
Swedish        Mandala-Madness-Part-16-Swedish - Svenska


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


Mandala Madness Part 16

mmms part 16

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 16 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

Folding Sc: Insert hook into back loop of next tr and into back loop of corresponding stitch in previous round, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through two loops.


98. Make a folding sc in back loop of same st as sl-st and corresponding back loop [R96],

*skip ch-1 space, using available loops sc in next 18 sts [R96], skip ch-1 space, folding sc in next 94 sts.*

Hint: where you made 2 fltr [R97] you will need to work both folding sc in the same back loop [R96].

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last folding sc.
Join to 1st folding sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 18 sc, 94 folding sc.
Total: 144 sc, 752 folding sc.


99. Join with a standing sc in 1st sc [above 1st ruffle st] of any repeat, sc in next 3 sts,

*skip next 3 sts, 5 tr in next st, tr in next st, 5 tr in next st, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 22 sts, (skip next 3 sts, 5 tr in next st, tr in next st, 5 tr in next st, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 16 sts) 3 times, sc in next 6 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 4 sc.
Join to standing sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 76 sc, 44 tr.
Total: 608 sc, 352 tr.


100. Ch 1 and sc in same st,

*skip next 3 sts, 2 tr in next 11 sts, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 16 sts,
(skip next 3 sts, 2 tr in next 11 sts, skip next 3 sts, sc in next 10 sts) 3 times,
sc in next 6 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last sc.
Join to 1st sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 52 sc, 88 tr.
Total: 416 sc, 704 tr.


101. Join with a standing sc in 3rd sc BEFORE shell above ruffle stitches on any repeat,

*skip next 2 sts, bptr in next 7 sts, 2 bptr in next st, bptr in next 6 sts, 2 bptr in next st, bptr in next 7 sts, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 13 sts,
(skip next st, bpdc in next 10 sts, 2 bpdc in next 2 sts, bpdc in next 10 sts, skip next st, sc in next 8 sts) 3 times, sc in next 5 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last sc.
Join to standing sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 42 sc, 72 bpdc, 24 bptr.
Total: 336 sc, 576 bpdc, 192 bptr.


102. Join with a standing sc in last sc before shell above ruffle stitches on any repeat,

*[shell 1] bphdc in next 11 sts, 2 bphdc in next 2 sts, bphdc in next 11 sts,
sc in next 4 sts, skip next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, skip next st,
[shell 2] (2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts) 6 times,
skip next 2 sts, sc in next 5 sts, skip next st,
[shell 3] (2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts) 6 times,
skip next st, sc in next 5 sts, skip next 2 sts,
[shell 4] (2 dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts) 6 times,
skip next st, sc in next 3 sts, skip next 2 sts,
5 dc in next st, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 4 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last sc.
Join to standing sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 24 sc, 26 bphdc, 70 dc.
Total: 192 sc, 208 bphdc, 560 dc.


End of Part 16, see you next week.






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32 Responses

  1. Can this Mandela be done in #10 thread. I know it will be smaller, thinking of once finished framing. What hook suggestion can you make? Maybe a “b”? This is so beautiful.

    • Helen Helen

      you can use any yarn you like, just use the recommended hook size for the yarn, or what works best with your tension 🙂

  2. Ha! Ha! I bubbled gratitude all over you and forgot to ask the question I had. I’m almost sure I saw this SOMEWHERE, but cannot find it again. Aren’t the sizes of the various rounds, or of the whole piece at various intervals posted somewhere so you can sort of judge if you’re where you should be, size-wise? I’m pretty sure I’m going to do a smaller version as a baby blanket, just by stopping when I get it to the size I want. But I’d really like to know at about what Round that would be.
    Thanks so much, Helen!

    • Helen Helen

      I have given finished size, for the full pattern, you can decide to stop when ever you like 🙂

  3. Where do I start? First, gratitude. Thank you so much. I only recently discovered the whole WORLD of Mandala Madness. Obviously, I’m going to attempt it. It’s stunning. Just looking at all the different versions of it makes me happy. Endorphin rush, I swear! But thank you for this enormous investment of your time and love. The love part is obvious, too. I’ve read some of your words of wisdom and uh, yeah, Girl, “you got yo head on right”! In fact, I’ve hopped around and read a lot of what you’ve written in various places regarding the whole Mandala thing….stitch tutorials (which I’m convinced this project couldn’t be done without!), info on the use of color, and so important….all the spiritual stuff you share with the world! You’ve given of yourself so much, and come up with this beautiful creation, and all for free. It’s just amazing! Crochet has become a very serious, healing part of my life, and to have access to something like you’ve done here is just…..I don’t know quite how to say it. Of course at this late date past the CAL, I’m way behind on comments on the blog, etc., so I don’t know where on earth you may be now, but if you get to the US, I sure hope I find out about it. We’d eat you up in the South!!! I’m rambling, sorry, but just had to reach out and say thank you.

  4. hia i have a problem with stitch count, on row 101 i have tripple checked my stitch count, so i know thats right, the problem is row 102, the part sc in next 4 sts, skip next 2 sts, 5 dc in next st, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, skip next st,. i have watched and re watched the vidio but i cannot fit the stiches in the space, i can do the 4ch skip2 5 double but then im left with 3 stitches every time. what am i doing wrong, im ending up squishing the 3 sc in one stitch. i have 13 stitches and it seems like i need 15, can you help please

    • Helen Helen

      Hi 🙂
      ok so you are on Shell 1, or just after yes?
      your bphdc will take you to the end of the shell, your 1st sc must be in the 1st sc from R101, it is easy to skip it as the back post sts can hide it, and also make sure you are not skipping an extra stitch after the 5 dc, as again it is easy to skip an extra st there.
      If you need more help, it is best to email me from the contacts page 🙂
      love Helen

  5. Thankyou so much for your hard work and lovely mandala and also for keeping if free forever. Beautiful all the way around

  6. How long (estimated) would this take to crochet this? Like how many hours?

    • Helen Helen

      the whole mandala madness would take from 100 plus hours.

  7. I’m done. I can’t get the arches to match the picture in placement. My count is off when I add the 6 stitches after doing the 22 and 16 sc 3 times. It’s not mirrored to the other side. I have 2 of the 22 screen side by side after the “shell” and it doesn’t line up to do next”shell”. Can you explain what to do? Please. I have flogged almost every row for the last 10 rows and it’s frustrating now. Thank you for any help you can offer.

    • Helen Helen

      have you watched the video? the main thing is to make sure you are staarting in the 1st sc above the 1st ruffle st, then the big shell is made in 3 parts, 5 tr, 1 tr and 5 tr over 3 sts, then make sure you are counting the hidden st in the 3 sts you are skipping. That is the most common area to make a mistake, and it will then throw everything off.

      • That’s it!!! The hidden stitch and the starting stitch location. I’ll go watch the video. I depended on the video for an earlier CAL Garden and found it was easier than following the pattern so this time I was strictly following the pattern. Thank you oh so very much, hon. Have a great day.

        • Helen Helen

          Glad you got it sorted 🙂

          • I couldn’t have done it without your help. Thank you a million times!!!

  8. thanks Helen. I can not wait to start my project.

  9. Hi Helen. I want to start but do not know how much yarn must I get?

    • Helen Helen

      Hi Linda, if you go to the intro post about half way down is a chart with all the info on how much you need in either double knit or worsted weight yarn 🙂

  10. is it too late to start? my progress will no doubt be slow and i dont want the videos going as i really cant follow patterns.

    • Helen Helen

      The pattern and videos will be available for ever 🙂 and if you use both it will help you to lkearn to read patterns too, which means so many more options for your creativity in the future 🙂

  11. Finishing up a a baby blanket before I start on this loveliness. HOW do you select the colors? You don’t happen to have a “blank” for coloring in and figuring out colors that way? I’m trying to use up some of my stash rather than order more yarn….(so hard!). Your work is magnificent!!!

    • Helen Helen

      No “blank” available as yet…. I would suggest looking through some of the photos on Ravelry and Facebook, to get ideas 🙂

  12. How many weeks are left? Thank you so much for this huge undertaking! It is beautiful.

    • Helen Helen

      18 weeks in total 🙂

  13. Hi thank you for this wonderful design. I have never seen one that made me want to go out and buy the wool. Although i came across this late, i order a pack of wool and i am now at the end of week 5, even though i am miles behind i am really enjoying doing this. so i just like tho say thank you once again 🙂

    • Helen Helen

      Wonderful 🙂 just go at your own pace 🙂

  14. I am truly grateful for this beautiful design I am enjoying the challenge and have been showing my lovely ladies I care for in the Nursing Home who can no longer crochet and it is giving them so much joy to share the challenge with me, one lady said it makes her feel like she is doing it with me and we also get to spend special moments together, so again thank you- Love Naree

    • Helen Helen

      Bless you xx

  15. bonjour Helen,je suis très étonnée car je n’ai pas pu enregistrer en PDF la version 15 en français et aujourd’hui la version française pour la partie 16 n’existe pas.Il y a t-il une raison? Merci d’avance.Amicalement Françoise

    • Helen Helen

      Sorry part 15 was late and is now there to download, part 16 is there now too 🙂

  16. Beautifull Hellen! Im a nit behind , but cant wait to see how my Pinkadness will look like! 960 stitches at the end.. will we reach the 1K and even go over it at the end???

    • Helen Helen

      even the last round is still under 1000 stitches 🙂

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