Mandala Madness Part 18

Mandala Madness Part 18


I am feeling a real mix of emotions.
Sad that this amazing journey has reached the end.
Humbled by the amazing response to my crazy design.
So proud of the amazing work you have all done.
Thrilled by all the love and support.

And so we come to the end of the madness…well this madness anyway!
The pattern and the videos by Esther will remain available and free indefinitely.


Before we start on this final part I would like to say something…

I would like to say a HUGE thank you for the amazing love and support this crazy project has generated.

Thank you for all of your wonderful comments and for the love the crochet community shares.

A huge hug and thank you to my amazing and awesome testers, Kay Crone and Terena Todd, I could not have done it with out you.

Thank you to Kimberley and the Official CCC group on Facebook for hosting my first CAL.

A MASSIVE thank you to Esther from for the awesome job she has done with the video tutorials, I know her voice has helped to keep some of you calm through the tough bits.

Another HUGE thank you to the amazing translation teams, who have worked so hard to help share the madness around the world and to the admin team of the CAL Crochet A-Long group on Facebook.
The rest of the Russian and Spanish videos will be added as they are ready.

Thank you to Scheepjes for sponsoring this cal, by providing the yarn for my testers and me.

Thank you to the beautiful souls who help to moderate my Ravelry group.

Thank you to my Crochet Angels who sit on my shoulder and give me these crazy ideas!

But most of all…. THANK YOU to YOU for honouring me by making this Mandala Madness.

There are some extra photos right at the bottom of the page 🙂

Now back to business….
Once you are finished, I advise blocking your Mandala.
It is not easy with something so large, but the final result is worth it.
You can either wet block (spray with water) or steam block, the choice is yours.

I suggest starting in the middle, and gently push outwards to flatten and straighten any areas you need to, I pinned part 7, the 2nd lot of bobbles, the points of the star make it easy to get the shape.
Then pin again at part 12, another easy line to follow, and finally pin around the outer edge. You should only need to gently push out the parts between the suns, to open up the clusters.
I used a tape measure and pined the end to the centre to make sure everything was even.
For the Stonewashed XL Mandala, I had to fold it in half, pin the 1st half, and then pin the 2nd half on top.


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 18 written pattern
Photo tutorial.  mandala madness part 18 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.

Sorry some of the translations are not yet available, I will add them as soon as I get them.

Afrikaans     Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Afrikaans
Dutch            Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Dutch - Nederlands
Danish          Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Danish - Dansk
Finnish         Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Finnish - Suomi
French          Mandala-Madness-Part-18-French - Français
German        Mandala-Madness-Part-18-German - Deutsche
Greek            Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Greek - Ελληνικα
Hebrew        Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Hebrew - עברית
Korean          Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Korean - 한국어.
Persian         Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Persianفارسی
Polish            Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Polish - Polski
Russian        Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Russian - на русском
Spanish        Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Spanish - Español
Swedish        Mandala-Madness-Part-18-Swedish - Svenska


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


Mandala Madness Part 18


For the purposes of this tutorial I am using Scheepjes Merino Soft and a 4 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook. And a ladder to take the photos!! 🙂

The colours used in each round are listed below.

mm round 18 coloursUS 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

Reverse Single crochet: (crab stitch) chain 1, without turning your work and working in reverse, sc in the previous stitch and each stitch around.


Hint: For those of you using the Colour Crafter pack, fasten off and secure ends of Round 107, and begin this round with a standing sc in 3rd sc above any shell 1, where directions say to ch 1 and sc in same st.

108. ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in next 10 sts,

*hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts, tr in next 4 sts,
skip cluster, tr cluster in ch-1 space, skip next cluster,

[shell 2] tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts, tr in next 4 sts, [P1] skip cluster, tr cluster in ch-1 space, skip next cluster,

[shell 3] tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 4 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts, tr in next 4 sts, [P2] skip cluster, tr cluster in ch-1 space, skip next cluster,

[shell 4] tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 9 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts, tr in next 4 sts, [P3] skip cluster, tr cluster in ch-1 space, skip next cluster,

[shell 1] tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 11 sts. [P4]*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 11 sc.
Join to 1st sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: 33 sc, 24 hdc, 24 dc, 32 tr, 4 tr cluster.
Total: 264 sc, 192 hdc, 192 dc, 256 tr, 32 tr cluster.


109. Join with a standing dc in any st, dc in next 935 sts.

Join to standing dc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: 936 dc.


110. Join with a standing fphdc in any st, (bphdc in next st, fphdc in next st) 467 times, bphdc in last st.

Join to standing fphdc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: 468 fphdc, 468 bphdc.


111. Ch 1 and reverse sc [crab stitch] in each st around.

Join to 1st reverse sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: 936 reverse sc.


The End…..

The only thing left for you to do now is to lightly block, your Mandala, which will open up the last few clusters and give you an even edge.

I hope you enjoy your Mandala Madness for many years to come.

And that is the end of our journey together…..for now.

I hope you have enjoyed making this Mandala as much as I enjoyed creating and designing it.





Here is a little shot of me with all three Mandalas.



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81 Responses

  1. Hi Helen,

    I just found this beautiful blanket when surfing the internet for a pattern for a blanket. I am fairly new to chrocheting, but this I will for sure have to make one day. It is jus WOW! How big is the diameter of the blanket? Maybe I am blind, but I do not think I have found this anywhere :-).

    Once again thank you for the very nice pattern, I can not wait to get started, when I have finished my current project.

    Best Wishes,

    • Helen Helen

      if you look at the intro post, which is towards the bottom of the main Mandala Madness page you will find all the info on yarns and finished sizes.

      • Thank you, now I found it.

        Wow it is huge. I will have to gather all my beginner courage to take on this project 🙂

  2. I have been crocheting since I was 12 (almost 30 years now) and this is my first CAL. I just finished my Mandala Madness CAL yesterday and I just wanted to tell you thank you so very much for your instructions and beautiful idea! You do amazing work and I will absolutely be doing another Mandala Madness in the future! I am “hooked”

  3. Do you have the complete pattern somewhere, so that I can print it off in its entirety?

    • Helen Helen

      No, you will need to download each of the 18 parts and then you can print them. 🙂

  4. Namaste Helen. I know I am late in starting on this CAL, but have been itching to make it. I just want to know if there is any way I can make this into a square. I am making a queen size bedspread as a wedding present for my nephew and his bride. I would be grateful for a reply. Thank you. Love and Light to you and yours coming all the way from India 🙂 God bless.

    • Helen Helen

      Namaste 🙂 yes there is a post call a little bit more madness, that gives you the instructions to square it up 🙂

  5. Bonjour Helen
    est ce que je dois finir avec le point écrevisses si je veux faire le mandala madness en carré ?

    • Helen Helen

      The square up part will be available in other languages soon

  6. Liebe Helen, hab recht vielen Dank für die tollen Videos bei YouTube. Trotz weniger Englischkenntnisse, konnte ich dir wunderbar folgen. Ich hoffe, du machst mit den Ecken weitere Videos. Danke noch mal. Schöne Grüße, Monika

    • Helen Helen

      You are welcome 🙂

  7. Loved Loved this pattern. Can’t wait for the next CAL. Keep up the great work!

  8. Thank you so much for this stunning design. I started late and can only work on this at the weekend so I’m only up to part 13, but I’m loving it. I’m doing the stonewash XL version and it is HUGE!! When I’ve finished this one, I’m going to do a version in cream crochet cotton using a 1.5mm hook – that WILL be a challenge, and somewhat of a change after months of working with a 5mm hook!

  9. thank you Helen

  10. Merci pour votre mandala madness
    j’aimerai le refaire en carré
    avez vous fait une vidéo sur YouTube pour les explications
    car je ne sais pas traduire les explications écrites

    • Helen Helen

      Sorry there is no video, but translations are coming soon 🙂

  11. In the beginning of Part 18, what do you mean by blocking off? Thanks!

    • Helen Helen

      I have given some details about blocking, but you can find out more hereblocking

  12. Wow! I am so impressed by your beautiful design, all of the work that went into creating it, not to mention making the tutorials, blog posts, etc. What an amazing labor of love.

    • Helen Helen

      thank you 🙂

  13. Mandala Madness Part 17. I’ve run out of color crafter yarn need to know what colors for part 18so I can order enough to finish.

    • Helen Helen

      If you go to part 18 it tells you all the colours used, but I am sure it is only 2 or 3 colours.

  14. Thanks very much Helen for this so nice trip!

  15. when finished how big will it be

    • Helen Helen

      it depends on the yarn and hook size you use, if you go to the intro post about half way down is a chart that gives you lots of size info 🙂

  16. This is beautiful and would love to make one. Do you have a PDF of all 18 parts together so that I can download it on my tablet for easier viewing?

    • Helen Helen

      AT the moment it is all in the seperate parts, sorry

      • Jen

        It would be awesome to have the whole thing in one pdf!

        • Helen Helen

          maybe in the future, but it is going to be a massive amount of work, so for now it is in the 18 parts. 🙂

  17. This Mandala is absolutely beautiful, breathtaking, stunning colors. I’m don’t want to even try this, because this is not my calling. But I would like to purchase one. I have a queen size bed, and my husband and I will be moving to our new home in a few months, and I would love the one with the most red in it, my favorite color and throughout our home, with accents of cream, and blue. Please let me know if you sell them and the cost. You are truly gifted, God bless your hands and your vision.

    • Helen Helen

      I have sent you an email 🙂

  18. I have not started my mandala yet! I have been in love with them for sometime. I just happened to find your website and I am so excited to get started! Thank you so much! They are so beautiful!

    • Helen Helen

      Thank you….have fun 🙂

  19. Hi Helen, thank you for this beautiful pattern. I am a little behind, week 13, but that is because I started later (june)on this great project. I write a post about “my” mandala madness on my blog last week.
    Thanks again.

    • Helen Helen

      you’re most welcome 🙂

  20. Wow, this is a stunning design and I can’t imagine all the hard work that has gone into this CAL project. I am inspired to make it for myself. My only regret is that I didn’t find this to join you all sooner! I hope to join you on the next one for sure. Thank you for sharing of yourself in this beautiful way.

    • Helen Helen

      Bless you, you can join in any time 🙂

  21. I am in awe of your amazing brain & workwomanship. I came in late on this and am only up to Part 9. But on reading this post I realise I am guilty of changing stitch types in a couple of rows and I see you are firm about not changing pattern in any way. To get around this I am hoping you will allow me to post the images of my progress, in Ravelry and Facebook By stating ” this is my adaptation of the original pattern by Helen Shrimpton. I have altered a couple of stitch types in a couple of rows, but essentially the pattern Mandala Madness is hers.” Or words of your choice, if you permit my lapse. It’s only changing sc to bpsc, plus extra bobbles. Nothing major that changes the basic pattern. Won’t be selling it, at most only showing at local Craft Show & that’s uncertain. Such a beautiful pattern and I’d hate to annoy you. You deserve full credit for your extraordinary work of love – it was never my intention to steal or in any way contravene your due rights. Oops. Sorry. Don’t feel much like going back & redoing it at this stage. Namaste.

    • Helen Helen

      Not a problem…it is for you, so you can do as you like 🙂
      The problems occur when people basically copy a pattern and pass it off as their design.. I know you have not done that 🙂
      Namaste 🙂

      • O, thankyou for your generosity. Really chuffed. Wasn’t going to be undoing miles of stitches to wayback, so felt I was in a bind. But I will credit you with your pattern & note mine is an adaption of minimal devaition. Phew! Onward then….into the Sun as our planet tilts & spins, the season changes here DownUnder, and after a spectacular full moon night of steaming mists, our first glorious proto-Spring morning banishes Winter. A morning to sing & dance & celebrate the wonders of It All. Thankyou. Sto kalo.

  22. Der Helen ! I just finished my Mandela Madness and I’m very happy for this beautiful blanket. Thank’s for a very, very beautiful pattern. I have bought your Dream Weaver pattern, so now I will enjoy to croche this blanket.
    A big hug ( knus) from me

    • Helen Helen

      you are most welcome 🙂

  23. Kim

    Wonderful Helen! I’m stuck on Part 10 but I am committed to completing it. Please let me know when the next CAL is happening.

    • Helen Helen

      Use the videos to help you, or mail me if you are stuck 🙂
      News on the new cal will be out in a few weeks

  24. ga

    I admit, I haven’t started, but am AWED by the design and the pics of everyone’s. They are so beautiful and imaginative. Arranging colors intimidates me, so I’ve been practicing on smaller wips letting imagination take over. I love your designs, and thought process. thank you. ga

    • Helen Helen

      practice makes perfect…and sometimes you just have to jump in and see where you go 🙂

  25. Helen thank you for this beautiful pattern, its been a wonderful journey. Greetings from Greece. xx Sofia

    • Helen Helen

      So pleased you have enjoyed it 🙂

  26. Thank you, Helen, for this wonderful design and your sharing it with us. I enjoyed very much making this mandala and even though I might have sent an exasperated thought your way sometime when the stitches grew … let’s say interesting, lol … I loved every minute of working on this mandala. Hugs from Vienna, Austria!

    • Oh, sorry, I forgot, I meant to say thank you to the ladies who provided the translations to German. They made my life a lot easier.

    • Helen Helen

      hahaha you were not alone in the thoughts you sent 😉 lol but you got there in the end 🙂

  27. Lovely design and learnt lots. Thanks so much form a very remote part of the world.

    • Helen Helen

      thank you 🙂

  28. thankyou for taking time everyday to make a comment on everyone’s mandala. Encouragement is a precious gift you have given freely .

    • Helen Helen

      you are most welcome…yes a few words of praise and encouragement make us all feel better 🙂

  29. Its feels like goodbye… 🙁
    Still working at part 15 due to the burning hot weather…. I proceed, every day a little bit in the early mornings…

    Anyway….thank you so much for bringing this madness in my life. ☺️

    • Helen Helen

      Not goodbye… just see you soon 🙂

  30. Thank you for this wonderful design. It really is beautiful.

    • Helen Helen

      thank you 🙂

  31. thank you for a beautiful design. I have truly enjoyed the “madness”. scrambling to get this done while starting a “sophies universe” at the same time. Hoping to have them both done by Christmas. One for my Hubby and one for me! Now the end is in sight, I will be able concentrate on “sophie” I should be able to get them done!

    • Helen Helen

      thank you 🙂

  32. Oh thank you so much for allowing us to share your journey with you, it has been a challenge and delight to make , also for sharing this experience with so many new friends. love and blessings to you.

    • Helen Helen

      Bless you 🙂

  33. Von

    What a wonderfully generous effort to produce and share you CAL. I am just settling down to start part 18, thank thank thank you

    • Helen Helen

      and thank you for joining the journey 🙂

  34. Helen, thank you soooo so very much for this, for your hardwork.. *huge hug*


    • Helen Helen

      Namaste 🙂

  35. Thank you so very much Helen for all of the effort it must have taken to bring this magnificent piece together!! I am very new to crochet and have learned so much from taking part so far in this CAL. I am nowhere near half way through never mind finished, but so far I have loved each moment I have worked on this! I am just home from the hospital again today and can’t wait to get stuck back in to this!! I can not thank you enough for your beautiful design! You have opened my eyes to something beautiful that I never would have dreamed of attempting a mere 8 weeks ago when I taught myself to crochet! Both the written and photo tutorials have helped me a lot so far, and I have also been following Esther’s videos for when I am a little stuck! Massive thank you again! <3

    • Helen Helen

      thank you 🙂

  36. Helen, you’ve been part of my life, every day, for several months, and I cried when I read this. Am crying now. I’m still working on my Mandalas, they will take a while. This was my first crochet along, and I loved it. Bright blessings.

    • Helen Helen

      enjoy the rest of the journey, blessed be 🙂

  37. Oh Helen, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! For this splendiferous and majestic design – it’s been the market and craziest but most wonderful thing I’ve ever made! I love it soooooo much I will also now never be afraid of any crochet pattern ever because my skill and confidence levels have soared through the making of my Lady Tilly (Mathilda). You go and have a bit of a rest now, have a cuppa and a nap for a couple of months and I’ll be keeping my eye out for HelenShrimptonDesigns from now on!

    Lots of love and massive awe
    Helen xx

    • Maddest, not market. Doh.

    • Helen Helen

      Bless you, and thank you so much 🙂

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    • Hi Helen, thank you for an amazing project that has continued to thrill me every week. I must confess that I am going to feel lost after this , I felt the same way after completing Sophie’s Universe!!
      Can’t wait for the next project later in the year
      Thank you It’s been an incredible journey!!,

      • Helen Helen

        so pleased you have had fun 🙂 and yes I feel a bit lost too!

    • Hi Helen. I absolutely LOVE Your Patterns! Thank You so very much! You are an incredibly talented lady!

      • Helen Helen

        Bless you 🙂

    • I am a late starter on this project but wanted to say thank you for this incredible and generous and beautiful project. I’m just finishing week two and my husband keeps walking by saying, “Wow that’s beautiful” and “I love the 3D quality of that” and “I can’t imagine anyone designing that!” I feel exactly the same way.

      • Helen Helen

        How wonderful, I love it when others encourage us in what we love 🙂

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