Mandala Madness Part 3

Mandala Madness Part 3

Mandala Madness Part 3

You are my sunshine…you make me happy when skies are grey…
A line from a song I remember well from my childhood!
It always makes me smile when I start humming it...just as all the amazing photos you have all been sharing make me smile, such amazing colour combinations, so much beautiful creativity. And the single colour mandalas show the texture of the stitches perfectly. Thank you for all the wonderful comments, it gives me great joy to share my passion.

Before we start this week I would like to clarify a couple of points... you will not need to change hook size..keep with the same size all the way through.
Also you will not need to block your Mandala Madness until right at the very end. There will be a couple of weeks where things get wobbly, but it is all part of the cunning plan.... if you do block, and stretch your work it could make it harder in the next part.... so just a gentle warning 🙂

This part of our Mandala Madness is created to look like a sun with its rays beaming out, spreading light all over the world. 🙂

There is another new stitch for many of you, the Ruffle stitch, another of my favourites. It is quite simple, and very effective, but takes a little concentration. Follow the link above for a full tutorial.

We will also be working with 2 colours at the same time this week. For some of you this will be the first time, so please check out Esther’s video if the photo tutorial is not enough help. Those of you working with just one colour will just need to ignore the colour change instructions.

There are lots of single crochet this week and you will be forming points, I suggest using stitch markers to help you to identify the ch-1 space in each point.

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 have also started 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.
I would like to add a HUGE thank you to Esther for the amazing job she has done with these videos.


♥ PDF downloads

Written pattern with just a small picture. Mandala Madness part 3 written pattern
Photo tutorial. Mandala Madness part 3 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-3-VertaalAFR
Arabic         Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Arabic-منديلا-مادنس-الجزء-٣
Dutch          Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Dutch
Danish        Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Danish
Finnish       Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Finnish
French        Mandala-Madness-Part-3-French
German      Mandala-Madness-Part-3-German
Greek          Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Greek
Hebrew       Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Hebrew
Korean        Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Korean
Persian       Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Persian
Polish          Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Polish
Russian       Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Russian
Spanish       Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Spanish
Swedish      Mandala-Madness-Part-3-Swedish

Russian video tutorial

Spanish video tutorial

Arabic Video Tutorial

Mandala Madness Part 3

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♥ Materials and Colours

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 colours 3

US terms used throughout.

AbbreviationsAbbreviations[ ]Hints: Are typed in italics and coloured purple, they are to help and guide you and
hopefully make life a little easier, especially for beginners.
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

Ruffle Stitch: Made over 3 sts. Flsc in indicated stitch, and working around the front of the post of the same st, from top to bottom (hdc, 3 dc), skip next st, flsc in next st.

Tr9tog Cluster: Yarn over twice, hook through indicated stitch and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, twice. Repeat in next 8 sts, giving 10 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 10 loops.

Sc2tog: Hook through indicated stitch and pull up a loop, repeat in next stitch, yarn over and pull through all three loops on hook.


Hint: In this round you will only be working into the folding sc, which sit behind your work. See P2

24. Join with a standing hdc in any marked st, make 2 more hdc in same st,
*hdc in next 10 sts, sc2tog twice,
[these will be 11th and 12th folding sc, and 1st and 2nd folding sc of next point],
hdc in next 10 sts, 3 hdc in next st [marked st].*

Repeat from * to* 7 more times, omit last 3 hdc.
Join to standing hdc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: 184 hdc, 16 sc2tog.
Hint: To learn more about working stitches together go here.


Hint: In this round you will be working with two colours and carrying one colour behind the other, as you switch colours give the new colour a gentle pull to ensure an even tension throughout your work.
You may find it helpful to use stitch markers in the ch-1 point spaces from this point forward, also remember ch-1 point spaces are not included in any stitch count.

25. Ch 1 and sc in same st,
*in next st (sc, ch 1, sc) [forming new point space],
sc in next 8 sts, add 2nd colour by completing last sc with 2nd colour, ch 3,
working over 1st colour, make a tr9tog cluster over the next 9 sts, ch 3,
joining colour 1, and working over colour 2, sc in same st as last tr, sc in next 7 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last sc.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 18 sc, 1 tr9tog cluster, 2 ch-3 spaces.
Total: 144 sc, 8 tr9tog clusters, 16 ch-3 spaces.


26. Ch 1 and sc in same st, [making sure you are still working over colour 2], sc in next st, *in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc), sc in next 9 sts [taking care not to miss the 1st st],
re-join colour 2 as you complete the 9th sc, working over colour 1 and into the “eye” of the cluster make 9 tr, change to colour 1 and sc in next 9 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 2 sc.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Fasten off colour 2.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 20 sc. 9 tr.
Total: 160 sc, 72 tr.

Hint: To stop colour 1 showing through, pick up with 1st dc.


27. Ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in next 2 sts,*
in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc), sc in next 8 sts, skip next 2 sts, (dc in next tr, 2 dc in next tr) 4 times, dc in last tr, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 8 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 3 sc.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 18 sc, 13 dc.
Total: 144 sc, 104 dc.


28. Ch 1 and sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts,
*in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc), sc in next 7 sts, skip next 2 sts, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) 6 times, dc in next dc, skip next 2 sts, sc in next 7 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 4 sc.
Join to 1st sc, fasten off and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 16 sc, 19 dc.
Total: 128 sc, 152 dc.


29. Join with standing sc in any ch-1 point space, (ch 1, sc) in same space,
*sc in next 8 sts, skip next dc,[P3] (flsc in next dc, in same st (fphdc, 3 fpdc) skip next st, flsc in next st [making a Ruffle st],[P4,5]) 6 times, sc in next 8 sts, in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc).*

Repeat from* to * 7 more times, omit last point group.
Join to standing sc, fasten off and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 18 sc, 6 ruffle st.
Total: 144 sc, 48 ruffle st.


Part 3 is now complete.
Give yourself a pat on the back, sit back and admire your amazing work, especially if this is your first time working with two colours.

Please feel free to leave a comment below.

See you next week.

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47 Responses

  1. Hi Helen, What a gracious lady you are. Thank you for sharing, you are giving a beautiful gift that has touched so many people. I am so enjoying making this afghan for my daughter and her family. I’m learning so much as I go along. Be blessed today, Diana

    • Helen Helen

      So pleased you are having fun, blessings to you 🙂

  2. Love this! Making it for my mother as a Mother’s Day or birthday or Christmas present. Haven’t decided just yet

  3. I am struggling with part 3 right now I’m having a hard time figuring out where to start counting to 13 from. Where so I start my count in the valley? Please help! This my second attempt I gave up on my first mandala on this part because I kept getting discouraged I do not want to give up this time.

    • Helen Helen

      I have sent you an email, so I can help you 🙂

  4. It occurs to me as I struggle row after row with chain one spaces at the points that chain 2 wouldn’t disappear and would actually not change the stitch count as they aren’t counted. It doesn’t seem to matter how loosely I chain 1 it disappears.

    • Helen Helen

      the reason for using the ch-1 space is to keep the points tight and sharp, I always use a stitch marker in the ch-1 space, that way you never loose it 🙂
      so though a ch-2 will not change the count it will make the points looser, but if the ch-2 works better for you then go that way 🙂

  5. I have belatedly started preparing to participate in this CAL, my first ever, getting the patterns ready and now for the colours…. I had decided to use cotton which I love working with and it’s machine washable, should I decide to give this to my grand daughter due to be born within the next week or so! (First grandchild too!) To my utter astonishment, I have quite a stash of colours! So, they are in there colour boxes now ready and waiting to go….. I am amazed at the way the appearance of the mandalas change once the next week’s colours are added!

    • Helen Helen

      oooh how exciting for you 🙂

  6. Thank you Helen…for your generosity by sharing your talent with me and with everyone else…i lovvvvvve the pattern and looking forward to the next part. ..

    • Helen Helen

      You are welcome 🙂

  7. I sing my oldest daughter “you are my sunshine” every night.

    • Helen Helen


  8. I’m finding that I can’t click on the link for the ruffle stitch tutorial video from the PDF and I don’t see a link for it anywhere else

  9. Merci Helen c’est vraiment magnifique. Merci également aux 3 traductrices pour la version française.
    Je suis entrain de terminer la Sophie’s Universe de Dedri et ensuite je me lance dans le Mandala Madness 😉
    Have a good week-end.

    • Helen Helen

      Thank you, enjoy your weekend 🙂

  10. I am having a problem with the ruffle stitches. When I make 6 of them, I don’t end up on the last DC. It is several stitches before the last one. Any ideas?

    • Helen Helen

      With the ruffle stitch you need to make sure you are using 3 stitches for each one…so it’s flsc then fp sts around post of same st. skip 1, flsc, that is 3 sts, then start again…so you will have 2 flsc next to each other and 1 skipped st between, if you are getting too many sts left then you are not doing the last flsc, you are going straight into the next ruffle…hope that makes sense… if you watch the video by Esther you will see very clearly how to do it 🙂

      • I end up with 3 spare stitches, I have watched the video, re-done this several times and I swear I can count! I think I must have done something wrong in the last row. Not at all happy with my effort!

        • Helen Helen

          Which round are you on? you may find it easier to email me vial the contact page 🙂

  11. I love this Mandala 🙂 the dutch translation for part 3 just happens to have a tiny little mistake. Who can I contact to have it fixed?

    • Helen Helen

      I will email you 🙂

  12. I must be blind as a bat!! LOL It says the colors are listed below but I can’t find them. Tell me to charge my batteries so I can find them. I am so glad to be moving on to Part 3 after frogging Part 2 5 times! LOLOL My count for the rollover was off by two the first time and then it was off by one several times. Finally I got it but with OCD, I do have to frog until I get it perfect. I hope we don’t do that stitch any more!! LOLOL Thanks Helen. I can sure there is a lot of work, calculations, crocheting and frogging that go into a beautiful Madala like this and we all appreciate it more than you will ever know. Hugs and thank you!!! Thank you to Esther, too. She’s my right hand and tutor. LOL

    • Nevermind. Somehow the colors suddenly appeared!! I need another cup of coffee!!

      • Helen Helen

        lol…I did just have to check they were there lol

  13. Helen I cannot thank you enough for sharing your amazing talent with us! I have been a Happy Hooker for years and have never created such a Beautiful Masterpiece! You are taking me to heights I have never dreamed of. Your instructions and videos are AMAZING! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! God Bless!!

    • Helen Helen

      Bless you 🙂 so glad you are learning new hooky tricks 😉

  14. Helen, I thought last week’s mandala was great. Well, you outdid yourself with week #3. It was easy and beautiful. Thank you so much.

    • Helen Helen

      so glad you enjoyed it :)…lots more fun to come 🙂

  15. I love this cal.Thank you for share this.
    Could I ask for a back picture after row 26?
    I think I’m not doing it well

    • Helen Helen

      I will try to find one, but check out the video by Esther, she shows it really well .

      • I love this cal.Thank you for share this.
        Could I ask for a back picture after row 26?
        I think I’m not doing it well

        Thanks for your answer. Looking the video I realized that my “mistake” is repaired at row 27. First colour comes invisible.

      • Here I am again. I do a mistake on my row 25… so working two colours twice…
        Never mind, I would like to ask you if I can post photo of my mandala in FB group because row 27 I’m working DC in third loop.
        Is this a no respect of your pattern? I don’t won’t to bless your magnificent work.

        • Helen Helen

          Yes please post in group and ask for what ever help you need 🙂

        • Sorry.
          Last comment is not true now.
          After work two motifs, doing your pattern look MOOOOST better.

  16. I have been searching for a new bedding pattern. I have found it! I am going to do #3, in cream grey and yellows. It is for a king size bed……fingers crossed!

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  18. Dear Helen, thank you so much for letting us use your design and ideas. I think this is my favourite CAL so far, as I have learnt so much. Really enjoying creating somrthing very different. So thanks again. Best wishes Jackie

    • Helen Helen

      You are most welcome, so glad you are learning new techniques 🙂

  19. Hi Helen
    I’m so glad that I decided to join this cal because I’m learning so much. I’m ten years crocheting and I never realised that I knew so little about it. At the start I was a little nervous and things didn’t work out too easily but I persevered and told myself to have a little more confidence in my abilities and do you know what, I’m delighted that I did. I’m showing my work to anybody that stands beside me long enough! Thanks is the best that I can say. I can’t wait to see it progress.

    • Helen Helen

      Awesome…always new things to learn, it csn be uncomfortable at first, when we are out of our comfort zone…but so worth it when we get that feeling of wow look at what I did 🙂

  20. Oh my goodness, Helen! Thank you for such a lovely design for a mandala!! It just keeps getting prettier and prettier as we go!

    • Helen Helen

      you’re welocme

  21. This is turning out SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful, am still at the colour picking stage, hard to pick a colour scheme. I think I have one, then change my mind.

    • Helen Helen

      not easy but just go for it 🙂

  22. Elizabeth

    I am enjoying this Mandalla CAL so much. Thanks for designing and publishing it. The only bad thing is waiting for Thursday to come around….. 🙂

    • Helen Helen

      thank you 🙂

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