Mandala Madness Part 6

Mandala Madness Part 6

Mandala Madness Part 6

Can you believe we are a third of the way through this madness!!

A few of you spotted that there was no comment or description from me about last week’s instalment. It is very much combined with this part, as we work back into an eight pointed star.

Octagrams formed from overlapping squares often emphasize duality: yin and yang, male and female, spiritual and material. Squares are often connected with the physical world: four elements, four cardinal directions, etc. Together, they bring balance. They are used in many different faiths, and belief systems, all around the world and date back to pre-Ancient Egypt.

Number 8 tells you to step into your personal power and have faith and trust in your own abilities, skills and talents, and to use them to their highest potential.

So with that said, as you start this week, the very first round is one that will test your patience, and your concentration.
It is not hard, but there is a lot going on, so please take your time, and go step by step.

To me each piece of work I do, I want to learn, grow, and improve. This is done by taking time to focus on what I am doing, and to enjoy each and every step of the journey. It is not about getting from A to B in the fastest possible time!

Maybe this is the week to really take the time to “feel” what the colours you have chosen mean to you, and if you haven’t already, then find a name for your own personal Mandala Madness, to make it absolutely unique to you.

Also this week you will need to turn your work in round 44 and then turn back for round 45, this will make a huge difference to the way your work looks, but please be very aware of those SNEAKY…HIDDEN stitches.

And...because some of you have asked for some measurements for guidance at the end of this week mine measure as follows:
Merino Soft        ~ Rainbow Madness  ~  4mm hook     ~  26 inches / 66 cm
Colour Crafter    ~ Purple Passion        ~  4.5mm hook  ~  30 inches / 76 cm
Stonewashed xl  ~ Big Earth Momma  ~ 5.5mm hook  ~  37 inches / 94 cm

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 6 written pattern
Photo tutorial.  Mandala Madness part 6 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-6-Afrikaans
Dutch          Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Dutch
Danish        Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Danish
Finnish       Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Finnish
French        Mandala-Madness-Part-6-French
German      Mandala-Madness-Part-6-German
Greek          Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Greek
Hebrew       Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Hebrew
Korean        Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Korean
Persian        Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Persian
Polish          Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Polish
Russian       Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Russian
Spanish       Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Spanish
Swedish      Mandala-Madness-Part-6-Swedish

Russian Video Tutorial
Huge thanks to Natalie for this
Thank you to Carmen for the Spanish video tutorial


Mandala Madness Part 6

mm part 6

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 6

US terms used throughout.



Hints: 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

Sc3tog: Hook through indicated stitch and pull up a loop, repeat in next stitch, and in the following stitch, yarn over and pull through all four loops on hook.

Beginning dc3tog: ch 2, [counts as 1st partial dc] In next stitch, yarn over and pull through two. Two loops on hook. In next stitch, yarn over and pull through two. Three loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all three loops to complete the stitch.

Dc3tog: Yarn over, put hook through indicated stitch, yarn over and pull through two.
Two loops on hook. In next stitch, yarn over and pull through two. Three loops on hook.
In next stitch, yarn over and pull through two. Four loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all four loops to complete the stitch.

Bobble Stitch: make a dc5tog cluster. In indicated stitch, make 5 partial dc’s, yarn over and pull through all six loops on hook. The bobble is formed as you make the next stitch.



Hint: This round looks far more complicated than it is, I have listed it to make it easier to follow. All back loop stitches are worked in front of ch-1 spaces and not over them.

41. Join with a standing sc through ch-1 space between any 6th and 7th popcorn [R34] and 4th tr of shell, sc in next sc, sc through ch-1 space between 7th and 8th popcorn [R34] and 1st tr of next shell,
*bpsc in next 3 sts [P2], bldc in 3rd dc in shell from [R39] [P3], fpsc around sc,
bldc in 5th dc in shell [R39], bpsc in next 7 tr,
bldc in 3rd dc in shell [R39], fpsc around sc,
bldc in 5th dc in shell [R39],
bpsc in next 4 tr, bphdc in next tr, bpdc in next 2 tr,
bltr in 3rd dc in shell [R39], fpdc around sc,
bltr in 5th dc in shell [R39],
bpdc in next 2 tr, bphdc in next tr, bpsc in next 4 tr,
bldc in 3rd dc in shell [R39], fpsc around sc,
bldc in 5th dc in shell [R39], bpsc in next 7 tr,
bldc in 3rd dc in shell [R39], fpsc around sc.
bldc in 5th dc in shell [R39], bpsc in next 3 tr,
sc through ch-1 space between 6th and 7th popcorn [R34] and 4th tr of  shell, sc in next sc, sc through ch-1 space between 7th and 8th popcorn [R34] and 1st tr of next shell.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last group joining popcorns.
Join to standing sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 3 sc, 4 fpsc, 28 bpsc, 2 bphdc, 1 fpdc, 4 bpdc, 8 bldc, 2 bltr.
Total: 24 sc, 32 fpsc, 224 bpsc, 16 bphdc, 8 fpdc, 32 bpdc, 64 bldc, 16 bltr.


42. Make a beginning dc3tog over next 3 sc,
*dc in next 24 sts, 3 dc in next st [fpdc], dc in next 24 sts, dc3tog over next 3 sc.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last dc3tog.
Join to starting dc3tog, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 51 dc, 1 dc3tog.
Total: 408 dc, 8 dc3tog.


43. Join with a standing sc in 2nd dc of any 3 dc group at top of point, make 2 more sc in same st,
*sc in next 23 sts, (sc3tog over next 3 sts) twice, sc in next 22 sts, 3 sc in next st
[which will be the 2nd dc of 3 dc group].*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 3 sc.
Join to standing sc with a sl-st.
Stitch count: Per repeat: 48 sc, 2 sc3tog.
Total: 384 sc, 16 sc3tog.


Hint: to keep neat even loops when working sc3tog fold your work in half after making 1st sc3tog.


Hint: For this round you will be working on the wrong side to have your bobbles sitting pretty on the right side. Please remember that over the next  2 rounds you will be turning your work and so the working loops will reverse, just as if you were working in rows rather than in the round.

Hint: take care not to miss 1st st after bobble especially the 1st st after the point space bobble.

 44. Ch 1, TURN YOUR WORK [wrong side facing you], and sc in same st, sc in next 4 sts,
*(make a bobble st in next st, sc in next 5 sts) 3 times, sc3tog over next 3 sts
[both sc3tog plus sc], (sc in next 5 sts, bobble st in next st) 4 times,
[Hint: the 4th bobble will fall in the 2nd sc in 3 sc point group] sc in next 5 sts.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 5 sc.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 40 sc, 1 sc3tog, 7 bobble st.
Total: 320 sc, 8 sc3tog, 56 bobble st.


45.Ch 1 and TURN YOUR WORK, the right side is now facing you again. Hdc in same st [last sc before bobble st], 3 hdc in bobble st,
*hdc in next 22 sts, [Hint: 6th, 12th, 18th hdc will fall in the top of the bobble sts] dc3tog,
hdc in next 22 sts, [Hint: 5th, 11th, 17th hdc will fall in the top of the bobble sts],
3 hdc in next st [bobble at top of point].*
Hint: don't accidentally skip those sneaky stitches, hidden by the bobble. [P2]

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 4 hdc.
Join to 1st hdc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 47 hdc, 1 dc3tog.
Total: 376 hdc, 8 dc3tog.


46. Join with a standing dc in 2nd hdc of 3 hdc group at top of any point, (ch 1, dc) in same st, *(ch 1, skip next st, dc in next st) 23 times, ch 1, skip next st, in next st (dc, ch 1, dc).* Hint: the 12th dc after point group on each side will fall in the dc3tog, and the new point space falls in the 2nd hdc of point group of 3 hdc.

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last point group.
Join to standing dc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 25 dc, 24 ch-1 spaces.
Total: 200 dc, 192 ch-1 spaces.
[Remember ch-1 point spaces are not included in any stitch count]


 Hint: leave weaving the ends of Round 46 until after you have done the next section as it will look so much better to hide them under the next round. Also your work will curl over slightly.


You now have another beautiful star and have completed part 6…

See you next week.

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30 Responses

  1. Thank you, again, Helen, for your beautiful contribution to this life! I’m on Round 44 and am still in love with this project. As you suggested, I’ve named my piece, and it only came to me this morning. One of my dearest friends is expecting her first grandchild, a little girl. My friend’s name is “Eileen”, but she pronounces it “Ell-EEN”. Her mother was Ellen and her daughter is Ellen, so I thought it only fitting that my piece be, “Elle”, the French word for “she”.

    • Helen Helen

      Wonderful 🙂 Eileen is my mum’s name, and “she” sounds perfect for you 🙂

  2. Thank you Helen for the exellent tutorials, I love the Mandala Madness. All those beautiful and unknown crochet stitches. The blanket become every time more beautiful.

  3. Hi Helen, i just want to thank you again, for i have finished the part 5 now. I have been worrying about so much that i might not be able to make it. Now i am so proud of myself and also so proud of you. Your written pattern is fabulous for anyone to learn it here. I have struggled a lot at some points but i perfectly succeeded finally. The stitches are totally write now. Thank you so much for the awesome job!

    • oh i made a mistake, i have finished part 6 already:))

      • Helen Helen

        Well done 🙂

  4. I have just finished part 5. Each round I am so afraid I won’t be able to do it correctly but so far it is looking really good. I have only been crocheting for a few months. Thanks so much for the pattern and the videos.

    • Helen Helen

      You can do it 🙂 the videos are a great help when you are starting, especially with new techniques or stitches.

  5. I am beginning to comprehend your “madness” Helen! I write, but I’ve been too timid to share my writing with the world. But working on your Mandala here, and taking to heart Elizabeth Gilbert’s lessons from her book Big Magic, I have made the decision to be brave and open myself up to the all of it: praise and criticism, success and failure.
    I took a break from the pattern at this point to return to the writing, but now I’m at another standstill. The complexity of your pattern helps my brain work out plot points and character.
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us!

    • Helen Helen

      Always follow your dreams…. some may journey with you and others may choose not to…write from your heart, and you can not go wrong 🙂

  6. I really appreciated how you wrote out row 41. It made it so much easier to follow. Mahalo!

    • Helen Helen

      Great, I have tried to make it as clear as possible 🙂

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  8. I resisted for four weeks and finally succumbed. Of course I have been good enough to use the thread in my stash( even though it is a bit stiff and unyielding).
    Sorry, but I think there is a discrepancy in Esther’s video tutorial. In part 5, round 40, she is demonstrating dc instead of trebles?

    • Helen Helen

      Yes there is a mistake, I have put a note in my post for part 5 and I knoe Esther has also put a note, it should be tr, but doing dc is not a huge problem 🙂

  9. In row 42 – the 3 DC in next stitch – is that supposed to fall into the FP stitch every time?

    • Helen Helen

      yes it should, it is at the point 🙂

  10. I’m curious, you say at the beginning of this round, that we are one third of the way through. Does that mean if we look at the size of our piece at the end of round 5, that our finished piece will be 3 times this size?

    • Helen Helen

      It is an 18 week project, so at week 6 we are 1/3 of the way through 🙂

  11. Love your Mandala ! my very next Project to begin ! thanks a lot Hellen

  12. This is a beautiful mandala pattern. I am thinking of doing it in Elle crochet no 5, suppose it would be suitable to display on a table. Thanks for all your tips and tutorials, I have learned a lot of new things

  13. Hallo Helen , heute möchte ich einfach mal Dankeschön sagen.Ich bin durch Facebook zu diesem CAL gekommen. Die Anleitung in Schrift , Bild und Video zu erstellen dafür meine Respekt. Ich weiß was es bedeutet Anleitungen zu erarbeiten. Werde versuchen an diesem Wochenende Teil 6 zu arbeiten und dann freue ich mich eine Woche auf den Nächsten 😉 Vielen Dank und liebe Grüße Margitta

    • Helen Helen

      Vielen Dank, so erfreut , Sie genießen es 🙂

  14. What shape blanket will we end up with? Or will that spoil the surprise?

    • Helen Helen

      In the intro post it tells you that it will be round 🙂

  15. Oh It will be a mystery unfolding! I changed the colors of my Color Crafter, but I continue with your colorscheme.. ad now the bobbles will be darker than the rounds around them… I hope I can work on them tomorrow night!

    • Helen Helen

      I’m sure it will look great 🙂

  16. You are awesome ! We all have our global family that we connect with on a deeper level/dimension because of strongly felt ideas and attitudes about everything in our world. As I read the introduction for this CAL I immediately felt the tribe connection 🙂 and reading this weeks post cemented it further when you suggested naming our pieces because I already had (so cool) I have two in the works currently on is French provincial in pale yellow and midnight blue the other is forest medow done in greens , blues , and brown/cream color families. Thank you for your beautiful designs , paid and free they are beautiful and reflect who you are <3

    • Helen Helen

      Bless you 🙂 beautiful names from a beautiful soul xx

  17. Where can I find the tutorial for this CAL? I am attempting to learn how to crochet with more than a SC and DC…

    • Helen Helen

      If you go to the drop down box at the top with crochet, you will see Mandala Madness, that takes you to the main page and all the weekly parts, each part also has a link to a video by Esther which will helps you loads…enjoy

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