Mandala Madness Part 8

Mandala Madness Part 8

Mandala Madness Part 8

“Mary , Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow…with silver bells and cockle shells…..”

This week our flowers continue to bloom, and take on a shell like quality.

From a very young age, I have always been fascinated by nature, and even now, whenever I am on a beach, I will search for shells. I can get lost in the wonder of the patterns created by Mother Nature, in shells, flowers, rocks. The beauty of the world around us is truly astonishing, if we just take the time to stop and be present in the moment.

Crochet teaches us many things, humility, patience, grace, but above all it teaches us mindfulness.

I have a saying that I use often when teaching “where ever you are, BE there”.

And this is one of the weeks that you need to be totally “there” with your work.

Take your time, use stitch markers, check your stitch count on each repeat. And with Round 56 be especially mindful.
You will be making Long stitches and Extra Long stitches, and you will be working into 4 different rounds.
Read through Round 56 thoroughly before you start, and watch the video, as Esther explains it very clearly, and check the hints carefully for the number of turns around your hook.

 

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 itsallinanutshell.com, 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 8 written pattern
Photo tutorial.  mandala madness part 8 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-8-Afrikaans
Dutch - Nederlands      Mandala-Madness-part-8-Dutch
Danish - Dansk              Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Danish
Finnish - Suomi             Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Finnish
French - Français          Mandala-Madness-Part-8-French
German -  Deutsche     Mandala-Madness-Part-8-German
Greek -                            Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Greek
Hebrew - עברית               Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Hebrew
Korean  -   한국어.         Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Korean
Persian -  فارسی               Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Persian
Polish -   Polski              Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Polish
Russian -  на русском  Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Russian
Spanish - Español         Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Spanish
Swedish - Svenska        Mandala-Madness-Part-8-Swedish

Thanks to Natalie for the Russian Video Tutorial

Thanks to Carmen for the Spanish Video Tutorial

Mandala Madness Part 8

mm part 8

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 8

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.
* 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

Tr Cluster: Yarn over twice, insert hook into indicated stitch or space, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (2 loops on hook), yarn over twice, insert hook into same stitch or space, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (3 loops on hook), yarn over twice, insert hook into same stitch or space, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.

Long Stitch: Yarn over 5 times, insert hook into indicated stitch or space, yarn over and pull through 2 loops 6 times.

Extra Long Stitch: Yarn over 7 times, insert hook into indicated stitch or space, yarn over and pull through 2 loops 8 times.

 

53. Join with a standing sc in any ch-1 point space, (ch 1, sc) in same space,
*ch 1, skip next st, hdc in next st, (ch 1, skip next st, dc in next st) 8 times,
ch 1, skip next 6 sts, in next st (tr cluster, ch 3, tr cluster, ch 3, tr cluster),
skip next 5 sts, in next st (tr cluster, ch 3, tr cluster, ch 3, tr cluster),
skip next 4 sts, in next st (tr cluster, ch 3, tr cluster, ch 3, tr cluster),
ch 1, skip next 6 sts, (dc in next st, ch 1, skip next st) 8 times,
hdc in next st, ch 1, skip next st, 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: 2 sc, 2 hdc, 16 dc, 9 tr cluster, 20 ch-1 spaces, 6 ch-3 spaces.
Total: 16 sc, 16 hdc, 128 dc, 72 tr cluster, 160 ch-1 space, 48 ch-3 space.

Hint: leave weaving the ends of Round 53 until after you have done the next round, as it will look so much better to hide them under the stitches above.

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54. Join with a standing sc in any ch-1 point space, (ch 1, sc) in same space,
*skip next st, (sc in ch-1 space, bphdc around next st) 3 times,
(hdc in ch-1 space, bpdc around next st) twice,
(dc in ch-1 space, bptr around next st) 4 times,
dc in ch-1 space,
(skip next cluster, 4 hdc in next ch-3 space) twice,
skip next cluster, dc between cluster groups,
(skip next cluster, 4 dc in next ch-3 space), twice,
skip next cluster, dc between cluster groups,
(skip next cluster, 4 hdc in next ch-3 space) twice,
skip last cluster, dc in ch-1 space,
(bptr around next st, dc in ch-1 space) 4 times,
(bpdc around next st, hdc in next ch-1 space) twice,
(bphdc around next st, sc in ch-1 space) 3 times,
skip last st, 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: 8 sc, 20 hdc, 6 bphdc, 20 dc, 4 bpdc, 8 bptr.
Total: 64 sc, 160 hdc, 48 bphdc, 160 dc, 32 bpdc, 64 bptr.

r54

55. Join with a standing sc in any ch-1 point space, (ch 1, sc) in same space,
*skip next st, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, dc in next 12 sts, sc in next st,
ch 1, skip next 4 sts, 7 tr between 4 hdc groups,
ch 1, skip next 4 sts, sc in next st, ch 1, skip next 4 sts,
9 tr between 4 dc groups, ch 1, skip next 4 sts,
sc in next st, ch 1, skip next 4 sts,
7 tr between 4 hdc groups, ch 1, skip next 4 sts,
sc in next st, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in next 3 sts, sc in next 3 sts, skip next st,
in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc).*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last point.
Join to standing sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 12 sc, 6 hdc, 24 dc, 23 tr.
Total: 96 sc, 48 hdc, 192 dc, 184 tr.

r55

Hint: in this round you will be making long stitches, please pay careful attention to how many turns around your hook to start each stitch, and which round the stitches are made into.

For more information refer to Special Stitches.

 56. Join with a standing sc in any ch-1 point space, (ch 1, sc) in same space,
*ch 1, skip next 2 sts, sc in next st, (ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st) 6 times.

r56a
Working in front of other rounds, make a long st [5 times round hook] into 2nd skipped st [R52], [P4] make an extra-long st [7 times around hook] into 1st bpdc [R52] marked st, [P6] ttr [4 times around hook] between cluster [R53] and 4 hdc [R54]. [P8, 9,10]

Hint: the long stitches need to sit flat on your work and pull very slightly, if your tension is tight you may need to add an extra turn around the hook to lengthen the stitch, or if your tension is loose then use 1 less turn around the hook. Remember to roll your hook as far down as you can to keep the top loops as tight as possible.

r56b
Working behind  long st group sc in next 5 sts [R55], skip ch-1 space,
bpsc in next 7 tr,
tr between 4 hdc [R54] and cluster [R53], [P13] make a long st [5 times around hook] into 2nd bpdc [R52], [P14] tr between cluster [R53] and 4 dc [R54]. [P15]

r56c
Skip ch-1 space, next st, ch-1 space, bpsc in next 9 tr, tr between 4 dc [R54] and cluster [R53], make a long st [5 times around hook] into 3rd bpdc [R52], tr between cluster [R53] and 4 hdc [R54].
Skip ch-1 space, next st, ch-1 space, bpsc in next 7 tr, skip ch-1 space, sc in next 5 sts.
Ttr [4 times around hook] between 4 hdc [R54] and cluster [R53],
make an extra-long st [7 times around hook] into 4th bpdc [R52] marked st,
Skip next 2 sts [R52], make a long st [5 times around hook] into next skipped st [R52].

Hint: the central photo [P21] shows how the groups of long sts sit, with the 1st and 4th set slanting away from the clusters and the 2nd and 3rd sitting centrally with the clusters.

Sc in next st [R55], (ch 1, skip next st, sc in next st) 6 times, ch 1, skip last 2 sts, in ch-1 point space (sc, ch 1, sc).*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last point.
Join to 1st sc with a sl-st.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 26 sc, 23 bpsc, 4 tr, 2 ttr, 4 long st, 2 extra-long st, 14 ch-1 spaces.
Total: 208 sc, 184 bpsc, 32 tr, 16 ttr, 32 long st, 16 extra-long st, 112 ch-1 spaces.

r56d

57. Sl-st into next ch-1 point space, ch 1 and 2 sc in same space,
*skip next st, 2 sc in next ch-1 space, (skip next st, 2 hdc in next ch-1 space) 3 times,
(skip next st, 2 dc in next ch-1 space) 3 times, fpdc around next 3 long sts  together,
hdc in next 12 sts [taking care not to miss the 1st st behind fpdc just made],
fpdc around next 3 sts together, hdc in next 4 sts, 3 hdc in next st [5th tr of middle shell],
hdc in next 4 sts, fpdc around next 3 long sts together, hdc in next 12 sts,
fpdc around next 3 long sts together, (skip next st, 2 dc in next ch-1 space) 3 times,
(skip next st, 2 hdc in next ch1 space) 3 times,
skip next st, 2 sc in next ch-1 space, skip next st, 2 sc in ch-1 point spaces.*

Repeat from * to * 7 more times, omit last 2 sc.
Join to 1st sc, fasten off, and secure ends.
Stitch Count: Per repeat: 6 sc, 47 hdc, 12 dc, 4 fpdc.
Total: 48 sc, 376 hdc, 96 dc, 32 fpdc.

r57

WOW well done, you have now completed part 8, and you should be extremely proud of yourself 🙂

See you next week.

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28 Responses

  1. First I want to thank you for the photo tutorials. They are wonderful. I started this as a project for my grand daughter. I am using different colors of a combination of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn and Peaches and Creme cotton yarn. My hook is an H/8 – 5.00MM. I am almost finished with Part 8 and have decided that this is where I will end my project. It is measuring about 38-39 inches diameter. I know my grand daughter is going to love this and hopefully it won’t be too heavy to hang on her wall using a hula hoop. I would love to share a photo of my finished project, but don’t see that as an option in these comments.

    • Helen Helen

      So pleased you have had fun making your Mandala Madness, personally I find cotton very heavy, you may need to suppot the piece in some way to stop it from sagging when it is hung, maybe use some fine wire to support it?
      There is no option to share photos on my website, but you can share in my Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/helenshookaholics

  2. Whew. Round 56. By far, the most challenging to me. Ladies, may I suggest, don’t attempt this when you’re the least bit tired or stressed. And maybe not without a glass of wine nearby. Take a deep breath. And as advised above, be mindful and present. Helen, the further I get with this gorgeous project, the more I realize what a genius you must be! To be able to come up with all this with, making it up yourself??? No pattern to go by? Keeping up with what’s going to go where? The math alone would’ve taken me OUT! Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Helen Shrimpton, Crochet Goddess.

    • Helen Helen

      lol, bless you 🙂

  3. First off, thank you for so generously sharing this amazing pattern! What fun 🙂 Now – there is an error in the instructions for round 56 on the web page. The PDF is correct, but the web page calls for “tr between 4 hdc [R54] and cluster” in the spots where it shoud be “between 4 DC and cluster.” I tried it the way it is written on the web page, but it didn’t look right.
    Thanks again for sharing! Your patterns are gorgeous!

    • Helen Helen

      thank you so much, I have corrected it on the web page 🙂

  4. Hi Helen, I finally got to the long stitches and I was wondering how do you make the last loop come out with it close to the last stitch, I keep coming out with a big loop at the end. Is there a tutorial on it? Thanks so much. Hugs, Katie

  5. Hi Helen, where in relation to the bpdc of row 52 do the trble clusters of row 53 sit? Knowing would b a useful double check for placement!

    • Helen Helen

      if you look at P2 53a you can see the 1st cluster group is 2 sts past the 1st bpdc 🙂 hope that helps 🙂

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  7. I am so in love with this mandala, Helen…Beautiful, beautiful job with the design! Kudos to you! Hugs, Lynda

    • Helen Helen

      thank you 🙂

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  9. Helen…. my “Sweet as a cupcake Mandala” is growing. .. so is my respect for you. All my projects are on hold because of the mandala. Thank you so much.

    • Helen Helen

      bless you, you are most welcome 🙂

  10. Help! When it says keep stitch neat I just can’t and have tried and tried and tried! My stitches before and after the tr3tog are so so baggy! Advice please

    • Helen Helen

      Have you seen the link I shared in week 1…the trouble with trebles?
      I find that if I keep my hook still and use my hand to wrap the yarn over, then pull it so that the yarn curls over the top of the hook, then keep a finger on the yarn to stop it moving up and down the hook, it will really help to keep it neat, also folding your work to meet the stitch helps 🙂

  11. Another great week. Your imagination is amazing. Thankyou Helen

    • Helen Helen

      thank you 🙂

  12. Hi Helen,
    In the German Translation in round 56 it lacks on the 9 bpsc around the trc

    • Helen Helen

      Thank you, I have uploaded a corrected version 🙂

  13. You are so amazing!. I love your talent and this CAL. I get so excited waiting for the next instructions. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

    • Helen Helen

      Thank you so much 🙂

  14. Hi Helen, I’m struggling with row 53. There are 60 stitches per repeat on row 52, but when I count out my stitches for 53 I’m coming up with 61 stitches Has anyone else got a problem with this row I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Thanks for any advice. Btw I’m loving this CAL

    • Helen Helen

      Julie are you skipping the correct number of stitches? Maybe take a look at the video to get the 1st repeat correct, then you will see where you are having the problem. I know it’s a bit tricky, but there is a skip 6, then skip 5, then skip 4 so that may well be where you are ending up woth the extra stitch 🙂

  15. This is my favorite round yet! I cannot wait to jump in and tackle it!

    • Helen Helen

      Have fun 🙂

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