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Labyrinth Border was designed especially for Labyrinth Mandala, but it can be used for any mandala (or any crocheted circle) with 208 stitches on the last round. It’s the same in style and in stitch pattern, and it also imitates Brioche knitting stitch.
Border is available for purchase as a separate pattern HERE on Ravelry. If you would like to purchase Border together with Labyrinth Mandala, please put them TOGETHER in cart and 2$ discount will be automatically offered at the check-out. Previous purchases will also count. Even if you bought Mandala pattern before - please, put it to cart together with the Border. Ravelry system will see it as already purchased and you will not pay twice.
The border consists of two parts: wide part with graphical petals and narrow geometrical edge. I recommend to use only 2 colors for each section as it helps the pattern to pop up well. But you can also go creative and mix ombre shades together. I bet it will look very pretty, too!
As Labyrinth Mandala, the border is also made in overlay crochet technique with lots of front post stitches. The pattern is not very tricky (though you may say the opposite looking at the pictures), and lots of progress pictures are included to help you with every round.
It’s true that this pattern requires lots of attention and concentration. If you are fond of counting – then it is right for you. And if you are not fond of counting – both Labyrinth patterns will teach you to be patient. And it’s just always nice to try and learn something new.
I have created two Labyrinth rugs – both using Bloom yarn by Scheepjes* (16 skeins in total for both Mandala and Border). One of them is with 2 shades only (804 and 813). And while making another one I wanted to experiment with colors a little bit. My idea was to start with dark green and to gradient change to light green-yellow-white by the edge. Well, to be honest, I didn’t like how it was turning out. So several sections were frogged and I continued to work with only 3 colors. I believe it looks nice, what do you think? And did you know that green is a new color for year 2017? Great! My rug is in trend!
Bloom is Worsted yarn, and both rugs are approx. 82cm (32in) large across. I used 4.5mm (US7) Clover Amour crochet hook* and it gave me just the right tension. The fabric is sturdy and keeping its shape very well. Of course, if you use yarn in another weight, your rug will become either bigger or smaller.
If you intend to use this design as a rug, please, make sure you add anti-slip protection. Because this is not a lace design the anti-slip carpet pads can be a very good solution. Please, read HERE more about how to make your crocheted rugs non-slip.
About Labyrinth Border pattern in brief:
• Level: Intermediate (front post stitches, working in 3rd loop)
• Materials: Worsted yarn in 2 colours (Bloom by Scheepjes - available via Wool Warehouse HERE*, Deramores HERE*, Paradise Fibers (US)* and in your local Scheepjes shops), 4.5mm (US7) crochet hook*, stitch markers, scissors, tapestry needle to weave in ends.
• Size: The size of the finished border depends on the yarn and hook you use. My rug is approx. 82 cm (32 inches) in diameter (including central mandala).
• Language: English
• Instructions: US crochet terms and abbreviations (including complete stitch guide), written instructions, step-by-step pictures. Print friendly copy of the pattern is available (with no pictures)
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