Sunny Border: a new pattern to square mandala’s up

What can be a better feeling than to finally finish one of the wips? Today is the day like this for me. Sunny Border has been staying inside my desk for almost a year. Or to be precise a pre-design was created almost 4 years ago – with an inspiration from Sonea Delvon who helped me testing Sunny Mandala pattern and enlarged it later with a zig-zag border. Since then I have received lots of messages asking to finally write the pattern down. And last summer I came back to it. But today is the day when Sunny Border can happily meet the world!
Sunny Madnala and Border_overlay crochet patterns by www.lillabjorncrochet.com
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Sunny Border is an extension exclusively designed for Sunny Mandala. To square it up and to turn it into a blanket! Though the border was designed with Sunny Mandala in mind, it will perfectly fit any other crochet mandala with 248 stitches on the last round, including Dandelion Mandala, Joana’s Mandala, Spanish Mandala and Illusion Mandala.

The pattern is available on Ravelry HERE. The separate Sunny Border pattern is offered with 20% discount through Monday, May 28th, 2018. Please, use code SUNNY at the check-out. 

OR save 2$ for a set of both Sunny patterns (Sunny mandala + border) – on Ravelry ONLY! To receive it, please, put both (and only these two) patterns to cart and use NO code. Previously purchased Sunny mandala will also count.
Sunny Madnala and Border_overlay crochet patterns by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Sunny Border consists of three parts: round border with zig-zags, corners which are added with join-as-you-go method (so no seaming is involved) and final “stained glass” border. The size of the finished project depends on the yarn and hook you use. My complete square with mandala is approx. 92 cm (36”) large.




Sunny Madnala and Border_overlay crochet patterns by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

The pattern uses overlay crochet technique aimed to intermediate crocheters. If you follow me for a while, you probably know everything about overlay crochet by now. If not, here is brief information for you:

~ Overlay crochet was developed by an artist and jewelry maker Melody MacDuffee in the United States and first introduced in 2003. Melody MacDuffee started to spread her inventions and conducted lots of workshops for hundreds of crochet lovers.

~ Overlay crochet has its roots in Aran crochet. Though it may look a bit complicated and quite often is offered to advanced crocheters, in fact it uses usual crochet stitches, and only few special ones.

~ What is interesting about this technique is that with changing colors on every round it is possible to achieve an effect as if the colors are actually changed after every few stitches.
Sunny Madnala and Border_overlay crochet patterns by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

For my Sunny Border I used the same shades of Stone Washed yarn by Scheepjes as for Sunny Mandala. But any solid colors will work well for this pattern.You can check full range of Stone Washed shades on Wool Warehouse* and Black Sheep Wools*  (both in UK with international shipping).

Please, have a look at the projects completed by wonderful testers (with many thanks sent their way!).

Siva Oduri decided to work with cotton threads. Isn't her square great as a pillow cover? Nina Mayer chose calm earthy colors. Hilde Tindlund also used Stone Washed yarn for her Sunny Square, in pastel palette. And Cindy Douglass chose bright sunny colors.
Sunny Madnala and Border_overlay crochet patterns by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Laura decided to go even further, and after the test was completed she used central medallion with flower to add small squares around large square to make her blanket even larger! Check all details about Laura’s extension and colorway on her Ravelry page.
Sunny Madnala and Border_overlay crochet patterns by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

Don’t all these projects look different and unique? And this is the magic of overlay crochet! What would you use Sunny Border for? Would you make a blanket, pillow or wall hanging maybe?

Sunny Madnala and Border_overlay crochet patterns by www.lillabjorncrochet.com

 

Facts about Sunny Border


  • Sunny Border is an extension pattern for Sunny Madnala, but also perfect for any crochet mandala with 248 stitches on the last round.
  • Materials: yarn in solid colors, crochet hook, scissors and tapestry needle to weave in tails.
  • Level: Intermediate
  • The pattern is available on on Ravelry HERE. The separate Sunny Border pattern is offered with 20% discount through Monday, May 28th, 2018 (use code SUNNY). OR save 2$ for a set of both Sunny patterns (mandala + border)! To receive it, please, put both (and only these two) patterns to cart and use NO code.
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4 comments

  1. It is jaw-dropping beautiful!! ^^

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  2. Hi, If you already purchased the Sunny Mandala pattern, you can't put it in your cart again to receive the $2 discount for purchasing both patterns. :-(

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    1. ok... Please, try to buy a separate border pattern. If Mandala is in your library, Ravelry should count it for the set. Please, let me know how it works :) Thank you!

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