Barroco Natural yarn by Circulo, and I decided to play with it a bit and to create a monochrome design. With some simple cabling… and this is how my new Minimalist Cabled Mandala was born. The pattern is available HERE on Ravelry.
1. Flat decoration: trivet, chair pad, wall hangingOf course the main function of the mandala is to actually decorate. Mandala is round and flat. Large or small it can be used as a table decoration: as a trivet for a bowl with fruits for example, or vase with flowers.
2. PotholderAnother wonderful way of using mandalas is to make potholders of them. They can be one- or double layered. Lace or structured.
I used cotton yarn Bloom* by Scheepjes to make this pair of monochrome potholders (two skeins for each potholder).
To join top and bottom layers of the pot holder put them together facing with the wrong sides. Work joining rnd (with sc) on the right side of top part inserting your hook through both lps on the last rnd of both layers.
Continue with sc till you come to the top of any petal, chain 10 and sc into the same stitch of joining round, forming a loop. Continue with the joining round until the end, finish with a slst in the first sc of joining rnd, don’t fasten off. Return making a round of crab stitch. When you reach the ch10-space, turn work, make 15 sc in the loop, turn work and continue with crab stitch until the end of the round. Cut the thread, fasten off.
3. Round stool coverIf you have old round stool and want to give it a new life, you can adjust mandala pattern and make an elegant stool cover.
Follow Minimalist Cabled Mandala pattern till rnd 12.
Rnd 12-14. 132 dc
Rnd 15. *1dc in each of next 4 sts, 1dc2tog over next 2 sts, 1dc in each of next 5 dc* 12 times; join with sl st in ch2-sp. (120)
Rnd 16. Note: make ch1 instead of 1st sc.
*1sc in each of next 7 sts, 1sc2tog over next 2 sts, 1sc in next st* 12 times; join with sl st in ch2-sp. (108) You may fasten off now or make one rnd with crab stitch and then fasten off and weave yarn tail in.
4. PillowDo you like pillows? I do! But I only have square ones. Crocheted mandala gives you a great chance to easily make a round one, too.
- I made two mandalas following the pattern. After rnd 15 I added one round of dc and then one round of sc, with no increases in either round. I purchased a 16" pillow form (largest I could find), but had to add some quilt batting around it to fill out the pillow covering. The finished pillow measures about 17" when laid on a yard stick.
- I slip stitched the front and back together through Back Loops only of the sc round (except for the 16" section for the zipper I used).
- I hand sewed the zipper in place using Back Loops of the last round on each mandala (next time I'll probably do the zipper first as it would have been easier).
- Then I crab-stitched in the Front Loop only around both mandalas. This way the zipper is pretty much hidden by the crab stitch when looking at the pillow from either side.
5. RugMandalas will make great rugs. I haven’t tried this particular pattern to make a rug but I believe it will make a very nice rug when made with T-shirt yarn.
Here are all the ways of using crocheted mandala I’ve come up with… Do you know any other? Please, share your ideas in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.
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