Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Petals and Puffs Mandala Tutorial

Hello Lovelies,
I'm so happy to be sharing this latest pattern with you all.
Thank you for all your kind comments on the inspiration for this project HERE.

So, without further waffle.....here is my " Petals and Puffs Mandala".

Ta-Dah...........


I'm really thrilled with how this pattern has worked out and I love the texture that the puff stitches add to the design


If the idea of attempting this crochet stitch is a bit daunting please don't be put off. I've taken loads of photos of the stages to help you lovelies.....well I've taken loads of photos of all the stitches......so hopefully it will be easy for you to create your own "Petals and Puffs Mandala" 

It's taken me a while to write, test and  publish this tutorial as there's lots to think about explaining clearly, I've also written out the pattern in both U.S. and U.K. terms at the end of this post for you lovelies.


But first the Tutorial.......

........written in my usual format.....U.S. terms.

 Here is a list of the abbreviations used and a handy  conversion guide for U.K. terms..........

sc= single crochet................................U.K. double crochet
hdc = half double crochet..................U.K. half treble crochet
dc = double crochet................................U.K. treble crochet
tc= treble crochet...................................U.K. double treble

I've used a mixture of brands of Double Knitting (Worsted) weight yarn  and a 4.00 mm hook. You can choose any weight of yarn along with it's   appropriately sized hook. Gauge is not important for this project.

So shall we begin........

ROUND 1
Chain 4........

and slip stitch into initial chain to form a ring..........


chain 4...counts as 1 double crochet and 1 chain...........


make 1 d.c. chain 1 into the ring 11 times..............


slip stitch into the 3rd chain of your initial chain 4 and fasten off..........




ROUND 2 
attach a new colour by slip stitching around the chain stitch of  any chain in 
round 1

This is the first round of Puff stitches.....so this is how you make one........
Pull up the  loop on your hook to about the same height as a half double crochet stitch. If you make you loops too big the stitch will end up all messy and floppy rather than neat and puffy...........


Yarn over then insert hook into same space , yarn over and pull through.......3 loops on hook.........


yarn over,insert hook a second time, yarn over and pull through.......5 loops on hook...........


Yarn over, insert hook a third and final time, yarn over and pull through .....7 loops on hook..........


yarn over hook and pull through all 7 loops...........


chain 1 to complete the stitch.............


chain 1 and make 11 more puff stitches, one in each space around with a chain between each.

  NOTE for your second and following puff stitches you don't need to loosen the first loop on your hook, just make all the rest of the loops about the height of a hdc stitch.

N.B. because the puff stitch is completed with it's own chain you are making 2 chains between the loopy part ( one to close the puff and one to space them out)............


to finish this round insert your hook into the top of the first puff, pull up a loop and fasten off.......


ROUND 3 
this is the second round of puff stitches it's made in the same way as round 2 but with an extra chain between each puff.  


So once you have made the first puff in a chain space of round 2 you need to chain 2 before making the next puff in the following space..........


N.B. this will mean making three chains between the loopy parts ( one to close the puff stitch and two to space them out).........


make 1 puff in each space around .......12 puffs in total. Fasten off in the same way as round 2..........

sorry about the high colour in these photos....my camera does not like red :0(

ROUND 4
This is a round of double crochet stitches, made in clusters of 4 between the puff stitches of round 3.

Attach a new colour in any chain space of round 3 and chain 3 ( counts as 1 d.c.)..........


make 3 more d.c. stitches in the same space..........


Make 4 d.c. in each space around. Slip stitch into third chain of initial chain 3 and fasten off........


ROUND 5
This round is made of half double crochet stitches with some increases to allow the design to remain flat.

In this round we are working into ( not between) the stitches of round 4 . My needle show where to place your hook...........


Attach a a new colour and chain 2 counts as 1 hdc..........


make 1 hdc in each of the next two stitches of round 4...............


in the next stitch make 2 hdc.............


repeat this pattern around i.e. 1 hdc, 1 hdc , 1hdc, 2 hdc.
once you get back to the initial chain 2 fasten off into second chain..........


ROUND 6
This is a round of single crochet stitches worked into every other stitch of round 5. There is a chain between each one.

Attach a new colour into any hdc stitch of round 5. Chain 2 ( counts as 1 s.c and 1 chain ) .........


skip over 1 hdc of round 5 and make 1 s.c. into the next stitch............


then chain one. My chains are worked quite loosely  in this round . Repeat around i.e. 1 sc chain 1 and skip a stitch of round 5, 1 sc in following stitch.


My round finished up with two sc stitches next to each other. I still included the chain between them and it didn't affect the finished result...............

Finnish off by slip stitching into the initial 2 ch.

ROUND 7
This is a final round of those lovely puff stitches.....hopefully you are finding them easy to do by now. It's worked into the chain spaces of round 6.
Attach a new colour of yarn and make a puff stitch as explained in round two........


Chain 1 and make 1 puff stitch in every "one chain space" of round six..........


Remember , as each puff stitch has a closing chain you will be chaining two after making each loopy part......


finish this round as you did in previous puff stitch rounds.

ROUND 8
This is a round of double crochet stitches worked into the spaces between the puff stitches of round 7.
Chain 3 ( counts as 1dc) and make two further dc in same space. In the next space ( and every subsequent space around ) make 3 dc........


Fasten off by slip stitching into the third chain of the initial chain 3...........



ROUND 9
This is a round of single crochets between the dc clusters. Chain stitches are used to create loops for the petals of the final round.

Attach a new colour between the dc stitches of round 8, to correspond with the spaces between the clusters.
chain 4 ( counts as 1sc, chain 3) in the next space make 1 sc and chain 3....



repeat around and slip stitch into initial chain 4 to finish off..............


ROUND 10
In this final round we are making the  "petals" in the chain loops of round 9

Attach a new colour and chain 1 ( counts as 1 sc) make 1 dc, 1 treble crochet, 1 dc, 1 sc all in same space.

Here I'll show you  what it should look like in stages.

In next chain loop make 1 single crochet..........


1 double crochet.........


1 treble crochet............


1 double crochet.........

and finally 1 single crochet....petal made...........


Continue in this way making one petal in each chain loop till you reach the start..........


Slip stitch into initial ch1 and fasten off..........


Weave in all ends and your Mandala is complete..........


I'm so happy with how this pretty and decorative piece of crochet has turned out. There it is with the stool cover that inspired it...........

The scale is a bit deceiving in this photo as the stool cover is closer to the camera.
My stool cover measures 10 inches and the Mandala measures 7 and a half inches......the perfect size to send to Lucy.........yay.
I'm hoping I may be able to spot my contribution to THIS wonderful creative project when I visit. It makes me happy that the colours and design  have a touch of nostalgia for me.

I used two of the original Cygnet yarns I used on my stool cover to create this project . The other colours are Stylecraft  Special. 

The Cygnet colours are Aqua ( the greeny blue ) and Butter-cream ( the pale yellow). The Stylecraft colours are Saffron, Lipstick and Cloud blue.
Aspen and Lemon from the Stylecraft range are pretty close to the Cygnet colours.

And finally here's the written version of my pattern in both U.S. and U.K. terms. Ideal to copy and print.........

 Petals and Puffs  Mandala by Bunny Mummy
Pattern written in U.S. crochet terms.

Chain 4, slip st to form a ring
Round 1 Stitches are worked into ring
Chain 4 ( counts as 1 dc, chain 1)
dc, chain 1, 11 times.
slip stitch into initial chain 3 and fasten off
Round 2
Attach new colour in any 1 ch space.
Make a Puff stitch as follows....
pull up loop on hook to approx the height of a hdc stitch,
 yarn over (yo),insert hook and pull through (3 loops on hook )
yo, insert hook,  yo and pull through ( 5 loops on hook)
yo, insert hook for a third time, yarn over and pull through ( 7 loops on hook )
yarn over and pull through all 7 loops.
make ch 1 to close puff stitch.
ch 1 and make a second puff stitch in the next ch space of round 1
repeat around till you have 12 puff stitches.
N.B. because the puff stitch is completed with it's own chain you are making 2 chains between the loopy part ( one to close the puff and one to space them out)
slip stitch into initial closing ch and fasten off
Round 3
is made in the same way as round 2 but with 1 extra chain between puffs.
Round 4
attach new colour in any ch space. ch3 ( counts as 1 dc) 3 dc in same space.
make 4 dc in next space and every space around.
slip stitch into initial ch3 of starting ch. Fasten off.
Round 5
Working into stitches of round 4
attach a new colour in any stitch, ch 2 ( counts as 1 hdc )
in following and consecutive stitches of round 4 make 1 hdc,1 hdc, 2 hdc.
then *1 hdc, 1 hdc, 1 hdc, 2 hdc . Repeat from * around.
 i.e. 2 hdc in every 4th stitch.
Round 6
Attach new colour into any stitch of round 5,ch 2 ( counts as 1sc ch 1)
*miss next stitch and sc in following stitch, ch1. repeat from * around.
If you finish the round on 2 consecutive stitches just add 1 ch between them.
 slip stitch into initial ch2 and fasten off.
Round 7
Attach new colour in any 1 ch space and make a puff stitch . ch1 and make 1 puff stitch,  in every 1 ch space of round 6  around.
slip stitch into closing ch of first puff and fasten off
i.e this round is made in the same way as round 2.
Round 8
Attach a new colour in any ch space between puff stitches of round 7
ch 3 ( counts as 1 dc) make 2 dc in same space.
make 3 dc in next space and repeat around.
Slip stitch into ch 3 of initial 3 ch and fasten off.
Round 9
Attach a new colour between any 3 dc cluster, ch 4 ( counts as 1 sc ch3)
*1 sc in next space ch 3. Repeat from * around.
slip st into initial 4 ch and fasten off.
Round 10
Attach new colour in any 3 ch of round 9.
Ch 1 ( counts as 1 sc) 1 dc, 1 tc , 1 dc , 1 sc all in same space.
*in following space make 1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tc, 1 dc, 1 sc. Repeat from * around.
slip st into initial ch 1 and fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
Your mandala is now complete

Phew.... and here's the U.K. version.........

  Petals and Puffs Mandala by Bunny Mummy
Pattern written in U.K. crochet terms.

Chain 4, slip st to form a ring
Round 1 Stitches are worked into ring
Chain 4 ( counts as 1 tc, chain 1)
tc, chain 1, 11 times
slip stitch into initial chain 3 and fasten off
Round 2
Attach new colour in any 1 ch space.
Make a Puff stitch as follows....
pull up loop on hook to approx the height of a htc stitch,
yarn over (yo) insert hook and pull through (3 loops on hook )
yo, insert hook, yo and pull through ( 5 loops on hook)
yo, insert hook for a third time, yarn over and pull through ( 7 loops on hook )
yarn over and pull through all 7 loops.
make ch 1 close puff stitch.
ch 1 and make a second puff stitch in the next ch space of round 1
repeat around till you have 12 puff stitches.
N.B. because the puff stitch is completed with it's own chain you are making 2 chains between the loopy part ( one to close the puff and one to space them out)
slip stitch into initial closing ch and fasten off
Round 3
is made in the same way as round 2 but with 1 extra chain between puffs.
Round 4
attach new colour in any ch space. ch3 ( counts as 1 tc) 3 tc in same space.
make 4 tc in next space and every space around.
slip stitch into initial ch3 of starting ch. Fasten off.
Round 5
Working into stitches of round 4
attach a new colour in any stitch, ch 2 ( counts as 1 htc )
in following and consecutive stitches of round 4 make 1 htc,1 htc, 2 htc.
then *1 htc, 1 htc, 1 htc, 2 htc . Repeat from * around.
 i.e. 2 htc in every 4th stitch.
Round 6
Attach new colour into any stitch of round 5,ch 2 ( counts as 1dc ch 1)
*miss next stitch and dc in following stitch, ch1. repeat from * around.
If you finish the round on 2 consecutive stitches just add 1 ch between them.
 slip stitch into initial ch2 and fasten off.
Round 7
Attach new colour in any 1 ch space and make a puff stitch . ch1 and make 1 puff stitch, in every 1 ch space of round 6  around.
slip stitch into closing ch of first puff and fasten off
i.e this round is made in the same way as round 2.
Round 8
Attach a new colour in any ch space between puff stitches of round 7
ch 3 ( counts as 1 tc) make 2 tc in same space.
make 3 tc in next space and repeat around.
Slip stitch into ch 3 of initial 3 ch and fasten off.
Round 9
Attach a new colour between any 3 tc cluster, ch 4 ( counts as 1 dc ch3)
*1 dc in next space ch 3. Repeat from * around.
slip st into initial 4 ch and fasten off.
Round 10
Attach new colour in any 3 ch of round 9.
Ch 1 ( counts as 1 dc) 1 tc, 1 double treble stitch (dtc) , 1 tc , 1 dc all in same space.
*in following space make 1 dc, 1 tc, 1 dtc, 1 tc, 1 dc. Repeat from * around.
slip st into initial ch 1 and fasten off.
Weave in all ends.
Your mandala is now complete 



As usual....Please let me know if you encounter any problems with this pattern and I'll try to help.
Happy Mandala making.
Jacquie x

30 comments:

  1. WOW!!!
    fantastic your mandala, I can't wait to crochet it <3
    thanks many thanks
    Hugs

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  2. Beautiful!!!
    Thank you Jacquie, xxxxx Ale

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  3. Gorgeous mandala in happy-making colours. I tthink it also will be fantastic in other colours.Thanks for making and sharing the tutorial.

    Have a nice day, Margaret

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  4. Beautiful Mandala and the tutorial must have taken you hours! I have sent a mandala to Lucy - really enjoyed making it and had to switch off while packing it as I was tempted to keep it!
    www.thequietstitcher.com

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  5. Thank you so much, it's beautiful! :) x

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  6. What a lovely mandala and those puff stitches do really make it special. Thank you for sharing this effective and pretty pattern!

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  7. Brilliant, thank you for the instructions it looks great. I will have a go at the weekend.

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  8. Thank you for the lovely instructions.
    I now have to work out a way to print it off. I shall ask my youngest son ;0)
    Hugs

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  9. Beautifully done, Jacquie! The tutorial is great - very clear and lovely photos with neat explanation! I´ve crocheted a stool cover based on yours some time ago (2010!!) and I still love it! (if you please, take a look at my cover anytime at: http://linhasimaginarias.blogspot.com.br/2010/11/isto-e-o-croche.html
    Thanks a lot for sharing! I´m a huge fan of your blog!

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    1. Hi Claudia, I remember your stool cover .....I'm so glad you still love it.....I love mine too.
      Thank you for all your kind comments.
      Jacquie x

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  10. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous mandala, Jacquie! I love puff stitch, and how clever to use it with a mandala, giving it another dimension, the colour really pops out! I'll be making this one next with your perfect tutorial...Chrissie x

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  11. It is great and such a good tutorial Jacquie. I have seen the puff stitch, and other tutorials, but could not work it out, but now I feel confident that I could have a go at it, so thank you for that if nothing else!! I love your colour choices too! xx

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  13. Thanks Jacquie. Isn't it lovely to be part of the Yarndale / mandala project! x

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  14. That's a lovely simple and uncluttered mandala Jacquie. Love the colours you used too. I think I'll use your pattern to send to Lucy. Thanks for sharing xxx

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  15. It's lovely, and you do make it sound fairly simple. Thanks for doing this tutorial, I've make a note of it, your instructions are beautifully clear. CJ xx

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  16. Oh this is a beauty of a mandala, thanks for the tutorial I was looking for a new pattern to try, planning a yarndale make.
    Clare xx

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  17. A beauty! I'm sure it'll stand out in the crowd of mandalas at yarndale, mine has already been mailed or I'd use your pattern for it. I think I'll work some up in cotton for dish cloths.

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  18. Thank you so much for a really clear tutorial. I'd never done puff stitch before, but you made it easy to follow. I've done mine in pink,grey and white. Using up some stash. Looks lovely. Enjoy reading your blog.

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  19. Great tutorial. Just sent mine off to Yarndale.
    Jacqui x

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  20. Oh WOnderful !!! Awesome tutorial .. Clever choice of colors.. Looks brilliant!!!

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  21. It's a lovely mandala. The colour choice is excellent for a tutorial as well as looking just lovely. It's very cheery. :)

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  22. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have made a mandala using your tutorial and I blogged about it. Please take a look. Thanks again
    http://squaregrannie.blogspot.com/2014/05/star-flower-mandala.html

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  23. Hi Jacquie! What a beautiful pattern! Reckon this is another one to add to my list of things to make - thank you for sharing your pattern and pics, so very generous of you.
    Much love, Julia xxx

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  24. Jacqui this is just fabulous, thank you so much. I have never really been keen on starting one of these as I cannot for some reason follow a crochet pattern (am fine with knitting!) but you have set this out so carefully and so clearly you cannot fail to miss on it. I am going to have a go at one as I wanted to send one to Lucy (Attic 24) so a huge thank you Jacqui, you are amazing. Have a fabulous day tomorrow, sending you hugs and loves
    Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  25. Really beautiful! Fantastic tutorial! And written in both U.S and U.K terms! So much work! Thanks for sharing!
    Kate :}

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  26. This is beautiful! It is next on my list!! I'm a recent mandala addict and have made five so far, including Lucy's. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern and for all of your hard work photographing all of the steps.

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  27. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  28. Hello Jacquie..! I have been reading your blog for some months now, and it is amazing.. :) this is your first pattern that I tried to crochet, and also my first mandala, and i really enjoyed it..!! :D honestly I never had that much of fun while crocheting another project until now.! here is a link to my mandala at ravelry. if I ever make a post about it I will leave another comment, but i could not wait until that day to comment here, I HAD to post as soon as I finished it! thanks for the excellent pattern! :) love from Greece :)

    http://www.ravelry.com/projects/oly44/funky-mandala

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  29. I just finished this, but altered it slightly to have a hole in the middle and made it into a centre piece for my patio table so it fits around the parasol. I'm pretty pleased with it, thank you for the pattern :)

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