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Overlay Crochet Mandala

A few weeks ago I discovered book for my IPAD 'Crochet Masterclass'.  One chapter is about overlay crochet.  I have seen examples of crochet mandalas on the net, but was unable to find any patterns or even instructions to make! This week I decided to give it a go and my oh my did I love making my cushion cover!!!! It's fab ... I didn't have all the colours used in the book, but had enough different colours in 4ply cotton.  I think the finished article is gorgeous ... I just love it!  I've been making a 'freeform' crochet cardigan for a few months and am trying ot incorporate as many differnet forms of crochet as possible, so my first 'own design' ideas will be for this. I have already designed some tiny overlay flowers for the sleeve!! Yipee!!!!! I will try to post some design ideas soon!!!



Well I started straight away and here is my first design!!!!! Yeah!!! FREE to anyone interested, but please give feedback and pics if possible!!!


    My  Mandala Overlay Flower design:

    Work in back loops unless stated.

  1. With red. Into magic ring make 8dc, ss to 1st dc
  2. Dc in same place as ss, (dc,1htr, 1tr, 1dtr,1tr,1htr, 1dc into next dc) repeat3 times, but last dc replace with ss in 1st dc. Cut & tie off and weave in ends.





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  1. Join orange thread at side of petal and work round each petal (in back loops only) as follows: 3dc up side ( in dc,htr, tr ), 3dc in top of dtr , 3dc down side( in tr,htr, dc) in between each petal work a long dc into centre ring. Ss to join at end and cut & tie off and weave in ends.
  2. Now you are going to create 8 petals at the back of these four petals - as in Irish crochet. Join blue thread at back of flower in a long dc, *3ch, ss through back of a dc on round 1, 3ch, ss to next long dc.* Repeat from * to * all round. You should have 8 3 ch loops at the back of the flower. Continue in same colour, making petals as follows:  into each chain loop work: 1 dc,1htr, 2tr, 1dtr,1tr,2htr, 1dc. Ss to join, then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.
  3. Join in pink thread with ss to any htr to right of a petal.  Working in back loops, make *1dc in htr, tr and  tr up side of petal,  3 dc in dbtr, 1dc in htr, tr, tr down other  side*.   Repeat from  * tp * all round 8 petals, missing out the dc on each petal.   Ss to join and  then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.




  1. Join in red thread with ss . Repeat round 5, missing out centre  2dc between petals to keep stitches same number. 89 st













7. Join in pale turquoise thread with ss .  As previous rounds ( 3dc up side 3dc tog at top), but where there is a petal of round 4, pick up 2 centre loops of dtr and work a long dc and where there is no petal work a 2dc tog dec.  89 st









  1. Join green thread with ss in any long dc of previous round.  3ch 7tr in same st (fan made), *miss 3dc on prev round, 1 dc, in next st, 3 dc tog in next st, 1 dc in next  9st, 3dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, 1 fan (8tr) in long dc of rnd  7.* Rep twice more, then  miss 3dc on prev round, 1 dc, in next st, 3 dc tog in next st, 1 dc in next 9 st, 3dc on next st, 1dc in next st, ss to top of 3ch at beg of 1st fan.
  2. Back of work

    More to follow sooooon!!! :)

    Well ... here is the next installment at long last. I am sorry for the delay, but one problem was that I mislaid my notebooks and my photos!! Fortunately they turned up .. phew!  I was thinking I might have to do it all over again, and I have very little time.  My photos and last notes are here:  


 9.       Join in dk turquoise to 1st dc before a 3 dc grp before a fan, * 3dc in centre dc of previos rnd. 1tr through LH side loop  of long  dc on rnd 7, 1 dc in each tr of fan, reach back and make a tr in RH side loop of long dc on rnd 7 *, 3dc in centre dc of next 3dc group, 1 dc in next 11 dc. Rep from * to * 4 times. SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.






10.   Join pale blue in any centre dc of a group of 3 dc to RH side of  a 3 dc grp to RH side of any fan. * dtr in orange loop on rnd 3 (same place a pale turquoise dc) placing it to the RH side  of the dk turquoise tr on rnd 9. 1dc into top of tr on prev rnd, 1dc in next 8 dc and 1dc in top of next tr. Now make 1dtr in orange loop on rnd 3, placing it to LH side of dk turquoise tr, miss 1dc, 2dc in next dc(centre of 3 dc grp). 1 dc in next 12 st, 2dc in centre dc of next 3 dc grp. * Rep from * to * 3 times, ending 2dc in starting st. Ss to join to top of dtr  then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.





11.   Join pink to top of any RH dtr, * 1dc in same st, 1 dc in next 10 dc, 1 dc in top of LH dtr. 1 ttr in orange loop on rnd 3, placing it to LH side of pale blue dtr. Miss 1 dc on rnd below, 1 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 2 st, 5 ch, ss to centre front loop of rnd 6 directly below #(red). 5ch,miss 8 st on row below, 1 dc in next 3st. (You should now have 1 unworked st before the dtr of prev rnd). 1 ttr in orange loop below - placing it to RH side of pale blue dtr. *  Rep from * to *  SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.




12.   Join green to any RH ttr, * dc in same st, 12 dc, 1dc in LH ttr, 1 dc in next 3 dc, 1 dc in next 4 ch. Make a 2dc dec over next 2 ch (1 either side of ss), 1 dc in next 4ch and 3 dc* Rep from * to * 4 times.  SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.





13.   Make 8 teardrops as follows:    In red: Into magic ring, work: 4dc, 1htr, 1tr, 2dtr, 1ttr, 2dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 4dc. Pull up, leaving a small hole. SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.  Join pale turquoise in  any dc to Lh side of a fan, directly above a ttr. * 1 dc in same st, 1dc in next 3 st. Hold a teardrop  with right side facing and ss  to join it to the next 4dc, through the first and last dc of teardrop (2 st in each)., using hook to work from front to back, but keeping st at front. 10dc,  join teardrop to next 4 dc as prev. 5dc,*   Rep from * to * until all 8 teardrops are attached, ending 6ch ss to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends. There should be a teardrop in the centre of each fan and a teardrop in the 'dips' between!



14.   Join in dk turquoise to any st at RH side of a teardrop.  1dc in same st, * 6st up side of teardrop, 3dc in centre ttr of teardrop, 6dc down other  side of teardrop, 1 dc in each of next 10 st on prev rnd. *  Repeat from * to * until rnd complete. (ending with 9 dc)   SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.


15.   Join orange to 1st  St at RH side of a teardrop. *7 dc up side, 3dc together in centre dc, 7dc down other side, miss 1st st on prev rnd, 8dc, miss last st on  prev rnd *and rep from * to * until rnd complete. SS to first st to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.


16.   Join red to any 1st dc at RH side of a teardrop, above a fan. *8dc up side  3dc together in centre dc, 8dc down other side, miss 1st st on prev rnd, 6dc,  1 quadtr in red loop on rnd 6 ( same place as pink join from rnd 11 #) ,  (8dc up side  of next teardrop, 3dc together in centre dc, 8dc down other side,  1 quadtr in red loop on rnd 6 ( same place as pink join from rnd 11 #),  miss 1st st on prev rnd, 6dc *. Repeat  from  * to * until rnd is complete.   SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.


17.   Join pink to any centre dc of a 3 dc grp. *3 dc in same place.  7 dc, (dc dec over next 2 sts) x2, 3 dc, 7dc * Repeat until rnd complete.  SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.







18.   Join in dk turquoise to any centre dc of a 3 dc grp. *3 dc in same place.  7 dc, (dc dec over next 2 sts) x2,  1 tr into a loop on rnd 14, to left of quad tr (red),   (dc dec over next 2 sts) x2,   7dc, 3dc in centre dc of 3dc grp, 7dc,  (dc dec over next 2 sts) x2,   1 tr into a loop on rnd 14, to right of quad tr (red),  7dc. * Repeat from * to * 4 times.   SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.
19.   Join in green to  any centre dc of a 3 dc grp. *3 dc in same place.  1dc in each of next 3 dc, 2dc in next dc,  1 dc in next 3 dc, 2dc in next dc,  1 dc in next 5 dc, 2dc in next dc,  1dc in each of next 3 dc, 2dc in next dc,  1 dc in next 3 dc, * Rep from * to * . SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.


20.   Make 8 flowers as follows:  With pale blue: 12dc into magic ring, ss to join. (working through both loops all round)  1 ch 1 dc in same place as ss, (3ch, miss 1 dc, 1 dc in next st) Repeat until there are 6 loops, ending ss to 1st ch,  then cut & tie off and weave in ends.  Attach pink to any loop and work: 1dc, 1htr, 1tr, 1dtr, 1tr, 1htr, 1dc in each loop.  SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends. (Now working in back loops only): Attach dk turquoise to any dtr, *3 dc in same place, 3dc down lh side,  1 long dc through centre dc on pale blue round, 3 dc up side of next flower *  Rep from * to *. SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends. Now join in pale turquoise to  any centre dc of a 3 dc grp. *3 dc in same place.  1 dc in each of next 4 st,. Now place flower back to back with main piece. You will be working through back loops of both pieces (joining dc):  Joining dc in next 3 sts on main piece and any petal of flower from centre dc of a 3dc  group (side of petal), 1 dc in next 4 dc on main piece,  joining dc in next 3 st on main piece and  corresponding 3 st on next petal, 1 dc in next 4 dc on main piece *. Rep from * to * until all 8 flowers are attached.   SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.


21.   Join in red in centre dc of any 3 dc grp between flowers. *3dc in same place  1dc in next 5 st on main part, (3dc on flower, miss 3dc, 3dc on next petal, 3dc in centre), x 2, 3dc on flower, miss 3dc, 3 dc on last petal, 5 dc, * Rep x 8.  SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.


22.   Join in pale blue in centre dc of any 3 dc grp between flowers. *3dc in same place, 1 dc in next 5 st, reach back to  make a ttr  in centre pink loop on rnd 17, miss next st, 1dc in next  7 sc,  (3dc in centre of next 3dc grp, 1 dc in next 8 dc) x 2, 3dc in next centre grp of 3 dc, 1 dc in next 7dc, Reach forward to make   a ttr  in next centre pink loop on rnd 17, miss 1dc, 1 dc in next 5dc *. Rep from * to * x 8.  SS to join then  cut & tie off and weave in ends.






 Please let me know what you think!   The next Mandala I made was very different. I hope to get it published one day, so I won't share it here ..yet!



















Ravelry - A Granny a Day 2012 Challenge:

This is my contribution so far:





A Camouflaged Hat: My first attempt at writing a pattern!


Camouflaged Hat

Size: to fit average head size... it is quite stretchy!
Yarn: any suitable double knitting will do.
This hat is made from a mingled DK yarn which is 100% Acrylic
Hook: 4mm for main part; 3.5 mm for brim

Round 1: Make 2ch, then 3ch (counts as first tr) 11 tr into 1st ch !12 tr in total. SS to top of 3ch to join. 3ch, turn.
Round 2: 1tr into same place as SS, 2 tr in each tr round, SS to close (24tr), 3 ch, turn.
Round 3: 1tr into same place as SS, (*1 tr in next tr, 2tr in next tr) – Rep from *  SS to close (36tr), 3ch, turn.
Round 4: 1tr into same place as SS, (*1 tr in next 2 tr, 2 tr in next tr) – Rep from * SS to close (48tr), 3ch, turn.
Round 5: 1tr into same place as SS, (*1 tr in next 3 tr, 2 tr in next tr) – Rep from * SS to close (60tr), 3ch, turn.
Round 6: 1tr into same place as SS, (*1 tr in next 4 tr, 2 tr in next tr) – Rep from * SS to close (72tr), 3ch, turn.
Rounds 7 – 13: 1tr in each st, SS to close. 3ch, turn.
Round 8: BRIM: 1fptr, 1bptr all round.  SS to close.
Repeat round 8 or 9 times more if you wish to turn up the brim as in the photo– or maybe just 5 or 6 rows for a beanie!


Shoulder warmer with hairpin clover edge and Rose corsage
 Made with: Wendy Mode 4ply yarn (50% Merino wool & 50% Acylic) 250g
Hook: 1.75mm
Beg chain:  130 ch, ss to first ch 3 turning ch, turn
Round 1:  1 tr in 4th ch, then each ch. Join with ss, 3ch, turn
Round 2:  1 tr in next 2 tr (3 tr including turn ch),  (yrh, pick up loop in next st, yrh take off 2 loops) x 5, yrh take off all 5 loops ( 1 blackberry st made). Continue round with tr, 1 bbst, to end. Ss to join. 3ch, turn
Round 3:  rep rnd 1
Round 4: as rnd 2
Round 5: as rnd 1
Round 6:   as rnd 1, but increase each lot of 3tr to 5 by making 3tr into centre tr of each tr set.
Round 7:  as rnd 1
Round 8:  as rnd 2, but now we have 5tr instead of 3
Round 9 – 25:  rep rounds 1 and 8

Hairpin edge:
The hairpin has only 1 dc at each row and 260 loops each side
First side: (pick up 10 loops and ss, 8ch, ss in 5th ch to make a picot, 5ch,) rep to end
Second side:  ss in first loop, # 4ch, ss in 3rd to make a picot, 1 ch, ss in next loop, now make a clover leaf in next loop as follows:  5ch, ss in 4th ch tp make a picot with slightly larger loop, 3 ch then *(yrh, pick up a loop in centre hole) x 4, take off all loops together (first leaf petal made), 3ch , ss into ring, 3 ch**; repeat from * to ** Rep this two more times to make the clover leaf.  You will need to make sure that all the picot is covered with your stitches as you create the leaf.  Make 1ch, ss into next loop, then rep from # all along edge.
To join hairpin border to main part: 
Ss into a dc on last rnd of main part, 3ch, ## ss into 10 loop join; 3ch, mis 2dc on main part and ss, 3ch, ss into large loop on first side of picot, 3ch, miss 2 dc on main part then ss in next dc, 3ch, ss in 2nd side of large loop, 3ch miss 2dc on main part,  Rep from ##
To finish top edge of main part:  join yarn into any tr with a ss and dc all round. Join with ss, 1ch, dc into same place as ss, *** 3ch, miss 1dc, dc in next st,  3ch 1dc in next st (5ch, 1dc in same st) x 3. Repeat from *** all round. Ss to finish.

Rose corsage:
Make 2 spiral roses like this.
1: 130ch. 
Row 1:  3dc in each of next 25st, 3htr in each of next 25 st, 3tr in next 50 st, 3dbtr in all remaining sts.
Row 2: 1dc in each dc on row 1, 1htr in each htr on row 1; 1 tr in each tr and 1 dbltr in aach dbltr on row 1.
To finish:  spiral round and stitch together at the base to achieve a rose shape.

Irish Rose:
6ch ring, ss to join.
 Round 1: 3ch,  then, 3ch 1tr x 6, ss to join ( spaces for 7 petals)
Round 2:  1 dc, 1htr, 3tr, 1htr, 1dc in each ch space.
Round 3: ss round back of tr on row below.  4ch, ss rnd next tr. Rep all round ss to join. 
Round 4:  ss into next ch space.  1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 3dbltr, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc in each ch space. Ss to join.
Round5: as round 3, but 5ch
Round 6: as round 4, but  1dc, 1htr, 2tr, 5dbltr, 2tr, 1htr, 1dc in each space.

To finish:  Make sure all thread ends are woven in well and stitch roses in place near top edge to form a neat group.

This is only my second written pattern and I would appreciate any feedback regarding problems, suggestions etc.  Thank You.

It is free to use in any way you choose, without any restriction other than to please acknowledge the author if you sell any goods made from the pattern.

22 comments:

  1. When will you tell us how to do the rest of the mandala as it is so beautiful! :D

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    1. Sorry ... I hope to catch up shortly xxx

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    2. Hi, sorry for the delay .. but just in case you are still interested I ahve posted the rest of the pattern and photos xx

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  2. I am entranced by you Mandela pattern. It takes crochet to the level of artisan.
    I have a question tho'...you say to do 8dc into the ring ss to 1st dc ...is this in the 2nd round?sorry if i missed it, sort of new to crochet.
    Thank you

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    1. Hi .. in case you are interested the rest of the pattern is here! ;)

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  3. Hi, thanks for your comments. The 8dc is into the first round, which is made into a magic ring (loop of yarn). If you are not used to this method of starting a ring, then you could use a chain of say 4/5dc (you want the centre quite tight), ss to join the ch into a ring, then work 8dc into the ring and ss into the first dc to join this round. Hope this helps x

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  4. Hi, I like this mandala, but I can't find the rest of the patern. Where can I find that?
    Thank you

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  5. This mandala is simply gorgeous! I'd like to make several and put them together as an afghan.

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    1. That sounds fab. Please post pics when you do. Sorry for the delay in replying. My last 10 years have been affected by major surgeries, the latest, last July, which am still recovering from. xxx

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  6. I couldn't follow your pattern on the deep color of the background on pages but that's why you use it. I also noticed a place where you said the pattern was there/here/goteen at that spot- nothing was an active link, but you knew that. If interested in really making it avaijable, then drop background color & offer true links for reader' use.

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    1. Dear Sandra,
      Firstly may I say how rude I think your post is!
      Secondly, I feel very offended at the idea that I purposefully made the background so you cannot read it! On my PC the colour is mid pink and easy to read. No one else has had an issue with it!
      Thirdly, there is NO link. If you take the time to read the whole Mandala post you will see that from point 9 is the next installment. That is it! A pattern for anyone to freely use, add to , whatever!
      Fourthly, I do not think that anyone willingly offering free designs should be abused in this way. I do it because I love what I do. Unfortunately, in recent years I have suffered very severe bouts of depression, which have stopped me from blogging at times ...you really helped!!
      Lastly, happy crocheting! x :)

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  7. Thank you so much for your free tutorial on overlay crochet! I have had a little taste of it recently with some free projects offered by Dedri U (Lookatwhatimade) and Lilla Bjorn (the Circles of the Sun CAL), and am hungry for more! Your beautiful mandala is just the feast I was looking for!

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  8. You are very welcome. I hope you enjoy. Any problems, please let em know and I will do my best to help x

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  9. One question. Why do your instructions say DC when all your pictures are sc?

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    1. Hi. In the UK, sc is written as DC, so please substitute sc for DC if you are in the USA or use American terms. Thanks x I hope that helps x

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  10. Help a lot. Thank you very much

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  11. Help a lot. Thank you very much

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  12. Hi there you blog is awesome and so you sound too, you are an inspiration for us woman and who ever love crochet, live got it ups and down as you say in the blog here, wishing you and your family just the best behind every dark cloud there is a silver layer waiting for you to shine again take care and will love to see you put some more of your work you are so good. Take care Annette

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    1. Hi Annie, thank you so much for your kind words. My health and other commitments have meant that my blog has been neglected for so long now, but things are looking up (hopefully the silver layer you mention). I have been working on various projects and promise I will be back soon xxx Take care xxx

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