Grandma Mini Mandala Goes Square

Hi folks :)

A friend recently showed me some mandalas she’d been making.  She thought they’d look great as a blanket, so I offered to show her how to turn them square to make it easier. (Hi Kimberley!)

Squaring the Mandala by Shelley Husband 2014

The lovely mandala pattern is by Zelna Oliver and can be found (with step by step pics of each round) here.  While you’re there, have a look around – oh my! Thank you Zelna for allowing me to publish this tutorial. :)

Granny Mini Mandala pattern by Zelna Oliver

Before we start, I usually work in UK terms, but this time I will do US terms first with UK terms after the pictures to tie in with how Zelna has written her Granny Mini Mandala pattern.

Let’s start squaring!

Abbreviations

US Terms

st = stitch
sp = space
st ch = starting chain
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
htr = half triple crochet (video showing this st here)
tr= triple crochet (video showing this st here)

UK Terms

st = stitch
sp = space
st ch = starting chain
dc  = double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
hdtr = half double treble crochet (video showing this st here)
dtr= double treble crochet (video showing this st here)

Round 1

US Terms : Attach your yarn with a sc to any 2 ch space, *ch 3, sc in next 2 ch space*, repeat from * to * all the way around.  End after your last ch 3 by joining with a ss to the first sc you made.

Round 1 squaring the mandala By Shelley Husband 2014

UK Terms : Attach your yarn with a dc to any 2 ch space, *ch 3, dc in next 2 ch space*, repeat from * to * all the way around.  End after your last ch 3 by joining with a ss to the first dc you made.

Round 1 complete squaring the mandala by Shelley Husband

Round 2

US Terms : ch 4 (st ch), tr in same sp as ss, *3 htr in 3 ch sp, dc in st, (2 dc, hdc) in 3 ch sp, hdc in st, (hdc, 2 sc) in 3 ch sp, sc in st, (2 sc, hdc) in 3 ch sp, hdc in st, (hdc, 2 dc) in 3 ch sp, dc in st, 3 htr in 3 ch sp, ** (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in st*.  Repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once. 2 tr in same sp as first sts, ch 1, join with sc to 4th ch of st ch. {27 sts along each side}

 

One side and corner complete (the bit between * & *)

One side and corner complete (the bit between * & *)

UK Terms : ch 4 (st ch), dtr in same sp as ss, *3 hdtr in 3 ch sp, tr in st, (2 tr, htr) in 3 ch sp, htr in st, (htr, 2 dc) in 3 ch sp, dc in st, (2 dc, htr) in 3 ch sp, htr in st, (htr, 2 tr) in 3 ch sp, tr in st, 3 hdtr in 3 ch sp, ** (2 dtr, ch 2, 2 dtr) in st*.  Repeat from * to * twice and from * to ** once. 2 dtr in same sp as first sts, ch 1, join with dc to 4th ch of st ch. {27 sts along each side}

Round 2 complete squaring the mandala by Shelley Husband

Round 3

US Terms : ch 3 (st ch), dc over joining sc, *dc in next 7 sts, hdc in next 13 sts, dc in next 7 sts, **(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc), in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to & twice and from * to ** once, 2 dc in same space as first sts, ch 2, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch. {31 sts along each side}

first side round 3 squaring the mandala by Shelley Husband 2014

UK Terms :  ch 3 (st ch), tr over joining dc, *tr in next 7 sts, htr in next 13 sts, tr in next 7 sts, **(2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr), in 2 ch sp*, repeat from * to & twice and from * to ** once, 2 tr in same space as first sts, ch 2, join with ss to 3rd ch of st ch. {31 sts along each side}

squared mandala by Shelley Husband 2014

And there you have it.  A square block, ready to do with what you will. Even though the finished block is quite square, I did block mine to make it super straight.  Just a few pins and a shot of steam from the iron is all it took.  Easy.

Blocking the square by Shelley Husband 2014

squared x 2 by Shelley Husband 2014

Enjoy :)

Creative Blog Hop

HI folks.

Something a little different from me today.  I was featured last week by the amazing Maria of 50 Shades of 4 ply and asked to share with you the answers to some questions about my creative process and feature a couple of other folks.

Before I go on to the questions, I wanted to share with you the incredibly beautiful blanket Maria made with one of my free patterns called Shell Collection.

Just so lovely. Thanks for making my pattern look so good Maria.


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