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Mandala Madness – all video tutorials, colors list and yardage

Mandala madness crochet along designed by Helen Shrimpton is completed. In a long journey over 18 weeks that took us through a few bumpy bits and sharp turns we all came out reasonably unscathed the other side. Time to show you my completed mandala.


Yarn & yarn packs

There are/were various yarn packs available for the crochet along.

These yarn packs are available from Wool Warehouse as well as selected Scheepjes Stockists.

My version of Mandala Madness

I preferred not to use a kit, but to go my own way; like I always do actually. I used Scheepjes Sunkissed and Scheepjes Cotton 8 with a 3mm (D-3) hook to make my mandala. I had no preset plan for my list of colors or color distribution, I just took it week by week using leftovers from other projects and yarn from my stash. I ended up using 11 shades of Sunkissed and 8 shades of Cotton 8; that is a very bright total of 19 colors. No wonder my mandala is such a color explosion. I hadn’t realized that there were that many colors until I counted them. You can find all the details of which colors I used for each round in my color chart.

Yarn amounts for my version

I have done some calculation on how much yarn you need of each color to make a mandala similar to mine. Please realize that this is an estimate based on my personal tension and style of crochet. If your tension is much different to mine you may need more or less yarn than I needed. Both Sunkissed and Cotton 8 come in 50g balls and have a running length of 170m per ball. I have calculated the yarn amount I used per color and rounded it up to get the number of balls. Inevitably there will be some left-overs from certain colors. It turns out that there is a whopping 4km of yarn in my mandala. WOW!!!

Yarn & number  Color name  Yarn amount  Number of balls
Sunkissed – 04 poolside 240m 2
Sunkissed – 05 seaside 340m 2
Sunkissed – 10 lavender ice 290m 2
Sunkissed – 12 beach hut orange 170m 1
Sunkissed – 13 cherry ice 460m 3
Sunkissed – 14 spearmint green 235m 2
Sunkissed – 15 noonday sun 360m 3
Sunkissed – 17 summer rain 205m 2
Sunkissed – 19 candy floss 150m 1
Sunkissed – 20 beach hut pink 190m 2
Sunkissed – 21 ultra violet 170m 1
Cotton 8 – 508 soft yellow 105m 1
Cotton 8 – 652 grey-blue 365m 3
Cotton 8 – 661 purple 25m 1
Cotton 8 – 669 olive 210m 2
Cotton 8 – 716 orange 30m 1
Cotton 8 – 717 bordeaux 230m 2
Cotton 8 – 720 fuchsia 100m 1
Cotton 8 – 721 heath 135m 1

If you prefer, you can also use one of the yarn packs that are available for this CAL in Scheepjes Color CrafterScheepjes Stone Washed XL and Scheepjes Merino Soft, available from Wool Warehouse.

Video tutorials

Each week I had a video tutorial for you to show you how to work the stitches. In the beginning I was miles ahead of you, but as time went by and our mandala grew in size my time seemed to shrink and at the end I even fell a little bit behind. The series of all video tutorials is now completed. You can find all the videos for Mandala Madness on my YouTube channel in this playlist:

A few numbers

Just for fun I have tried to capture my mandala in a series of numbers, I am an engineer after all.

  • diameter: 150cm
  • weight: 1200g
  • yarn used: 4km
  • colors used: 19
  • size of crochet hook: 3mm
  • video playtime: 16 hours
  • recording & editing: 140 hours
  • days working on project: 180 days

Looking back

Deleted: If you would like to look back at the road traveled with my mandala you can read all the bus stops along the way from the announcement to part 1; part 2; part 3; part 4; part 5; part 6; part 7; part 8; part 9; part 10; part 11; part 12; part 13; part 14; part 15; part 16 and last weeks part 17.

It has been a pleasant journey but all things come to an end. I hope to travel with you again on my next project.

With love,


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69 thoughts on “Mandala Madness – all video tutorials, colors list and yardage”

  1. Thank you! I am what started later . Each new week is still in an envelope. So every week a new challenge! By taken you by the hand , it is so far succeeded well !

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  2. Thank you for all your help and patience. I started late so nowhere near finishing and am so grateful that I will have your links to follow.

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  3. Your Mandala is so stunning 🙂
    I started with everyine else, but ill health has made me a few weeks behind now – I’m still on week 14, but I’m hoping to start back on it soon, as I want my mandala to look at least a little bit as pretty as your’s has turned out to be 🙂
    Thankyou for all the work you put in, so we could make our Manadalas with more ease than might have been the case 🙂

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  4. Hallo Esther,
    Allereerst ook ontzettend bedankt voor alle duidelijke videos. Het maakt voor mij het werken aan deze deken tot een groot feest. De telkens wisselende kleuren maken mij blij. Als ik deze Manadala af heb, duurt nog wel even want ik ben pas bij part 9, dan zal ik zeker weer met een project starten waar jij aan meewerkt. Hopelijk blijf je het nog lang doen.
    Dan heb ik een vraag over deze laatste blog. Heel fijn dat je nu de hoeveelheden van het garen kon vermelden en ik ben direct bij gaan bestellen. Nu lees ik in je resumé dat je 20 kleuren gebruikt hebt. 12 Sunkissed en 8 Cotton8 en hier kom ik even door in verwarring. Ik tel in je kleurenlijst namelijk 11 kleuren Sunkissed en inderdaad 8 Cotton8. En in mijn garen lade tel ik dus maar 19 kleuren. Zie ik iets over het hoofd misschien, mijn Engels is redelijk maar niet supergoed namelijk. Heel graag hoor zie,ik je antwoord tegemoet.
    Hartelijke haak-groet van Thea


    1. Hoi Thea,
      Ik ben tot de conclusie gekomen dat ik niet tot 20 kan tellen 😀 Je hebt helemaal gelijk. Het zijn 19 kleuren; 11 sunkissed en 8 Cotton 8.
      Blond 😉
      Ik pas mijn post even aan.


  5. hartelijk bedankt voor al deze uren gewerkt, voor zoveel gedult, , voor mij, je was echt een virtueel vriendin geworden… Ik ken je niet, et en toch……
    sorry voor mijn gebrakel nederlands, il ben franstalig, in Touraine in Frankrijk, en ik heb, met je hulp veel mooie momenten met mijn groot mandala ( in scheepje stone xl!)gehad…en nog niet gedaan…..rij 52 maar!
    neem toch Tijd voor jezelf et geniet van de mooie zomer.
    ik stuur je veel vriendschap


    1. Beste Arwen,
      Wat fijn dat je de moeite neemt in het Nederlands te schrijven terwijl het niet je moedertaal is.
      Heel graag gedaan, die video’s. Ik ben altijd blij als ik hoor dat iemand er veel aan gehad heeft.


  6. Mis más sinceras felicitaciones…no hablo inglés pero estoy siguiendo tus vídeos a la perfección…hiciste un trabajo increíble…fascinante…alucinante…Sos una excelente maestra….te mando un abrazo enorme y un agradecimiento eterno por esto q nos regalas…tu “arte” y tu ” tiempo” veo la hora de terminarlo….ya llegara el dia…!!!!!❤❤❤❤besos dsd Buenos Aires Argentina….Lorena


  7. I’ve just realized what your mandala reminds me of, and it’s not an insult I promise. You know how an oil slick in a puddle of water reflects and shimmers, with the colors all rainbow-ish and changing as the water ripples? That’s what I see in the full photo.


  8. I just started to make this and want to thank you for your outstanding videos. You have a way of explaining that is easy for me to understand. I don’t think I would be able to do this without your help

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  9. This is amazing. I am coming to this later, and would really like a complete pdf. I feel like you say somewhere that there is a compiled version, but I can’t find it. Am I wrong? Thank you…


    1. Do you mean a complete pdf of my colorway or a pdf of the complete pattern? There is a pdf of my colorway in this post, link about half way. For a pdf of the complete pattern you will have to ask the designer Helen Shrimpton


  10. Thank you so much for your instructions. I never thought I could make something like this but have just finished my mandala. I previously followed you through Sophie’s Universe as well. I started using my leftover wool so have made both in 8ply wool. Thanks again.

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  11. great job thank you for all the efforts..i am doing my mandala madness following you on youtube. my question is do you have any plans to add a video for squaring the mandala made by Ineke Mooijenkind. thanks.


  12. Gracias por tus videos, yo no hablo ingles y tampoco se hacer muy bien ganchilo, pero con ver tus explicaciones me ha salido muy bien, haces un trabajo estupendo y te lo agradezco, sin ellos no lo hubiera conseguido nunca.
    Ahora estoy haciendo unos de tus chals, tambien por el video, genial.
    Gracias de nuevo y enhorabuena tienes una pagina estupenda y com cosas preciosas.

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  13. Im just about to start part 18 in a day. This one im working on is all in one color. I would like to do one in 2 colors so when I do the squared part it will match. Is there a color chart with rounds for me to do this. Thank you james


  14. I heard about this in April 2019 and started my first round on April 23rd. I followed the written pattern and your videos, and finished on July 4, 2019. Thank you for the videos, as I couldn’t have completed the project without them!

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  15. Hello Esther,
    When I saw your Mandala, I thought – this is it! I decided then and there to learn how to crochet. I started the knit along immediately with some yarn I had in my stash, about 6 different colours of various hues of purple, lilac, mauve, coral, wine and blue. I really appreciated your gentle manner and clear demonstrations. Now as I’ve reached the end of part 9, I am running out of yarn. I have to get more yarn, but need to keep close to the shades I’ve started with. Do you have any recommendations of the approximate yardage required for the rounds?
    Thanks in advance for your response!
    And, thank you for the wonderful video tutorial!


  16. You are wonderful–I have followed you for some time.. now to the mandala madness. I have purchased lion cupcake streetlight a graduated color way. Have you done any without making breaks for the colors and pattern changes? Iam not sure??? I would like to just do it straight through, but find I get ocd about where the color changes. any ideas


  17. Goedenavond, ik heb hulp nodig bij het vierkant maken van de mandala Madness. Ik kom niet uit toer 4 van het patroon van Ineke Mooijenkind. Kunt u mij helpen?


  18. After following you through the Trinity mandala I got a bit addicted to your guidance, so thank you for being incredible 🙏
    The colors of the photo of the mandala in this page, matches what list of yarn?
    And also, in the tutorials you are using different colors than the ones in the photo here. I am confused, sorry.


      1. Under resources there is the photo of the mandala I really want to make. Is there anywhere I can get the list of colours to it?


  19. Esther, can you put the yarn total used in yards for me? I always knew how to crochet, but I just picked it back up again a couple of years ago. Even if I was just learning to crochet I’m someone who goes all out and would love patterns with detail and a challenge. ❤️ I’m going to have to use what I have on hand and most of my yarn is a 4 weight. So this will be big. LoL thank you for your tutorials.


  20. Hi
    I am thinking of this project but wondering if an advanced beginner can do it. Also I don’t like using yarn with animal fibre so are there any substitutes or if you can give me the weight I can look around.


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