Mandala madness is a HUGE mandala crochet blanket designed by Helen Shrimpton. In 18 parts you make an ever changing mandala by playin with shape, color and texture. In this post you find all the information and links to Mandala Madness.
- Add this free pattern to your Ravelry library
- Written pattern in English and many translations
- All video tutorials in one YouTube playlist
- ***YARN KITS***
- Color chart
Yarn & yarn packs
There are several yarn packs available for the crochet along, in Scheepjes Colour Crafeter, Merinoe Soft and Stone Washed XL. The yarn kits are available from Wool Warehouse (UK/International).
Mandala Madness in Cotton
I preferred not to use a kit, but to go my own way. 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.
|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|
Mandala Madness in 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
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