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Trinity Mandalas

My new design is a set of three mandalas called Trinity Mandalas. In this post you find all the information you need to make your own mandalas. We will make these three mandalas as part of a short crochet along in April 2019. I hope you will love making these mandalas, I know I enjoyed designing them.

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Origin of Trinity Mandalas

Have you ever been challenged to do something, and then were amazed at what you did? This is what happened to me with these mandalas. Dedri from Look at what I made set me a challenge, she said take 10 random colors and design a mandala. She also said that if I work more than 4 rounds without having to chart it out or frog, that I should rip those rounds back and start again. She also told me to change colors every round, or two rounds max, to allow for maximum freedom in color placement. Quite a challenge, and the result is the 3 mandalas you find in this pattern. Dedri gave me a lot of feedback during the design process, and I am most grateful to her for her help.

Materials

You will need 10 colors of Scheepjes Catona (50g/125m) yarn and 3 mandala rings to make the Trinity Mandals. Here are the colors I used:

  • 1 x A – 130 Old Lace
  • 1 x B – 403 Lemonade
  • 1 x C – 208 Yellow Gold
  • 1 x D – 205 Kiwi Green
  • 1 x E – 246 Icy Pink
  • 1 x F – 398 Colonial Rose
  • 1 x G – 413 Cherry Pink
  • 1 x H – 397 Cyan Blue
  • 1 x I – 400 Petrol Blue
  • 1 x J – 110 Jet Black

You will also need 3 rings to finish the mandalas. You will need rings with diameter 50cm (19″ or 20″), 30cm (12″) and 15cm (6″). We make the mandalas using a 3mm crochet hook.

Scheepjes Catona is available from many Scheepjes retailers, including Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), Deramores (UK), Black Sheep Wools (UK), Knotty House (CA/US), and Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU).

Stores may have kits available in the colors I selected, such as Deramores (UK), Wool Warehouse (UK) and Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU), but you are also more than welcome to choose your own colors. If you purchase your yarn after clicking on one of the links in on my blog you support my work, because I receive a small commission from the store based on your purchase.

Not all stores carry the rings, but every store that carries Scheepjes yarns, can order the rings for you. Just ask your favorite store to stock them for you. Amazon also stocks a variety of dream catcher rings. Alternatively, you are welcome to make these mandalas without the ring.

Patterns

The pattern for Trinity Mandalas is divided into 3 parts; in part 1 you make the small mandala, in part 2 you grow the small mandala to become the medium mandala, and in part 3 you grow the medium mandala to become the large mandala.

The free, written patterns are available in English US Terms, English UK Terms, Dutch, and Swedish as separate pdf files from the following links:

Video tutorials

There will be free video tutorials available to help you every step of the way. I will release these videos on my YouTube channel when I release the free patterns. The video’s are only available in English US Terms. I hope the videos make it possible for everyone to make these mandalas.

Gauge

The mandalas are designed to be approximately 10% smaller than the rings they go into. This means the small mandala is 14cm before it goes into the 15cm ring, the medium mandala is 27cm before it goes into the 30cm ring, and the large mandala is 45cm before it goes into the 50cm ring. The 10% difference is important, because the mandalas need to be stretched out when placed in the ring to ensure that they can support their own weight. If they are too large, they will be floppy and droopy when placed in the rings.

If you find that your mandalas are too big, you are most likely lifting your stitches higher than I am. I suggest you look at THIS VIDEO about the golden loop. If you are a so-called lifter, your stitches will be higher than average, and going down a hook size will not make any difference. I suggest that you try to pull your yarn back to make your stitches shorter.

Support

We will make these 3 mandalas during a short 3-week make along. The project will be hosted by Scheepjes in their English and Dutch Facebook groups. You can join these groups if you need any help, or want to share your work. I will be in the groups as much as possible to help you with any questions you might have, and to admire your beautiful mandala’s.

Get an early start

If you are charmed by these mandalas, and you just can’t wait for the full pattern to be released bit by bit, you can make a quick start. You can buy the full, written pdf pattern which includes the links to the video tutorials, for a small fee from my Ravelry page. The full pattern will be available on 4 April 2019.

#TrinityMandalas

If you would like to share your lovely mandalas, use the hashtag #TrinityMandalas to help me find it on Facebook or Instagram. You can also share your work in my It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet Nuts Facebook group or tag me in one of your posts.

With love,

Esther

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29 thoughts on “Trinity Mandalas”

  1. I am looking forward to this CAL. I never made a mandala but with your support and that of the group, I feel confident that can successfully make this project, Thank you 🙏

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  2. I live in California and have searched everywhere for a 20″ (50cm) ring with our success. Do you know of a store in the UK or EU that might have them and ship to the US?

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      1. Thank you, I checked and they did not have the 20 ” size. What I did find was that lamp shade suppliers sell all sizes of rings… so I bought those!

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  3. I live in Canada and searched for hours to find a 20” ring. I had no luck even on Amazon or Etsy. The closest I got was 18” which is too small. The 6” and 12” rings are golden, will it matter for the project? I could not find any silver or black ones. Thank you.

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  4. Hi Esther! I am going to follow along and make the Trinity Mandalas. I am wondering what we are going to wrap the hoops with. Are we using some of the yarn or do you have something else in mind? I am eager to get started!
    Thank you – Joanne

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  5. Hoi Esther, Ik heb de download gekocht op Raverly maar ik krijg alleen het Mandela Intro File……klopt dit?

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