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Summer Flower Mandalas – Free Crochet Pattern

In the summer I want to do little else than sit in my garden and enjoy my flowers. Often I find myself looking at a flower and thinking it would make a lovely mandala. In this post I share the free pattern for my Summer Flower Mandala with you. If you make many of these mandalas, it looks just like a flower garden!

These mandalas are made using Scheepjes Catona yarn and use 20cm/8inch rings to bring them to their final size and shape. In this post you find the free pattern including the free video tutorial in both a left and right handed version. Under resources you also find links to yarn kits, the printable pattern pdf, and much more.

Resources

Materials

  • Scheepjes Catona (25g/62.5m) in the following colors
Pastel Passion FlowerShadow VioletPoppy
Color A : 105 Bridal White (2x)Color A : 105 Bridal White (2x)Color A : 105 Bridal White (2x)
Color B : 101 Candle LightColor B : 246 Icy PinkColor B : 264 Light Coral
Color C : 511 CornflowerColor C : 208 Yellow GoldColor C : 383 Ginger Gold
Color D : 409 Soft RoseColor D : 521 Deep VioletColor D : 192 Scarlet

I have kits available for the Pastel Passion Flower colorway, the Shadow Violet colorway, and the Poppy colorway. This kits include the printed pattern, yarn and mandala rings.

Scheepjes Catona is available from Wool Warehouse (UK/Int), The Knitting Network (UK/Int), Caro’s Atelier (EU/NL), Marlaine.nl (NL), Creahuys 41 (NL), and many other Scheepjes stockists world wide.


Gauge and Size

At the end of Round 7, the mandala is approximately 11cm diameter.
The final mandalas measure 20cm.

Abbreviations

Please note that US Crochet Terminology is used for this pattern.

  • bpsc back post single crochet
  • ch chain
  • ch-sp(s) chain space(s)
  • dc double crochet
  • dtr double treble crochet
  • fptr front post treble crochet
  • hdc half double crochet
  • tr treble crochet
  • tr2tog 2 treble crochet worked together
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • sc2tog 2 single crochet worked together
  • ss slip stitch
  • popcorn 5dc in same st, remove hook from working loop, insert in first dc and pick up working loop, pull working loop through first dc, ch1

Notes

When working the mandalas I use two ways of closing a round, either with a slip stich or with an invisible join. You are welcome to replace all slip stitch joins with an invisible join. However, DO NOT replace an invisible join with a slip stitch join because then the next round will be less pretty.

When working a chain space after a popcorn, remember to work the ch1 to close the popcorn. So if the pattern calls for popcorn and ch4, you will work 5 chains in total. The first chain will be to close the popcorn followed by 4 more chain stitches for the ch4-space.

Color Placement

RoundMandala IMandala IIMandala III
1Color AColor AColor A
2Color BColor BColor D
3Color DColor CColor B
4Color CColor DColor B
5Color CColor DColor B
6Color DColor CColor D
7Color AColor AColor A
8Color BColor BColor C
9Color DColor CColor D
10Color CColor DColor B
11Color AColor AColor A
12Color AColor AColor A

Video tutorials

I have a right handed and left handed video tutorial available in which I show you how to make my Summer Flower Mandalas step by step. In the video description you can find the time points for the start of every round.


Pattern Summer Flower Mandalas

Round 1 With indicated color, ch4 and close with ss in first chain to form a ring. Ch2 (does not count as a st), 12dc in the ring. Close with invisible join. Fasten off.
[12 dc]

Round 2 With indicated color, start in any st with a standing dc, dc in same st, 2dc in each st to end. Close with invisible join. Fasten off.
[24 dc]

Round 3 With indicated color, work a round of surface slip stitches over the stitches of Round 1. Close with invisible join. Fasten off.
[12 ss]

Round 4 With indicated color, start in any st with a standing bpsc, bpsc in next st to end. Close with ss in first st.
[24 bpsc]

Round 5 *ch4, tr2tog over next 2 sts, ch4, ss in next st; repeat from * to end. Fasten off.
[8 flower petals]

Round 6 With indicated color, start with a standing popcorn in any tr2tog, *ch4, dtr in Round 4 containing the ss covering the ss with the dtr, ch4, popcorn in next tr2tog; repeat from * to end omitting final popcorn. Close with ss in first st. Fasten off.
[8 popcorn, 8 dtr, 16 ch4-sps]

Round 7 With indicated color, start with a standing hdc in any ch4-sp, 4hdc in same space, 5hdc in next ch4-sp to end. Close with ss in first st. Fasten off.
[80 hdc]

Round 8 With indicated color, start with a standing hdc in the first of any 5 hdc worked in the ch-sp before a popcorn, 1hdc in next 4 sts, *fptr around popcorn of Round 6, 1hdc in next 5 sts, fptr around dtr of Round 6, 1hdc in next 5 sts; repeat from * to end omitting final 5 sts. Close with ss in first st. Fasten off.
[16 fptr, 80 hdc]

Round 9 With indicated color, ss in any third of 5 hdc worked between two fptr, *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next fptr, skip 2 sts, ss in next st (this is the third of 5 hdc); repeat from * to end. Close with ss in first st. Fasten off.
[16 shells]

Round 10 With indicated color, start with a standing popcorn in the ch2-sp of any shell, *ch3, tr in the st of Round 8 containing the ss covering the ss with the tr, ch3, popcorn in ch2-sp of next shell; repeat from * to end omitting final popcorn. Close with ss in first st. Fasten off.
[16 popcorn, 16 tr, 32 ch3-sps]

Round 11 With indicated color, start with a standing hdc in any ch3-sp, 3hdc in same space, 5hdc in next ch3-sp, *4hdc in next ch3-sp, 5hdc in next ch3-sp; repeat from * to end. Close with ss in first st.
[144 hdc]

The mandala is now approximately 18cm in diameter. It will be a little wobbly at this point, but when it is stretched into the mandala ring it will be flat again. Work away all yarn tails before continuing to join the mandala to the ring.

Round 12 Ch1, 1sc2tog over current st and next st and over the mandala ring to end, join with invisible join. Work away your last yarn tails.
[144 sc2tog]

Share your work

If you are making Summer Flower Mandalas, I would love to see them. Use the hashtag #itsallinanutshell on Instagram to help me find your work, share your work in my It’s all in a Nutshell Crochet Nuts group on Facebook or tag me in one of your posts.

With love,
Esther

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