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Triptych Mandalas – Free Crochet Pattern

With great pleasure I announce a new design, a set of three mandalas called Triptych 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 hosted by Scheepjes in August 2022. Voor Nederlands, zie aub DEZE post.

Resources

Origin of Triptych Mandalas

A few years ago I designed my Trinity Mandalas and these Triptych Mandalas are a sequel. I wanted to design a set of mandalas to complement those that you already have, to give you a variation in sizes and to bring joy to your crochet life.

Materials

You will need 6 colors of Scheepjes Catona (50g/125m) yarn and 3 mandala rings to make your Triptych Mandalas. I have designed 3 colorways, here are the colors per colorway.

Triptych Mandalas – Forest Fern

Triptych Mandalas Forest Fern Colorway

  • 1 x Color A : 264 Light Coral
  • 1 x Color B : 192 Scarlet
  • 1 x Color C : 383 Ginger Gold
  • 1 x Color D : 412 Forest Green
  • 1 x Color E : 263 Petal Peach
  • 1 x Color F : 254 Moon Rock
Triptych Mandalas – Rainbow Bright

Triptych Mandalas Rainbow Bright Colorway

  • 1 x Color A : 208 Yellow Gold
  • 1 x Color B : 146 Vivid Blue
  • 1 x Color C : 189 Royal Orange
  • 1 x Color D : 115 Hot Red
  • 1 x Color E : 113 Delphinium
  • 1 x Color F : 389 Apple Green
Triptych Mandalas – Blue Moon

Triptych Mandalas Blue Moon Colorway

  • 1 x Color A : 173 Bluebell
  • 1 x Color B : 396 Rose Wine
  • 1 x Color C : 247 Bluebird
  • 1 x Color D : 164 Light Navy
  • 1 x Color E : 074 Mercury
  • 1 x Color F : 408 Old Rose

You will also need 3 rings to finish the mandalas. You will need rings with diameter 40cm (16″), 25cm (10″) and 15cm (6″). We make the mandalas using a 3mm crochet hook.

Scheepjes Catona yarn is available from many beautiful Scheepjes retailers, including Wool Warehouse (UK/Int) and Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU).

I also have yarn kits available for all 3 colorways of Triptych Mandalas in my shop. The mandala kits include everything you need to make these mandalas including the pattern, yarn and the mandala rings.


Tips for choosing your own colors

I have made these mandalas in 3 color combinations, but there are more than 100 colors in the Scheepjes Catona range. This means there are many colorways that you can make these mandalas in. I have a few tips for you when choosing which colors to use.

First choose the main color you want your mandala to be, this is Color D in the pattern. For example, in the Forest Fern colorway this is a green color. This color will be used for all the outer edges of the mandala, hence it’s the color that is most visible.

Next choose a neutral shade that matches your first color, this is Color E in the pattern and is used to attach the mandalas to the rings. Good colors to use here are shades of whites and light grey.

Now choose two accent colors, these are Colors B and C in the mandala. These colors are used to make the flower petals in the center and they should complement color D.

Lastly, choose two colors to match all the colors what you already have. These are Colors A and F in the pattern. Usually lighter or darker shades of what you have already selected works well.

If you want to make all three mandalas in only one color, you will need 4 balls of Scheepjes Catona 50g.


Triptych Mandalas Pattern

The pattern for Triptych 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 and Dutch. The patterns are available through the following links.


Full pattern in one document

The pattern for Triptych Mandalas is available for free in 3 parts on my blog. If you prefer to have the pattern as one document, you can purchase the pattern on Ravelry or in my SHOP for a small fee.

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; you can find the videos with each of the pattern parts though the links above. 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 13cm before it goes into the 15cm ring, the medium mandala is 21cm before it goes into the 25cm ring, and the large mandala is 36cm before it goes into the 40cm ring. The 10% difference is important, because the mandalas need to be stretched 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.

In the pattern parts I also make suggestions for changes that you can make in the pattern to help you get your mandalas to the right size, both if they are larger than they should be and if they are smaller than they should be.

Support

We will make these 3 mandalas during a short 3-week make along. The project will be hosted by Scheepjes in the 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 mandalas.

#itsallinanutshell

If you would like to share your mandalas, use the hashtag #itsallinanutshell 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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4 thoughts on “Triptych Mandalas – Free Crochet Pattern”

  1. Hi. I was wondering if you think a beginner can make these Mandela’s and if so how much would a kit be in the blue moons? Best Leslie

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