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.

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Resources

Yarn & yarn packs

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

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

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.

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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 Deramores and 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 and on my blog grouped on this dedicated video page.

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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

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,

Esther

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Video tutorial Mandala Madness week 17

I’m feeling like the poor rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland” …..

I’m late! I’m late!
For a very important date!
No time to say “Hello”, goodbye!
I’m late! I’m late! I’m late!

 

I to am late for a very important date. Making the video for part 17 of Mandala Madness has taken more time than I had hoped, but looking at all the details of this part it is almost inevitable that it would take me more time than one part usually does. The video for week 17 is more than 1.5 hours long, so it took me a LOT of time to make for you (keep in mind that it takes me up to 8 times longer to make a video than the video duration). But, happily I am here now, and all is well that ends well!

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We are almost done with our mandala and this week we are seriously decorating the shells we made last week. We are making lots of back and front post stitches, popcorns, clusters and other frills to decorate the outer edge of the mandala. And no worries if you think this is too hard for you, in the video I show you everything step-by-step. All videos for Mandala Madness are available through my YouTube channel and on my blog grouped on this dedicated video page. In the video for week 17 I show you how to work the decorations for this week.

I use two Scheepjes yarns for my mandala; Scheepjes Sunkissed and Scheepjes Cotton 8 with a 3mm (D-3) hook. There are yarn packs available for this CAL in Scheepjes Color CrafterScheepjes Stone Washed XL and Scheepjes Merino Soft, available from Deramores and Wool Warehouse. Here a list of the colors I used for week 17.

Round   Yarn  Color number  Color name
round 103 Sunkissed 14 spearmint green
round 104 Sunkissed 13 cherry ice
round 105 Cotton 8 652 grey-blue
round 106 Cotton 8 717 bordeaux
round 107 Cotton 8 652 grey-blue

A small peak at my mandala at the moment. I will show you the full result next time when we finish this project.

Only one more part to go and we are all done. Next time we are finishing up our mandala and then I will give you a complete list of all the colors I used for each round as well as the amount of yarn I used per color. And of course a full reveal and lots of photographs of my mandala.

With love,

Esther

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Video tutorial Mandala Madness week 16

Just in the nick of time I have managed to get the video for week 16 of Mandala Madness to you on time. This week we are starting the final stage of our journey together, the end is in sight now. Just a few more steps….

Our final encore for our mandala begins with the sun slowly setting on the horizon. This week we are making a series of half-suns at the outer edge of the mandala. Next week we will decorate the suns a bit more and then we will complete the last edges in week 18. A not of warning, the suns are not all identical and they are not spaced equally from each other, so keep paying attention to the pattern.

All videos for Mandala Madness are available through my YouTube channel and on my blog grouped on this dedicated video page. In the video for week 16 I show you how to work the stitches for this week.

I use two Scheepjes yarns for my mandala; Scheepjes Sunkissed and Scheepjes Cotton 8 with a 3mm (D-3) hook. There are yarn packs available for this CAL in Scheepjes Color CrafterScheepjes Stone Washed XL and Scheepjes Merino Soft, available from Deramores and Wool Warehouse. Here a list of the colors I used for week 15.

Round   Yarn  Color number  Color name
round 98 Sunkissed 20 beach hut pink
round 99 Sunkissed 15 noonday sun
round 100 Sunkissed 15 noonday sun
round 101 Sunkissed 12 beach hut orange
round 102 Cotton 8 717 bordeaux

The outer edge of my mandala looks like this at the moment. I will only make a full view photo again when it is completed, just to give you a bit of a surprise at the end 🙂

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I am currently working on the video for week 17 and there are a lot of details for next week. Not difficult, just time consuming. Hence I can’t guarantee that it will be ready next week. I will do my best, promise.

With love,

Esther

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Video tutorial Mandala Madness week 15

Don’t ask me how but I managed to get the video for week 15 of Mandala Madness to you on time. This week’s post is just quick and dirty because I’m hopelessly swamped with everything at the moment.

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All videos for Mandala Madness are available through my YouTube channel and on my blog grouped on this dedicated video page. In the video for week 15 I show you how to work the stitches for this week.

I use two Scheepjes yarns for my mandala; Scheepjes Sunkissed and Scheepjes Cotton 8 with a 3mm (D-3) hook. There are yarn packs available for this CAL in Scheepjes Color CrafterScheepjes Stone Washed XL and Scheepjes Merino Soft, available from Deramores and Wool Warehouse. Here a list of the colors I used for week 15.

Round   Yarn  Color number  Color name
round 93 Cotton 8 508 soft yellow
round 94 Sunkissed 13 cherry ice
round 95 Sunkissed 17 summer rain
round 96 Cotton 8 669 olive
round 97 Sunkissed 20 beach hut pink

And my mandala, or at least a part of it, looks like this at the moment…

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And with this post you have caught up with me. I am currently working on the video for week 16 and I don’t know if it will be ready next week. I will do my best, promise.

With love,

Esther

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