Summer Blossom Mandala – Week 1

Hey all! I’m so excited to jump right on in and get stitching this gorgeous mandala! A quick reminder, this is the free version of the pattern and DOES NOT INCLUDE the PDF pattern. You can purchase the PDF pattern HERE or the Yarn Kit from Lion Brand Yarn HERE, both of which include the pdf pattern.

A video tutorial can be found here on my youtube channel.


About 56” in Diameter


Gauge is not essential for this project.



• Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease (80% Acrylic/20% Wool Worsted Weight Yarn; 197yds/180m; 3oz/85g)

3 Skeins Blush Heather (Color A)

3 Skeins Succulent (Color E)

3 Skeins Rose Heather (Color D)

3 Skeins Still Water (Color B)

3 Skeins Icicle (Color C)


US I/5.5mm Standard Crochet Hook


Tapestry Needle

Split Ring Stitch Markers

Pattern Questions?

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Pattern Notes

This blanket is worked from the center out.


Dc = Double Crochet

Sl st = Slip Stitch

Ch = Chain

Fpdc = Front Post Double Crochet

Beg = Beginning

Sc = Single Crochet

Sk = Skip

Popcorn = 5dc in indicated st, slip loop off hook, insert hook in first dc, pick up loop and pull through.

Fptr = Front Post Triple Crochet

Bpsc = Back Post Single Crochet

Hdc = Half Double Crochet

Bobble = (Yo, insert hook into indicated st, yo and pull up a loop) twice, yo and pull through all loops on hook.

YO = Yarn over

Bpdc = Back post double crochet

Tr = Triple crochet


Rnd 1: With Color A, make a slip ring, into ring work, (dc, ch 3) 8 times, join to first dc with a sl st. Fasten off. (8dc, 8 ch-3 sps)

Rnd 2: Join Color B in any dc, ch 3, work 2dc in same dc as join, fpdc around post of same dc as join, *fpdc around post of next dc, 3dc in same dc, fpdc around post of same dc; rep from * around, fpdc around post of same dc and beg ch-3. Fasten off.  (24dc, 16fpdc)

Rnd 3: Join Color C in center dc of any 3-dc group, ch 1, 3sc in same dc, sk next dc *fpdc around posts of each of the next 2 fpdc, sk next dc, 3sc in next dc, sk next sc; rep from * around to last two fpdc, fpdc around post of last 2 fpdc, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (24sc, 16fpdc)

Rnd 4: Join Color D in first sc of any 3-sc group, ch 1, sc in same sc as join and in each st around, join to first sc with a sl st. (40 sc)

Rnd 5: Ch 1, *sc in each of the next 3 sts, fpdc around post of dc 2 rows below, rep from * around, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (24sc, 16fpdc)

Rnd 6: Join Color E in first sc, ch 3, dc in each of the next 2 sc, ch 2, *Popcorn (see special stitches) in next st, ch 3, Popcorn in next st, ch 2, rep from * around, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off. (24 dc, 16 Popcorn, 16 ch-2 sps, 8 ch-3 sps)

Rnd 7: Join Color A in any ch-3 sp, ch 1, *sc in ch-3 sp, fptr around posts of both dc two rows below, sc in same ch-3 sp as previous sc, sk next Popcorn st, 2sc in next ch-2 sp, bpsc around posts of next 3 dc, 2sc in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (8 fptr, 48 sc, 24bpsc)

Until next week friends!

Happy Stitching!



April 2018 CAL – Pistachio Lace Scarf

Today’s the day! Let’s get ready to dive head first into our first Crochet Along of the year!

Pistachio Lace Scarf.jpg

Before we dive into the pattern and yarn details and all that good stuff…let’s talk about what a Crochet Along is! A Crochet Along (sometimes called a CAL) is a community-based event in which we all crochet the same or similar project, share photos, and progress pics, get help and connect with others. It’s not just about the crochet, it’s about the friends we make along the way. I’ve met some of my best friends through crochet along’s and community-based crochet events. Seriously!

So, here are the details.

Beginning now, we’ll start gathering supplies and crocheting. This is a pretty free-form kind of CAL. We’re not going to stick to a schedule, you crochet when it works for you.

We’ll turn in all of our projects by June 1st, 2018…then I’ll choose a winner (or two) that’ll get a nice little package from me!

There are a few things you need to do:

  1. Head on over to Ravelry and Like/Queue up the Pistachio Lace Scarf!
  2. Create a project page! I’ll only be choosing a winner from those who have a project page.
  3. Join the Rohn Strong Designs Facebook Group here.

Note: If you are not on Facebook you can still get in on all the fun! Simply create the project page as stated above and follow me on Instagram @rohnstrong! Post your photos and tag #rohnstrongCAL for a chance to be featured!

That’s it!

You can post photos in the group here and on Instagram with the hashtag, #chicandstrongcal! You can also follow me on Instagram here!

Alright, that’s all for now!