Summer Blossom Mandala – Week 4

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.

Rnd 22: Join Color C with a sl st to any ch-6 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 6dc in same ch-6 sp as join, *ch 1, 7dc in next ch-6 sp; rep from * around, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off. (224 dc, 32 ch-1 sps)


Rnd 23: Join Color A with a sl st to center dc of any 7-dc group around, ch 1, sc in same st as join, ch 2, *working in front of Rnd 22 work 3dc in ch-1 sp of Rnd 21, ch 2, sk next 3 dc, sc in next dc, sk next 3 dc, ch 2; rep from * around, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off.  (32 sc, 64 ch-2 sp, 96 dc)


Rnd 24: Join Color D in center dc of any 3dc group, ch 2 (does not count as a stitch), hdc in same st as join, hdc in next dc, *2hdc in next ch-2 sp, sk next sc, 2hdc in next ch-2 sp, hdc in each of the next 3dc; rep from * around, working a hdc in last dc, join to beg hdc with a sl st. Fasten off. (224 hdc)


Rnd 25: Join Color E in same st as join, ch 1, working in back loops only, sc in same st as join, sc in each of the next 4 sts, *Fptr around post of first dc of 3-dc group of Rnd 23, sk next 2hdc on current round, (Bobble, ch 1, Bobble, ch 1, Bobble) in next hdc, fptr around post of last dc of 3-dc group of Rnd 23, sk next 2hdc on current round, working in back loops only sc in each of the next 9 sts; rep from * around, ending last rep with a sc in each of the next 4 sts, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (144 sc, 32 Fptr, 48 Bobble, 32 ch-1 sps)


Rnd 26: Join Color C in same st as join, ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each of the next 2 sts, *Fpdc around post of fptr on previous rnd, sk 2 sc, ch 2, (bobble in next bobble, ch 2) three times, fpdc around post of fptr on previous rnd, sk next 2sc, sc in each of the next 5 sc; rep from * around, ending last rep with a sc in each of the next 2 sts, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (80 sc, 32 Fpdc, 64 ch-2 sps, 48 Bobble)


Rnd 27: Join Color B in same st as join, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in same st as join, 2dc in next sc, *sk next sc, fpdc around post of fpdc on previous rnd, 2dc in each of the next 4 ch-2 sps, fpdc around post of fpdc on previous rnd, sk next sc**, 2dc in each of the next 3 sc; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, 2dc in next sc, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off. (224 dc, 32 Fpdc)


Until next week friends!

Happy Stitching!

R

Summer Blossom Mandala – Week 3

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.

Here’s the YouTube Video!

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Rnd 15: Join Color D with a sl st in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2dc in same sp, dc in 3rd loop of next five hdc**, 3dc in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off. (128 dc)


Rnd 16: Join Color C in center dc of any 3dc group, ch 1, 3sc in same st as join, sc in each of the next 3 dc, fptr around post of fpdc to the right two rows before, fptr around post of fpdc to the left two rnds before, sk the next dc behind the Fptr just worked, sc in each of the next 3 dc**, 3sc in next dc; rep from * around ending last rep at **, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (144 sc, 32 fptr)


Rnd 17: Join Color A in first sc of any 3sc group, ch 1, *sc in next 3 sc, fpdc around post of next 3 dc two rnds before, fpdc around post of both fptr one rnd before, fpdc around post of next 3 dc two rnds before; rep from * around, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (112 fpdc, 48 sc)


Rnd 18: Join Color B in same st as join, ch 4 (counts as first tr here), tr in each st around, join to beg ch-4 with a sl st. Fasten off. (160 tr)


Rnd 19: Join Color A in same st as join, ch 1, sc in same st as join, sc in each of the next 5 sc, fptr around post of fpdc two rnds before, sk tr behind fptr just worked, sc in each of the next 9 sc, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (144 sc, 16 fptr)


Rnd 20: Join Color E with a sc in any Fptr around, (sc, ch 1, 2sc) in same st as join, *sk next four sc, (3dc, ch 2, 3dc) in next sc, sk next four sc**, (2sc, ch 1, 2sc) in next Fptr; rep from * around, ending last rep at **, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. (16 small shells, 16 large shells)


Rnd 21: Join Color A with a sl st in any ch-1 sp, *(sc, ch 1, sc) in ch-1 sp, ch 6, (sc, ch 1, sc) in next ch-2 sp, ch 6; rep from * around, join to first sc with a sl st. Fasten off. 


Until next week friends!

Happy Stitching!

R

Summer Blossom Mandala – Week 2

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.


Rnd 8: Join Color C in same st as last sl st, sl st in next fptr, ch 3, 6dc in same fptr, *sk next sc, sc in next st, sk next sc and bpdc, 7dc in next bpdc, sk next bpdc and sc, sc in next sc**, 7dc in next fptr; rep from * around ending last rep at **, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off.  (112 dc, 16 sc)


Rnd 9: Join Color E in any sc, ch 1, sc in same st and in each st around. Fasten off. (128 sc)


Rnd 10: Join Color B in same st as join, ch 3, 2dc in same st, *sk next sc, sc in each of the next 5 sc, sk next sc, 3dc in next sc; rep from * around, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off. (48 dc, 80 sc)


Rnd 11: Join Color D in center dc of any 3dc group, ch 3, 4dc in same st, *sk next dc and 2 sc, sc in next sc, sk next 2 sc and dc**, 5dc in next dc; rep from * around ending last rep at **, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off. (80dc, 16 sc)


Rnd 12: Join Color A in any sc around, ch 1, *fptr around post of first dc of 3dc group two rows below, sc in each of the next 5dc, fptr around third dc of same 3dc group as previous fptr, sc in next sc; repf rom * around, join to first st. Fasten off. (32 fptr, 96 sc)


Rnd 13: Join Color E in any sc between two fptr around, ch 2 (does not count as a st), *Bobble (see special stitches), fpdc around post of next fptr, hdc in each of the next 5 sc, fpdc around post of next fptr, rep from * around, join to first st with a sl st. Fasten off. (32 Fpdc, 16 Bobble, 80 hdc)


Rnd 14: Join Color B with a hdc in 3rd loop of first hdc of any 5hdc group, hdc in 3rd loop of next four hdc, fpdc around post of next fpdc, ch 3, fpdc around post of next fpdc, hdc in 3rd loop of next five hdc; rep from * around, join to first hdc with a sl st. Fasten off. (80 hdc, 32f pdc, 16 ch-3 sps)


Until next week friends!

Happy Stitching!

R

Choosing Alternate Colors | Summer Blossom Mandala Crochet Along

The response to my Summer Blossom Mandala Crochet Along announcement has been tremendous! So much so, that we’ve officially bought up all the Wool Ease our friends at Lion Brand Yarn had on their shelves.

Because of that two of the colors in the kit will be out until August! DANG IT! The light blueish color (Stillwater) and maroon color (Rose Heather) will be out until August. So, with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to put together a few different color stories that would look amazing!

A lot of people think that I just have this magical skill of putting colors together but…I don’t. Haha! It’s all pinterest. Have you ever searched, “Color Palette”? It’s so fun to see photos and colors inspired by those photos. It takes all the guess work out of it. So, let’s take a look at some awesome palette’s and the yarn colors associated with them!

If any of these suit your fancy, just click this link here, and adjust the colors listed on that page. Lion Brand will ship the colors right out to you! How cool is that?! Check out the video below:

Grey Floral

A wonderful spring kick that’s a bit unconventional. I absolutely LOVE this color combo.

  1. Charcoal
  2. Succulent
  3. Grey Heather
  4. Cranberry
  5. Blush Heather

Stormy Seas

My personal choice, these hues of blue are perfect for this project.

  1. Denim
  2. Riverside
  3. Succulent
  4. Grey Heather
  5. Icicle

Coffee House

Striking bright’s and deep darks make this palette perfect for stitching up this mandala!

  1. Fisherman
  2. Wheat
  3. Thrush
  4. Nightshade
  5. Riverside

Citrus Spring

A pop of reddish orange truly takes this palette to the next level. Energetic and zippy, I just love Citrus Spring.

  1. Succulent
  2. Tawny Port
  3. Koi
  4. Blush Heather
  5. Thrush

Fisherman

Take monochromatic to the extreme and work the entire mandala in one color. This will allow the texture to SING!

  1. Fisherman

I know it can be really stressful to choose the right colors and put together different colors if you’re not used to it. BUT, I hope the few colorways that I offered give you that bit of excitement you need to crochet this amazing mandala up!

Remember, you can click HERE to grab the pattern or HERE to grab the kit. Just make sure to adjust the colors as in the video above!

Thanks friends!

xoxo

Rohn

Sand Dollar Afghan | FREE CROCHET AFGHAN PATTERN

Hey Friends!

It’s the second Friday in July and I’m not sure how I feel about that. BUT, it’s Friday and that means it’s finally time to get back on the Free Pattern Friday train! This week we have the Sand Dollar Afghan, one of my most anticipated pattern releases this year!

Want the Ad Free PDF? Cool beans! Head to this link here and pick up the kit for this afghan from my friends at Lion Brand Yarn!

Add this pattern to your Ravelry Library HERE!


Summer in North Carolina always involves a beach of some kind. I’m not even sure if it’s legally summer without the beach. This year, however, things are a bit different. We’re staying home more and being responsible SO, I thought why not bring the beach inside?

My Sand Dollar Afghan is the newest free crochet pattern in my Free Pattern Friday series! It’s so much fun to work and can you believe it’s just four rounds per motif. That’s it!

It’s a really easy crochet project to start and finish in just a couple of days. It’s made easier with one of my favorite yarns to crochet with, Color Made Easy from Lion Brand Yarn!

I’ve even curated a few different color ways that I think this afghan would look splendid in! The great thing about crochet afghans is that they are so easy to customize. With just a quick shift of colors you have something that looks beachy like my original sample or something that looks totally different!

Here are a few of my favorites:


Alright, we ready to get started stitching? ME TOO!

Scroll down for the FREE crochet pattern and check out the tutorial (*coming soon*) on my Youtube Channel Here, and pick up your kit from my friends at Lion Brand Yarns HERE!


Sand Dollar Afghan

Add a splash of handmade to your home decor with this quick to stitch afghan! Worked in just four rounds, the Sand Dollar Afghan is the perfect lacy touch to your summer decor.

Add this pattern to your Ravelry Library HERE!

Materials:
Color Made Easy® Yarn

Alabaster (2 skeins)
Wheat (1 Skein)
Basalt (2 Skeins)

ACCESSORIES

Size K-10.5 (6.5mm)
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles

Gauge:

1 Motif = 6″ Square

Finished Size:

36″ by 42″

Pattern Notes:

Beginning Ch-5 counts as a Dc, ch 1.

Block (Make 42)

With A, ch 5

Rnd 1: Working into 5th ch from hook (dc, ch 1) 7 times. Join to 3rd ch of beg ch-5 with a sl st. (8 dc and 8 ch-1 spaces)

Rnd 2: Sl st into next ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as a dc here and throughout), 2dc in same ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 3dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around. Join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off A. 

Rnd 3: With B, place a slip knot on crochet hook, insert hook into any ch-1 sp of center medallion, yo and draw up a loop, yarn over and pull through both stitches on hook (slip knot and loop), *ch 3, ([dc, ch 1] three times, dc) in next ch 1 space, ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * three times more ending last rep by joining with a sl st to first st worked. Fasten off B.

Rnd 4: With C, place a slip knot on crochet hook, insert hook into any ch-3 space to the right of a single crochet on Rnd 3, yo and draw up a loop, draw loop through slip knot to join, ch 3, 2dc in same ch-3 sp as join, ch 1, *3dc in next ch-3 sp, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp**, 3 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 1; rep from * three times, ending last rep at **, join to beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten Off. 

Assembly

This afghan can be assembly in a number of ways. I’ve outlined some of my favorites below:

  1. Mattress Stitch – the easiest method, by far, the mattress stitch requires only a tapestry needle and coordinating yarn. You’ll simply work the mattress stitch, joining rows and columns. This gives a nice, clean, and flexible join. 
  2. Slip Stitch or Single Crochet Seam – a favorite amongst crocheters, this seam is completed by slip stitching or single crocheting through both thicknesses of fabric to create a seam. While creating a super strong seam, it is also quite bulky. 
  3. Join As You Go – my preferred method, join as you go can be a bit tricky, so I’ve included it as a bonus to the online tutorial that accompanies this pattern. Simply head to www.youtube.com/rohnstrong and search for the Sanddollar Afghan Tutorial. 

Finishing

After assembly, weave in all ends. Wash and lay flat to block.