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

Rohn Strong’s 2021 Crochet Along – Summer Blossom Mandala

Every year, hundreds of crocheter’s gather together in an online forum to crochet up my newest crochet pattern. I work all year to design and create a project that is not just fun to crochet, but will help challenge crocheter’s. My teaching and design style is simple, to create projects that inspire and educate.

Last year (2020) was one heck of a year and I was so excited to bring you all the Tunisian Delight Sampler Afghan!

You can still find the free patterns here on my blog and the video tutorials on my Youtube channel here! The downloadable pattern is available for purchase here!

For 2021, I wanted to do something a bit more in depth. So, I’m so excited to bring you the Spring Blossom Mandala!

Worked from the center out in a mandala style, this throw size afghan brings together everything I love about crochet. Texture, color, and a challenge. Every round is different and, with that, a whole lot to learn. This modern mandala is a crochet skill builder and who doesn’t want to up their crochet game while making a fun and functional afghan?!

With most blankets, you’re stuck making the same motif or working the same stitch again and again. Not with a mandala. We’ll work each round, learning new stitches along the way, keeping you on your toes and adding a ton of stitches to your tool box every week!

What does a Rohn Strong Crochet Along Look LIke?

Like most of my crochet alongs (CAL’s) the name of the game isn’t just about finishing the project. It’s about learning as much as you can along the way. So, what is a CAL? It’s simply when a bunch of us internet friends get together and crochet the same pattern at the same time! It’s all done virtually (aka online). We’ll have weekly assignments, and videos will be released each week to cover a few rounds. We’ll have support via Youtube, Instagram, and right here on my blog.

The Summer Blossom Mandala is the culmination of a lot of knowledge and technique. It features beginner stitches, easy stitches, and a few more challenging techniques. With that said, here is the deal, I designed this mandala to work for even the beginner crocheters, even if you’ve only crocheted a few projects, you can do this. The biggest skill you need is the ability to complete basic crochet stitches and be able to read a pattern.

And remembers, I’ll be right there by your side, crocheting every single stitch with you. So, if you have questions you can always email me, send me a message on Instagram, and leave a comment on my Youtube Channel!

Supplies

  • Summer Blossom Mandala Pattern!
    • You can purchase the PDF Pattern HERE (if you’re looking to use your own yarn this is the best option!)
    • You can purchase the entire yarn kit which includes the PDF Pattern HERE! You can even choose colors to create your own mandala!
    • You can find the free pattern on my blog, released in parts, as we go along! No need to sign up, you’ll just need to check the website each week.
  • Yarn/Hook and Notions:
    • Yarn recommended for the pattern is Lion Brand Wool Ease. This is a worsted weight yarn. All yarn and hook info can be found in the pattern.

Timeline

This CAL will take place over 8 weeks beginning on July 18th.

Each week a new Youtube tutorial will be released to coincide with that weeks rounds. While the rounds may change, the overall schedule looks something like this:

July 18th – Rnds 1 – 7

July 25th – Rnds 8 – 14

August 1 – Rnds 15 – 21

August 8 – Rnds 22 – 27

August 15 – Rnds 28 – 35

August 22 – Rnds 36 – 47

August 29 – Scalloped Border

September 5 – Last Rounds and Blocking

I am just SO excited to start on this CAL with you all! It’s going to be a blast and I’m really excited to help you expand those crochet skills! Grab your pattern, your yarn kit, and let’s get stitching!