The above picture looks a bit blue because it was taken inside the sun tent by the river on Sunday. I took a diversion from making bunting triangles and launched myself into Mandala mode. It was good fun trying something completely new from somebody else's Creative Mind for a change, I can't remember the last time I actually followed a pattern for something.
These Mandalas first caught my eye over on Facebook, on the beautiful Patchwork Heart page. Heather's crochet is lovely, and her mandala table mats really captured my attention. So pretty, and such a lot of colour-play potential. I was immediately smitten. The pattern is written by Barbara Langer, and can be found for free (Yaayyyyyy for sharing!!) on her blog Made in K-town.
Me being me, I couldn't resist a little play around with the pattern. For starters, I altered the outer round to make it more petal-like as I want to use them as flower heads (it's a yarn bombing thing). I also had a weeny play with the 6th round, making a two-colour long/short stitch - sorry I don't know what to call it!
So I used the steam iron hovering technique on them, flattening and re-shaping the crochet with my fingers whilst it was still warm and damp from the steam (no pins). This technique really is very marvellous indeed, it is sooooooo effective. Love it. Love the way it smooths out all the three dimensional curls and bumps and leaves you with something beautiful and two dimensional.
So far I've made two small ones measuring 12 cm across...
I am really happy with how they've turned out and I've got a very definite idea in my mind about how I'm going to use them for the Yarndale Yarnbombing. But I'm trying not to give too much away as I really want the Yarn Walk to be a lovely surprise for those of you who are visiting. It's actually pretty damn hard for someone like me who loves to share EvErYtHiNG and hates keeping secrets. But I am doing my best.
These Mandalas are really addictive. I challenge you to make one, and make only one. Bet you can't.
ps forgot to mention, as with the bunting triangles, I've used odds and ends of Stylecraft Special DK (100% acrylic) on a 4mm hook for these.
Inspiration :: The Patchwork Heart
Free Pattern :: Barbara Langer at Made in K-town