Mandala for Little Miss M

Mandala Madness, pattern by Helen Shrimpton

My celebratory TaDah! Moment

I started making this blanket back in July 2017 when I needed a break from working with the dark colours requested by Master R.

The pattern is Helen Shrimpton’s Mandala Madness with her Spiro Star at the centre.

It is for a single bed so I stopped at Round 88 in Part 14 .

I like the way the edge is shaped at this point, so I created the next few rows to keep that shape.

crochet edge, blocking pins


Little Miss M likes orange (Spice), so the edging had to be in orange.

I made small popcorns (3dcs instead of 5) at some of the points and the simple edging is 2scs, ch 2 repeat (US terms)

Blocking was done on an old blanket laid on the floor over a carpet.blocking crochet

I smooth the blanket out – take an overhead photo which shows up any lack of symmetry;


pin with steel blocking pins right through the carpet;

spray mist the whole thing with water, then using a damp tea towel and the iron on its highest setting I VERY lightly press round the edges only of the blanket, reheating the iron when necessary (it has to be unplugged to reach);

I then lightly pressed the yellow and turquoise pointy bits so that they would lie flatter;

left it in situ over night to thoroughly dry.

Stylecraft SpecialDK and a 4.5mm hook – the blanket mearures 4’8″ across

List of colours (mostly chosen by Little Miss M):

Spiro Star Centre

Fondant, Saffron, Fondant, Cloud Blue, Bluebell, Bright Pink, Spice

Mandala Madness Part 2

Meadow, Turquoise, Fondant,

Part 3

Wisteria, Saffron, Wisteria, Sunshine,

Part 4


Part 5

Aspen, Pistachio, Cloud Blue, Bluebell

Part 6

Soft Peach, Duck Egg, Fondant

Part 7

Lobelia, Petrol, Bright Pink, Spice, Turquoise,

Part 8 

(My favourite part!)

Bright Pink, Cloud Blue, Saffron, Bright Pink,

Part 9

Meadow, Pistachio, Aspen, Sunshine

Part 10

Bluebell, Soft Peach, Meadow, Fondant, Bluebell, Cloud Blue

Part 11

Bright Pink, Spice, Turquoise, Fondant, Candy Floss, Bluebell

Part 12

Bright Pink, Spice, Saffron, Meadow

Part 13

Turquoise, Spice, Fondant

Part 14 

and Edge

Bluebell, Bright Pink, Petrol, Sunshine, Spice


I could never have made this without the fabulous video tutorials by Esther at Its All in a Nutshell.

Huge thanks to Esther and Helen.


Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along. She asks us to add a book that we are reading, but I rarely read books nowadays. I do however watch DVDs whilst crocheting or knitting and one I have thoroughly enjoyed recently is this documentary about Gauguin, which gives a fascinating account of his difficult and colourful life




46 responses to “Mandala for Little Miss M

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  4. Absolutely beautiful!

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  5. So beautiful! I’m not sure that I’m brave enough to tackle something as intricate as this, but will take inspiration from it and who knows ……I might try! A real piece of art work – well done!

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  6. Wow, this is so amazing! The colours are so gorgeous, and the variety of different stitches really works. Beautifully done!

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  7. Murtagh's Meadow

    Wow that is amazing. So colourful and bright.

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  8. Laurie Graves

    Yes, a blanket for Little Miss M to treasure.For years. I still use a blanket my grandmother made for me, and she died in the early 1980s. Wonderful to have a blanket for all those years.

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  9. So much work. So beautiful. Something for Little Miss M to treasure!

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  10. That is just gorgeous, and how exciting to hand it to her in person! A Kodak moment for sure!

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  11. Wow, that is amazing/beautiful! 🙂

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  12. Lisa at Greenbow

    This is amazing. I love the colors. Your work always amazes me. You have a great talent.

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  13. Wow! You are so clever, Daffy, this is beautiful. 🙂

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  14. That is just wonderful!! Aren’t we so lucky these clever clogs designers come up with these beautiful patterns for us t sit and hook our way through! I’m thinking this will brighten any room it goes in and delight your little granddaughter no end. Well done!!

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    • I do so agree with you about wonderful crochet designers – I don’t know how Helen Shrimpton comes up with so many – I’ve tried my hand at designing and I take absolutely AGES with masses of frogging – and then there are photos to take as well. Also I could never have tackled anything like this without the video tutorials – must put in a link to those.

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  15. Oh my, this has turned out beautifully – what great, bold colour choices! Please get Miss M to take a photo of it in situ on her bed as it’s hard to get a sense of scale, even though it’s over 4ft in diameter. You must be so proud of this one. I’m guessing it was more pleasurable to make than others as it’s much more ‘you’.

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  16. That is amazing – a work of art

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  17. It is beautiful, she will adore it.

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  18. Wow, a real labour of love! It’s absolutely gorgeous.

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  19. So intricate and colourful, beautifully crafted.

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  20. Lucky grand daughter.what a beautiful blanket for her.

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