This photo shows the Throw right up to Part 18, but the colour order below is Parts 6 – 9
I have been steadily making progress with my Pastel Mandala Madness (started in Spring 2017), made with Scheepjes Stonewashed Cotton and Acrylic mix yarn.
It is Sport/Baby weight, whatever that means. I think it is somewhere between 4ply and DK. I am using a 3.5mm hook.
The colours, and the row-by-row order up until Round 42, are listed on my first post about this blanket/throw here.
And now for the colour order up until the end of Part 9:
Round 43, 44, 45 Axinite
Round 46 Moonstone
Round 47, 48 Moonstone
Round 49 Pink Quartzite
Round 50, 51, 52 Moonstone
Round 53 Pink Quartzite
Round 54, 55 Rose Quartz
Round 56, 57 Pink Quartzite
Round 58, 59 Moonstone
Round 60 Crystal Quartz
Round 61 Amazonite
Round 62 Larimar
Round 63. Pink Quartzite
I do love this yarn, but it is not cheap. Well worth it though as the colours and the feel of it are delicious.
I have reached the most difficult stage of the Crocheted Mandala. I’ve nearly finished. This is where so many projects have floundered and been relegated to the UFO (unfinished object)
Since the beginning of August I have loved making this mandala and have been obsessively crocheting almost non-stop for nearly 3 months, but things have ground to a halt.
I don’t like the edge.
The dark turquoise, the rows of Lime Juice and Candlelight, and the row of folded trebles seem to take away the delicacy of the whole, and hem it in.
I have the mandala laid out on the canvas, I keep looking at it trying to decide what to do.
Do I rip it back to beyond the folded trebles – that would mean undoing about a week of intensive long hours of crochet. I need to think carefully about that before I do it.
Another idea is to take it back to the row in Candlelight and replace with Chrystaline (the main colour) and see if that lightens the feel of the edge.
And would a little white butterfly sit on that row of folded trebles every so often to break up the enclosing circle it makes…..
…… or would I always look at it and only see the offending row of folded trebles.
Initially I had intended the piece to be a tablecloth, but increasingly I have felt I want to frame it. As a tablecloth the border would be fine as the whole of it would not be seen at once.
As a Mandala, on the wall, as a piece of art – hmmmm – well that is different.
Do you have any thoughts to help me make a decision?
Mandala Madness with alternative Spiro Star centre,
Scheepjes Bonbon cotton yarn and a 2mm hook
Main colour is Chrystaline, other colours are Candlelight, Lime Juice and Snow White.
Round 83 just completed, at the start of Part 13
On ball 8 of Chrystaline.
It measures 61cm or 24 inches across.
Progress so far
I am loving seeing how this one develops, although , to be honest I am finding doing so much of it in one colour a challenge. It is harder to follow the pattern at times and my colour hungry eyes want to add more variety.
I am using Scheepjes Bonbon and a 2mm hook.
The main colour is Chrystaline, with touches of Lime Juice, Candle Light and Snow White.
In this photo I have just come to the end of the 5th ball of Chrystaline. Although the dye lot is supposed to be the same, the centre ball is lighter, I like it that way though. I’m thinking of using a darker turquoise later in the pattern.
What a relief to get to the rows where I wanted to put some pineapples in – well they are meant to represent pineapples. They are a bit titchy-tiny, but they are pineapples to me!
You might remember I have a passion for Pineapples .
I’ll sneak them in where I can!
The ‘fruit’ is in Candle Light, the softest of pale yellows and the ‘leaves’ are in Lime Juice, which is slightly greener than in the photo.
The pattern I’m following is Helen Shrimpton’s Mandala Madness
with an alternative Spiro Star centre.
Over at Nanacathydotcom, Cathy holds a Knit and Natter on Fridays, so put the kettle on and pop over there for a good ol’ chinwag about all things yarny – she’s knitting gloves with fingers! The patience!
Mandala Madness with alternative Spiro Star Centre. In Scheepjes Bonbon with a 2mm hook. I’m on the 5th 25gm ball of cotton in ‘Chrystaline’ (pale turquoise).
I have just started Part 10 and it measures just over 19.5inches or 49cm across.
Part 9 in just one colour was a bit of a slog, I’m looking forward to Part 10 when I will add some pale yellow and pale green again.