Crochet mandalas give their makers a great deal of pleasure. They are fun to look at, fun to use and, best of all, fun to crochet. Do you want to go on a little crochet journey with me and explore the relaxing and colourful world of going round in circles?
I’ve designed the Meditation Mandala to give your hands a workout while relaxing your mind as you work the stitches in beautiful yarn. It’s suitable for crocheters at most skill levels.
If you can make a crochet granny square, with different colours in each round, you can crochet this mandala.
In this first video in the mandala tutorial series, I talk about how to use the main tutorial videos, parts 2-5. Each video is only between 15 and 20 minutes long. Each one has timestamps in the accompanying blog post and downbar.
The video tutorials show you exactly how to make this crochet mandala… Round by round and stitch by stitch.
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Timestamps for the Crochet Mandala Tutorial Video 1: Introduction
- 0.33 Materials – what you need to make the crochet mandala
- 1.31 Information on what’s in each of the tutorial videos in the Meditation Mandala series
- 3.36 Sharing your finished mandala using #mandalameditation
- 4.54 Enjoying the tutorial videos – ways to support my channel
- 5.39 How to change the speed of playback on YouTube to watch any step in slow motion
The Crochet Mandala Tutorial playlist
As each tutorial in the series is published, you will be able to find it on the Crochet Mandala Tutorial playlist:
If you have any questions or problems, leave a comment on any of the Meditation Mandala tutorial videos and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
What you need to crochet this easy mandala
You can use any yarn but I recommend a DK yarn in either 100% cotton, 100% acrylic, 100% wool or an acrylic wool blend. I use three colours in the tutorial and the entire crochet mandala takes less than 25g of each colour. You can use more than 3 colours if you’d like to. Just remember that the yarns all need to be the same weight and fibre composition for the most beautiful results.
I used Stylecraft Organic cotton in **** and a 3.5mm hook. You can check your tension by working rounds 1-6. If you don’t like your tension, use the start of your first crochet mandala as a coaster and start again with a different sized hook. I am a loose crocheter by nature: if you crochet more tightly, you might want to try a 4.0mm hook with DK yarn.
Other videos in the meditation mandala tutorial series
- Part 2: Crochet tutorial for rounds 1-6
- Part 3: Continue with rounds 7-12
- Part 4: Complete the mandala with rounds 13-18
- Part 5: Blocking your Mandala
Part 2: The crochet mandala begins with very straightforward stitches. The first six rounds make an easy mandala that’s really useful as a drinks coaster or face scrubbie, just as it is. This is very beginner friendly and a great introduction to creating mandalas.
Part 3: The next six rounds take you a bit further, with some new and interesting techniques. These are all explained and shown in the video in great detail.
Part 4: The last six rounds have some fun advanced techniques. These are till very easy to do with the detailed instructions. You also have some optional steps to keep your crochet mandala simpler if you want.
Part 5: The final video shows how to block your finished crochet mandala. I’ve added in blocking instructions for mandalas made with 100% cotton, 100% acrylic, 100% wool or a blend of any of these fibres.
A brief history of mandalas
Mandala art dates back to more than 2000 years ago, when the first examples were produced by Buddhists in India. At that time, the circular, intricate and colourful works of art represented the wholeness of life and the relationship between people, the world and the cosmos beyond. Typically a geometric pattern, religious mandalas feature many elements and can be interpreted in many different ways.
This wonderful mandala is in the House of Commons in London. It commemorates the visit of the Dalai Lama in 2008.
Mandalas have since become important as an expression of the universe and feature in all of the Eastern religions – Buddhism, Hinduism, Shintoism and Jainism. The complex circular symbology is also seen in the mandala-like Sun Stone from the ancient Aztec culture, in Persian art and even in the medieval round stained glass windows in large English churches. The Rose window in York Minster is a beautiful example.
What is a crochet mandala?
A piece of circular crochet, worked in rounds with different stitches and/or different colours in each round. Crocheting a mandala is very relaxing and is in tune with its history in eastern cultures. The finished mandala looks very much like a flower. They are also very addictive. Once you have made one crochet mandala, you are likely to want to make many more.
For details of my other crochet mandala patterns
The Blandala circular crochet blanket – read more about it in this blog post
The Mega granny mandala – read more about it in this blog post
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