Mandala from Millan

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I love mandalas!  Love the colors. Love the designs.

There is a spiritual aspect to mandalas that draws me to them. Perhaps it is the repeating design in a never ending circle. Or, the way one’s eye is drawn from the center outward to the edges and beyond. They are labyrinths of yarn that encourage visual meditation.

I have collected more mandala patterns than I could possibly ever make and must have a dozen books of designs and crochet instructions to make mandalas of all sizes. Even when planning a new project, I am often drawn to patterns begin with a circle.  Today,  I again saw this pattern, and being very happy to see it now in English, I thought to share it here.  No doubt this will be on my hook very soon.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting –

Winter Mandala

Photo from Crochet Millan

via Winter Mandala / English Pattern

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WOW!

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I can’t believe how long it has been since adding a post (not that I haven’t been busy making things). Guess I just let writing about was I was making and doing slide a teeny bit.

 

These pictures show just a few of the items that I have made so far in 2018.

Currently, I am working on The Cosmic CAL which is sponsored by Stylecraft.  Another CAL, which is truly enjoyable, is the 2018 A Year in Crochet CAL with monthly original designs by Lorene Eppolite of Cre8tion Crochet.

If you enjoy reading (like I do) you might enjoy Ficstitches Yarns crochet kits.  Each quarter they offer an original fictional story (in two parts), written by C. Jane Reid,  an accessory pattern, from crochet designer Laurinda Reddig,  inspired by the book and beautiful hand-dyed yarn to complete the project.  A project bag and some extra goodies are also included.  You can find more about Laurinda and her designs on her blog ReCrochetions.

I hope you check out some of the links I’ve included.  Until next time . . .

Happy Crafting!

 

 

Golden Squares Shawl

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This shawl actually started as a project re-work for the shawl ministry of which I am a part.  I had the golden hued yarn and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to create, only that I wanted to do a crochet shawl using multiples of three.  WIN_20160208_23_42_16_ProThen I saw a picture of a scarf that had square openings and was inspired to incorporate something similar into a prayer shawl.

I started with a row of foundation single crochet.  Since discovering and learning this method about a year ago, I try to utilize it in all my crochet projects instead of using a beginning chain. The squares are made with triple crochet and chains with rows of half-double crochet. As I worked with the yarn and the square pattern, the design of the shawl began to emerge.  I was pleased with the results, so I decided to write up the pattern and make it available to others.

This is a great shawl to make for a shawl ministry (as I did), to create as a special gift for Mother’s Day, or even make to pamper yourself.

I hope you let me know if you decide to try this pattern.

Golden Squares Shawl by Mary Stanton