Sunday, 12 August 2018

STAR LOVER Mandalas

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Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have this wish I wish tonight.


Mankind has always looked to the stars for guidance, in navigation and in predicting how they will influence the future. Star shapes have also been used as symbols and the number of points on a star gives it special meaning. Star shapes appear on flags and in religions or you may have been born under a "lucky star". Whatever your fascination is with the stars you must admit we are all in awe of those shining specs of light up there in the deep emptiness of space!

You may well ask, What has this got to do with crochet?

And my answer will be, it has lots to do with crochet, have you seen how many crochet designs and patterns exist with some reference to star shapes? There are 5-point, 6-point, 7-point, 8-point, 9-10-11-12-point star shape patterns incorporated into blankets, shawls, rugs and mandalas, as well as individual star shape motifs added to numerous garments, bags, headbands, hats and garlands.


My Star Designs

During the last week, while the weather here in the south-east of the UK has been hot, hot, hot, I have been staying cool indoors, playing and having some fun with star shapes.

So far without trying too hard, I have come up with a collection of three (3) mandalas and each has been designed purposefully with a different number of star-points. 

The first mandala is a 10-point star (a decagram), the second mandala is a 9-point star (an enneagram) and the third mandala is an 8-point star (an octagram).

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Yarn Used

DMC Petra 5 is a beautiful mercerised cotton which is soft and subtle with a lovely sheen, and it is available in 60 colours. I love using this yarn for small creations. Therefore, the star collection is made quite simply with monochrome colours, one blue, one green and one pink. No colour changes within the star, however, you can go ahead and change colours at your leisure. Be creative and have some fun!

Unique Designs

Each one of these star mandalas is my own original and unique design, created just last week. 

My plan is to design another three (3) star mandalas which will be available in a fortnight. You may want to come back and check those new mandalas out as well.


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Today I am going to give you the crochet pattern for the STAR LOVER 2 MANDALA here in this blog FREE.


If you want all three (3) STAR LOVER Mandalas you can purchase the complete pdf patterns from my online shops.
CRAFTSY      LOVECROCHET      RAVELRY


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PATTERN DETAILS for STAR LOVER 2 MANDALA

DIFFICULTY: Easy-Intermediate
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter 5in (12.7cm) approximately
YARN USED: DMC Petra 5 ● 100% Mercerised Cotton ● 100g 400m (437yds)● Shade: 5907
YARN ALTERNATIVES: Any similar mercerised cotton. Always check Yarnsub website for the best match.
TOTAL YARDAGE: approx. 5g = 20m (22yds)
TENSION: Not critical to this pattern
NOTIONS: 2mm hook; Yarn needle.
PATTERN NOTES: You need to know how to crochet in the round. This written pattern has accompanying photographs.

This pattern is written in USA American Crochet Terms.

USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
[ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) = work instructions within parenthesis as directed,
different sizes, total stitches
* = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
** = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Ch = chain
ch-sp/s = chain space/s
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
rev sc = reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
rev dc = reverse double crochet (crab stitch)

sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.

PATTERN STARTS:

Rnd 1: Magic loop, ch1, 9sc in loop, join with sl st in ch1. (9sts)

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Rnd 2: Ch3, 1dc in same st, 2dc in each st around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3. (18sts)

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Rnd 3: Ch5 (counts as 1dc, ch2), 1dc in same st, *skip next st, (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch5.

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Rnd 4: Sl st in ch2-sp, (ch3, 4dc) in same ch2-sp, ch1, *(5dc, ch1) in next ch2-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.

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Rnd 5: Ch8 (counts as 1dc, ch5), *(1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch1 st (not ch1-sp), ch5, rep from * around, ending with (1dc, ch1) in last ch1 st, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch8.

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Rnd 6: Sl st in ch6-sp, (ch3, 3dc, ch3, 4dc) in same ch6-sp, (4dc, ch3, 4dc) in each ch6-sp around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3.

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Rnd 7: *Ch3, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in ch3-sp, ch3, skip 4dc, sl st in next dc, rep from * around, invisible join.

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FASTEN OFF and HIDE ENDS.

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STAR LOVER MANDALAS Collection Part 1
will be available from my online shops.

CRAFTSY       LOVECROCHET       RAVELRY


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“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. 
Try to make sense of what you see 
and wonder about what makes the Universe exist. 
Be curious. 
And however difficult life may seem, 
there is always something you can do and succeed at. 
It matters that you don't just give up." 
Stephen Hawking



That's all from me for now, my friends,
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com

Copyright © 2008 Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet. All rights reserved.  All materials contained on this website, including images, are protected by the UK and International Copyright Law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Barbara Summers. Please CONTACT me at crocknit@gmail.com if you wish to obtain such permission.

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Thursday, 26 July 2018

SUMMER DAZE MANDALA

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I had a dream, a dream about crochet and in the middle of the night, I woke up and drew the shape from the dream. The very next morning I sat down and crocheted the shape. I didn't know what to do with this shape and for six (6) years, this shape has been patiently waiting to share its beauty with the world. 

Here is the original 2012 Summer Daze Mandala.


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Update June 2018 

I took this shape and added more rounds of crochet to it, the creativity flowed ever so slowly, sometimes after adding a round or two, it would sit quietly for days waiting for "what's next?" 

Now today I am finally happy with having finished this mandala, although in the back of my mind I am sure I could keep adding to it! 😊

Yarn

In 2012 I crocheted the mandala shape using Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton 8ply but in the last six (6) years, I've used up most of BWM Cotton, therefore I needed to start again with a different yarn, so this latest mandala is made using Paintbox Cotton DK. 



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I set myself to the task using the Paintbox yarn which I had in my stash, there were only three (3) colours and each ball consisted of different amounts. So, I had to design this mandala with some restrictions on which colour to use next. 

Of course, you can make this mandala in as many colours as you like or you can limit yourself to only two (2) colours, the choice is always yours!



Below is a photo of my two (2) colour mandala using DMC Petra 3 (4ply) with a 3mm hook. You can see it works quite well using just two (2) colours, and I changed colour in the same places as in the three (3) colour mandala.



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Photo below shows each mandala and then the size of the blue mandala laid over the peach mandala.


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Measurements

Paintbox Cotton DK Mandala has a diameter of 17in (43cm)
DMC Petra 3 Mandala has a diameter of 13.5in(34cm)


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I am going to give you the original mandala pattern from 2012 here in this blog FREE. 

If you want the 2018 version of the Summer Daze Mandala 
you can purchase the complete pdf pattern 
from my online shops.


RAVELRY     CRAFTSY     LOVECROCHET



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PATTERN DETAILS for COMPLETE MANDALA:

DIFFICULTY: Easy-Intermediate
MEASUREMENTS: Diameter 17in (43cm) approximately
YARN USED: Paintbox Cotton DK ● 100% Cotton ● 50g 125m (137yds)● Shades: MC Lime Green (429); CC1 Vanilla Cream (408); CC2 Bright Peach (412); 1 ball of each
YARN ALTERNATIVES: Any cotton DK. Always check Yarnsub website for the best match.
TOTAL YARDAGE: 70g = 175m (191yds)
TENSION: Not critical to this pattern
NOTIONS: 4mm hook; Yarn needle.
PATTERN NOTES: You need to know how to crochet in the round. Instructions in this pattern are for three (3) colour mandala. This written pattern has accompanying photographs.

This pattern is written in USA American Crochet Terms. 

USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
[ ] = work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) = work instructions within parenthesis as directed,
different sizes, total stitches
* = repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
** = repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
Ch = chain
ch-sp/s = chain space/s
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
rev sc = reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
rev dc = reverse double crochet (crab stitch)

sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.

PATTERN STARTS:

With MC
Rnd 1: Magic loop, ch3, 11dc in the loop, join with sl st 
in 2nd ch of ch3. (12sts)

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Rnd 2: Ch1, *sc in BL of next st, 2sc in BL of next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in BL of ch1. (18sts)

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Rnd 3: Ch4 (counts as 1dc, ch1), (1dc, ch1) in BL of each st around, invisible join. (36sts)



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Change to CC1
Rnd 4: Join yarn with standing sc in any ch1-sp, sc in same space, 2sc in each ch1-sp around, join with sl st in first sc. (36sts)

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Rnd 5: *Ch5, sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, tr in next ch, skip next 2sts, sl st in next st, rep from * around.

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Rnd 6: Work up and down the sides of triangles. *Sc in next 4sts, 3sc in point, sc in next 4sts, skip next st, rep from * around, sl st in both loops of next 6sts, to top of triangle point.

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Rnd 7: *Ch8, sl st in top of next point, rep from * around, invisible join.

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Change to CC2

Rnd 8: Join yarn with standing sc in first ch st after sl st, *sc in each ch st, skip sl st, rep from * around, join with sl st. (96sts)

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Rnd 9: Ch1, sc in same st as sl st, *skip 3sts, 10 tr in next st, skip 3sts, sc in next st, rep from * around, invisible join.

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FASTEN OFF and HIDE ENDS.


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SUMMER DAZE MANDALA Crochet Pattern
is available from my online shops


RAVELRY     CRAFTSY     LOVECROCHET


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That's all for now, my friends,
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com

Copyright © 2008 Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet. All rights reserved.  All materials contained on this website, including images, are protected by the UK and International Copyright Law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Barbara Summers. Please CONTACT me at crocknit@gmail.com if you wish to obtain such permission.

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