Sunday, 26 August 2018

STAR LOVER Mandalas Part 2

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North, East, South, West, Above, Below and Within

the seven directions of magic



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PART 2 OF STAR LOVER MANDALAS COLLECTION

A fortnight ago, I shared the first Star Lover Mandala Collection of three (3) stars, 10-point, 9-point and 8-point star mandalas and promised another three (3) stars this week. 

In the meantime, I also decided to create at least two (2) designs for each star mandala which will include 7-point, 6-point and 5-point star mandalas.

Unfortunately, I am running behind in my timetable, due to nerve pain in my left arm, resulting in the minimal use of my left hand, affecting the ability to hold onto the yarn and control the tension, so my crocheting is very slow and I am reduced to one hand typing as well.

Therefore I am going to share with you at least the first two (2) designs I have created for the 7-point star, and then post the other designs in separate blogs as soon as I am able to put them to paper. Hopefully within the next week or so.

Star Lover 4 Mandala

I started with the 7-point star (a heptagram) and while researching about seven-point stars came across some interesting information. 

Throughout history, the number seven (7) has been mentioned in different cultures, religion and the occult. 

It can be -
  • the seven directions that magick comes from North, East, South, West, Above, Below and Within. 
  • the seven points of the chakra. 
  • the seven-pointed star could represent the seven gifts of the Spirit - wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, fear of the Lord, and delight in the Lord. 
  • in alchemy, a seven-sided star can refer to the seven planets which were known to ancient alchemists.
  • in Christianity to symbolize the seven days of creation and became a traditional symbol for warding off evil.
  • the heptagram is a symbol of perfection (or God) in many Christian sects.
  • the heptagram is known among neopagans as the Elven Star or Fairy Star.
  • a sacred symbol in various modern pagan and witchcraft traditions.
  • a 7-pointed star which is used for some Sheriff badges in the USA.
and the list continues. 

Truly amazing!  I thought it was information worth sharing and if you want to know more go ahead and research the magic of seven. That's if you can put down your crochet hooks long enough? LOL


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My Star Designs

Here are my original and unique Star Lover 4 Mandala designs including both 7-point stars, the first pattern is called Star Lover 4 Mandala and the second 7-point star pattern is called Star Lover 4 Mandala V2 (version 2).

Yarn Used


DMC Petra 3 was used in the STAR LOVER 4 Mandala and for the other stars I have used Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton 4ply a 100% mercerised cotton yarn, it has a beautiful shine and is smooth and supple, and comes in a variety of modern shades. I have used this cotton yarn for numerous designs and always love coming back to using it over and over again. I have kept the star mandalas simple again by using just one colour, however, you can go ahead and change colours at your leisure.


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Today I am going to give you for FREE the crochet pattern for the Star Lover 4 Mandala. 

If you want Star Lover 4 Mandala V2 you can purchase the pdf pattern from my online shops.


CRAFTSY       RAVELRY       LOVECROCHET

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PATTERN DETAILS for Star Lover 4 Mandala

DIFFICULTY: Easy-Intermediate

MEASUREMENTS: Diameter 4.5in (11.5cm) approximately

YARN USED: DMC Petra 3 ● 100% Mercerised Cotton ● 100g 280m (306yds)● Shade: 5742

YARN ALTERNATIVES: Any similar mercerised cotton. Always check Yarnsub website for the best match.

TOTAL YARDAGE: approx. 3.25g = 9m (9.8yds)

TENSION: Not critical to this pattern

NOTIONS: 2.5mm 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, 7sc in loop, join with sl st in ch1. (7sts)


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Rnd 2: Ch3, 1dc in same st, *ch2, 2dc in next st, rep from * around, join with sl st in 2nd ch of ch3. (28sts)


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Rnd 3: *Ch4, 1sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1hdc in next ch, 1dc in next ch, skip 2sts, sl st in next 2sts, rep from * around, join with sl st in first ch of ch4.

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Rnd 4: *Ch5, 1sc in point of star, ch5, sl st in 2nd sl st, rep from * around.


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Rnd 5: Ch1, *3sc in ch5-sp, 3sc in sc, 3sc in ch5-sp, rep from * around, join with sl st in ch1.



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Rnd 6: Sl st in next st, *1sc in BL of next st, 1hdc in BL of next 2sts, (1hdc, ch3, 1hdc) in BL of next st, 1hdc in BL of next 2sts, 1sc in BL of next st, sc2tog in next 2sts, rep from * around, ending with sc2tog in BL of next st and sl st, invisible join in first sc.


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FASTEN OFF and HIDE ENDS.



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STAR LOVER 4 MANDALA V2 
will be available from my online shops.


CRAFTSY        RAVELRY        LOVECROCHET


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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!
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