Mini Mandala TutorialFINISHED SIZE: 3 inches (7.62 cm) wide by 3 inches (7.62 cm) high
YARN: Patons 100% Cotton DK
CROCHET HOOK: F-5 (3.75mm)
NOTIONS: Yarn/Tapestry needle
GAUGE: 20 sts by 25 rows in single crochet = 4” square
dc………….. double crochet
dc2tog……….double crochet 2 together
PT-ch1 join…..Pull thru ch-1 join
sc………….. single crochet
Sl st………. slip stitch
YO………….. yarn over
Dc2tog (double crochet 2 together) – YO, insert the hook into the specified st/sp, pull up a loop, YO, pull thru 2 loops, YO, insert the hook into the same st/sp, pull up a loop, YO, pull thru 2 loops, YO and pull thru all 3 loops on hook.
ATTACHING NEW YARN
The method that I liked the best and found the most seamless is the Pull thru chain 1 method (That is what I call it, but I have found everyone calls it something different). You can use whatever method you feel the most comfortable with; but I found this method to be the easiest because it creates a clean join. Below are the instructions and I refer to it as the PT- ch1 join.
PT-CH1 JOINTo start a new round and attach a new piece of yarn, insert the hook into the specified st/sp, pull up a loop, (wrap the tail end of the yarn over the top of the working yarn- this helps to secure the end until it is weaved in), YO, pull yarn thru loop (a ch-1). (Photos PT 1, 2, & 3)
NOTE: The PT-ch1 join counts as a st.
Make a magic circle (slip ring)
All the sts for Rnd 2 will be worked into the spaces in-between the sts. (by working in-between the sts you won’t have to work into the top of the join made into the ch-3 and it will look cleaner)
Rnd 2: PT-ch1 join (counts as a st) into any space in-between the sts , ch 1, (sc in next space, ch 1) 11 times, join with a Sl st into the PT-ch1 join, Photo 2a. Fasten off and weave in ends, Photo 2b. (12sts/ 12 ch-1 sps)
*****For instructions on how to work a dc2tog see ‘Special Stitches’ *****
Rnd 3: PT-ch1 join into any ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in same ch-1 sp, (PT-ch1 join, ch-1 and dc count as a dc2tog), ch 2, Photo 3a, * dc2tog in the next ch-1 sp, ch 2, Photo 3b; Repeat from * around to end, join with a Sl st into the top of the 1st dc st, Photo 3c. Fasten off and weave in ends, Photo 3d. (12 dc clusters/ 12 ch-2 sps)
Rnd 4: PT-ch1 join into any ch-2 sp (counts as a st), sc into the same ch-2 sp, ch 2, * 2 sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 2, Photo 4a; Repeat from * around to end, join with a Sl st into the center of the PT-ch1 join. Fasten off and weave in ends, Photo 4b. (24 sc/ 12 ch-2 sps)
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