Mandala Burst Pillow

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This corner-to-corner crochet project features a mandala that seems to burst from its side of the pillow cover. With its added border and sweet handmade touch, this gift will make mom will think of you every time she relaxes on the couch.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 14” x 14”

Gauge: 20 sts and 4 row = 4” [10 cm] in dc

Materials

Yarn:

Medium weight yarn I Love This Yarn! (100% Acrylic; 355 yards [325 meters]/198 grams): Gray (A), 1 skein

Medium weight yarn Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Everyday Collection (100% Acrylic; 203 yards [186 meters]/113 grams): Peony (B), 1 skein; Mustard (C), 1 skein; Teal (D), 1 skein

Hook: US size J/10 (6 mm)

Notions: Tapestry needle; 14” x 14” pillow form

Pattern Notes

Both panels are worked from corner to corner stto joyle. The two panels will have a border added, sewn together on one side, the mandala will be sewn over the seam and then the panels will be completely sewn together to finish.

Weave in ends as Mandala pattern progresses.

Pattern

Row 1: With A, ch 6,dc in the 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch (first block made).

Row 2: Ch 6, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, (sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) in ch-3 sp of previous row (2 blocks made).

Row 3: With B, ch 6, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, [(sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row] twice (3 blocks made).

Row 4: Ch 6, turn, dc in 4th ch from hook and in next 2 ch, [(sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row] 3 times (4 blocks made).

Rows 5-13: Cont in this manner, increasing 1 block on each row until there are 13 blocks on middle row.

Begin decreasing rows as follows:

Row 14: Sl st across first 3 dc, *(sl st, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp of previous row; repeat from * to last ch-3 sp, sl st in last sp, turn, do not make a block in last space (12 blocks).

Rep Row 14 until 1 block rem.

Fasten off.

Border for Each Block

There are 2 sections around the edge: a ch-3 (or dc edge) and a 3 dc.

Row 1: Join A in ch-3 sp in any corner, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in each dc across the 3-dc section. Do not do anything in corners. Just work in each sp, sl st to first st to join.

Row 2: Ch 3, *dc in each st to corner (there will be a natural corner created from Row 1), 3 dc in corner; rep from * around, sl st to first st to join.

Fasten off.

Mandala

With B, ch 4, sl st to first ch to join.

Rnd 1: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), work 16 dc in ring, sl st to first st to join.

Rnd 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc + ch 2), sk next st, *dc in next st, ch 2; rep from * around, sl st to first st to join.

Rnd 3: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 4 dc in same ch-2 sp, ch 3, *work 5 dc in next ch-2 sp, ch 3; rep from * around, sl st to first st to join.

Rnd 4: Ch 2, in ch-sp work 4 dc leaving the last loop of each st on hook, pull through all loops to complete the first cluster, *ch 4, sl st to next ch-sp, ch 4, in next ch-sp work 5 dc leaving the last loop of each st on hook, pull through all loops to complete cluster; rep from * around, ch 4, sl st to ch-sp, ch 4, sl st to the first cluster to join.

Fasten off B.

Rnd 5: Join C in any ch-sp, ch 3 (counts as first dc), work 4 dc in next ch-sp, ch 3, *work 5 dc in next ch-sp, ch 3; rep from * around, sl st to the first st to join.

Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 4.

Fasten off C.

Rnd 7: Join D in any ch-sp, ch 1, [sc, (sc, ch 3, sl st on top of sc), sc] in each ch-sp, sl st to first st to join.

Fasten off.

Finishing

Sew one side together. Next, sew the Mandala around the outside edge and in the middle with ¾ of the flower on one panel and over the seam. yarn ball

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