Monday, March 31, 2014

Link-Yourself Monday & Mandela #3

Happy Monday my Friends! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

After quite a break I have decided it is time to go back to LINK-YOURSELF Monday. So I hope you will join me. You will find the Link-Up at the end of my post.

Today I will share a Granny Mandela Tutorial. Hope I write it in a way you can understand.

We will start by chaining 4 and joining them with sling stitch.
Chain 3 (counts as first dc), follow by 1 dc, chain 1,
repeat until you have 6 clusters.
Rd. 2 - sling stitch in between cluster and chain 3 (counts as first dc),
1 more dc, chain 1, 2 dc in same space, chain 1, repeat around in each space.
Fasten off.

With new color start in any space with a stand-up dc.
Continue by adding 2 more dc's in same space.
Chain 1.
Continue with 3 dc's in each space around.
Fasten off.

Rd. 4 
Once again 3 dc's in each space.
Fasten off.

Rd. 5
With new color crochet 2 dc's, chain 1, 2 dc's, chain 1
in each space around.
Fasten off.

Rd. 6
With new color, crochet 3 dc's, 1 chain in each space around, join with
sling stitch, fasten off.

Rd. 7
Repeat Rd. 6 all the way around.
Fasten off.

Rd. 8
With new color 2 dc's, chain 1, 2 dc's in same space, chain 1
all the way around .
Fasten off.

Rd 9 - Final
With new color crochet 5 dc's in center (chain) of each 4 dc cluster,
chain 1, repeat all the way around.
Fasten off and sew in strings.

Someone ask me where the Mandela came from and that is a question I had ask myself as well. When I googled it, it didn't give much information. Does any of you have an idea what it actually means and if the colors you use have a significance? If you do, please share with us. Thank you!

And now our Link-Up. Please be so kind to visit the other people linking here and leave them a comment to let them know you have visited. Enjoy!


  1. Wat lief dat je deze met ons wilt delen!
    ik ga 'm zeker nog eens haken!!


    PS Ik begrijp het niet altijd helemaal, omdat ik je blog lees via google translate en dat geeft nog wel eens kromme vertalingen.... Maar de strekking snap ik wel.
    Ik hoop dat je mijn reacties ook begrijpt....

    1. Yes I understand what you are saying. I use a translator and it translates pretty good. Thanks for leaving a comment

  2. Hello and thank you for my lovely comment. I have linked up. Your tutorial looks great I'm sure I will use that! Thank you for sharing. Hope that you enjoy a lovely week x

    1. Thanks for linking up. Hope in time many of our friends will do the same.

  3. Erika, I know nothing about mandelas except that they're pretty and seem to make nice centerpieces or potholders. Yours is beautiful! I'm glad to participate in your link party and will add it to my post shortly. I had to get creative with my entry. I'm using a J hook to make it...I can't think of anything I've made that begins with J!

  4. I love your madela's, so pretty!!
    I must try one soon myself.

    I would link with you but I don't really understand how to do it and my blog isn't that interesting anyway, lol!!


  5. So colourful! I am seeing mandala's everywhere lately - I think I must give this one a go!

  6. I love Mandala's!! I found a really good post of the meaning over at "Mandalas represents wholeness,infinity" it also talks about colors/meanings. Thanks for hosting the link up. I am off to look at what everyone has been creating! have a great week.

  7. Was für ein wunderschönes Mandala!! ♥ Vielen Dank für die Anleitung, liebe Erika, ist gleich abgespeichert zum Nacharbeiten :-)

  8. Love the colours in your Mandala, visiting from Chrissies Link up.

  9. We have a huge mandala hanging in our living room directly across from where family and visitors enter through our front door. My husband told me that the Native Americans hung mandala directly across from the door as a welcoming symbol of good luck. Here's what I found after I Googled: The Native American Mandala is a shield that symbolizes good luck. The word 'mandala' is derived from the Indian classical language of Sanskrit. The word is loosely translated to mean 'circle,' and it is far from just a simple shape. It represents wholeness and is seen as a model of structural organisation.

  10. Hello! Found you through the Go Crochet Crazy LinkALong-
    Your mandala is beautiful! I've been on quite a mandala "kick" lately- but all that I've seen (or made myself) always have such plain edges.... The scallops you used to finish it off are just gorgeous!

  11. Thank you for sharing this at my link party on the Go Crochet Crazy blog!


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