Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sunset Mandala ~ Free Pattern

I’ve been having fun making mandalas.  First with WW crochet cotton, and most recently WW acrylics. Doing some stash busting, so I am!  LOL  I quite often “do my own thing”, and this particular time I decided to write it down to share.  I know a lot of people seem to be enjoying making mandalas.  They seem to be quite popular these days.  So, this is one that I came up with on my own.  Nothing fancy, mind you, but I do like how it turned out. I named it “Sunset Mandala” because of the colors I used in this first one. The colors remind me of a gorgeous sunset!
Then I went on to make three more in different color schemes.  The possibilities are endless!
So, without further ado, here is my pattern for the Sunset Mandala. (Note: I am not a professional pattern writer, nor do I pretend to be. I just wanted to share with anybody who would like to try the pattern. I have tried to make the directions clear, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask. Or, if you have a suggestion as to how to make any portion of the directions more clear, feel free to contact me as well.)
Sunset Mandala
by Rita Lippert ~ 2014
1: Ch 8, join to form circle.  Make 16 sc in circle.
2: Dc, ch 1 in each sc around.
3: 2dc cluster, ch 2 in each ch 1 sp around.
4: 2 sc in top of each cluster, and in each ch 2 sp around.
5: Sc in first st, ch 3, skip 3 sc, sc in next sc, ch 3 around.
6: 3 dc, ch 2 in each ch 3 space around.
7: Sc in each dc,  2 elongated sc in unworked sc of round 5, around.
8: Hdc in each sc around.
9: Hdc in between each hdc around.
10: Sc in first st, ch 3, sk 2 st, sc in next st, ch 3, around.
11: In each ch 3 space work sl st, ch 3, 3 dc, ch 3, sl st.


  1. They're gorgeous Rita - you certainly have an eye for putting colors together. Thanks for sharing your pattern with us. :)

  2. Marvelous and wonderul, simple but royal, congratulations,

  3. Hi Rita, They are so pretty and sweet looking mandalas !!:) I agree with Debi that you put the colors together very well. I always struggle with color combination and most of the time I feel I could have used some other color. Mere change of colors gives a different look to the design. Thank you for sharing the pattern !!:)
    The pattern is very clear but since you have asked for suggestion, then from a beginner's perspective you may want to add a stitch detail for cluster and elongated sc. Either add separately or just insert a link to tutorial.

  4. Beautiful! Just one question, are these used the same as doilies? Thanks for the pattern.

  5. Very bright and fun! :) Thank you for sharing your pattern!

  6. Very pretty! Rita

  7. Hi Rita i agree with what preeti says like do you have to chain two or three before starting on the next round. And to mention at the end of a round could you say how many stitches their should be at the end of that round. They are very pretty.

  8. Hi Rita what size do they measure across please

  9. Thanks for sharing this lovely creation. I spent some of my early years growing up on the Tex-Mex Border,,, a great time in my life,,, so this wonderful pattern brought back some nice memories SMILE

  10. I love your sunset mandala. The colours are gorgeous!

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  12. Dear Rita, I've made several of these beauties, some in we cotton, some acrylic. They are all a bit ruffly by the fourth row instead of laying flat. I've tried using two chains in the second row hoping that would make the center larger to offset the remaining rows, to no avail. Any suggestions from anyone? Many thanks for the beautiful pattern, Annette

    1. I'm sorry you are having trouble with ruffling, Annette. I didn't have any ruffling on the ones I made, so I am not sure what to tell you. All I can think of is maybe adjust your tension, or perhaps use a different size hook. :)

    2. Thank you so much for replying. I'll try that.

    3. I now have eight nice flat Mandalas. I used a J hook for the first two rows, H for the remainder. If a row caused ruffling, I removed chains or stitches. If it cupped, I added some. I wrote down my adjustments for the first and quickly whipped up seven more. Many thanks Rita for the beautiful pattern and advice. A fellow granny, Annette

    4. I'm so glad you were able to make it work for you, Annette! :)

  13. I love your mandala! Beautiful colors!