I'd rather be a Mermaid wouldn't you? Free your inner Mermaid with this free Sea Shell crochet Mandala pattern using trebles,  bobble stitch and chains to create a pretty 3D shell shaped edging. 



This week's Monday Mandala was totally experimental!! I wanted to make a design using my little Seashells I made last week. You can get the pattern for those by clicking here or on the picture below... 🐚💖🐚💖🐚



Some of the shapes like that ruffle Sea Shell edge may look a little complicated but it's so simple to make. If you can chain and treble, you can make this! Life's too short to stress over patterns! 😄✌💖💖💖

If you need any help, please don't hesitate to get in touch on Instagram @setfreemygypsys0ul, in the comments below or across social media. 

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As with all my patterns, there are no set rules! Pick your own colours, yarn weights and change up a stitch if you want to. Embracing and celebrating your own creativity is what makes Fibre Art so awesome!!

Mine are made using a 4.5 mm hook and DK yarns and measures approx. 7 inches across.



Here's how to make this pretty bohemian Sea Shell Mermaid inspired crochet Mandala:


Crochet terms in both UK and US terminology below! Enjoy! 

Abbreviations:
tc = treble crochet (US double)
dc = double crochet (US single)
htc = half treble crochet  (US hdc = half double crochet)
ch = chain



Round 1: start with a magic loop and ch  3 as your first treble (US dc)

Make another 11 tc (US dc) into the loop.

Join with slip stitch and cast off.

Round 2: cast on and ch 3 as your 1st tc (US dc)

Make another 2 tc (US dc) into the same space and ch 1.

Skip a space and make another 3 tc (US dc) into the space. Ch1.

Repeat in every other space around the work.

Join with slip stitch and cast off.

Round 3: cast on and make 2 dc (US sc) into every space around the growing mandala.

Join with slip stitch and cast off.



Round 4: cast on in any space and ch 1. Make a 4 y/o puff stitch into the space and ch 3.

Now make a 4 y/o puff stitch and ch 3 into every other space around the work.

Join with slip stitch and cast off.

Round 5: cast on anywhere between puffs and make 2 dc (US sc) into the space.

Make 2 dc (US dc) into every space around the work.

Join with slip stitch and cast off.

If your work looks like it's curling in don't worry!!! The next round flattens her out again and makes those puffs pop ready for the cute slightly ruffled sea shell edge!




Round 6: cast on in any space and ch 3 as your first tc (US dc) . Now make 5 more tc (US dc) into that same space.

Chain 3.

Now skip 7 spaces and into the 8th make another 6 tc (US dc)

Chain 3 and skip 7 spaces again, repeating the 6 tc (US dc) into the 8th space.

Repeat around work.

Join with slip stitch.

Round 7: chain 3 and make a dc (US sc) into the same space to form a loop.

Move to the next space and make a dc (US sc) then ch  4 and make a dc (US sc) back into that same space.

Into the next space dc (US sc) ch 5 and dc (US sc) into the same space.

Move to next space and dc (US sc) ch 4 and dc (US sc)

In the last space of this 'shell' make a dc (US sc) ch 3 and dc (US sc) back into the same space.

You now have 5 little loops.

Make a cheeky little dc (US sc) into the middle of the space made by your ch 3 from the last round and repeat the loop stitches pattern into the next 'shell'.

Repeat around the work.

Join with slip stitch and cast off.



Round 8: turn your work wrong side facing and cast on into the first of a 'shell's' smallest loops.

Make a 6 y/o bobble stitch into the loop.

Ch 1 and move to the next loop. Pop another 6 y/ o bobble stitch into this loop and ch 2.

Into the next loop make another 6 y/o bobble stitch and ch 2.

Into the 4th loop make a 6 y/o bobble and ch 1.

Move to the final loop of this 'shell' and make a 6 y/ o bobble stitch.

Move straight to the next 'shell's' first loop and repeat bobble, ch 1, bobble, ch 2, bobble, ch 2, bobble, ch 1, bobble.

Repeat around the work.

Join with slip stitch and cast off.



Round 9: turn your Mermaid mandala back to right side facing and cast on between the first two bobble stitches of any 'shell'.

Ch 1 as your first dc (US sc)

Now into the same space make a htc  (US hdc) a tc (US dc) another htc  (US hdc) and a dc.

Move to the next space and repeat dc, htc, tc, htc, dc (US: sc, hdc, dc, hdc, sc)

Repeat this pattern of stitches in the next 2 spaces.

When you reach the space between shells  ( 2 bobble stitches right next to eachother) you're going to make a spike stitch down into the dc from round 7.

To make spike stitch just take your yarn over as if making a regular tc (US dc) but poke it straight through the centre of the dc (US sc).

Right after spiking, go back into the next space with the dc, htc, tc, htc, dc pattern.

Repeat around the work.

Join with slip stitch.

Cast off and weave in ends.

Done!




As this edge is textured with a slight ruffle effect, depending on which yarn you use you may want to block it slightly... if you don't have a blocking station, pop it under 4kg of cat food like I did! 😂😄💖😻😻😻

I really hope you enjoyed this fun Sea Shell Mermaid design mandala pattern! ðŸ˜ 🐚💖💙💖🐚


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