Make a sweet vibrant little crochet Mandala using simple and easy crochet stitches with spike stitch for this week's free Monday Mandala crochet pattern.



This week's Monday Mandala is a sweet little Sunshine-y mandala made using a 4.5mm hook and DK yarn from the +Hobbycraft WI Premium DK Acrlyic range and a yummy bright yellow from Cygnet yarns. 

I was a little on the fence with this one, hence the Monday Mandala on a Tuesday... haha! But after it got so much love over on Instagram I decided to share it after all. 


This mandala design is worked across 10 rounds and measures approx 6 inches across. 

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!!

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How to make the Little Sunshine crochet mandala, free crochet pattern:






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
st sp = stitch space - space between stitches
ss = slip stitch
FO = fasten off
SP-3 = spike stitch over 3 rows: spike stitch is an elongated tc or htc. For SP-3, instead of inserting your hook directly into the row below, yarn over and insert the hook into the 3rd row below and complete the stitch.




R1: Start with a magic loop and ch3 as 1st tc (US dc)
15 tc (US dc) into the loop. Join with ss. 

R2: Ch6 as 1st dc (US sc) plus a ch5. Miss 1 st sp and dc (US sc) into the next.
Repeat [ ch5, dc ] into every other st sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R3: Join new yarn into any ch-5 sp. Ch1 as 1st dc (US sc).
(4 tc, dc ) into the same ch-5 sp. (US = (4dc, sc) )
Repeat [ (dc, 4tc, dc) ] into each ch-5 sp to end. Join with ss and FO. (US = [ (sc, 4dc, sc) ] )

R4: Join new yarn into any st sp between the 2nd and 3rd tc (US dc) of R3. Ch1 as 1st dc (US sc)
Dc (US sc) into next 2 st sp. 
SP-3 into st sp between R1 tc (Us dc) st. 
Dc (US sc) into next 5 st sp. 
Repeat [ SP-3, dc into next 5 st sp] to end. Join with ss and FO.

R5: Join new yarn into the top loop of any SP-3 st. Ch2 and make a puff st into the sp. 
Ch2. 
Miss 3 st sp and dc (US sc) into the 4th. Ch2. Puff st into next SP-3.
Repeat ( ch2, dc, ch2, puff st) to end. Join with ss and FO. (US= sc)

R6: Join new yarn into any ch-2 sp. Ch3 as 1st tc (US dc). 
2tc (US dc) into ch-2 sp. 
Repeat [ (3tc)] into each ch-2 sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R7: Join new yarn into any st sp. Ch1 as 1st dc (US sc).
Dc (US sc) into every st sp to end. Join with ss.

R8: Ch6 as 1st dc (US sc) plus ch5. 
Miss 2 st sp and dc (US sc) into the 3rd. 
Repeat [ ch5, miss 2 st sp, dc ] to end. Join with ss and FO. (US = sc)

R9: Join new yarn into any ch-5 sp. Ch1 as 1st dc (US sc)
(htc, 4tc, htc, dc) into same ch-5 sp. 
Repeat [ (dc, htc, 4tc, htc, dc) ] in each ch-5 sp to end. Join with ss and FO. (US= {(sc, hdc, 4dc, hdc, sc) ]

R10:  Join new yarn into any st sp between the 2nd and 3rd tc (US dc) of R3. Ch1 as 1st dc (US sc)
Dc (US sc) into next 3 st sp. 
SP-3 into st sp between R7 tc shells (Us dc) st. 
Dc (US sc) into next 7 st sp. 
Repeat [ SP-3, dc into next 7 st sp] to end. Join with ss and FO.



I really hope you enjoyed this fun Little Sunshine design mandala and free crochet pattern! 😁 💖💙💖

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