Make a frilly, Mermaid and seashell inspired crochet mandala with this week's free mandala crochet pattern - the improved and updated version!

free crochet mandala pattern mermaid


So, more and more of you awesome talented crocheters out there have been making my Monday Mandalas... it's AMAZING! Thankyou so much!!

I've been doing these free mandala crochet patterns every Monday for over 10 months now and the very early ones are written as if I am speaking to you, rather than in true 'crochet code' ... so, I'm going to start updating them when I can.

free mandala crochet pattern mermaid


This week, it's the turn of the Mermaid Sea Shell mandala from July 2016... this one was super fun to make and inspired by my sweet little crochet seashell pattern... it's fun to see how much better I am at writing patterns properly now and just how clever and condensed the language of crochet is when compared with the long wordy version!

Here's the original post... eek! *covers eyes* don't look... and read on for the new updated and much better free mandala crochet pattern...

mandala crochet pattern free mermaid
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How to make the Mermaid Sea Shells mandala, free crochet pattern: 




Crochet terms in UK terms throughout and US in brackets in the abbreviations 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: Magic loop, ch3 as 1st tc.
(11tc) into the loop. Join with ss and FO.

R2: Join new yarn into any st sp and ch3 as 1st tc.
(2tc, ch1) into the same st sp.
Miss 1 st sp.
Repeat [(3tc), ch1] into every other st sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R3: Join new yarn into any st sp or ch-1 sp. Ch1 as 1st dc.
Dc into same sp.
Repeat [(2dc)] into every st sp and ch-1 sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R4: Join new yarn into any st sp. Ch2 and make puff st into same st sp.
Ch3.
Miss 1 st sp.
Repeat [puff st, ch3] into every other st sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R5: Join new yarn into any ch-3 sp. Ch1 as 1st dc.
Dc into same ch-3 sp. Ch1.
Repeat [(2dc), ch1] into each ch-3 sp around the work. Join with ss and FO.

R6: Join new yarn into any st sp. Ch1 as 1st dc.
Dc into same st sp.
Repeat [(2dc)] into each st sp to end. Join with ss.

R7: ss into next st sp. Ch3 as 1st tc.
(5tc) into same st sp. Ch3.
Miss 7 st sp.
Repeat [(6tc), ch3] into every 8th st sp to end. Join with ss

R8: Ch4 as 1st dc plus ch3, dc into same st sp.
(dc, ch4, dc) into next 3 st sp.
(dc, ch3, dc) into next st sp. You now have 5 loops.
Dc into ch-3 sp.
Repeat [(dc, ch3, dc), (dc, ch4, dc) 3 times, (dc, ch3, dc), dc ] to end. Join with ss and FO.

R9: Turn work WS facing, join new yarn into 1st ch-3 sp of a shell.
**(Bobble st, ch1) into ch-3 sp.
(Bobble st, ch2) into next 2 ch-3 sp
(Bobble st, ch1) into next ch-3 sp
(bobble st) into final ch-3 sp of the shell. ;
Repeat ** to end. Join with ss and FO.

R10: Turn work RS facing, join new yarn into st sp between 1st bobble st of any shell.
Ch1 as 1st dc.
(htc, tc, htc, dc) into same st sp.
Repeat [(dc, htc, tc, htc, dc)] 3 times.
SP-3 into R7 dc.
Repeat [(dc htc, tc, htc, dc) 4 times, SP-3) to end. Join with ss and FO.

free mandala crochet pattern mermaid


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