Crochet this pretty and bright floral motif mandala to welcome Spring using a simple combination of treble crochet (US dc), front and back post crochet stitches and chains with this week's free crochet mandala pattern.





Spring is on it's way gorgeous ones! The evenings are starting to stay lighter for longer, the sun has popped his head out from behind the clouds a little more and the buds are starting to appear in the garden.

What better way to celebrate the oncoming season of colour and vibrancy than with a bright and floral motif mandala for this week's free mandala crochet pattern?!



Made using a 4.5mm hook and DK yarn, this design uses front and back post crochet, which if you've never done it before, is not as scary as it sounds... just insert your hook across through the front for bp or back for fp of the actual stitch then complete the regular crochet stitch. Watch out for the US/UK terms on this one lovelies.

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How to make the Spring Monet 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-2 = spike stitch over 2 rows: spike stitch is an elongated tc or htc. For SP-2, instead of inserting your hook directly into the row below, yarn over and insert the hook into the 2nd row below and complete the stitch.
bpdc = back post double crochet (US bpsc)
fpdc = front post double crochet (US fpsc)
fbphtc = front post half-treble crochet (US fphdc)
fptc = front post treble crochet (US fpdc)



R1: Magic loop, ch3 as 1st tc. 
(9tc) into the loop. Join with ss and FO.

R2: Join new yarn into any st sp. Ch1 as 1st dc. 
(htc, tc, ch1) into the same st sp.
(tc, htc, dc) into the next st sp. 
Repeat [(dc, htc, tc, ch1) , (tc, htc, dc)] to end. Join with ss and FO.

R3: Join new yarn into any ch-1 sp. 
Ch2 as 1st htc. 
Htc into same ch-1 sp. 
Htc into next 2 st sp. SP-2. 
Htc into next 2 st sp again.
Repeat [(2htc), htc, htc, SP-2, htc, htc] to end. Join with ss and FO.

R4: Join new yarn through back loops only of any SP-2 st. 
Ch4 as 1st bpdc plus ch3. Bpdc into same SP-2. 
Ch4. 
Repeat [(bpdc, ch4, bpdc)] on each SP-2 st to end. Join with ss. 

R5: ss into ch-3 sp. Ch1 as 1st dc. 
(htc, tc, ch1, tc, htc, dc) into ch-3 sp. 
(4dc) into ch-4 sp.
Repeat [(dc, htc, tc, ch1, tc, htc, dc) into each ch-3 sp, (4dc) into each ch4 sp] to end. Join with ss. 

R6: Ch1 as 1st dc. Htc into next 2 st sp.
(2tc) into ch-1 sp. 
Ch2. Dc into ch-3 sp created by the (2tc) just made. 
Tc into ch-1 sp. 
Htc into next 2 st sp.
Dc into next st sp. 
Ch4. Miss 3 st sp.
Repeat [(dc, htc, htc, (2tc, ch2), dc into ch-3 sp, tc into ch-1 sp, htc, htc, dc, ch4, miss 3 st sp] to end. Join with ss and FO.

R7: Join new yarn into any ch-4 sp. Ch3 as 1st tc. 
SP-2 into R5 st sp and complete as tc st. 
SP-2 next 2 st sp. 
Tc into ch-4 sp. Ch2. 
Bpdc around 2nd tc of R6.
Ch2. 
Repeat [(tc, 3 SP-2, tc) into ch-4 sp, ch2, bpdc, ch2] to end. Join with ss.

R8: ss to next st sp. Ch3 as 1st tc.
Tc into same st sp. 
Repeat [(2tc)] into each st sp and ch-2 sp to end. Join with ss.

R9: Ch6 as 1st dc plus ch5. Miss 4 st sp.
Dc into next st sp. 
Ch5, miss 4 st sp. 
Repeat [dc, ch5] every 5th st sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R10: Join new yarn into any ch-5 sp. Ch1 as 1st dc.
(htc, 2tc, ch3, 2tc, htc, dc) into same ch-5 sp. 
Repeat [(dc, htc, 2tc, ch3, 2tc, htc, dc)] into each ch-5 sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R11: Join new yarn into any ch-3 sp. Ch2 and make puff st nto same ch-3 sp.
Ch1. Now....
fpdc into next st.
fphtc into next st
fptc next 2 st
SP-2 over into R9 dc
fptc next 2 st
fphtc next st
fpdc next st
Ch1
Repeat [(puff st, ch1), fpdc, fphtc, fptc twice, SP-2, fptc twice, fphtc, fpdc, ch1] to end. Join with ss and FO.

R12: Join new yarn into top of any puff st. Ch9 as 1st dc plus ch8.
Dc into top of next puff st. Ch8. 
Repeat [(dc, ch8)] into top of each puff st to end. Join with ss. 

R13: ss into ch-8 sp. Ch3 as 1st tc. 
(11tc) into ch-8 sp. 
Repeat [(12tc)] into each ch-8 sp to end. Join with ss and FO. 




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