Crochet this quick and easy Hugs 'n' Kisses Mandala crochet pattern that's great for beginners! A pretty Carnival coloured Boho Mandala crocheted using spike stitch, treble (US double), and chains. 





It seems like FOREVER since we had a new Mandala! Sorry lovelies! It's been so busy here what with secret-squirrel work, making Unicorn Horn Crochet Hooks, my fun day taking over the +LoveCrochet.com Instagram account and the giveaway, releasing Frida Cat-Lo, planning the wedding and the boat renovations... not to mention all the boring usual day-to-day stuff like cooking and cleaning!

But this morning I finally got a chance to sit in the glorious sunshine we've been having here in the UK and worked up a new design using yummy Paintbox Yarns Simply Aran in all the tropical brights!

Scroll down for the free crochet pattern to make this cute Hugs n Kisses mandala - I made mine using 4.5mm hook and aran weight yarn and it measures approx 7" in diameter but you can make yours in any weight yarn! 

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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) 
dtc = double treble crochet/extended. (US = treble)
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 st. For SP-2 in this pattern, 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 as a tc.


R1: Magic loop, ch4 as 1st tc plus ch1.
(tc, ch1) 11 times into the loop. Tighten and join with ss. FO.

R2: Join new yarn into any ch-1 sp. Ch3 as 1st htc plus ch1. 
Htc into same ch-1 sp. 
Repeat [(htc, ch1, htc)] in each ch-1 sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R3: Join new yarn into any ch-1 sp. Ch4 as 1st tc plus ch1. 
SP-2, ch1.
Repeat [tc, ch1, SP-2, ch1] to end. Join with ss and FO.

R4: Join new yarn into any ch-1 sp. Ch4 as 1st dc plus ch3.
Repeat [dc, ch3] in each ch-1 sp to end. Join with ss.

R5: ss into ch-3 sp. Ch5 as 1st dc plus ch4. 
Repeat [dc, ch4] in each ch-3 sp to end. 
Join with ss and FO.

R6: Join new yarn into any ch-4 sp. Ch5 as 1st dc plus ch4. 
Repeat [dc, ch4] in each ch-4 sp to end. Join with ss.

R7: ss twice into ch-4 sp. Repeat R6. FO.

R8: Repeat R6. 

R9: ss twice into ch-4 sp. Ch6 as 1st dc plus ch5.
Repeat [dc, ch5] to end. Join with ss and FO.

R10: Join new yarn into any ch-5 sp. Ch2 as 1st htc. 
(tc, ch1, tc, htc) into same ch-5 sp.
Repeat [(htc, tc, ch1, tc, htc)] in each ch-5 sp to end. Join with ss and FO.

R11: Join new yarn into any ch-1 sp. C4 as 1st dc pluc ch3. 
Dc into same ch-1 sp.
3 dc
Repeat [(dc, ch3, dc), 3dc] to end. Join with ss and FO. 

Block/Steamblock if desired.





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