Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Eye of the Emerald Mini Mandala

  These mini mandalas are so quick to work up. They make great matching coasters for the full-size Eye of the Emerald mandala if you plan to use it as a doily -or- If you plan to use it as an art piece, they could make neat accents to display with or attach to it. Instructions are giving for color changes to create both versions shown, or use up some scrap yarn making your own color combinations!

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  Regardless of your plans for the pattern, this is a smaller, less ruffly version of its bigger sibling. (Smaller and faster with the same great picot texture!) The large mandala gave plenty of room to work out the ruffles caused by increasing, but this time we need it to stay flat for a short six rounds. So if you are here from working the large mandala, then please take note that this pattern is similar but not the same - The stitch counts for chain spaces and groups of stitches are changed.


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Finished size: 
6" (15 cm) in diameter from point to point

Skill level:
Easy


Materials:
Worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn
I'm using Red Heart Super Saver in Paddy Green (color A) and White (color B)*
Crochet hook size J/10 - 6.00 MM
Yarn needle
Stitch marker (to mark beginning if needed)

*As noted in the pattern for the larger mandala, there is a chance that the white yarn I'm using is really Caron One Pound. (I'm already using the rest on another pattern, and the more I work with it, I think it is.)

Either way, they both work up in the same gauge.


Gauge:
Not important
Pattern measures 3" (7.5 cm) in diameter at round 3.


Notes:
Chain stitches at beginning of rounds do not count as stitches.

Most rounds are joined with half-double crochet stitches. When pattern instructs to work into "half-double crochet joining space", you will begin the round by working over the post of the joining stitch.

New colors are joined with standing crochet stitches. If you are unfamiliar with this method, you can join new colors with a slip stitch, chain 1, and make the beginning stitch.

The picot stitch for the final round has been altered to a chain-2 picot. You can work a regular picot if you like, your finished size will be slightly larger.


Stitches:
(American terms)
Chain
Slip stitch
Single crochet
Half double crochet
Double crochet

*Picot (worked slightly different than usual - check out the matching pattern for photo examples) - Chain 3, insert hook in the front loop and bottom bar of last stitch (from left to right); slip stitch. (Read note regarding this stitch before working round 6.)


Instructions:

The pattern looks the same for both versions, but the written instructions change just a bit for different color changes. 

Under the number of the round you will find the color changes, and at the end of the round instructions you will find additional instructions in bold. If there are no instructions, continue working with current color.


This is version 1:
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This is version 2:
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Round 1:
Both versions: Color B
Begin with a magic circle. Chain 1 (does not count as stitch), single crochet in the ring.
(Chain 2, single crochet) 5x in the ring.
Half-double crochet in the beginning single crochet to join. (Counts as chain-2 space)
Both versions: Bind off and weave in ends for color change.
(6 chain-2 spaces)


Round 2:
Both versions: Color A
Begin with a standing single crochet in the joining space. 
(Chain 2, single crochet in same, chain 1, single crochet in next space) 5x.
Half-double crochet in the beginning single crochet.
(12 chain-2 spaces)


Round 3:
Both versions: Color A
Chain 1, single crochet in the joining space.
(Chain 2, single crochet in the next space) 11x.
Half-double crochet in the beginning single crochet.
Version 1: Bind off, weave in ends for color change.
(12 chain-2 spaces)


Round 4:
Version 1: Begin with color B and a standing single crochet in the joining space.
Version 2: Continuing with color A, chain 1 and single crochet in the joining space.
(Single crochet, picot, 2 single crochet) in each of the next 11 spaces.
(Single crochet, picot, single crochet) in the joining space.
Both versions: Bind off, pull tail through beginning single crochet and back through ending stitch to join.


Round 5:
Version 1: Color A
Version 2: Color B
Begin with a standing half-double crochet in the joining space.
(Half-double crochet, chain 3, half double crochet) in each of the next 11 spaces.
Half-double crochet in the joining space. Chain 1, half-double crochet to join (counts as chain-3 space).
(12 chain-3 spaces)


Round 6:
***The picot stitch in this round should be worked with just chain-2 before closing. You can still work a chain-3 picot for a slightly larger finished size.
Version 1: Color A
Version 2: Color B
Chain 1, (single crochet, slip stitch) in the joining space.
(Slip stitch, chain 1, single crochet, picot, 2 single crochet, slip stitch) in each of the next 11 spaces.
(Slip stitch, chain 1, single crochet, picot, single crochet) in the joining space.
Bind off, pull tail through beginning single crochet and back through ending stitch to join.


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  The mandala and minis go well as a table set, but I suppose my table is a bit small for them without the extension installed... And I'm currently enjoying the extra space along with not having to lift that leaf. (Am I getting weak, or do they make those things with a lead core?) I played around with different ways it could be used on a smaller table, but just couldn't make them all fit together.


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  I tried for another hour, rearranging and taking photos until I realized something: I'm Aries and Irish. No wonder I'm so stubborn! (I was doomed from the start.) I still think the whole set would look awesome displayed on the wall as an art piece... But I have to face the facts: It has white in it, which will never stay white in this house. It doesn't fit my table, and the colors don't match my decor. I enjoyed the design, but I think my dad likes it more than I do. He already has the perfect plan of where to use it, too. Well, that was easy! No more rearranging needed.


Happy Crocheting!

PS - Check out that picot texture!


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2 comments:

  1. Hello Janny, I really like that last picture! Makes the coasters stand out like pieces of art!
    Even if we do not have a real problem with white (err... what about the cats!?) I prefer version N°1. Version N°2 has a etherial touch to it, looks great too. Hmm...? Maybe I should reconsider... Actually I like them both! I'm sure your dad will enjoy them!
    Have a lovely day,
    Marjan

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    1. Thank you, Marjan! I can't decide which I like more, either. I was thinking version 1 was more of a masculine design, but then Rip went and picked version 2 as his favorite...
      Of course he would. Life advice: If you don't like cleaning, don't marry a concrete man. And never let him near your white yarn. ;)
      (I plan to give the set to Dad today, so maybe there will be pictures if I remember the camera.)
      You have a wonderful day, too!

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