Kinship Mandala Pattern

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It is strange sometimes how our best friends are those who we have never met in person.

Dedri (Look at What I Made) and I have been working on this shared project for a while now.

This Kinship Mandala represents our kinship (friendship) with each other.

Our collaboration for this project is in two parts. The first part, we shared as a NOTACAL on Dedri’s Instagram.

For those of you who missed it, my full Kinship Mandala Pattern is included for free below (scroll down). It is also available on Dedri’s Instagram and as a PDF with diagram, on Ravelry here.

The next part of our collaboration begins today! So pop over to Dedri’s blog, Look at What I Made, to learn how to transform my Kinship Mandala into a spectacular Kinship Square featuring Sophie’s Garden corners!  Kinship Square by Dedri Uys and Rhondda Mol 

We are all going through something especially difficult right now in our world and we hope that through our collaboration we can perhaps add a little brightness and distraction to your days!

We felt it would be the perfect time to share this with you all – so you as Our Crochet Friends can share in kinship with each other as well.

Much love,
Rhondda & Dedri

Kinship Mandala Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet

If you would prefer to have an ad-free PDF copy of the pattern, which also includes a stitch diagram for the Kinship Mandala, you can get it on Ravelry.


If you want a more mobile way to access this pattern, you can crochet the Kinship Mandala by following these Step-by-steps on Instagram from my friend Dedri. We offered this as a #notacal4 from March 20 – March 25 and the instructions are available beginning in this post here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B99JOeBH6lR/

Once you are done, be sure to pop by her next post to find out how you can square it up with Sophie’s Garden too. You can use this collaborative design as an afghan square, or as a mandala – whichever you prefer.

Kinship Mandala Free Crochet Pattern

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Supplies

  • Yarn: Scheepjes Stone Washed – River Washed Colour Pack. 0.35 oz (10 g)  and 28 yds (26 m). 78% cotton, 22% acrylic. Sport Weight Yarn [2].
  • Colors: 1 skein Scheepjes Stone Washed in each in 803 Black Onyx, 833 Beryl, 827 Peridot, 807 Red Jasper, 824 Turquoise, 835 Rhodochrosite and 1 skein Scheepjes River Washed in 949 Yarra 
  • Hook: 3.5 mm (E). I used this hook.
  • Finished Project Yardage: Mandala: 41 g / 117 yds (107 m) 
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker

Difficulty Level

Easy-Intermediate

Finished Size

Mandala 10.5 inches diameter
Mandala with Sophie’s Garden Corners (14 inches X 14 inches) (Visit Dedri’s Post to get the instructions to Square Up your Kinship Mandala!)

Gauge

3 inches diameter after R5

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size, and amount of yarn used for your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

bead st – bead stitch (see special stitches)

beg – beginning

BL – back loop

BLdc – back loop double crochet

ch – chain

ch-sps – chain spaces

ch1sp – chain 1 space

ch2sp – chain 2 space

ch3sp – chain 3 space

ch4sp – chain 4 space

CL – cluster

dc – double crochet

dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

FPtr – front post treble 

long dc – long double crochet (see special stitches)

R – row or round

rep – repeat

sc –  single crochet

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

st/sts – stitch/stitches

tr – treble crochet

* to **– Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain multiple instructions.

[ ] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

( ) – important notes AND sets of stitches to be worked within one stitch, or space

Special Stitches and Techniques

Bead St: Insert hook into specified stitch (or space), yarn over, pull up 1 loop, (yarn over and pull through 1 loop) 3 times. Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops.

CL (cluster): *Yarn over, insert hook into specified stitch (or space), yarn over, pull up 1 loop**. Rep from * to ** 3 times total. Yarn over and pull through all 7 loops.

Long dc: Dc worked into a st below working rnd, as indicated.

Stitch Worked into the Center of a Stitch: To work the stitch in the center of a stitch, work in the space between the two legs of the stitch, rather than under the front and back loops of the stitch. This technique is used in Rounds 6 and 9.

Helpful Tutorials

Invisible Join

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide 

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes:

Round by round photos are included at the end of the post. When you click on the images they will open in a new screen in a larger size.

Stitch diagram is included at the end of the post.

Pattern is written with a ch 4, sl st to form a ring to begin. I prefer to use a double magic ring to begin as it is more secure. Either is acceptable for this pattern.

Pattern is written with a sl st join at the end of each round. I prefer to use an invisible join instead because it is tidier. Either is acceptable for this pattern up to the last round.

Pattern does not have a turning chain for each round because I usually start each new round with a standing st. If you prefer a sl st join and a turning chain, feel free to substitute.

Color A: Black Onyx, Color B: Beryl (yellow), Color C: Peridot, Color D: Red Jasper, Color E: Turquoise, Color F: Yarra and Color G: Rhodochrosite

Visit these links to see some of the beautiful Kinship Mandalas that have been crocheted from all around the world:

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/kinshipmandala/
https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/notacal4/

Kinship Mandala Crochet Pattern Oombawka Design Crochet

Kinship Mandala Pattern Instructions

The Mandala is worked in joined rounds.

Using your 3.5 mm E hook (or size required for gauge):

R1: With Color A: Ch 3, sl st to form a ring. Sl st into the ring, ch 5 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch). (1 tr, ch 1) 11 times into the ring. Sl st to the fourth ch of the initial ch-5 to join. [12 tr, 12 ch1sp] 

R2: *1 sc in the next ch1sp, 1 FPtr around the next tr**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. Finish off. [12 sc, 12 FPtr]

R3: Join in any sc with Color B: *1 CL in the sc, ch 3, sk the next FPtr**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first CL to join. Finish off. [12 CL, 12 ch3sp]

R4: Join in any FPtr from R2 with Color C: Working in front of R3 and skipping all R3 stitches; *(1 sc, ch 4) in the next FPtr, sk the next sc from R2**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. Finish off. [12 sc, 12 ch4sp]

R5: Slide R4 over and behind R3. Join in any CL from R3 with Color D: Working in front of R4 and sk all R4 sts; *5 sc in the next CL, sk the next ch3sp**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. Finish off. [60 sc]

R6: Join in any ch4sp from R4 with Color E: *Working behind R5 and into the ch4sp from R4; 3 dc in the ch4sp. Working over R5; 1 long dc in the center of the next sc from R4**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc to join. Finish off. [12 long dc, 36 dc] 

R7: Join in any long dc with Color F: *(1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the next long dc, sk the next dc, (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in the next dc, sk the next dc**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc to join. Finish off. [48 dc, 24 ch1sp]

R8: Join in any ch1sp that falls immediately above the third sc (in a 5 sc set) from R5, with Color E: *1 sc in the next ch1sp, sk the next dc, 1 FPtr in the next long dc from R6, sk the next dc, 1 sc in the next ch1sp, sk the next dc, 1 FPtr in the previous long dc from R6 (this is the same long dc where you worked your last FPtr), sk the next dc**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. Finish off. [24 sc, 24 FPtr]

R9: Join in the center of any sc from R8 with Color B: *(1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc, ch 1) in the center of the next sc, sk the next FPtr**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc to join. Finish off. [48 dc, 48 ch1sp]

R10: Join in the BL of any dc from R9 with Color F: *1 BLdc in the next dc, 1 dc in the next ch1sp**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first BLdc to join. Finish off. [48 BLdc, 48 dc]

R11: Join in any dc from R10 with Color G: *1 sc in the next dc, 1 bead st in the next BLdc**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. Finish off. [48 sc, 48 bead st]

R12: Join in any sc from R11 with Color E: Skipping all bead stitches; *dc2tog over the next 2 sc, ch 1. Beg in the last sc (where you finished your last dc2tog); dc2tog over the next 2 sc, ch 1**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc to join. Finish off. [48 dc2tog, 48 ch1sp]

R13: Join in any ch1sp from R12 with Color B: *(2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch1sp, sk the next (1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc)**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first dc to join. Finish off. [96 dc, 24 ch2sp]

R14: Join in any ch2sp from R13 with Color G: *(1 sc, 1 bead st, 1 sc) in the next ch2sp, 1 sc in each of the next 4 dc**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. Finish off. [144 sc, 24 bead st]

R15: Join in the first sc following any bead st from R14 with Color D: *1 sc in BL of each of the next 6 sc, sk the next bead st**. Rep from * to ** around. Sl st to the first sc to join. Finish off. [144 sc]

R16: Join in any sc with Color E: *1 dc in each of the next 8 sc, 2 dc in the next sc**. Rep from * to * around. Sl st to the first dc to join. Finish off. [160 dc]

R17: Join in any dc with Color B: 1 sc in each dc around. Finish off with an invisible join. [160 sc]

Now that you are done, pop over to Dedri’s post here to see her pretty colors and to find out what you need to do next to add your corners, visit this post: Squaring up a Mandala with 160 Stitches.  

Kinship Square Pattern by Rhondda Mol and Dedri Uys

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The Colors I used for Sophie’s Garden 160 Stitches were:

Round 1:  Color C (Peridot)
Round 2:  Color B (Beryl)

Round 3: Color C (Peridot)
Round 4: Color D (Red Jasper)

Round 5: Color E (Turquoise)
Round 6: Color D (Red Jasper)

Round 7: Color E (Turquoise)
Round 8: Color B (Beryl)

Round 9: Color E (Turquoise)
Round 10: Color C (Peridot)

Round 11: Color D (Red Jasper)

When you share your beautiful Kinship Square projects online please add the #kinshipsquare so we can see them too! 

#notacal4 #kinshipmandala #202020 #202020joy

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3 Comments

  1. I love this pattern. It’s so pretty and colorful. And what a wonderful name!! I think it would be an awesome gift, framed, for a close friend or loved one.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Rhonnda! I’m still trying to find the pattern for “Squaring Up”????
    Links above don’t link to Dedri’s pattern – and I can’t find it. I am thinking about doing this one – squared and all – as Wall Decor. Can do it and stop as a Round Mandala and use that as is for Wall Decor, but would prefer to do the squared version – IF I can find Dedri’s pattern!
    She – and you, of course, are two of my very favorite designer/crocheters – and having met Dedri in England a few years ago just re-enforced that favorite status. She is such a lovely lady, and I think her designs reflect that sweet, beautiful person that she is!