Mandala Tutorial!


I was finally able to take the pictures for this mandala tutorial, and I’m so excited about it! I don’t really know if this is technically a mandala or a doily, or if it even matters, but I love the way they look!

I made my first mandala a few weeks ago, and I thought it was so fun! I love that they are so quick to make and each one can be so unique!

For these mandalas I used my new  yarn from Knit Picks.  I used the Shine Worsted yarn for the first mandalas I made and loved the way they looked.  I only had 3 colors, so of course I had to buy more.  My yarn buying problem is real.


For this mandala, I used the colors Blush, Cosmopolitan, Clementine and Dandelion and a 3.5mm hook.

To begin, chain 5 and join to form a ring.

RingRound 1:

1. In ring, Ch3 (counts as first dc), 11 dc (12 total dc)


2. To join, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3



Round 2:

3. Ch3 (counts as 1 dc), dc in same stitch


4. Work 2dc in each stitch of round 1. To join, slip stitch in 3rd chain of beginning ch3. (24 total dc)


Round 3:

5. Ch3 (counts as 1dc), dc in same stitch.


6. In next stitch, work 1dc.


7. Work 2 dc in the next stitch, followed by 1dc in the next


8.  Continue this pattern for the rest of round 3. (36 total dc)


Round 4: This round will be worked in single crochets.

9. Ch1 (does not count as single crochet), 2sc in same stitch. 1 sc in each of the next 2dc.


10. Work 2sc in next dc, followed by 1sc in each of the next 2dc. Continue this pattern for the rest of round 4.


11. To end, slip stitch in the first sc of this round.



Now we’re ready to switch colors! Go ahead and cut your yarn, leaving a tail to weave in, and fasten off.


Round 5:

12. Join your next color yarn in any sc with a slip stitch.


13.  Ch5 (counts as first dc plus ch2)


14. Work 1dc into the same stitch and ch1


15.  Skip 2 sc from previous round.  In next sc, work *dc, ch2, dc, ch1*


16. Repeat between ** all the way around the circle


16. Finish this round with a slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the first ch5.



Round 6:

17. Slip stitch into first ch2 space of the previous round and repeat steps 13 through 16.



We are ready to change colors, so cut your yarn, again leaving a tail to weave in, and fasten off!

Round 7:

18. Add new color with a slip stitch into any ch2 space.


19. Ch3, dc in same ch2 space


20. In the same ch2 space, ch2, 2dc, ch2



21. In next ch2 space, *2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch2*


22. Repeat between ** in each of the remaining ch2 spaces.


23. Join with slip stitch in the 3rd chain of the first ch3. Slip stitch in the next dc and in the ch2 space, so you’re ready to work out of that space for the next round.



Round 8:

24. Repeat steps 19 through 23



Round 9:

25. In first ch2 space, ch3, dc, ch2, 2dc, ch 1


26. Slip stitch in the ch1 space from the previous round and ch1


27. In next ch2 space, *2dc, ch2, 2dc, ch1. Slip stitch in ch1 of previous round, ch1*


28.  Repeat between ** in the remaining spaces.


29.  To finish this round, slip stitch in the 3rd chain of beginning ch3 and fasten off.



We are now ready to start our last color!

Round 10:

30. Join new color with slip stitch in any of the ch2 spaces


31. Ch3 (counts as first dc)


32. In same ch2 space, work 4 more dc (5 total dc), ch2


33. Slip stitch in the slip stitch from the previous round and ch2



34. In next ch2 space, *work 5 dc, ch2, slip stitch in slip stitch from previous round, ch2*


35. Repeat between ** in each remaining space


36. To finish, slip stitch in 3rd chain of first chain 3.  Fasten off and you’re done!


Not too hard, right? If your mandala ends up curling a little around the edges, there’s an easy fix! All you have to do is iron it a bit and it will lie flat.  I use a thin towel between my iron and the mandala, and set the iron so there’s a lot of steam.  I also let it cool off all the way before I move it. If you want your doily or mandala to be a little stiffer, you can spray it with starch before you iron.  I like using the spray starch because it does stiffen it a little, but doesn’t make it hard or crunchy.

These mandalas are also easily customized! You can use whatever color combination you like, and switch colors wherever you want! They even look great in just one color!


It’s simple to change the size by just changing yarn weight and hook size. These two were made using Cascade’s Ultra Pima fine yarn.  I used a 3.5mm hook for the pink one and a 4.5mm hook for the grey one.

I hope this tutorial is helpful! I loved making it, and would love to see any mandalas that you make!

23 thoughts on “Mandala Tutorial!

    1. Kate Post author

      Thank you so much!! I’m still learning how to use my camera, but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it!

  1. Jordan

    these are beautiful! i can’t wait to try it out with a bunch of colors (or even my scrap pile!), do you know the measurement of the one made with the 3.5mm hook? thanks

    1. Kate Post author

      Thank you! I don’t have the measurements right now, but I will let you know as soon as I can!

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  4. Dee

    Question – Round 7 & 8 are the same and doesn’t say anything about ch1. However in round 9 it says to “26. Slip stitch in the ch1 space from the previous round”.
    Is that correct??
    Have made 2 so far. Looks fine but just a little confused with the above instruction. Thanks!

    1. Kate Post author

      Hi it should say to slip stitch in the ch2 space from the previous round. Thanks for the catch! I will change that so it’s less confusing!

    1. Kate Post author

      Hi! I haven’t tried making it bigger before, but I believe you will have a problem with curling. Adding more stitches between the groups of dc may help that issue. I will give it a try soon and let you know if I figure something out!

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