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Mandala Afghan

Crafting Time:
  • Varies
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Lion Brand
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SUPPLIES & TOOLS:

  • Lion Brand® Color Waves, 1 ball each: Ocean Drive (A), Prairie Sunset (C), Rainbow (E), Playground (G), Green Apple (I), Cactus Flower (K), Starboard (M), Deep Blue Sea (O) or colors of choice
  • Lion Brand® Vanna’s Style, 1 ball each: Fuchsia 1 ball (B), Camel (D), Mustard (F), Olive (H), Spruce (J), Denim (L), Navy (N), Black (P) or colors of choice
  • Lion Brand® crochet hook size J-10 (6 mm)
  • Lion Brand® large-eyed blunt needle

    • SIZE:
    • About 55" x 55" (140 x 140 cm)

    • GAUGE:
    • 12 1/2 dc = about 4" (10 cm).
    • BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

    • STITCH EXPLANATIONS:
    • Cl (3 double crochet cluster) Yarn over, insert hook in indicated st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops rem on hook), (yarn over, insert hook in same st, yarn over and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times (4 loops rem on hook) yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.
    • cross-dc (crossed dc, worked over 2 sts) Sk next st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st.
    • dc2tog (dc 2 sts together) (Yarn over, insert hook in next st and draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops) twice, yarn over and draw through all 3 loops on hook – 1 st decreased.
    • rev sc (reverse single crochet) Single crochet worked from left to right (right to left, if left-handed). Insert hook into next stitch to the right (left), under loop on hook, and draw up a loop. Yarn over and draw through all loops on hook.sc3tog (sc 3 sts together) (Insert hook in next st and draw up a loop) 3 times, yarn and draw through all 4 loops on hook – 2 sts decreased.

    • NOTES
    • Afghan is worked in 3 sections: Center Square, Side Triangles, and Outer Square.
    • Center Square is worked in joined rnds with RS always facing. One Side Triangle is worked back and forth in rows along each of the 4 sides of Center Square. Outer Square is worked in joined rnds around edges of the Triangles.
    • Yarn color is changed to make stripes.
    • To change yarn color when working in joined rnds, fasten off old color and join new color as instructed.
    • To change yarn color when working in rows, work last st of old color to last yarn over. Yarn over with new color and draw through all loops on hook to complete st. Proceed with new color. Fasten off old color.

    • DIRECTIONS:


    • Center Square
    • With A, ch 5; join with sl st in first ch to make a ring.
    • Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 15 more dc in ring; join with sl st in top of beg ch – you will have 16 dc at the end of this rnd. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st as joining, 2 dc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 32 dc. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 3: From RS, join B with sl st in any st, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), dc in same st, *sk next st, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st; rep from * to last st, sk last st; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 32 dc and 16 ch-1 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 4: From RS, join C with sl st in any ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – Sixteen 3-dc groups and 16 ch-1 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 5: From RS, join D with sl st in middle dc of any 3-dc group, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), sk next st, Cl in next ch-1 sp, *ch 2, dc in middle dc of next 3-dc group, ch 2, Cl in next ch-1 sp; rep from * around, ch 2; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 16 clusters, 16 dc, and 32 ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 6: From RS, join E with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, 3 dc in each ch-2 sp around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 96 dc. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 7: From RS, join F with sl st in any dc, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, *sk next st, 2 dc in next st; rep from * to last st, sk last st; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 96 dc. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 8: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), dc in same st as joining, *sk next 2 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in next st; rep from * to last 2 sts, sk last 2 sts; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 64 dc and 32 ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 9: From RS, join E with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-2 sp; rep from * around, ch 1; join with sl st in top of beg ch – Thirty-two 3-dc groups and 32 ch-1 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 10: With D, rep Rnd 5 – 32 clusters, 32 dc, and 64 ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 11: From RS, join C with sl st in any ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp, (3 dc in next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp) 6 times, 2 dc in each of next 2 ch-2 sps, *(3 dc in next ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next ch-2 sp) 7 times, 2 dc in each of next 2 ch-2 sps; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 156 dc. Fasten off.
    • Rnds 12 and 13: With B, rep Rnds 7 and 8 – 104 dc and 52 ch-2 sps at the end of Rnd 13. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 14: From RS, join A with a sc in any sp between (dc, ch 2, dc) groups, *ch 3, sc in next sp between (dc, ch 2, dc) groups; rep from * around, ch 3, sk last (dc, ch 2, dc) group; join with sl st in first sc – 52 sc and 52 ch-3 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 15: Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 1, beg in same ch-3 sp, *4 sc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, 4 hdc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, 4 dc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in next ch-3 sp (corner made), 4 dc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, 4 hdc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, 4 sc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps; rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc – 16 tr, 64 dc, 64 hdc, 64 sc, and 4 corner ch-2 sps (52 sts along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps). Fasten off.
    • Rnd 16: From RS, join D with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 6 (counts as tr, ch 2), 2 tr in same ch-2 sp, *tr in next 2 sts, dc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in next 16 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, dc in next 8 sts, tr in next 2 sts, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, tr in next 2 sts, dc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in next 16 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, dc in next 8 sts, tr in next 2 sts, tr in first ch-2 sp again; join with sl st in 4th ch of beg ch – 224 sts and 4 corner ch-2 sps (56 sts along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps). Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 17: Sl st in first corner ch-2 sp, ch 6 (counts as tr, ch 2), 2 tr in same ch-2 sp, *tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in next 16 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, dc in next 8 sts, tr in next 4 sts, (2 tr, ch 2, 2 tr) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, tr in next 4 sts, dc in next 8 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, sc in next 16 sts, hdc in next 8 sts, dc in next 8 sts, tr in next 4 sts, tr in first ch-2 sp again; join with sl st in 4th ch of beg ch – 60 sts along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 18: From RS, join C with a sc in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, *sc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, sc in each st to end of rnd; join with sl st in first sc – 62 sts along each of 4 sides between corner ch-1 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 19: Sl st in first corner ch-1 sp, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), 2 dc in same ch-1 sp, *dc in next 2 sts, (ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 2 sts) to next corner ch-1 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in next 2 sts, (ch 1, sk next st, dc in next 2 sts) to first ch-1 sp, dc in first ch-1 sp again; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 46 dc and 20 ch-1 sps along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 20: From RS, join B with a sc in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, *sc in next 4 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 2, sk next 2 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp) to 4 sts before next corner ch-2 sp, sc in next 4 sts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, sc in next 4 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 2, sk next 2 sts, sc in next ch-1 sp) to last 4 sts, sc in last 4 sts; join with sl st in first sc – 30 sc and 19 ch-2 sps along each of 4 sides between corner ch-1 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 21: Sl st in first corner ch-1 sp, ch 1, (sc, ch 1, sc) in same ch-1 sp, *work 1 sc in each sc and 2 sc in each ch-2 sp to next corner ch-1 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-1 sp; rep from * 2 more times, work 1 sc in each sc and 2 sc in each ch-2 sp to end of rnd; join with sl st in first sc – 70 sts along each of 4 sides between corner ch-1 sps.
    • Fasten off.

    • SIDE TRIANGLES (work 4)
    • Row 1 (RS): From RS, join E with a sc in any corner ch-1 sp, sc in each st to 2 sts before next corner ch-1 sp, sk next st, sc in next st; leave remaining sides unworked – 69 sc.
    • Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sk first st, sc in each st to last 2 sts, sk next st, sc in last st – 67 sc.
    • Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as dc), turn, sk first st, dc2tog, dc in each st to last 3 sts, dc2tog, dc in last st – 65 dc.
    • Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sk first st, sc in each st to last 2 sts, sk next st, sc in last st (top of turning ch) – 63 sc.
    • Row 5: Rep Row 3 and change to F in last st – 61 sc.
    • Row 6: With F, rep Row 4 – 59 dc.
    • Row 7: With F, rep Row 3 – 57 dc.
    • Row 8: With F, ch 1, turn, sk first st, *sc in next 3 sts, Cl in next st; rep from * to last 4 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sk next st, sc in last st – 55 sts (42 sc and 13 clusters).
    • Row 9: With F, rep Row 3 and change to G in last st – 53 dc.
    • Row 10: With G, rep Row 4 – 51 sc.
    • Rows 11-13: With G, rep Rows 3-5 and change to H in last st of last row – 45 sc at the end of Row 13.
    • Rows 14-17: With H, rep Rows 6-9 and change to I in last st of last row – 37 dc at the end of Row 17.
    • Rows 18-21: With I, rep Rows 10-13 and change to J in last st of last row – 29 sc at the end of Row 21.
    • Rows 22-25: With J, rep Rows 6-9 and change to G in last st of last row – 21 dc at the end of Row 25.
    • Rows 26-33: Rep Rows 10-17, using same colors as specified, and change to I in last st of Row 33 – 5 dc at the end of Row 33.
    • Row 34: With I, rep Row 4 – 3 sc.
    • Row 35: With I, ch 1, turn, sc3tog – 1 sc.
    • Fasten off.
    • Rep to work a Side Triangle across each of the rem 3 sides of Center Square.

    • OUTER SQUARE
    • Rnd 1 (RS): From RS, join H with a sc in tip of any Triangle, 2 sc in same tip (corner made), *work 102 sc evenly spaced across edge to tip of next Triangle, 3 sc in tip of Triangle; rep from * 2 more times, work 102 sc evenly spaced to tip of first Triangle; join with sl st in first sc – 102 sc along each of 4 sides between 3-sc corners. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *3 sc in middle sc of 3-sc corner, sc in next 20 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, dc in next 12 sts, tr in next 10 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in next 20 sts; rep from * 2 more times, sc in next 20 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, dc in next 12 sts, tr in next 10 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in last 19 sts; join with sl st in first sc – 104 sts along each of 4 sides between 3-sc corners. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 3: From RS, join I with a sc in middle st of any 3-sc corner, 2 sc in same st, *sc in each st to middle sc of next 3-sc corner, 3 sc in next st (middle sc of 3-sc corner); rep from * 2 more times, sc in each st to end of rnd; join with sl st in first sc – 106 sc along each of 4 sides between 3-sc corners. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *3 sc in next st (middle sc of 3-sc corner), sc in next 20 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, dc in next 12 sts, tr in next 14 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in next 20 sts; rep from * 2 more times, sc in next 20 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, dc in next 12 sts, tr in next 14 sts, dc in next 12 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in last 19 sts; join with sl st in first sc – 108 sts along each of 4 sides between 3-sc corners. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 5: With J, rep Rnd 3 – 110 sc along each of 4 sides between 3-sc corners.
    • Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same st as joining, *3 sc in next st (middle sc of 3-sc corner), sc in next 30 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, dc in next 22 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in next 30 sts; rep from * 2 more times, sc in next 30 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, dc in next 22 sts, hdc in next 15 sts, sc in next 29 sts; join with sl st in first sc – 112 sts along each of 4 sides between 3-sc corners.
    • Rnd 7: Sl st in next st, sl st in next st (middle sc of 3-sc corner), ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), dc in same st, *dc in next 2 sts, (cross-dc) to 1 st before next 3-sc corner, dc in next 2 sts, (dc, ch 2, dc) in middle st of 3-sc corner; rep from * 2 more times, dc in next 2 sts, (cross-dc) to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 55 cross-dc and 6 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 8: From RS, join K with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in next 3 sts, (dc in first st of next cross-dc, dc in sp between the dc sts of same cross-dc, sk last st of same cross-dc) to 3 sts before next corner ch-2 sp, dc in next 3 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in next 3 sts, (dc in first st of next cross-dc, dc in sp between the dc sts of same cross-dc, sk last st of same cross-dc) to last 3 sts, dc in last 3 sts, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 120 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps.
    • Rnd 9 (WS): TURN, sl st in first ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of rnd, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 124 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps.
    • Rnd 10 (RS): TURN, sl st in first ch-2 sp, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of rnd, dc in first ch-2 sp again; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 128 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 11: From RS, join L with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-2 sp, *(cross-dc) to next corner ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, (cross-dc) to end of rnd, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 64 cross-dc and 4 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 12: TURN, sl st in first ch-2 sp, ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in same ch-2 sp, *hdc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, (2 hdc, ch 2, 2 hdc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, hdc in each st to end of rnd, 2 hdc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 136 hdc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 13: TURN, sl st in first ch-2 sp, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), 2 dc in same ch-2 sp, *(cross-dc) to next corner ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, (cross-dc) to end of rnd, dc in first ch-2 sp again; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 68 cross-dc and 4 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 14: From RS, join M with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in next 2 sts, (dc in first st of next cross dc, dc in sp between the dc sts of same cross-dc, sk last st of same cross-dc) to 2 sts before next corner ch-2 sp, dc in next 2 sts, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in next 2 sts, (dc in first st of next cross dc, dc in sp between the dc sts of same cross-dc, sk last st of same cross-dc) to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 144 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnds 15 and 16: With M, rep Rnds 9 and 10 – 152 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps at the end of Rnd 16. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 17 (RS): From RS, join N with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-2 sp, *dc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of rnd, 2 dc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 156 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 18 (WS): TURN, sl st in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch-2 sp, *sc in next 6 sts, (Cl in next st, sc in next 5 sts) to next corner ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, sc in next 6 sts, (Cl in next st, sc in next 5 sts) to end of rnd, sc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 1; join with sl st in first sc – 133 sc and 25 clusters along each of 4 sides between corner ch-1 sps.
    • Rnd 19 (RS): TURN, sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same ch-1 sp, *dc in each st to next corner ch-1 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-1 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of rnd, 2 dc in first ch-1 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 162 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 20 (RS): From RS, join O with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), *dc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of rnd, dc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 164 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 21 (WS): TURN, sc in first ch-2 sp, *sc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, sc in each st to end of rnd, sc in first ch-2 sp again, ch 1; join with sl st in first sc – 166 sc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-1 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 22: TURN, sl st in first ch-1 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), *dc in each st to next corner ch-1 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in corner ch-1 sp; rep from * 2 more times, dc in each st to end of rnd, dc in first ch-1 sp again, ch 2; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 168 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Fasten off.
    • Rnd 23 (RS): From RS, join P with a sl st in any corner ch-2 sp, ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), dc in same ch-2 sp, *(cross-dc) to next corner ch-2 sp, (dc, ch 2, dc) in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, (cross-dc) to end of rnd; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch – 84 cross-dc and 2 dc along each of 4 sides between corner ch-2 sps. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 24: Sl st in first ch-2 sp, ch 1, 3 sc in same ch-2 sp, *sc in each st to next corner ch-2 sp, 3 sc in corner ch-2 sp; rep from * 2 more times, sc in each st to end of rnd; join with sl st in first sc – 170 sc along each of 4 sides between 3-sc corners. Do not fasten off.
    • Rnd 25: Working from left to right (right to left, if left-handed), *(ch 1, sk next st, rev sc in next st) to next 3-sc corner, rev sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around; join with sl st in beg ch.
    • Fasten off.

    • FINISHING:
    • Weave in ends.

    • ABBREVIATIONS:
    • beg = begin(ning)(s)
    • ch = chain
    • ch-sp(s) = chain space(s) previously made
    • dc = double crochet
    • hdc = half double crochet
    • rem = remain(ing)(s)
    • rep = repeat
    • rnd(s) = round(s)
    • RS = right side
    • sc = single crochet
    • sk = skip
    • sl st = slip stitch
    • sp = space
    • st(s) = stitch(es)
    • tr = treble (triple) crochet
    • WS = wrong side

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