Happy weekend! I've spent the better part of today photographing and pattern writing, and I'm excited to share my very first pattern here on MobiusGirl Design!
I started toying with the Puffs & Picots Mandala during a professional workshop on treating social anxiety. I love playing with yarn at workshops; it's my nerdy idea of a good time. I'm not prone to social anxiety, though I am an introvert. Doodling with a hook can be a good thing to focus on when I don't want to talk to other people :)
A sleepless night let me finish up the first version. Two versions later, and I'm ready to publish the pattern! Without further ado, here's the pattern, written in US crochet terminology.
For the final version of the mandala, I used Drops Safran, a fingering weight cotton yarn, and a 3.25mm hook. Feel free to use the yarn of your choice, with the appropriate size hook.
Puff Stitch (puff st): Yarn over, insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), [yarn over, insert hook into same stitch and draw up a loop] 4 times (11 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook. Ch1 to close the puff stitch.
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back behind the indicated stitch, and then from back to front so that hook is at the front of the work, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through last 2 loops.
V-Stitch: Dc, ch2, dc in same stitch.
Picot Stitch: Ch 3, insert hook into first chain, yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.
Into magic ring, ch4 (counts as first dc and ch1). *Dc, ch1* Repeat from * to * 10 times. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of initial ch4. (12 dc, 12ch)
Sl st into the next ch1 space. Ch2, puff st in space (yo 3 times instead of 4 for this initial puff st). *Ch1, puff st in next ch1 space* Repeat from * to * 10 times. Ch1 and join with sl st to top of 1st puff st. (12 puff st, 12 ch)
Sl st into the next ch1 space. Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc), 2dc in same space. *Ch1, 3dc in next ch1 space* Repeat from * to * 10 times. Ch1 and join with sl st to top of the initial ch3. (36dc, 12 ch)
Ch2 (counts as 1st hdc). Hdc in next 2 dc, 2hdc in next ch1 sp. *Hdc in next 3dc, 2hdc in next ch1 sp* Repeat from * to * 10 times. Join with sl st in top of initial ch2. (60hdc)
Sl st in next 4 stitches, ch1 and sc in same stitch. *Ch5, skip next 4 stitches, sc in next st* Repeat from * to * 10 times. Ch5 and join with sl st to 1st sc. (12 sc, 60ch)
Into each ch5 space around, 3sc, 1fpdc around 2nd of 3 underlying dc in Row 3, 3sc. Join with sl st to 1st sc. (72sc, 12 fpdc)
Ch3 (counts as 1st dc), dc in next 2 st. *Fpdc around underlying fpdc in Row 6, dc in next 6 st* Repeat from * to * 10 times. Fpdc around next underlying fpdc, dc in next 3 st, join with sl st to top of initial ch3. (72dc, 12fpdc)
Ch2 (counts as 1st hdc), hdc in next 2 st. *Puff st in next st, hdc in next 6 st* Repeat from * to * 10 times. Puff st in next st, hdc in next 3 st, join with sl st to top of initial ch2. (72hdc, 12 puff st)
Ch1 and sc in same st as join. Sc in each st around (including the tops of the puff st). (84sc)
Ch5 (counts as 1st dc, ch2), dc in same st as join. *Skip 2 st, v-stitch in next st* Repeat from * to * 26 times. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of initial ch5. (28 v-stitches)
*Into center of next v-stitch: [sc, hdc, 2dc], 3ch-picot, into center of next v-stitch: [2dc, hdc, sc]* Repeat from * to * 13 times. Join with sl st to 1st sc. Fasten off.
And that's it! One completed Puffs & Picots Mandala. Woohoo! Please feel free to leave questions and/or corrections in the comments below. If you try out the pattern, I'd love to see your finished works under #puffsandpicotsmandala on Instagram!