Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen!

Mandalas to Crochet 1I love to crochet. Most of what I love about it is the immense variety and the incredible talent and the imagination of designers. While I don’t have so much of the designing talent, I love following other people’s patterns because then I, too, can create something beautiful!

Mandalas To Crochet by Haafner Linssen is a beautiful book all about mandalas. If you don’t know what a mandala is, it’s a circular pattern often with a multitude of different stitches. They can be as simple as one stitch done in different colors, or as complicated as many stitches and many colors. They are used for everything from potholders to purses to blankets. Really, it’s one of those base ideas that can be expanded to create whatever the imagination wants to create!

This book, sent to me by Raincoast Books, is separated into three sections. The first section teaches you about things to know before you begin. The second section is all about selecting a mandala. The third section includes the patterns and makes up most of the book. That’s the best part of the book, you know!

The first “Before you Begin” section helps out with picking yarn – but really with a mandala – the sky is the limit. Want a big mandala? Use t-shirt yarn. Want a mini mandala? Use crochet thread! The author also touches on the use of color and gives 8 examples of different mandalas, all done with the same pattern but with different choices of colors and, my, it makes such a difference! Then she gets in the nitty gritty – how to start a mandala (magic ring or circle of chains), how to start each new round and how to read a chart. If you’ve never tried read charts, and have always just read written patterns, I highly recommend taking a bit of time to learn to read a chart! They may look like Greek first, but once you figure out what the symbols mean, they can be so much simpler! I love the fact that they are visual – you can see where the stitches are supposed to go on the previous row and you can get an idea of what the pattern is going to look like – just by looking at the chart! Oh, and if you happen across a pattern on Pinterest and the link takes you to a pattern where all the writing is in Russian or some other foreign language, so long as it has a chart, you’re golden! Crochet away! Haafner also includes some helpful tips on how to Crochet a Perfect Mandala. She includes information on how to start each new round seamlessly, how to do invisible joins, how to increase, how to keep your circle flat (you were creating a flat mandala, not a bowl, right?) and, finally, how to block your work when you are finished. Lastly, she includes a little Crochet Refresher Course in case you need a quick reminder of which stitch is which!

Mandalas to Crochet 3I love the next wee section. It’s called Mandala Selector and in those 10 pages she has all 30 of her mandala patterns pictured! All done in different color schemes so you can both get an idea of what the mandala would look like, but also of how different they can look just by changing the colors. That’s the place I need help – I think I need a color wheel course to help me pick colors that go well together and also colors that help each other pop if you’re lookin’ to pop some colors!

The last and most of the book consists of the patterns themselves. With each pattern, there is a full color, full picture of the mandala itself, then both a written and a charted pattern. Don’t be scared off when you see a chart that isn’t a full circle when the mandala is! Remember, you really only need the beginning and ending of each row, because the rest is repeated around the circle! So once you get 4 repeats into each round, you’ll have it cased! I really like how she colors only a portion of the chart – only the beginning and end of the round – making it very easy to follow where to start and finish a round as well as to see where the colors are different. I believe it will be very helpful as you crochet each different round.

Also included with the patterns are 5 different border patterns – make that mandala your own by changing it up a wee bit with a different border! The last chapter included in the book has seven different projects for you to turn a mandala into something much much more! What would you like to create? Start big and make a rug? Or start small and make a scarf? Perhaps you need a new purse? Why not make one yourself! There is also a hotpad and tablemat and both a lap blanket and a full size blanket for a bed! In other words, this book will help you create so much with just 30 little mandalas!

Mandalas to Crochet 4Suffice it to say, I can’t wait until winter when I have more crochet time! I’m going to start playing with colors and making mandalas and then maybe will have to try one of the projects! There are so many fun ideas out there for mandalas and with so many colors and yarns available to us now, the sky really is the limit!

If you’re interested in looking up the author, you need to visit her website! She doesn’t blog a ton, but she’s got some lovely looking items posted there! She’s also on Instagram (I’m a new follower now, gah! Just what I needed, more projects to start! Haha!) and she posts a lot more pictures there, so watch out! Inspiration might strike! Naturally, she’s on Ravelry as well. Lastly, you can follow her on Twitter.

Mandalas to Crochet 5Raincoast Books has shared another winner with us! If you love crochet or know someone who does, they’ll enjoy this book. Whether you like frilly or plain, colorful or muted, big or small, there will be a mandala in this book for you to enjoy! Sign up for their newsletter – caution – you may end up finding more books to read!

If you would like to purchase this book, do check out your local bookstore.  You can also check out stores like McNally Robinson, Indigo, or Amazon.

All photos courtesy of the publisher, St Martin’s Griffin.
 
 
 
 

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Comments

  1. Lynda Cook says:

    This is one thing I can not do, but some friends of mine are awesome at crocheting and it’s amazing at what they can make!!

  2. …makes me want to learn to crochet! Currently my girl and I are coloring a few Mandalas!

  3. I love to crochet and these look like some really fun patterns!

  4. Treen Goodwin says:

    I love to Crochet , but i am not any where as good as this , would love to be able to Crochet stuff like this , i need a good teacher , thanks for sharing !

  5. DARLENE W says:

    A can crochet a bit just the basic stuff

  6. This looks like a great way to learn to crochet

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  8. I wish I could crochet – these are gorgeous! I think crocheting will be my next goal.

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I used to crochet quite a lot, I made a suit for my boyfriend’s mum. That took a long time but it was certainly fun.

  10. a beautiful art form, sadly I don’t know how to do

  11. Loving the colourful throw but have never learned to crochet!

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