The first mandala I ever made was Connie’s Ray of Hope designed by the amazing Emily from The Loopy Stitch, and I ended up making about 8 of them in total I loved the pattern so much!
Since that time, I just haven’t been able to stop! I made mandalas from a number of other designers before I got the confidence to try designing mandalas myself.
A number of crocheters who have wanted to start trying mandalas have asked where is a good place to start.
So here is a list of patterns I would suggest starting with. Where I can remember the patterns I have made, I shared them too. But don’t be restricted to just mandala or doily patterns. If you find a cushion cover pattern you love, just make one side of it as a mandala. Helen Shrimpton’s Mandala Madness pattern is designed to be a blanket, but I started it with a Scheepjes Whirl and that turned into my all-time favourite mandala.
The Loopy Stitch – Connies Ray of Hope, Just another Mandala, Starflake, Whispers of Serenity
Grace Fearon – Eisley, Briony, Illyria, Whitney
Helen Shrimpton from Chrystals and Crochet – Mandala Madness
Zoya Matyushenko – TAALA,
Draiguna – Spring Brilliance
Madlandia – Flower Puddles Ripples Blanket – This could be made with lighter weight yarn and made to any custom size. I used chunky yarn to make a snuggly blanket for my babes!
Mobiusgirl – I actually haven’t completed any of these myself but these patterns are amazing!
Lillabjorncrochet – Illusion Mandala – This one at the time was super challenging but is one of those projects I look back on with pride now. So worth pushing my skills at the time!
If you dislike colour changes or sewing in ends, stick with a single colour. It is so striking in most mandala patterns and really changes the finished product.
**Shameless plug** – you can also find my own designed mandalas in my Etsy and Ravelry shops too. I am slowly growing the collection of designs, as the kids leave me alone long enough to actually be productive.
In my opinion, if you can identify the stitches in the previous row, it will be much easier for you to identify which stitch goes where. Just go one stitch at a time, ask the designers for help if you get stuck (me included!), and enjoy making these gorgeous crochet mandalas!