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Friday, 18 April 2014

Starflower Mandala: Pattern

About a week ago I made a STARFLOWER MANDALA

I posted this photo in online groups and within a few hours I had hundreds of requests for the pattern,


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I started making another Starflower Mandala so that I could write up the pattern;   while I was writing it up a few lovely ladies from various crochet groups were helping me test the pattern.

We completed the first phase of the testing yesterday morning after I had finished my second mandala:


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Another group of lovely ladies helped me run a second test - and I made a THIRD mandala:


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I was going to do a complete tutorial for the pattern but the ladies who tested the pattern have assured me that the pattern is very easy to follow.

So, without further ado, here it is:

THE STARFLOWER MANDALA PATTERN


Yarn:  Stylecraft Special DK;   

Hook:  3.50mm

Size:  33cm in diameter

Pattern Terms:  US

(I have included this conversion chart for my UK readers)


Foundation:  6ch, ss to first chain to form a circle

Row 1:  Into the circle,  2ch 2dc cluster, 3ch;   *3dc cluster, 3ch* crochet *to* 5x (6 clusters), ss  into top of first cluster to close,  break off yarn

Note:   a 3dc cluster is formed as follows - yarn over hook, work the first part of the stitch leaving 2 loops on your hook, repeat this twice more (four loops on hook) Yarn over hook and draw through the loops on the hook to form your cluster


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Row 2:  Into any 3ch sp, 3ch, 3dc 1ch;  *into next 3ch sp, 4dc (4dc group), 1ch* *to* 5x   (24dc);  ss into top of 3ch at start of row to close


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Row 3:  Join yarn in sp between 1st and 2nd dc on any 4dc group;  3ch, 1dc into same space;  2dc into each of next 2 spaces between dc;  8ch;  *2dc into each sp between dc on next 4dc group, 8ch* *to* 5x;   ss into top of 3ch at start of row to close.

Note:   3 x groupings of 2dc formed between each 8ch


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Row 4:  Join yarn with ss into first dc after any 8ch sp;   ss through front and back loops on next 5dc;  *into 8ch sp, 1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, 1tr, 3ch, 1tr, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc (Petal formed);  1ss through front and back loops on next 6dc* *to* x5;  into last 8ch sp, 1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, 1tr, 3ch, 1tr, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc;  break off yarn.


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I suppose there could be some debate about the correct way to end this row off, but this works for me:

With a tapestry needle, pull the yarn through from front to back on the first ss, pull to tighten neatly. then thread the yarn through the back loops on the next 5 ss.


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Row 5:  Join yarn into the top of the 3rd dc on Row 3;   3ch, 1dc into top of next dc,  *3ch, 1sc into first dc on Petal, 1hdc into next dc,  1dc into each of next 2 stitches;  2dc, 1tr, 3ch, 1tr, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 2 stitches, 1hdc into next dc, 1sc into next dc,  3ch;  1dc into each of the 3rd and 4th dc on Row 3* *to* x5;   3ch, 1sc into first dc on Petal, 1hdc into next dc,  1dc into each of next 2 stitches;  2dc, 1tr, 3ch, 1tr, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 2 stitches, 1hdc into next dc, 1sc into next dc,  3ch,  ss into top of 3ch at start of row to close.

Row 6:  Join yarn into centre of any "middle" 2dc grouping, 3ch, 1dc;  *3ch, 1sc into first dc on Petal, 1hdc into next dc,  1dc into each of next 3 stitches;  2dc, 3ch, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 3 stitches, 1hdc into next dc, 1sc into next dc,  3ch;  2dc into the centre of  "middle" 2dc grouping* *to* x5;   3ch, 1sc into first dc on Petal, 1hdc into next dc,  1dc into each of next 3 stitches;  2dc, 3ch, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 3 stitches, 1hdc into next dc, 1sc into next dc,  3ch, ss into top of start 3ch

Row 7:  Join yarn into centre of any "middle" 2dc grouping, 1ch, 1sc;  *6ch, 1sc into first dc on Petal, 1hdc into next dc,  1dc into each of next 3 dc;  2dc, 3ch, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 3 dc, 1hdc into next dc, 1sc into next dc,  6ch;  1 sc into the centre of  "middle" 2dc grouping* *to* x5;   6ch, 1sc into first dc on Petal, 1hdc into next dc,  1dc into each of next 3 dc;  2dc, 3ch, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 3 dc, 1hdc into next dc, 1sc into next dc,  6ch, ss into start 1ch

Row 8:  Join yarn into first dc on right hand side of any petal 1ch, 1sc into same dc, 1hdc into next dc, 1 dc into each of next 3dc;  2dc, 3ch, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 3dc; 1hdc into next dc, 1sc into next dc *6ch, 1sc into 6ch on Row 7; 6ch, 1sc into 6ch on Row 7; 6ch 1sc into first dc on petal, 1hdc into next dc, 1dc into each of next 3dc;  2dc, 3ch, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 3dc, 1hdc into next dc, 1sc into next dc* *to* x5;  6ch, 1sc into 6ch on Row 7; 6ch, 1sc into 6ch on Row 7; 6ch, ss into 1ch at start of row

Row 9:  Join yarn into 4th dc on right hand side of any petal;  3ch, 1dc into next dc;  2dc, 3ch, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 2dc; *(6ch, 1sc into 6ch sp) x3;  6ch;  1dc into 4th dc on petal, 1dc into next dc;  2dc, 3ch, 2dc into 3ch sp;  1dc into each of next 2dc* *to* x5;  (6ch, 1sc into 6ch sp) x3;  6ch

Row 10:  Join yarn into third dc on right side of any petal;  2ch, 1hdc into next dc;  2hdc, 2ch, 2hdc into 3ch sp; 1hdc into each of next 2dc;  *6ch, 1sc into 6ch sp;  6ch, 4dc into next 6ch space;  4dc into next 6ch space;  6ch, 1sc into 6ch sp;  6ch, 1hdc into third dc on petal, 1hdc into next dc;  2hdc, 2ch, 2hdc into 3ch sp;  1hdc into each of next 2dc* *to* x5;  6ch, 1sc into 6ch sp;  6ch, 4dc into next 6ch space;  4dc into next 6ch space;  6ch, 1sc into 6ch sp;  6ch ss into top of 2ch at start of row

Row 11:   Join yarn into third hdc on right side of any petal;   2ch, 1hdc into next hdc, 3hdc into 2ch sp, 1hdc into each of next 2hdc;  *6ch, 3dc into 6ch sp;  6ch,  (1tr into each of next 4 dc) x2;  6ch,  skip first 6ch sp, 3dc into next 6ch sp;  6ch 1hdc into third hdc, 1hdc into next hdc, 3hdc into 2ch sp, 1hdc into each of next 2hdc* *to* x5; ss into top of 2ch at start of row to close

Row 12: Join yarn between 3rd and 4th hdc on right hand side of any petal;  2ch, 1hdc between 4th and 5th hdc, *1ch;  6dc, into each of next two  6ch spaces; 1ch,  skip 1st tr on Row 11;  1tr into each of next 6 tr;  1ch;  6dc into each of next two 6ch spaces, 1ch;  1hdc between 3rd and 4th hdc;  1hdc between 4th and 5th hdc* *to* x5;  1ch;  6dc, 1ch into each of next 2  6ch spaces;  skip 1st tr on Row 11;  1tr into each of next 6 tr;  1ch;  6dc, 1ch into each of next 2 6ch spaces;  ss into top of 2ch at start of row to close 

Row 13:  Join yarn between 2hdc at top of petal;  2ch;  *1hdc into 1ch space, 1hdc into each of next 6dc;  1dc into each of next 6dc; 1tr into each of next 6tr;  1dc into each of next 6dc;  1hdc into each of next 6dc; 1hdc into 1 ch space;  1hdc into space between 2hdc at top of petal*  *to* x5;   1hdc into 1ch space, 1hdc into each of next 6dc;  1dc into each of next 6dc; 1tr into each of next 6tr;  1dc into each of next 6dc;  1hdc into each of next 6dc; 1hdc into 1 ch space,  ss into top of 2ch at start of row to close

Row 14:   Join yarn into second tr of any 6tr sequence on Row 13;   4ch, 1tr into each of next 4tr;  1dc into each of next  13 stitches;  1tr into each of next 2hdc;  1dc into each of next 13 stitches;   *1tr into each of next 5tr:  1dc into each of next  13 stitches;  1tr into each of next 2hdc;  1dc into each of next 13 stitches* *to* x 5;   ss into top of 4ch at start of row to close;

Row 15:  (EDITED)  Join yarn in space between any 2tr at top of petal;  5ch (counts as 1sc and 4ch), skip two spaces then 1 sc in next space;  *4ch, skip 2 spaces, then 1sc in next space*  until last 2 spaces, 4ch, ss into 1st chain at start of row

Row 16:  Join yarn in any 4ch space, 3ch, 2dc in same space, 1ch;  *3dc, 1ch in next 4ch space* to end of row, ss into top of 3ch at start of row to close

Row 17:   Join yarn in 2nd dc of any 3dc group on Row 16;  1ch, 1sc in same space as join, 1ch;  *dc spike to the left of the sc in Row 15;  dc spike to the right of the sc in Row 15 (crossover spike made), 1ch 1sc into the second dc of next 3dc group 1ch* *to* to end of row ss into 1ch at start of row to close.

Note:  When doing the spike stitch keep your tension even but not too tight

Row 18:  Join yarn  with a ss in 1ch sp to the left of any crossover spike, ss in next 1ch sp, *6ch, ss into 4th ch from hook;  ss into 1ch sp to the left of next crossover stitch, ss into next 1ch* *to* to the right of the last crossover spike;  6ch, ss into 4th ch from hook, ss into ss at start of row.

PS:  I have prepared a row by row photo aid to this pattern, which can be found HERE

156 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! Thank you very much for posting this!! :). :)

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  2. Woohoo Zelna this looks fantastic! I'm so pleased for and proud of you! Much love and hugs.
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you for all your support (especially chatting with me online when it was waay past midnight) xoxo

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  3. So beautiful! Thanks for making it available.

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  4. Zelna, amazingly beautiful work as always! Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

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  5. Hi Zelna.....beautiful work......do you mind if I post a link to this from my own blog? I have been following the progress of the pattern development and testing on facebook and waiting patiently for the pattern.

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    1. Hi John! Thank you! I don't mind at all - share away!

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  6. I think this is so beautiful. I have to put down my current WIP and do this! Lovely! And thank you for the pattern!

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  7. Thank you for this it really is beautiful I have never been tempted to make one before but this could be my first. :)

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  8. Thank you, Zelna, for sharing another one of your beautiful creations with us. ��

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  9. Gorgeous cannot wait to give this a whirl x thank you for postinf

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  10. Zelna-- thank you so much-- this is so beautiful and I'm so grateful for you sharing your lovely pattern. :)

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  11. thankyou for the share it is beautiful xx :)

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  12. GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for spreading BEAUTY around the WORLD!!!!!

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  13. it's beautiful - thank you for sharing

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  14. Thank you so much for sharing. It is gorgeous and cannot wait to try it! :)

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  15. You are very generous putting this pattern up free - and especially as it's so gorgeous ! I'd rather like to make it as a special rug - perhaps with tee shirt yarn - for my little granddaughter - but am not sure I'd get all the colours I would want - I think your original is so bright and cheerful !

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    1. I love the idea of a tee shirt yarn rug - one of the ladies who tested my pattern made her mandala from very thick yarn - the mandala was huge (about the size of a small mat) - and it looks fantastic!

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  16. Thank you for sharing this pattern. I really love the bright colours. I am going to follow your blog. Excuse me for my poor English, it is not my native tongue, I am from tehe Netherlands.
    Love Marian

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    1. You are welcome Marian! And your English is very good!!

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  17. This is stunning, I can see it as a rug!

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  18. It's beautiful! Thank you for the pattern.

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  19. Thank you. Your creations are wonderful.

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  20. This is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your pattern!

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  21. Wow - this is a fabulous looking mandala!! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern...now I have to put all my WIPs on hold so I can make a start on this to add to my collection ;-) X

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  22. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern! What a beautiful mandala!

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  23. love this! thank you so much for sharing the pattern going to get started straight away!

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  24. Moogly posted this on her Face Book and I really love it. Not sure if I am advanced enough though, as I read the instructions, to do it. :( Loved the first couple of tutorials that went with it though...VERY nice and very helpful. Congratulations on a beautifully executed design!!! :)

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  25. Thank you Traci! I am sure you would be able to manage the pattern - I have had quite a few beginners making this. Give it a go - if you don't understand something - message me! I will help as far as possible!

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  26. I was wondering if you can use smaller stuff to make this like the Thread stuff

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    1. Yes you could - thinner thread and a smaller hook will just give you a much smaller mandala.

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  27. I struggle so much to follow patterns, I was really excited to see pictures after each row. But then they stopped. Is there anyway you have the step by step pictures?

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    1. I published the pattern before I had completed the tutorial as there was such a high demand for it. I do plan to complete the tutorial soon!

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  28. Fabulous! I love all the different color combo's......endless possibilities. =)

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  29. Thank you so very much for this fabulous pattern! I finished it this morning, showed my mom, and she asked me to make one for her.

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  30. I've got to Row 15 and I'm stuck - how/where does it join back to the main circle please? Many thanks.

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    1. I am going to add a photo on my Zooty Owl Facebook page - a close up of the last few rows (I think I can see where you are getting confused - join the yarn onto row 14 (but in line with the tip of a petal - this is just for purposes of symmetry).

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  32. Thank you for this fantastic pattern. I'm sure there will soon be thousands of Starflower Mandalas all over the world. xx

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  33. This is gorgeous. So to make this as a US pattern, I would need to refer to a chart to convert correct?

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    1. The pattern terms for this one are US. Here is a link to a conversion chart for US to UK and vice versa: http://crochet.about.com/od/conversioncharts/a/termtranslate.html Hope this helps

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  34. LOVE this! It is so beautiful! I would love to make it as a placemat or trivet and was wondering if you have an easy way to make coasters to match. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous work!

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    1. I don't think it will be too difficult (I accept the challenge LOL). Will post here and on my Zooty Owl Facebook page when I come up with a pattern!

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  35. Absolutely beautiful pattern, I am LOVING the edging (that crossover spike stitch is genius!). The only thing I would change is the wording in row 15 as it's not quite right...instead of saying "1sc into third space from hook" it makes more sense to say "skip two spaces" then 1 sc in next space" as the hook is actually sitting at the end of the chain-4 at that point. Other than that, I found the pattern simple to follow with lots of concentration!! Bravo!

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    1. Thank you Lucy! I did have a bit of trouble with the "pattern-speak" on Row 15. I actually popped a quick little "edit" in at the bottom of the page earlier this afternoon - but I think you have nailed it! xxx

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  36. precioso! lo ví en el blog de lucy y me encanta, muchas gracias por compartir!

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  37. This is fantastic. By far the prettiest mandala I have seen in ages! Thank you for sharing the pattern!! Anna

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  38. This will be my first mandala :)
    ~Tess

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  39. Your wording for row 15 was absolutely fine. Some people like quibbling for the sake of it. Beautiful pattern. Thank you for sharing it. Your colours are the nicest version too.

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    1. Thank you! Sweet of you to say! The wording of Row 15 really was a bit confusing though - the pattern was perfect but trying to explain what I meant was quite another story!! A case of tripping over my tongue there! I think the "edit" makes it more user friendly!

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  40. This is beautiful. I'm gonna try it soon.

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  41. Absolutely stunning. I am really not a mandala fan but this one makes me want to grab my hook and yarn and dive in.
    Thank you,
    Meredith

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  42. Is it me or is there a mistake in Row 10 when your doing the 4tr in the 6ch space of row 9. The photo shows two lots of 4tr but the pattern only says to do one and ch6 which doesn't match up to your finished product.

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    1. Thanks Emilie Roe that is where mine went off. It was time to go to bed though so I just made up a few more rows and called it good. Have not had time to try again.

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    2. Hi Emilie Roe - I am guessing you are working in UK terms (referring to tr). The pattern definitely does make reference to two sets of 4dc "4dc into next 6ch space; 4dc into next 6ch space" if this is what you are referring to? The pattern is in essence correct although it probably would have been easier to read if I had said 4dc into next 6ch space x 2. I have done row by row photos - as a visual aid to the pattern http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/05/starflower-mandala-row-by-row.html

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  43. It's amazing :)) so bright & mind-boggling... thank you, Zelna!

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  44. Can you break down the spike stitch. It doesn't make sense to me.

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    1. Emilie - I am busy with a proper photo tutorial (to help people new to the art) will give a bit more detail with the "difficult" steps (and the things which are a bit hard to get across in pattern-speak). Just busy with some work I have a deadline for and then I will get back to the tutorial. Hoping to have it out by the end of the week!

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  45. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful pattern I blogged my finished mandala if you are interested to see how I mounted it. http://www.girlswearbluetoo.com/2014/04/star-flower-mandala.html

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    1. I went and had a look Tammy (left you a comment on your blog!) LOVELY!!!!

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  46. Love this! Can't wait to make one! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  47. Gorgeous! Thank you for taking the time to write up this pattern and offering it for free. I think I will take on the challenge of it....its so beautiful!!!

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  48. This is so beautiful, I want to make it! I have got så many scraps of cotton wool in all kinds of colors, I would like to use those to crochet one of this! Thanks for the pattern!

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  49. Thank you for this gorgeous pattern! I hope to start on one of these tonight. :)

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  50. Love this pattern so much I am going to learn how to make it.

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  51. Merci beaucoup pour ces explications. Très joli modele

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  52. Thank you so much! It is adorable!!!

    Greetings from Austria
    Karin

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  53. Hi Zelina. I left a comment yesterday but not sure why it is not showing. I have just stumbled across your blog via revelry and was hoping to use your pattern this month for my monthly mandalong. I have just started it last month, and this gorgeous pattern you have so kindly shared with us all will just be a delight to work for us all. I didn't just want to go ahead and post a link to your pattern without first asking permission. The problem I have now is that I will be posting my post today, so I would really appreciate it if you could get in touch to give me the thumbs up or down. I will needless to say respect the source and reference back to your blog and hopefully this will bring a few more readers to your gorgeous blog. I look forward to hearing from you. Warm wishes hannapat xoxox http://cosmosandcotton.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment! You are most welcome to post a link to this pattern on your blog!

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    2. Hi Zelina. Oh phew I am so happy to hear that, thank you very much!! Are you happy for me to use one of the images on this post, so people can see the mandala. I know that you have watermarked them, so that should hopefully also add to giving credit to this gorgeous masterpiece. Thanking you again. PS you can always join in with one of our monthly Mand-a-longs if you like. xoxo

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    3. You are welcome to use the images too! I will pop over to your blog and say hi later today! Just busy with some work on a bit of a tight deadline! xoxo

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  54. This is absolutely stunning! I wish I was talented (gutsy) enough to make things of my own! This is exactly the mandala i have been looking for for a very specific project and i thank you to the end of the world and back for sharing!

    Now I have a question.....

    My intention in searching for the perfect mandala has been inspired by a project i have been mulling over for... well, like 2 years. I would like to make this for my patio table. and my borderline OCD requires it to be centered on the table, which means there needs to be an umbrella hole in the middle of it.

    Previously, I have just skipped the first few rounds of the pattern and used a magic circle to begin at the round that opens it up enough to fit the umbrella pole through. Worked good enough in the past with other patterns.

    The problem with that is now i have a flower planter (with an umbrella hole so it, too, can be centered. I know, its annoying.) that also sits there and i think that just skipping rounds to fit the flower pot would take away from the stunning pattern you have created. That would require me to begin at round 5 or 6 at the least. There goes the beautiful intricate pattern. boo.

    So to my question... would you have any suggestions for altering the stitch counts or something that would allow me to keep the pattern, but widen it up? A lot? I don't mind it being huge. and I can still eliminate maybe the first 2 rounds without losing the design. Its beautiful enough that I would make a table cloth out of it if that's what it required. I'm just so limited and basic in my skill set that I have no idea where to begin.
    Any help would be appreciated in my efforts to have a beautiful centerpiece and calm my OCD brain!
    Again, Thanks so much for the pattern! I'll be making many just because!
    Hope

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    1. Hi Hope - In order to keep to the stitch count here I think you would have to lose the first couple of rows. I would try finding a ring the same size as the umbrella hole - making a sample of the first few rows of the pattern - matching the hole size to the row on the sample - and then picking up the pattern from there - if you use the flower planter it is going to cover the cloth (that would then become your new centrepiece) - to widen the opening from the centre will require a lot of recalculation - can be done but it will take a lot of careful thinking

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  55. Divino!!!! muchas gracias por tan claro PAP ... Gracias!!!

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  56. Thank you for this tutorial. I made it and it turned out very beautiful. I think I will create some more!
    KATRIN W.

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  57. Whoaou ! It's great, I love there starflowers mandalas ! The first in particulary for the colors ! Thank you for the free pattern ! Have a good day !

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  58. These are so beautiful! Thank you so much for posting the free pattern, I love your use of color in these three versions & am looking forward to making my own. Have a great week :-)
    Helen

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  59. Thank you so much for this pattern and the inspiration to take it further & make my daughter a mandala vest sort of in a bohemian style, if this makes sense. Lol She is absolutely in love with this mandala! If I succeed I will send a photo to you via email. Once again, thank you so much!

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  60. thank you for your beautiful pattern, i`m going to make it soon. other work has to wait, it`s calling me ;-)
    greetings miek

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  61. Than you so much for sharing this wonderful pattern!
    I'd like to make a few and join them together to make a large wall hanging, do you have any suggestions on how to join them please?

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  62. Hi there Zelna ~ finally I get to share with you the lovely Mandalas that you have inspired by generously sharing your ideas and patterns. Thank you!!

    http://sharonxx.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/mandala-madness/

    The link is above, not sure how it will show in a comment but there's always copy & paste I suppose.

    Take good care...and thank you once again.

    Sharon from Perfect Days...xx

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    1. Hi Sharon! I did pop over to your blog - both your Mandalas turned out lovely! I have to say though that the Starflower is my favourite pattern too. (For some reason I cannot leave comments on a Wordpress Blog?)

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  63. Beautiful pattern and I am stunned at how different it looks in different color schemes

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  64. Thank you for the inspiration to make this awesome mandala!

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  65. I used the first 13 rows of this pattern as the base for a new hairnet for work! It turned out amazing!!! Thank you so much for the pattern!

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  66. Thank you so much for this stunning pattern!!! I have made one so far (but i have unfortunately miscounted like a trillion times :-)), so i'm already hooked on the next one (and really keeping my eye on the stiches here this time!). Thank you so much for sharing! You're great!
    Here's the link to my first attempt (german, but i guess that shouldn't be a problem):
    http://veggiecrochet.blogspot.de/2014/05/hakeln-starflower-mandala-babette-decke.html

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  67. Hi Zelna! What a lovely pattern, I am loving making this... Could you give me some advice on row 14? Despite triple checking the rows I seem to have a stitch left over at the end, is this right? Thanks. X

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    1. Just ignore me Zelna, I've fixed it now! X

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    2. Hi Juliet! So glad you fixed it - sorry I was a bit slow responding here - have had quite a hectic week! xx Please send me a photo on my Zooty Owl Facebook page - I would love to see what your finished manadala looks like!

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  68. That's amazing! thank you for sharing!!!!

    You're credited on my blog!!! I owe you a coffee!!! :)

    http://lamartizhandmade.weebly.com/

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  69. I just completed mine and it turned out ruffled so I obviously added extra stitches somewhere .... Has anyone blocked this with success ?

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    1. The ones I made with the acrylic did not ruffle - the one I made with 100% cotton did! I did not really block it - I just gave it a spritz of steam with the iron and flattened it with my hand. What yarn did you use? Let me know if the steam treatment works!

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  70. Your patterns are beautiful...thank you so much for sharing!!

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  71. Any chance of a UK translation?! ;)

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    1. I added in a conversion chart to make it a bit easier for my UK readers. Hope this helps!

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  72. You know there is an extra row 11 after row 12 that doesn't belong, right?

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    1. Hi! It is possible that I am going completely mad - but I don't see it?? I only see the references to Row 11 in Row 12. I will just have one of my testers give it another read through!

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  73. If I were to do this using a magic ring, how would it be started? Would it change it too much?

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    1. I learned to crochet 44 years ago (don't think magic rings were around back then) - so out of habit I use a foundation chain, sl st to form a ring. A magic ring is, however, a perfect way to start a circle. So where I used the foundation "circle", use your magic ring and carry on from there!

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  74. Thank you so much for sharing. I've used the photo in my blog today and linked back to you. Free advertising.
    http://lunamondesign.blogspot.no/2014/07/mandalitis-mandalafeber.html

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  75. I don't know why but I am struggling with rows 8-11...frogged 3 times and then quit, I know it's me not you. Any chance you could take some pictures of those steps? I have made 3 of your other Mandala patterns with no problem but this one is vexing me! Yours are SO beautiful! How do you pick what colors you use?

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    1. I did a row by row of the Mandala - http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/05/starflower-mandala-row-by-row.html - this should help. If you are still stuck send me a photo on my Zooty Owl Facebook page and I will try and see where you are going wrong! I love colour - so I often sit and colour in - that way you get to try out all manner of colour combinations

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  76. I did a row by row of the Mandala - http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/05/starflower-mandala-row-by-row.html - this should help. If you are still stuck send me a photo on my Zooty Owl Facebook page and I will try and see where you are going wrong! I love colour - so I often sit and colour in - that way you get to try out all manner of colour combinations

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  77. Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern!

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  78. I JUST LOVE ALL OF YOUR PATTERNS, ESPECIALLY THE MANDALAS. I WANT TO MAKE THEM ALL!!
    THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LOVELY PATTERNS. GAIL

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    1. You are welcome Gail. Please send me some photos on my Zooty Owl Facebook page - I would love to see!

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  79. Fabulous, terrific, so vibrant.... can't wait to start crocheting it! Thank you so much for taking the job of writing the pattern,,,, and the row-by-row editiion. Apart from really talented, you so kind to us.

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    1. You are welcome Angelica - please post a photo on my Zooty Owl Facebook page if you would like me to share it with my other readers!

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  80. I'm. Stunned with the beauty of this Star Flower Mandala! I'm new to your site, and don't know how I've missed your blog in all of my crochet blog searching! . There are so many comments on your posts, your blog is obviously, extremely popular! . I can see why! I love �� all of the posts I've read, and wish I'd have been here for the now ended CAL. . I. Mean, I really wish I'd gotten in on that from the start!
    You said you figure out your colors by sitting and "coloring in"? . Do you mean color pencils on paper? . I'm. An Advanced. Beginner, and am still holding a skein of yarn up and running it slowly past my already chosen colors, or my project itself, until I find a color that makes me go "ooohhh, that's gorgeous!" and that's my "technique" for my color choices in my crochet. Can you explain a teeny bit more on your system for picking color by coloring in? Thanks for the pattern share and all the hard work you and your pattern testers did in order to be able to offer instructions!

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    1. Hi Maschelle! The Baby Groovyghan CAL posts are all still on my blog. They will remain on my blog permanently - so if you would like to make the blanket you are not too late! We are only on part three of the Happy Days Blanket CAL - you are welcome to still join in there too! I keep my coloured marker pens, felt tip pens and colour pencils on my desk. I often sit and draw "doodles" while on the phone or answering e-mails or when I am thinking about something. Then I just colour them in randomly. I love doing this as I sometimes accidentally come up with a colour combination that I would not have thought to use.

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  81. LOL you beautiful person,Im a beginner but following your tutorial I got the Japanese Flower Shawl going and now this,wow,thanks heaps!!!!

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    1. You are welcome Catherine! Please post a photo on my Zooty Owl Facebook page - would love to see it when you are done!

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  82. This is beautiful and thank you for a wonderful free pattern.

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  83. So pretty! Especially the first pic with the bright rainbow colors!

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    1. Thank you! That one is my favourite too!

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  84. These are so cool and unique for choosing colors

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  85. Gorgeous! Love your mandalas! Thank you for sharing!!

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  86. Oh, so beautiful!! I have to try this some day!!!!

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  87. Thanks for sharing!
    Beautiful.

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  88. Good morning, Zelna and a Happy New Year to you and your family!!
    I want to thank you for sharing this lovely mandala, when I saw it, i said "i have to do it", and a few days later a friend told me he was expecting his first baby and wanted a blanket crochet. I started en June and finished it the 24th december. I expect that you be happy with the result. Thanks you very very much!!

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  89. Zootyowl, I've tried to find where you said to go to see "row by row" pics of your beautiful mandala, I've got 4 rows an need pics to figure it out better, but it says, row by row not there, can you help me find it so I can finish this beautiful pattern, I do better by seeing it then reading it, when it's this detailed. I want to make it an not make any mistakes. Thanks for this pattern, I want to make some gifts with it. Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hi - sorry for only getting back to you now - I seem to have missed your question: The detailed tutorial can be found here: http://zootyowlcards.blogspot.com/2014/05/starflower-mandala-row-by-row.html

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  90. Love, love this pattern! Can be made in endless color combinations. Will definitely be making lots and lots of these. Thank you.

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  91. Enjoyed your pattern! Clearly written and easy to follow. I used a J hook and 4-ply cotton yarn in bold colors to make a mandala 35 inches diameter. Am using it as a centerpiece on my dining room table.

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  92. This mandala is so beautiful! Can't wait to make one. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work.

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  93. Almost finished with mine, thank you very much for sharing this as a free pattern for everyone. Very kind of you :)

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  94. I must be having a senior moment because I can not find the weight of yarn/thread that was used. Could you, please, tell me? Thanks so much

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    1. Hi Terri - I used a Double Knit yarn (which is the equivalent of 8ply or light worsted weight)

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  95. Love your pattern and using an embroidery hoop was a genius idea.

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  96. Thanks for this. Really esay to follow and really beautiful.

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  97. Zelna, Thanks for beautiful pattern, is there way to PRINT pattern . I cant find a print button. I started this pattern when you first put it on your page, but had to do some other projects and got sidetracked. I found it again with it already started, and took me a while to find pattern again. I like taking projects with me on the go so need it printed out to take and keep it with my project. So please direct me to options for printing to keep with my project and for future projects I intent to do with this pattern. Thanks Again! love your patterns. This has been almost 2 years since you first put Crochet Star Flower Mandala on page so hope you get this message.

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  98. I love your site and patterns and thank you so much for sharing. Just a quick question as I would like to know what SS means is this for a slipstitch or does it mean something else? Thanks Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle - yes, SS is slip stitch (I often forget and start using the old fashioned abbreviations for stitches!)

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  99. Love, love this mandala pattern! thank you so much for sharing with us.

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  100. A beautiful mandala, love it! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us! Is there a possibility of you making this a lot bigger, like so many coming out lately, 5 ft. An some even bigger for king size beds. Would love to see it or even a new one that is larger, for table covering or even beds. If you don't want to make larger maybe someone else could add to it if you allowed. Anyway thanks for your wonderful mandala an other great free patterns!

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  101. Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous pattern. You are awesome!

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  102. Hi Zelna! I love this pattern so much! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. My sister and I are hosting our very first giveaway on Instagram @xxellie_jayne_craftsxx and @craftingwithfelicity starting on Friday. For one of the prizes we were giving away a mandala that we've each made, do you mind if mine was in this pattern please?
    Hope you have a lovely day and please keep up the gorgeous patterns hun!
    Ellie

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    1. Hi Ellie! I would not mind at all!

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  103. Britta Lise Madsen2 July 2016 at 00:41

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern

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  104. Do you sell these or take custom orders? I would love to order one.

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    1. Hello Iris. I apologise for my late reply. The Seaside CAL is taking up all of my time at the moment! I only sell in South Africa - we have problems with our postal service and so I use a Courier to make deliveries.

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  105. Hi, just fabulous, fabulous I have to say. Can I ask, would you have an extended pattern to make this into a blanket/rug size? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi Yolanda - I am planning on making this into a blanket, still working on the pattern.

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  106. I have gotten very interested in Mandalas patterns, this is beautiful.

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