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Crochet ideas and inspiration;

Great free pattern for this nifty walker bag.


 Sweet Potato 3 has created this beautiful crochet blanket pattern for the music lover. The guitar blanket is among many other instrumental blankets, including piano and violin.

Sweet Potato 3 also shares this cute crochet beanie pattern, available free at Sweet Potato 3.

Basic Crochet Hat Pattern

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Hope that you find joy and inspiration!
Happy crocheting!!


Summertime Watermelon Mandala Doily

 Fun, summertime watermelon mandala doily.


Summertime Watermelon Mandala Doily made with Mint Chocolate Chip Mandala Doily Pattern and using Hobby Lobby, I love this Cotton, Red, Apple Green and Forest, 
with K hook, measures approx. 13 in.
Changing colors of last 2 rounds and using 10 Dc.


Pattern can also be found in Doily Designs Etsy shop.


Make a Watermelon, patriotic, or other color combo doily. Mandala doily works up quickly to make them all.


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Patriotic Mandala Doily

Free crochet pattern;

Patriotic, Red, White and Blue Mandala Doily


Above, made with Acrylic Hobby Lobby, "I Love This Yarn!", Cranberry, Ivory and Dark Navy and L hook measures 13 inches. Below, Cotton Hobby Lobby, "I Love This Cotton!" in Red, White and Blue, J hook, measuring approximately 11 inches. Cotton with K hook measures 13 in.


Pattern by Doily Designs Cathleen Wake Gorbatenko ©2014

Decorative mandala doily for centerpiece placemat.

Printable pattern here.

PDF Pattern Download also available in my Etsy shop.

***Includes revisions to original Mint Chocolate Chip Mandala Doily Pattern (please, see bottom for details on updates)***

Written in US term
Level: Easy
Yarn: Small amount of worsted weight yarn.  (Note: Try different hooks and yarns for variety. Please see above pictures for ideas of different hooks and yarns that could work.)
Hook: Size L (11-8mm).
Measures: approx. 13 inches across using L hook. (J hook measures approx. 11 in.)
Gauge: 12 x 6 Dc = 4 inches, gauge not crucial


Stitch Key:
Ch = Chain
Sc = Single crochet 
Dc = Double crochet 
Sl st = Slip stitch
lp = loop
pic = picot
st = stitch
sp = space
beg = beginning

Special stitches:
V stitches/Vst = groups of (Dc, Ch sp, Dc) in same space. 
Shell/Sh = groups of (2 Dc, Ch sp, 2 Dc) in same space. 
Picot/Pic = Ch 2, Sc in 2nd Ch from the hook, continue as instructed.

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Begin with *magic ring, (see end of pattern for magic ring instructions).

Row 1: Ch 3 = Dc, 19 Dc in lp, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 3. (20 Dc)

Row 2: Ch 4 = Dc + Ch 1, (Dc, Ch 1) in each Dc around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 4. (20 Dc, 20 Ch 1 sps)

Row 3: Sl st into Ch 1 sp, Ch 4 = Dc + Ch 1, Dc in same sp, (Dc, Ch 1, Dc = Vst) in each Ch 1 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 4, fasten off, change color. (20 Vsts)            

Row 4: With new color, join in Ch 1 sp of previous Rnd, Ch 5 = Dc + Ch 2, Dc in same sp, (Dc, Ch 2, Dc) in each Ch 1 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg ch 5. (20Vsts)  

Row 5: Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch 3 = Dc, (Dc, Ch 1, 2 Dc) in same sp, (2 Dc, Ch 1, 2 Dc = sh) in each Ch 2 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 5. (20 Sh)

Row 6: Sl st into next dc, Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch 3 = Dc, (Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc) in same sp, (2 Dc, Ch 2, 2 Dc) in each Ch 1 sp around, fasten off, change color. (20 Sh) 

Row 7: With next color, join in Ch 2 sp, Ch 3 = Dc, (Dc, Ch 3, 2 Dc) in same sp, (2 Dc, Ch 3, 2 Dc) in each Ch 2 sp around, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 3. (20 Sh)

Row 8: Sl st in dc, Sl st in Ch 3 sp, Ch 3 = Dc, Dc 8 x’s in same sp, *(2 Dc, ch 2, 2 Dc) in next Ch 3 sp, 9 Dc in next Ch 3 sp*, repeat * to * around, finishing with Sh, fasten off, change color. (10 Sh, 10-9 Dc clusters) 

Row 9: With starting color, join in 1st Dc of 9 Dc, Ch 3 = Dc, Dc in each of next 8 Dc, *(2 Dc, pic, 2 Dc) in next Ch 2 sp, Dc in each of next 9 Dc*, repeat * to * around, ending with pic/Sh, join in 3rd Ch of beg Ch 3, fasten off. Weave ends. Wash and block.


*Magic ring:
Holding yarn between thumb and first 2 fingers on left hand, wrap yarn around first 2 fingers so yarn falls to the back and furthest away from you, insert hook between these 2 fingers and under the top strand, grab second strand next to it with your hook and pull yarn through the loop. Make a chain and begin the pattern, working in the circle around tail of yarn.  For closing, untwist the tail from the loop, join before pulling tightly closed, pull gently but firmly, closing slack in the center circle.

For more color ideas scroll down Mint Chocolate Chip Mandal Doily Pattern, using the same pattern to create multiple different doilies.

Printable pattern here and Etsy.

Updates to pattern are;

*** Do 9 Dc in place of 10 Dc on last 2 rows. This leaves less bunching to lay flatter on finished doily. You may leave 10 Dc, it works just as well, I do it both ways depending on the size hook and yarn used.

Second update; Try different yarns and hooks for different sizes and feels. Original pattern uses size L hook giving the finished project a softer feel with the loosely crocheted stitches. The smaller your hook, the stiffer and smaller your finished project will be. 

Pictures 2 & 3; Hobby Lobby, "I Love This Cotton!", 100% cotton with J hook, red, white and blue, yields 11 inches. 1 & 4 picture; Hobby Lobby's "I love this yarn!" Cranberry, Ivory and Dark Navy, with L hook, yields 13 inches. 

Please, let me know if you have questions, comments or for any other reason.

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