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Create a basic mandala in no time!

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  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start with a magic ring, and secure.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 2
    Step 2

    Chain 2, and make 11 dc’s in the ring. This gives us a stitch count of 12, including the ch2.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pull the ring closed as to form a circle.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut the yarn and pull through the stitch.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 5
    Step 5

    Thread the yarn end through the needle and insert in the first dc you made, through both loops, skipping the ch2.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 6
    Step 6

    Pull the needle through and now insert it in the back loop of the last stitch you made.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 7
    Step 7

    Pull the yarn a bit to close the circle, but make sure you don’t pull too hard; we want to keep this faux stitch we just made! :) We’re going to close rounds like this after every round from now on. Finish off.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 8
    Step 8

    Starting with a slipknot on your hook, creating a standing stitch, crochet 2 dc in one stitch.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 9
    Step 9

    Crochet 2 dc’s in every stitch. (the stitch count is now 24 dc’s)

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 10
    Step 10

    We’re going to close the round like we did before, so grab your tapestry needle and close the circle, just like in step 5 & 6.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 11
    Step 11

    That’s round two! :)

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 12
    Step 12

    From now on, we’re going to start every round with a slipknot on our hook and a standing stitch.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 13
    Step 13

    To avoid creating holes, make sure you don’t start in or increase in the faux stitch we create after each round. If you look at your work you can easily identify the faux stitch by the bump from the slipknot:

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 14
    Step 14

    In round three (and all of the following rounds), we’re going to make increases. To make sure the 2dc don’t end up in the faux stitch, count back from the bump 3 stitches (or whatever number you need to make sure the 2dc doesn’t end up in the faux stitch). If you start with 1 dc now (2nd stitch from the bump), there should also be 1 dc in the faux stitch. You can increase before or after the faux stitch, but not in it!
    So: start with standing stitch, then *dc 1, 2dc in next stitch* around. (36 stitches)

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 15
    Step 15

    Finish the round with your tapestry needle and voila, round three! :)

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 16
    Step 16

    Starting with a standing stitch (and counting back from the bump so the 2dc doesn’t end up in the faux stitch), *dc 2, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (48 stitches)

  • Step 17

    Starting with a standing stitch, *dc 3, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (60 stitches)

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 18
    Step 18

    Starting with a standing stitch, *dc 4, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (72 stitches)

  • Step 19

    Starting with a standing stitch, *dc 5, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (84 stitches)

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 20
    Step 20

    Starting with a standing stitch, *dc 6, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (96 stitches)

  • Step 21

    Starting with a standing stitch, *dc 7, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (108 stitches)

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 22
    Step 22

    Starting with a standing stitch, *dc 8, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (120 stitches)

  • Step 23

    Starting with a standing stitch, *dc 9, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (132 stitches)

  • Step 24

    Starting with a standing stitch, *dc 10, 2dc in next stitch* around and fo. (144 stitches)

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 25
    Step 25

    Your mandala is finished! :) But I usually put a border around it. Here’s how I do it:
    Starting with a standing stitch, sc 1.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 26
    Step 26

    Skip two stitches and then crochet 6 dc in one stitch, to create a shell. Skip two stitches and
    sc 1. Continue like this all around. So: *sc 1, skip 2 st, 6dc, skip 2 st*.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 27
    Step 27

    When you’ve reached the end of the round, make a second sc in the first stitch (where there is already a sc). Don’t cut the yarn, but chain 10, this creates a loop.

  • How to crochet a granny square. Crochet Mandala - Step 28
    Step 28

    Make another sc in the first stitch. Cut the yarn, draw through the loop on your hook and bring the yarn end to the back.

    And that’s it! :) Step back and admire your mandala!

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