Free Mandala crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com
Free Mandala crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Although I never knew her, outside of seeing her blog posts and lovely mandalas, I was still very sad to see the news about Wink at A Creative Being. I don’t know what to say, except, that it’s beautiful to watch the response from the crochet community, with the hashtag #MandalasforWink on IG, and the many touching posts on FB. I, for one, wish I knew her better. She must have been a lovely person to garner this outpouring of love. As someone else who also struggles with depression, this support is on a whole other level. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, there are help lines available 24/7: SuicidePreventionLifeline.Org. Please, do not hesitate to ask for help.

For my mandala for Wink, I didn’t quite go with a traditional circular mandala, it’s more of a pentagram than a circle. It was rather circular in the beginning but as it continued to develop, I had started with 5 points not 6, 6 would have made it circular. I guess my brain didn’t put that together for me but I do love stars, so maybe that’s what happened there. HodgePodge Crochet has put together a lovely post with mandalas created to honor Wink, if you have time, you should head over there to see it. I really don’t know what else to say so I’m just going to get to the pattern:Ravelry link

Materials:

  • 1 – 13 colors of worsted weight yarn (2.7 oz/ 77 g/144 yards (based on using Vanna’s Choice)
  • US I (5.50 mm) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:

  • I: 4” x 4”  = 14 dcs x 7 rows

Terms/ Stitches used:

  • Ch: chain
  • St: stitch
  • Slip st: slip stitch
  • DC: double crochet
  • Dc2tog: double crochet 2 together
  • Dc3tog: double crochet 3 together
  • Tr: treble crochet

Notes:

  • This pattern is worked in the round with the last st being slip stitched to the first st.
  • The dc3tog (and dc2tog) at the beginning is a cluster st, you’re not actually decreasing.
  • Each row is a different color, although that’s not expressed in the pattern.
  • Beginning with standing DC helps to make the mandala seamless.
  • If you don’t want a slip st marring the beautiful finished piece, fasten off after every row and use the invisible join technique before moving onto the next one. It will make it nearly impossible for anyone to spot your join/ seam.
  • Each row begins where the previous one left off, before the dcs on the point.

Finished Product Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 17″ (from flat portion to a point)

Pattern instructions:

Free Mandala crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com
Free Mandala crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Row 1: Ch 6, slip st to form a ring
Row 2: Ch 2, dc2tog into the circle (with the ch 2, counts as the first leg of the dc3tog), ch 3, *dc3tog into the circle, ch 3,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of the dc3tog – 5 dc3togs
Row 3: Start in one of the ch 3 spaces, dc 5 times, ch 1,* skip to next ch 3 space, dc 5 times, ch 1,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of the first dc  – 25 dcs
Row 4: Skip first dc in the group of 5, dc into the second st and into the next 2 sts, ch 9, *skip next 2 dcs, dc into the next 3 sts, ch 9,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, skip next 2 dcs, slip st into the first dc – 15 dcs
Row 5: Start in ch 9 space, [6 dcs, ch 3, 6 dcs] into first ch 9 space, ch 1, skip next dc, sc into next st, skip next dc, ch 1, *[6 dcs, ch 3, 6 dcs] into next ch 9 space, ch 1, skip next dc, sc into next st, skip next dc, ch 1,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of first dc – 60 dcs, 5 scs
Row 6: Skip first two dcs, dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts, skip next 2 dcs, ch 4, sc into the next sc, ch 4, skip next 2 dcs, *dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts,  skip next 2 dcs, ch 4, sc into the next sc, ch 4, skip next 2 dcs,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of the first dc – 60 dcs, 5 scs
Row 7: Skip first two dcs, dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts, skip next 2 dcs, ch 6, sc into the next sc, ch 6, skip next 2 dcs, *dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts,  skip next 2 dcs, ch 6, sc into the next sc, ch 6, skip next 2 dcs,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of the first dc – 60 dcs, 5 scs
Row 8: Skip first two dcs, dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts, skip next 2 dcs, ch 4, sc into the next ch 6 space, ch 4, sc into the next ch 6 space, ch 4, skip next 2 dcs, *dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts,  skip next 2 dcs, ch 4, sc into the next ch 6 space, ch 4, sc into the next ch 6 space, ch 4, skip next 2 dcs,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into first dc – 60 dcs, 10 scs
Row 9: Skip first two dcs, dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts, skip next 2 dcs, ch 6, sc into the next sc, ch 6, sc into the next sc, ch 6, skip next 2 dcs, *dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts,  skip next 2 dcs, ch 6, sc into the next sc, ch 6, sc into the next sc, ch 6, skip next 2 dcs,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of the first dc – 60 dcs, 10 scs
Row 10: Skip first two dcs, dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, dc 3 times into the next ch 6 space, ch 2, dc 3 times into the next ch 6 space, ch 2, dc 3 times into the next ch 6 space, ch 2, skip next 2 dcs, *dc into the next 4 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts,  skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, dc 3 times into the next ch 6 space, ch 2, dc 3 times into the next ch 6 space, ch 2, dc 3 times into the next ch 6 space, ch 2, skip next 2 dcs,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the first dc  – 105 dcs

Free Mandala crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com
Free Mandala crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Row 11: Skip first three dcs, dc into the next 3 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 3 sts, skip next 3 dcs, ch 3, dc twice into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 3, dc twice into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 5, dc twice into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 3, dc twice into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 3, *dc into the next 3 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 3 sts, skip next 3 dcs, ch 3, dc twice into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 3, dc twice into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 5, dc twice into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 3, dc twice into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 3* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of the first dc – 100 dcs
Row 12: Skip first three dcs, dc into the next 2 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 2 sts, skip next 3 dcs, ch 2, dc twice into the next ch 3 space, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, dc twice into the next ch 3 space, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] into the next ch 5 space, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, dc twice into the next ch 3 space, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, dc twice into the next ch 3 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 2, *dc into the next 2 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 2 sts, skip next 3 dcs, ch 2, dc twice into the next ch 3 space, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, dc twice into the next ch 3 space, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] into the next ch 5 space, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, dc twice into the next ch 3 space, skip next 2 dcs, ch 2, dc twice into the next ch 3 space, skip next 3 dcs, ch 2,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the first dc – 110 dcs
Row 13: Skip first dc, dc into the next 3 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 3 sts, skip next dc, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 2 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 2 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] into the next ch 3 space, skip next 3 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 2 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 2 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next dc, *dc into the next 3 sts, [2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc] into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 3 sts, skip next dc, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 2 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 2 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 3 dcs, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] into the next ch 3 space, skip next 3 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 2 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next 2 dcs, dc 3 times into the next ch 2 space, skip next dc,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of the first dc – 145 dcs

Free Mandala crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com
Free Mandala crochet pattern by DivineDebris.com

Row 14: Skip first dc, dc into the next 4 sts, dc 5 times into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts, skip next 4 dcs, tr 5 times into the space between the last dc and the next dc, skip the next 3 dcs, tr 5 times into the space between the last dc and the next dc, skip the next 6 dcs, dc 5 times into the ch 1 space, skip the next 6 dcs, tr 5 times into the space between the last dc and the next dc, skip the next 3 dcs, tr 5 times into the space between the last dc and the next dc, skip the next 4 dcs, *dc into the next 4 sts, dc 5 times into the next ch 3 space, dc into the next 4 sts, skip next 4 dcs, tr 5 times into the space between the last dc and the next dc, skip the next 3 dcs, tr 5 times into the space between the last dc and the next dc, skip the next 6 dcs, dc 5 times into the ch 1 space, skip the next 6 dcs, tr 5 times into the space between the last dc and the next dc, skip the next 3 dcs, tr 5 times into the space between the last dc and the next dc, skip the next 4 dcs,* repeat from * to * 3 more times, slip st into the top of the first dc – 95 dcs, 100 trs

 

 

So, there it is. My heart is sad for the loss of such a talented and much loved crocheter and person. I’ve seen, first hand from losing friends and family, what this sort of loss feels like. My heart goes out to her family and close friends.
I’ve got another pattern coming up that I’m going to publish later this week. Please, friends, take care of yourselves. <3

 

This post is linked up to The Purple Poncho’s Linky Ladies Community Link Pary #6, Oui Crochet Fiber Tuesdays #16, Oombawka Design’s Link and Share Wednesdays #99, Lunamon Design’s 2 Day Link Party #27, and GSHeller’s Yarn Along #234.

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18 thoughts on “Mandalas in Memory

  • July 1, 2015 at 7:25 am
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    Hi Debris
    This is Uma from India.
    I am working right now on this mandala.Very beautiful pattern I have ever seen.But….
    I am stuck up on Row 11. See as you have mentioned after 2 dc in 3ch space we have to make first 3 ch then 2 dc in next ch space .again 3 ch ,again 2 dc ,then 5 ch and 2 dc,3ch and 2dc and……….then you have written skip 3 dcs and 3dc in next 3dcs..You mean to say it will be like 2dc-3ch-2dc-3ch-2dc-5ch-2dc-3ch-skip 3dcs and 3dcs in next??? I think problem is here . it is going wrong..what I thought is after every 2dcs chain sequence should be like 3-3-5-3-3..
    pls help me.
    sorry to bother you
    regards

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    • July 1, 2015 at 10:20 pm
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      Thank you for the changes you made!!

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      • July 1, 2015 at 10:58 pm
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        Thank you for bringing them to my attention! I swear I wouldn’t have noticed it if you didn’t say something. 😀

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  • July 2, 2015 at 1:23 am
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    What a beautiful pattern. Thank you for creating it and dedicating it to Marinke.

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  • July 2, 2015 at 5:58 am
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    I really enjoyed making this. The pattern was well written and easy to follow and it was nice to make something in a different shape. I think penragons should be more popular!

    I did spot an error in round 10 – you say to make 3 dc in the ch3 space, but it should be ch6 space (you’ve done this a couple of times on that round). There was an error earlier on, too but I forgot to make a note of the round 🙁 It was only a small error, referring to a ch3 space instead of a ch2 or vice versa. I’m sure someone else will pick it up and let you know 🙂

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    • July 2, 2015 at 7:05 am
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      I’m so glad you enjoyed the pattern. And thank you so much for pointing out the error. I guess in my haste I changed to “ch 3 space” rather than what it was supposed to be. I fixed that part. I read through the pattern a couple of times to see if I can spot the other mistake you mentioned. Thank you, again, for letting me know. <3

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  • July 4, 2015 at 6:10 pm
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    This is beautiful! Can’t wait to try it out 🙂 Thank you for sharing your pattern!

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  • July 9, 2015 at 1:15 am
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    I’m just one more who was so inspired by Wink’s designs her use of color and her beautiful designs! I’d read her story on Crochet Concupiscence and was inspired by her reasons for crochet = as I suffer severe back problems and chronic pain. I’ve always been a “Type A” and had to keep busy all the time…until my injury slapped me down and kept me from physical activity a large part of every day….I found crochet also helped immensely – because I could be seated (or reclined as the case may be) and still keep busy with crochet and accomplish something at the same time…Wink INSPIRED me to do that – and her her help and that of other wonderful online bloggers, I’ve done LOTS of crochet.
    I am shocked and saddened by her loss – and my heart – and my prayers go out to her family and all who knew her. I hope they can take some solace in knowing how much she helped others!
    This is beautiful…and I, too, have never seen a Pentagon Mandala….very different – I think Wink would approve!
    So happy to see how many are doing Mandalas for Wink in her memory!

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    • July 9, 2015 at 2:34 am
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      Thank you for sharing your story with me. I think that’s what grabs people about Wink’s story, it was so relatable to everyone on some level. I didn’t know her but I do understand the struggle of feeling so weighed down by depression that you feel like you’re being subjected to the whims of someone else. Her loss can be felt but I do hope it encourages others to seek help if they find themselves in a similar situation.
      Thank you for stopping by and I hope you create a pentagon mandala and think of Wink and all those like her.

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  • July 30, 2016 at 10:34 am
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    I too struggle with severe depression, which resulted in self harming. I have been on numerous medications which only made it worse or left me in state where i could not function normally. I have to rely 100% on my husband and family. I used to draw to vent some of my feelings but, i also have essential tremors. My entire body shakes constantly and has robbed me of that outlet. I now focus all my attention to crocheting now. I am very very thankful for the endless support of my family and thier ability to recognize small changes in my body language. I wish more could be done for those of us who fight the daily battle, instead of it being blown off as someone just seeking attention.

    My question is… can this pattern be continued on to make it larger? Or would it be best to do as blocked and sewn together.

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    • July 30, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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      You could probably continue the pattern to make it larger, but you’d have to adjust it from where I left off so that’d be all up to your creativity and motivation. I think you could make a few and sew them together, I just don’t know how that would look as I haven’t tried it myself. 🙂
      Good luck and I hope you share how your work turns out. 🙂

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  • May 12, 2017 at 11:28 pm
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    I lost my daughter to suicide and this is reallky cool thanks you. My heart goes out to anyone suffering this type of loss

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    • May 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm
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      I’m so sorry for your loss. <3 <3
      I cannot believe it's been almost 2 years since I made this post.
      <3 <3 Take care.

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