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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Fireworks Doily / Mandala

Last Friday an idea for a Doily / Mandala popped into my head.........


Doodling the design just was not enough and I had to get crocheting on the idea immediately (completely ignoring the heaps of WIP's staring at me accusingly!!)

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My friend Angela said that this reminded her of FIREWORKS!

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I wrote up the pattern, hooking up another doily and doing the tutorial at the same time!


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Due to a supply problem  my dwindling stash of Raeesah Cotton cannot be replaced.   I love the "rustic" look and feel of the Raeesah, even though it is really splitty and a bit of a pain to work with.   Using a crochet hook with a short rounded hook seems to minimise this problem though.

I topped up my stash with an order of MERCERIZED COTTON  (Elle Premier DK) instead (dance of joy!!)



Determined to finish the few odds left over from my previous stash of Elle Premier,  I made three more "Fireworks" doilies / mandalas (this pattern is addictive)...... 

a blue-ish one

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 a pinkish one


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and a purplish one


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"FIREWORKS"   PATTERN:

Pattern Terms:  US 

Yarn: 
1.  Raeesah Cotton Soft DK (100% cotton)
2.  Elle Premier Cotton DK


Hook:  4.00mm 

(Use whichever yarn blend or thread count you like)
 
Size:    43cm (17 inches)

Skill Level:  Intermediate

The print friendly version of this pattern can be found HERE

Special Stitches:  

Triple Triple Crochet Cluster (trtrc cl) = yoh (yarn over hook) x4;   insert hook into correct space, yoh, draw back through space;  draw through 2 loops four times, leaving last two on hook;   make the second trtrc the same way;   three loops on hook, then draw through last three loops to form your cluster. 

Triple Crochet Cluster (trc cl) = yoh x2;   insert hook into correct space, yoh, draw back through spacedraw through 2 loops twice, leaving last two on hook;   make a second trc the same way;   three loops on hook, then draw through last three loops to form your cluster.

Foundation:  7ch,  sl st into 1st ch to form circle OR make a magic ring

Row 1:  3ch (counts as 1dc);  23dc into circle;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close (24dc).   Break off yarn.


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Row 2:   Join yarn into top of any dc;    6ch, 1 trtrc (1st cluster), 6ch;  (skip 1 dc,   trtrc cl into next dc,   6ch) x 11, sl st into top of 1st cluster to close (12 x trtrc clusters).    Break off yarn.


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Row 3:   Join yarn in any 6ch space;    3ch (counts as 1dc), 5dc into same space, 2ch;   (6dc into next 6ch space, 2ch) x 11 (12 x 6dc groups);   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.    Break off yarn.


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Row 4:    Join yarn in 1st dc of any 6dc group;    3ch, (1dc into next dc) x5,  4ch;   [(1dc into next dc) x 6, 4ch] x 11;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.    Break off yarn.


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Row 5:  Join yarn in any 4ch space;   6ch, 1trtrc (1st cluster), 13ch, 1trtrc cl into same space;   [(1trtrc cl, 13ch, 1trtrc cl) into next 4ch space] x 11;   sl st into top of first cluster to close.   Break off yarn.


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Row 6:  Join yarn in any 13ch space;   3ch (counts as 1dc), 11dc into same space (12dc group), 1ch;  (12dc into next 13ch space, 1ch) x11;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.   Break off yarn.


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Row 7:   Join yarn in 2nd dc on any 12dc group;   3ch (counts as 1dc);  (1dc into next dc) x9 (10dc group);   (4ch, 1sc into 1ch space between 12dc groups,  4ch);   [1dc into 2nd dc on next 12dc group;  (1dc into next dc) x9;  (4ch, 1sc into 1ch space between 12dc groups, 4ch) x11;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.    Break off yarn.


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Row 8:   Join yarn in 2nd dc on any 10dc group;   3ch (counts as 1dc);  (1dc into next dc) x7 (8dc group);   (4ch, 1sc into 4ch space) x2, 4ch)   [1dc into 2nd dc on next 10dc group;  (1dc into next dc) x7;  (4ch, 1sc into 4ch) x2, 4ch) x11;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.    Break off yarn.


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Row 9:   Join yarn in 2nd dc on any 8dc group;   3ch (counts as 1dc);  (1dc into next dc) x5 (6dc group);   (4ch, 1sc into 4ch space) x3, 4ch)   [1dc into 2nd dc on next 8dc group;  (1dc into next dc) x5;  (4ch, 1sc into 4ch) x3, 4ch) x11;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.    Break off yarn.


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Row 10:  Join yarn in 2nd dc on any 6dc group;   3ch (counts as 1dc);  (1dc into next dc) x3 (4dc group);   (4ch, 1sc into 4ch space) x4, 4ch)   [1dc into 2nd dc on next 6dc group;  (1dc into next dc) x3;  (4ch, 1sc into 4ch) x4, 4ch) x11;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.    Break off yarn.


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Row 11:  Join yarn in 2nd dc on any 4dc group;   3ch (counts as 1dc);  1dc into next dc (2dc group);   (4ch, 1sc into 4ch space) x5, 4ch)   [1dc into 2nd dc on next 4dc group;  1dc into next dc;  (4ch, 1sc into 4ch) x5, 4ch) x11;  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close.    Break off yarn.


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Row 12 (Edging):  Join yarn in centre of any 2dc group   [4ch, 1trc (counts as trc cluster),  (4ch, trc cl) x3] into same place as join;

{1ch, skip next 4ch space, 1sc into next 4ch space, 1ch;  [(1trc cl, 4ch, 1trc cl, 4ch into next 4ch space);  (work 1st stitch of trc cl into the same space;   work 2nd stitch of trc cl into next 4ch space);   (4ch, 1trc cl, 4ch, 1trc cl into same 4ch space as 2nd part of last trc cl);  1ch 1sc into next 4ch space. 1ch, skip next 4ch space;  [(1trc cl, 4ch) x3;  1trc cl] into centre of 2dc group} x11;

1ch, skip next 4ch space, 1sc into next 4ch space, 1ch;  [(1trc cl, 4ch, 1trc cl, 4ch into next 4ch space);  (work 1st stitch of trc cl into the same space;   work 2nd stitch of trc cl into next 4ch space);   (4ch, 1trc cl, 4ch, 1trc cl into same 4ch space as 2nd part of last trc cl), 1ch 1sc into next 4ch space, 1ch,  skip next 4ch space, sl st into top of start cluster to close.    Break off yarn

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A huge thank you to the wonderful ladies who tested this pattern for me:

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Laura Brozo:   "Just Laura" on Facebook


Michelle Westlund:   CROCHET BETWEEN WORLDS



Eleanor Thomson:  NELNANANDNORA

16 comments:

  1. Ooh they are lovely thanks for sharing, I feel a case of mandalitis coming on
    Clare xx

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  2. Love the fireworks!
    Have to try it. The new colors of your yarn is like candy!
    Have a nice sunday

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  3. OMW I love this one too. I have to make it. But, please tell me, what do I do with them all? I am NOT a doily person?

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    1. You could use it to make a bag, work around two mandalas leaving a section open at the top; make cushion covers, make it in t-shirt yarn and use it as a rug. or square it and make colourful afghan blocks

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  4. The mandala is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  5. These are beautiful. Thanks for the pattern.

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  6. Dear Zelna, You are a genius. The mandala is simply lovely. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Have a nice day.

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  7. Super excited to try this one out, can't wait! Thanks for the lovely pattern :)
    I tried out your Starflower mandala, and blogged about it here:
    http://the5cees.blogspot.com/

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    1. It turned out lovely! I left you a comment!

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  8. this is really amazing
    i just felt inspired
    i canot wait to try it
    thank you :)

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  9. its really amazing
    i just can't wait to try it
    thank you so much :)

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  10. This is beautiful, I just finished your starflower mandala. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  11. I love them!!!!! One question I have is do you think it could be worked as lace (with crochet thread instead of yarn) That would be awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing the pattern with everyone!!!

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    1. Absolutely - one of my testers made a few using embroidery thread and a very fine hook - they look fabulous!

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  12. Thank you, you are talented lady. This I will do in thread. I'm a closet doily maker.😉💞

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