Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Mandala Wednesday

Yes, I should have written this on Monday for good alliteration, but I couldn't wait...


..so here they are - the two latest - made with the pattern from Alice's blog Crochet With Raymond...


Blue mat top


I had no trouble with this one and made a plain back using the same yarn and hook...


Blue mat


...but with this one I suddenly found that, although I had used the same yarn, the same hook and made it in EXACTLY the same way, it turned out smaller...


Green mat top


...and a little bit less round, somehow.  As the number of stitches on the last row was the same as the blue mat, I made the back the same, which meant that it turned out just a fraction too big for this mat and was slightly more puckered.   I think that will go when I block it, though...


Green mat bottom


I've been using up my stash of RICO Creative Cotton (which is aran weight) and a 4mm hook, so the mats turned out quite sturdy and I think would look good on the table - even as a place mat.


Next I'm going to try my Kool Kotton from James C Brett, which is half-and-half acrylic and cotton but, more importantly, is DK weight, so I may have to add an extra round.

8 comments:

Elizabethd said...

Such pretty colours.

Jacey said...

They have turned out great, love the colour of the second one. xx

Clara said...

Very lovely.

Crochet with Raymond said...

Beooooooooooootiful!!! I love them both, but love the pinks and oranges of the second one!
The size difference must be one of those crochet mysteries!!! Thanks for the lovely feedback about the pattern, glad you enjoyed :O)
XXXXX

Heldasland said...

I love them ,I;m making a few for friends

Kate said...

Love, love , love them both. The colours, the pattern, all of it.

Maria said...

Those are really nice, the colours are fantastic. Thank you for your comment about the Rico cotton yarn, I will bear that in mind next time, maybe that is why it knitted better than it crocheted ? I like kool cotton it knits really well, I am using it to knit a rabbit soft toy at the moment...

sukigirl said...

They are both beautiful!!
I love the colours, so pretty!
Every time I see these beautiful Mandalas I want to make them.

I think I've solved the mystery of why the second one is smaller.
Look at the lighter orange row...see how the pattern is two clusters followed by a double cluster?
On the left side you missed a double cluster. Not a big deal at all but does explain why it is a wee bit smaller.

Love your blog...I've added it to my google reader.
Cheers