Magic Spike Mandala

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Crochet mandalas are everywhere right now! They’re beautiful and fun to make, ranging from the sublimely simple to the excruciatingly complex. I was inspired to design my own, but I wanted it to have a practical purpose too. And a reader request for coasters and placemats was just the spark I needed! The Magic Spike Mandala was born!

Magic Spike Mandala - free pattern! Makes gorgeous placemats and coasters and more with just one pattern!

The Magic Spike Mandala is relatively simple, but spike stitches and shells combine to make it fun and fabulous. And just like magic, you can make drinks coasters and placemats, lightweight trivets and heavyweight doilies, even dishcloths and facecloths – all from the same pattern! Bright colors for spring and summer, rich colors for fall and winter, this pattern looks great in all of them. This pattern includes written instructions as well as a chart – so dive in and let the magic happen!

Magic Spike Mandala - free pattern! Makes gorgeous placemats and coasters and more with just one pattern!

Magic Spike Mandala

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  • US – I/9, 5.50mm hook
  • 130 yds total worsted weight yarn in 4 colors (Lily Sugar’n Cream shown)
  • Special Stitch: Spike St – Keeping tension on the active loop on the hook, insert hook into specified stitch, yo and pull up a loop to the height of the current row. Yo and pull through both loops.

Written Instructions:

Round 1: Using Color A, make a magic circle. Working into the ring, ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1). [Dc, ch 1] into the ring 7 more times. Join to 3rd ch with  sl st. (8 dc, 8 ch)

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2dc in next ch sp. *Dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch sp. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to second dc. (24 sts)

Round 3: Using Color B, join with a sl st to top of one of the dc sts that is worked into a dc (not a dc that’s worked into the ch sp). Work a spike st into the top of the dc from Round 1 directly below. Sc in the next st, sc between posts of previous st and next st, sc in next st. *Work a spike st into the top of the dc from Round 1 directly below the next st. Sc in the next st, sc between posts of previous st and next st, sc in next st. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to top of first spike st. (32 sts)

Round 4: Ch 1, sc in first st. Ch 4, skip next 3 sts. *Sc in next st, ch 4, skip next 3 sts. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to first sc of round. (40 sts)

Round 5: Using Color C, join with a sl st to the top of a sc st from previous round. Ch 1, hdc in same st. [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in ch sp. *Hdc in next st, [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in ch sp. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to first hdc of round. (48 sts)

Round 6: Ch 1, hdc in first st. Skip next 2 sts, work 6 dc in ch sp. Skip next 2 sts. *Hdc in next st, skip next 2 sts, work 6 dc in ch sp. Skip next 2 sts. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to top of first hdc of round. (56 sts)

Round 7: Using Color D, join with a sl st to the top of a hdc from previous round. Work a spike st into the top of the sc from Round 4 directly below. Sc in the next 3 sts, sc between posts of previous st and next st, sc in next 3 sts. *Work a spike st into the top of the sc from Round 4 directly below the next st. Sc in the next 3 sts, sc between posts of previous st and next st, sc in next 3 sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to top of first spike st. (64 sts) For Coaster or Dishcloth, break yarn and seamless join… and done! For placemat size, continue with Round 8.

Round 8: Ch 1, sc in first st. Ch 4, skip next 3 sts. *Sc in next st, ch 4, skip next 3 sts. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to first sc of round. (80 sts)

Round 9: Using Color A, join with a sl st to the top of a sc st from previous round. Ch 1, hdc in same st. Work 4 dc in ch sp. *Hdc in next st, 4 dc in ch sp. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to first hdc of round. (80 sts)

Round 10: Ch 1, hdc in first st. Skip next 2 sts, work 5 dc between posts of previous and next st (second and third sts of group). Skip next 2 sts. *Hdc in next st, skip next 2 sts, work 5 dc between posts of previous and next st. Skip next 2 sts. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to top of first hdc of round. (96 sts)

Round 11: Using Color B, join with a sl st to top of one of the hdc sts from previous row. Work a spike st into the top of the sc from Round 8 directly below. Sc in the next 5 sts. *Work a spike st into the top of the sc from Round 8 directly below the next st. Sc in the next 5 sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to top of first spike st. (96 sts)

Round 12: Ch 1, sc in first st. Ch 6, skip next 5 sts. *Sc in next st, ch 6, skip next 5 sts. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to first sc of round. (112 sts)

Round 13: Using Color C, join with a sl st to the top of a sc st from previous round. Ch 1, hdc in same st. [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in ch sp. *Hdc in next st, [3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc] in ch sp. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to first hdc of round. (128 sts)

Round 14: Ch 1, hdc in first st. Skip next 3 sts, work 7 dc in next ch sp. Skip next 3 sts. *Hdc in next st, skip next 3 sts, 7 dc in ch sp, skip next 3 sts. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to first hdc of round. (128 sts)

Round 15: Using Color D, join with a sl st to top of one of the hdc sts from previous row. Work a spike st into the top of the sc from Round 12 directly below. Sc in the next 7 sts. *Work a spike st into the top of the sc from Round 12 directly below the next st. Sc in the next 7 sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to top of first spike st. (128 sts)

Round 16: Ch 1, sc in first st. Ch 3, skip next 3 sts. *Sc in next st, ch 3, skip next 3 sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to first sc of round. (128 sts)

Round 17: Ch 1, sc in first st. Work 4 sc into the ch sp. *Sc in next st, 4 sc into the next ch sp. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and seamless join to first sc of round. (160 sts)

Charted Instructions:

Note that in the chart I kept the start of each round in the same place, for readability. The finished project will look better if you actually join to a different (though equivalent) place on the mandala with each new color – that way there’s no telltale line of joins!

Magic Spike Mandala - free pattern! Makes gorgeous placemats and coasters and more with just one pattern!

I hope you enjoy making and using the Magic Spike Mandalas as much as I have enjoyed designing them! While coming up with the pattern I made a few prototypes, and they’ve been practical additions to several rooms of my home! As coasters, lightweight trivets, placemats… and even a Frisbee (ah, kids!). Make one or a dozen – they’ll add a big splash of color and fun in the colors of your choice!

Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make items for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details.You can contact me via Facebook messages or at TamaraKelly@mooglyblog.com.

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Comments

  1. 1

    Ana says

    Hola!! Me gustan mucho sus trabajos, pero me cuesta un poco entender las explicaciones en ingles, por las abreviaturas de los puntos y la simbología, habría una posibilidad de conseguir una “buena ” traducción en castellano (español) gracias

  2. 6

    Cathy says

    I just love this pattern. I have made it into a wind chime, crocheting with twine, colored wire, and different sized beads. I use a larger one for the top with smaller ones hanging down as the chimes or mobiles.
    Cathy

    • 8

      Tamara Kelly says

      Ooo, that’s a great idea Rose! I’ll have to play around with that… thanks for the inspiration!

  3. 11

    says

    Tamara, this so beautiful and I want to try and make this! You make beautiful projects and thanks for sharing this. I saw it on all fee crochet!
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

  4. 13

    Jean says

    Thank you so much for this beautiful Mandala Pattern. Your work is truly great. I am going to start one right away. I am a retired therapist, and I used to have clients draw mandalas, because the different colors and shapes they used would tell me so much.

  5. 17

    says

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I have been looking for a free mandala pattern because the only ones I’d found were all so expensive. I would love to make this if I can locate some suitable yarn! :) (Never mind the fact that I wouldn’t know what to do with it…)

  6. 18

    Marsha says

    I’d like to make this larger than the 13″ placemat your directions provide. I need it to be 15 -16″ inches to accommodate plate and silverware. Could you give directions to enlarge it, please?

  7. 19

    says

    This is beautiful! I wonder if I could make it even bigger into a rug? It would be so perfect for a powder room!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

    • 20

      Tamara Kelly says

      You’re very welcome! I think with a tshirt yarn or super bulky (and a q hook) it would make a great rug!

  8. 24

    Pamela McIntosh says

    Wonderful job and YOUR MOMMY TAUGHT YOU WELL..To share! Thks so much
    Merry Christmas and all the very best to you too. HUGS from Canada

  9. 26

    Marie sexton says

    I love that your patterns are downloadable and that I can edit how much of it I want to print. I wish every site had that capability. I love your site and the amazing creations you come up with. The only problem is, I have so many project patterns now it’s hard to choose which one is next!

  10. 28

    says

    Thank you for sharing this pattern, it’s beautiful and I like the chart as I find it easier to follow written patterns :)

  11. 30

    marrie says

    Het Tamara!
    It’s my wish that u some day show your yarn storage, please show me your yarn stacks!!!

  12. 33

    kaysiebee says

    I love this patterns – – – but am confused by the instruction which says to sc in the next stitch and then sc in between the posts of the previous stitch and the next stitch. Could you explain? Thanks.

    • 34

      Tamara Kelly says

      I can try! :) Ok, so you sc in the next st, and then the next sc is between that stitch (the one you just crocheted into) and the next st. Instead of working into the top V of either stitch, insert your hook between the posts of them. Does that help?

  13. 35

    roberta hanlon says

    I need to make arm chair covers.

    can I use the magic spike pattern in solid color Do i need to adjust patter for my arm chair covers thank you so much for your help.

    • 36

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Roberta! You can certainly make it in just one color! Any adjustments will depend on your chair, I’m afraid I can’t give advice on that!

  14. 39

    Pallie says

    I noticed that a couple of other people mentioned using thread to do this mandala.
    I used tatting thread and embroidery floss to crochet this. I made a pendant and matching earrings for my sister, who loves unusual things.
    Thanks for a great pattern.

  15. 41

    Lynnel says

    Thanks for this lovely pattern, it was my first try choice on a Google search for a placemat pattern! JOY!!! Thank you also for using a font big enough for us poor-sighted folks, so many pattern sites do not.

    • 42

      Tamara Kelly says

      :) Thank you Lynnel! I like my words big too, so one tip I’ll pass on is using Ctrl and + to enlarge web pages! :)

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