Category Archives: Mandala’s, Medallions

Circle Of The Sun – The End

Blocks 7, 9 & 8
Blocks 7, 8 & 9

Here It is, the last 3 blocks and the finished big square of the Circle Of The Sun Mystery Crochet-A-Long. For some reason I am sad that it is finished, I really….really enjoyed this CAL. I learned so much, not just the overlay technique but a better way of finishing off crochet rows by making the endings virtually seamless or invisible using the NJ (needle join).  The NJ technique also locks in the end so that it does not unravel so easily there fore you do not have to leave such a long tail for weaving  or crocheting in to lock in the stitch and hide the loose end.  I for one really like that,  less yarn for weaving more for crocheting can’t go wrong there.

Block 7
Block 7

Block 6 and 7 are my two favorite blocks I am into flowers this year! I had a choice on block 7 as to whether I wanted to use a surface stitch on row 1 or not. I chose to use the surface stitch, I liked the added look it gave. The funny thing is when I first saw the block I thought it would look better with a surface stitch there and then at the end of the pattern Tatsiana had added that option (great minds think alike)! or ESP?  hummm.

 

 

Block 8
Block 8

Block 8 was an easier block to crochet, there was also a choice on this one as to whether we wanted to tack down the petals of the flower I went with tacking them down I like the look better.

 

 

 

 

Block 9
Block 9

Last but not least block 9. I liked the way the colors came together on this block.  Following the cal’s color scheme (with my own colors of course) has been a fun experiment for me because I usually do my own thing as far as colors go. I am very pleased with the results and will definitely use this idea again. I did notice that the more overlay stitching I used on the square the harder it was to fasten to the stitch in the previous row. The fabric I was creating was getting thicker which made the piece less pliable, so I had to womanhandle it a little! It is well worth the effort though look at how beautiful it turned out.

And now we put it all together and add the border. Crocheting the squares together was very easy using a simple slip stitch it went quickly. I didn’t have enough yellow to go all the way around the square for row 2 of the border so I used all of the yellow and finished the row off in the wine color, which used the rest of the wine I had left so it worked out perfectly! The square turned out being 22 X 22 inches, it’s a bit bigger than the square in the instructions. I’m not sure what I’m going to make or do with it yet, but I have some ideas roaming around in my head. I could make it into a Big pillow or how about a bean bag cover ohhh if only I was younger I would never be able to get out of one of those now with out rolling over onto all fours and grabbing something to help me up! I do think it is an awesome sampler of the overlay technique so I may use it as a wall hanging, it’s not quite big enough for a blanket although I could add-on to it… hummmm. I’ll have to mull that one over for a bit.

Circle Of The Sun
Circle Of The Sun

 

Thank You Tatsiana Kupryianchyk for this awesome Crochet-A-Long!

Link To: Circle Of The Sun Mystery CAL

Until next time,

Keep On Hook’n

If you would like to make this using the colors that I used go to my Ravelry Project Page

Circle Of The Sun – The Middle

Here are the next three square’s of the Circle Of The Sun-Mystery CAL, we are now officially 2/3 rd’s of the way through the crochet along woohoo! I am using the same color scheme as the first three Circle Of The Sun squares.

Block 4 Circle of the sun CAL 612 Framed
Block #4

Each weeks square is more detailed than the last. For instance on this square row two is layered by row three (the wine color) and row four (the variegated color), row two is yellow and it is almost invisible unless you look at it from an angle or get a glimpse through a corner of a wine petal.  What this does is give some lift or a bit of dimension to the square while the different colors give a unique look and feel like the rose-pink overlaying the lilac. Maybe its just my eyes, but it appears like the lilac has more of a purple look under the rose then it does over the yellow where I stitched it.

Block 5 Circle of the Sun CAL 612 Framed
Block #5

Block #5 reminds me of a wheel, a different spin on overlay design?  You can see the background colors on this block really well. I think I am in love with this technique, I can  foresee making many different items like place mats for the dinning room table, a nice jacket, Christmas ornaments,  garlands, coasters, Jewelry; Tatsiana of Lilla Björns Crochet World (who is the designer of this CAL) also has patterns for bracelets which are really cute  I figure that would be a good place to start and of course this project is going to be a pillow.

Block 6 Circle of the Sun CAL 612 Framed
Block #6

When I start thinking about the different items I could make using this technique by itself or with other techniques there are limitless possibilities, sometimes to many possibilities, I get stuck thinking about them and don’t get much crocheted!       So far block #6 is my favorite block, there is quite a bit more overlay in it,  as a matter of fact there is an entire row underneath the variegated petals that you can barely see, the hidden row is pushing up the flower in the middle of the square giving it dimension.

For this blog post I have taken a picture of the back of the three blocks so you can see the different between the front and back. For instance the rose-pink spokes in block #6 can not be seen from the back at all.

Circle of the Sun 4-5-6 Blocks the backs 612 Framed

As you can see with the overlay technique you really only have one side that can be visible. It does look completely different then the front and ya my finishing off is a little messy but not bad. The blocks that are made with the overlay technique are fairly thick blocks, they wouldn’t do for a sweater, but would make a great jacket or even a coat. Anything where you may want a thicker crochet this would work beautifully.

Link to:  Circle Of The Sun Mystery CAL

Until next time,

Keep On Hook’n

If you would like to make this using the colors that I used go to my Ravelry Project Page

Circle Of The Sun – The Beginning

I started  the Circle Of The Sun Mystery Crochet-A-Long  on June 26th 2015 this one will run 9 weeks one block a week and the end result will be a pillow. I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the CAL when I saw that Tatsiana of Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World was hosting it. I have seen her work on the web and I love it! She uses a technique called overlay crochet and through this CAL she is teaching us this technique. I am so pumped!

Here are the first three squares finished:

Block 1 Circle of the Sun CAL Framed
Block #1

Tatsiana started us out on this simple block so that we could set our gauge, get used to the way she writes patterns and decide what 6 colors we wanted to use. I am using a D/3.25mm hook my blocks are coming out at 7″ which is bigger then the pattern calls for but I didn’t want to go to a smaller hook. I am going to have a nice pillow!

Block 2 Circle of the Sun crop 612 Framed
Block #2

I am using Lily Sugar’n Cream Cotton, the colors are: Rose Pink, Yellow, Wine, Robin’s Egg, Lilac and Potpourri Ombre. I started the first block with Tangerine, I didn’t like the look with Tangerine so I swapped it out for Rose Pink. I will still be using that first block with the Tangerine in the pillow though, it will lend a little something different, out of the ordinary,  I hope!

Block 3 Circle of the Sun CAL 554 Framed
Block #3

With this block we are starting to get a bit more into the overlay technique with a geometric design crocheted over an existing row. I like the way one block is laying the foundation for a more advanced block as we progress through the CAL and it is easy enough where you don’t have to be a 10 year crochet veteran to learn this technique. Tatsiana has also written in the instructions where to place the six colors you are using in the different squares.  I am liking going with the flow it makes each block more of a mystery.

This CAL has basically just gotten started the 3rd block came out on July the 10th so anyone reading this post if you want to join the CAL you can jump right on in.

Link to:  Circle Of The Sun Mystery CAL

Until next time,

Keep On Hook’n

If you would like to make this using the colors that I used go to my Ravelry Project Page

Sophie’s Mandala

Today is officially the second day of spring here in the Pacific NW, there is no better time then this to finish Sophie’s Mandala.  Some of you have already seen part of Sophie’s Mandala it is the mandala I used for my front page, it wasn’t finished yet! [I couldn’t help myself I liked it so much that I had to use it even though It only had four rows to go before I had it finished…………………  🙂 ]  I was going to post this yesterday but when I saw that the media was calling the 2015 spring equinox freaky friday and with the solar eclipse and supermoon ……. well I had second thoughts. Not to mention when my sister got home from work and asked me if I wanted to go get a bit to eat I just couldn’t refuse!

Mandala Golden Flower C.G. Jung
Mandala Golden Flower C.G. Jung

“I Sketched every morning in a notebook a small circular drawing,…which seemed to correspond to my inner situation at the time….Only gradually did I discover what the mandala really is:…the Self, the wholeness of the personality, which if all goes well is harmonious.”—Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, pp 195 – 196.

Here is a little history on the mandala thanks to Wikipedia:

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe.[1] The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T.[2][3] Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.[4]

Hindu Mandala

The term is of Sanskrit origin. It appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other religions and philosophies, particularly Buddhism.

In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention of practitioners and adepts, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction.

In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

The mandala I crocheted ended up being considerably larger than Debri’s pattern, even though I used an F/3.75mm hook I still came out with a 21.5″ mandala, which is a nice sized piece. I’ve already decided that I’m going to hang it on the wall in the most perfect of all spots where I can look at it when I need inspiration. Like when I’m writing a blog post and lose my train of thought or when I just can’t seem to come up with the right words for what I want to convey or when I’m crocheting and need to give my fingers a rest.  Any excuse will do! They are so colorful and I like the texture and dimension that can be achieved I enjoy crocheting mandala’s and will be playing around with different stitches and idea’s for creating more of them.

Until next time,

Have A Great Day!

 Credits:

Sophie’s Mandala: Hand Crocheted by Artisan Patricia Geraghty-Gaddis

Designer of Sophie’s Mandala:  Debri Uys

Reference Material: Wikipedia