My first Overlay Crochet Mandala

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In my last post I told you that I want to try to overlay crochet. On Saturday I started with the “Overlay Mandala” pattern. My first try came out totally wonky.

I worked 11 rounds of the pattern and I knew I was doing something wrong. Frogged somes rows and did them again. But it still didn´t look right. So I started to read the instructions propperly… and yes it was my fault. I was so hot to start this project that I didn’t read every hint before I started the pattern. My bad…

And as we know: When live gives you lemons, make some lemonade. So I made a little bird of that wonky piece of crochet:

On Saturday evening I srarted again and now everything worked fine. It´s all about knowing when to crochet in back loops, when to crochet in front loops and about counting rows. Suddenly I got the hang of it and everything fell into place.

It´s sunday evening now and I finished my first Overlay Mandala. I think it´s quite ok for a first piece. So here it is…

I proudly present my first “Overlay Crochet Mandala”:

Not perfect, but for my first Mandala I´m quite pleased with it…

What do you think? :)

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16 responses »

  1. Found this via flickr and it is just gorgeous. Makes me want to try it out. The colors you chose to use are bright and cheery. Looking forward to more of your work.

  2. Hello and thank you very very much everyone for your kind comments :)
    I had a lot of fun making this. At the moment I´m trying a pattern from the Crochet Overlay Jewelry book. But with a 4mm Hook. So I can practice this technique a bit…
    Happy Hooking everyone :)

  3. Just got to You. through Katheryne at Crochet C.(never can spell that. You know of whom I speak) Great awesome work!!!!!! Love Mandalas love overlay… Have not done overlay do not have book(yet) you gave me a mental jumpstart… markers always use those markers Safety pins in my case….. oh yeah consider yourself “bookmarked” in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Looking forward to your posts….have a chainy day :)

  4. Beautiful. You have convinced me that I must buy Crochet Master Class. Yep, this is the year for me to finally try new things, too. My desire to make beautiful things and my brain needs this. It’s amazing how you can knit and crochet for years and still miss so much neat stuff, isn’t it? Well, I guess that’s also what’s so terrific about these arts — there’s always something new to learn. I’ve got lots of overlay crochet patterns favorited in Etsy and Ravelry, so I have to learn. Gorgeous stuff that I have to try.

  5. Thanks a lot Ladies ♥
    It´s really not hard. Her pattern is very well written. You just have to read the whole thing before you start chrocheting, not like me “LOL”. She explains it very well step by step. But typical me: Naaa, reading, for what? Just grab the hook and go….
    But I must admit… sometimes you just have to be a bit patience and read… ;)
    And the designer is a very nice person, you can always ask her for help.

  6. Not perfect??? Honey, you need to give yourself a lot more credit because this is GORGEOUS!! And nothing short of amazing that it was a first try. Major kudos to you!

  7. That mandela is absolutely gorgeous and I sure would like some kind of directions to making one or two, your colors are perfection, mine kind of colors!!

  8. Beautiful and useful in many areas of the home – excellent gift idea for many different occasions.

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