I’m lucky enough to have a whole room dedicated to crafts! Okay…my treadmill is also in there, and it’s a small room, but I LOVE it!!! I used a couple of old cupboards to hold all my stuff, and when I’m ready to start a new project I just go in and take a look until I get inspiration. My bulletin board helps me organize ideas and things I want to try.
I wanted a clock for the room because time definitely gets away from me when I’m. . . working, but I wanted the clock to be reflective of my crafts so I decided to crochet it!
I created a Mandala design. This pattern can also be used for a doily or hotplate or even a wall hanging.
A Mandala is a geometric figure that represents the universe. It’s meaning is “circle”, and it often has a certain balance that symbolizes harmony and unity. Many people use a mandala as a meditation aid so that it serves as a tool for a spiritual journey. The design is meant to be visually appealing so the analytical mind quiets and the creative mind soars! So imagine not just looking at a mandala, but meditating while you create it in crochet!
Mandalas have some meaning, but that can differ dramatically from person to person. For this one, I think of it as ripples on the water. As we go through life, we learn more and our understanding expands. We become a very different person than where we began. Most importantly, the beauty is in the journey! Discovering something new gives me the same feeling of giddy anticipation as that of a child opening a present. Each of our lives is a beautiful journey!
Below are the instructions for the design. If you want to make it into a clock, you’ll also need:
- Clock movement set
- Poster board – approximately 12” square
- Compass for drawing a circle
What You’ll Need:
- Worsted weight yarn in up to 9 colors. You’ll use much less than a skein in each color, making this project a great stash-buster
- I used Valley Yarns – Goshen – A = Bermuda Blue, B = Waterfall, C = Lake, D = Green Apple, E = Lemon Drop, F = Ginger, G = Red, H = Purple Haze, I = Violet,
- Crochet Hook size G
- Not important for this project
- My finished project measured approximately 10” in diameter
Notes: Weave in ends as you go.
- ch = chain
- mr = magic ring
- ss = slip stitch
- sp = space
- st = stich
- hdd = half-double crochet
- sc = single crochet
- tc = triple crochet
- dc = double crochet
- yo – yarn over
- DC Cluster = *YO insert into st, pull up a loop, yo & pull thru 2 loops*, repeat 2 more times (4 loops on hook), YO, pull thru all 4 loops
- V Stitch = (DC, Ch4, DC) into the indicated st
- Petal = (SC, HDC, DC, TC, DC, HDC, SC) into the indicated st
With A, Ch 6. Form ring with a ss into 1st ch (If not making a clock, you can use a MR instead of ch 6.)
- Round 1 – Ch 1,12 SC in ring, join with SS to 1st Mark 1st st with marker. (Stitch marker may not be necessary. I find it difficult to locate this stitch in the first few rows, so I use a marker to tell me where to ss)
- Round 2 – Join B with SS in any SC. Ch2. *DC cluster, Ch1 into each stitch. Join with SS to top of ch2. (12 clusters)
- Round 3 – Join C with SS into any ch1 space. Ch2, 2HDC in same sp.(Ch2 counts as a HDC) Sk Cluster. *3 HDC into each ch1 sp. Join with SS to top of ch2. (36 HDC)
- Round 4 – Join D with SS between any 2 HDC groups. Ch1, sc in same sp. SC in each HDC and in space between each HDC group. SS to 1st (48 SC)
- Round 5 – Stay with D. Ch 3. *Sk 1, DC in next st, Ch 1, DC in next st, Ch1, Sk 1, DC in next st, ch1* to end. SS to 2nd ch in beg ch3. (29 DC with ch1 sp between. Be sure to count the stitches, because this is the most confusing round)
- Round 6 – Join E with SS into any DC. Ch 1. (SC, HDC, DC) into each DC. Sk ch’s. SS into 1st (29 3 stich groups)
- Round 7 – Join F with SS into BLO of any st. Ch1. SC in BLO to end. SS to 1st (87 SC)
- Round 8 – Join G with SS into any SC. Ch6, DC in same st. *Sk 3 st. V stitch into next st.* Repeat to end. SS into 2nd ch of beg ch 6. (22 ch 4 spaces)
- Round 9 – Join H with SS into any ch4 sp. Ch 1. Petal into each ch 4 sp around. SS to 1st (22 pedals)
- Round 10 – Join I with SS into 1st sc of any petal. (Ch 4, DC, Ch 1, DC) in same st. Ch 1, SS to TC in Round 9, Ch 1. * (DC, Ch 1, DC, Ch 1, DC) in 1st st of next petal. Ch1, SS to TC in Round 9, Ch1* Repeat around. SS to 3rd ch of beg ch4.
- Round 11 – Join A with SS into any SC, ch1.. SC into each st and ch1 around. SS to 1st
- Bind off. Weave in ends.
When I made my clock, I first tried using nylon hat wire to stretch the outside of the rim so I could hang it on the wall. This didn’t work well. The clock tilted on the nail that held it to the wall. I finally found the solution. I used poster board cut in a circle the same size as the mandala with a hole in the middle. Then I painted it the same color as the wall. Then I glued the mandala to the poster board and inserted it in the clock movement set. The result is that it looks like the mandala clock floats on the wall. I love it!
As always, please post your clocks or mandalas on Ravelry so I can see what you’ve done!