I recently got my hands on this book ‘Mandalas to Crochet 30 great patterns’ by Haafner Linssen. Published by Search Press.
I love crocheting mandalas, there’s just something very soothing and relaxing about doing these. Plus they are normally quick to make up, so you have a finished project in no time, which is a bonus as I always seem to have unfinished wips lying around! but then again doesn’t every crafter?!
Back to the book ….. The author starts off by giving you information on yarns and selecting colours. Also she gives tips on crocheting the perfect mandala and by using certain techniques how you can achieve a more finished polished look to your work. If you are a beginner some of this information might go over your head for example, she uses standing stitches to begin rounds but you can still do them using the starting chain. I found this section very informative as she gives you information on starting rounds, joining a round, reading charts and how to do invisible joins, which I have always been lazy about doing but hey it does look better!
She breaks the mandalas down into these sections …
Basic: which as the name suggests is a good place to start off if you are a beginner. The mandalas here are basic patterns just increasing and using different colours. A good place to start.
Classic: these patterns are a little more challenging but still doable, more advanced stitches are used like popcorns and front post trebles. I crocheted the Lovely Lace Mandala & the Make it Pop Mandala from this section.
Flowers: these patterns had a flower like theme and all so beautiful. I did the mandala “Oriental Lily” from this section and its my favourite from the book.
Something Special: the last section of the book, again more beautiful mandalas with great colour combinations. All the mandalas in the book have a chart included too.
The next section deals with borders and how you can finish off your work with a pretty border. She gives examples.
The final section is all about projects and how you can incorporate the mandalas into projects. She lists the following: boho bag, hotpad, tablemat, summer scarf, lap blanket, rug and finally leaves and lace blanket, which is stunning.
If you enjoy crocheting mandalas then this is the book for you, she gives 30 patterns which you crochet in no time and make them your own, simply by changing the colours or adding a different border.
Thank you to Search Press for giving me the book to review. Please note, all opinions and thoughts are my own.
Till next time !
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