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My Crochet Mandala Rug

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So recently I finally finished my crochet floor rug which I started back in March (I think!). I worked on it in little bursts when I felt like it, until I realized I was only a few rows off being finished and then I couldn’t put it down till it was done. I’m so happy with how it turned it, and it adds a nice touch to our bedroom.

I thought I’d share my pattern variations in case you would like to make a bigger version than the original pattern too!

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The pattern is the Mandala Rug, available for free here and also on Ravelry.

I used Hoooked Ribbon XL which is 80% cotton 20% recycled material, so a tshirty kind of yarn. It’s super soft and squishy and comes in a great range of colours from neutrals to brights and I think there may even be some metallic colours as well. I used a light grey, charcoal grey, brown and cream. We’re very lucky to have our local yarn store Yarn By The River stocking this very cool yarn.

The Ribbon XL recommends a 10mm hook, but I went up to a 12mm because I crochet rather tightly.

In the pattern there are 18 rounds, the 18th being the border. After crocheting round 17, I added another 6 rows. In the pattern there are 3 rows crocheted with each colour change, the first is a simple dc (double crochet) in each stitch. The second row skips stitches and creates the chain spaces. The third row is an increase row.

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Here’s where I made my variations:

Row 18 – ch 3 (counts as dc) dc in each st, join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Row 19 – ch 3 (counts as dc) ch2, skip a stitch, then *1dc, ch2, sk 1 st* around. Join with a slip stitch in the top ch of the starting ch3.

Row 20 – ch 3 (counts as dc) 1 dc in next chain space, 1dc in next dc,  1dc in ch2 space,  1dc in next dc,  2dc in the ch2 space, then *1dc in dc, 1dc in ch2 sp, 1dc in dc, 1dc in ch2 sp, 1dc in dc, 1dc in ch2 sp, 1dc in dc, 2 dc in ch2 sp* around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the starting ch3. (Increasing every 4th ch2 sp)

Row 21 – ch 3 (counts as dc) dc in each st, join with sl st to top of ch 3.

Row 22 –  ch 3 (counts as dc) ch2, skip a stitch, then *1dc, ch2, sk 1 st* around. Join with a slip stitch in the top ch of the starting ch3.

Row 23 –  ch 3 (counts as dc) 1 dc in next chain space, 1dc in next dc,  1dc in ch2 space,  1dc in next dc, 1dc in ch2 sp, 1dc in next dc,  2dc in the ch2 space, then *1dc in dc, 1dc in ch2 sp, 1dc in dc, 1dc in ch2 sp, 1dc in dc, 1dc in ch2 sp, 1dc in dc, 1dc in ch2 sp, 1dc in dc, 2 dc in ch2 sp* around. Join with a slip stitch in the top of the starting ch3. (Increasing every fifth ch2 sp)

Row 24 – I added the border, which is the same as the original pattern.

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My rug ended up measuring approximately 43.5 inches across, including the border. I should also mention that I didn’t follow the pattern exactly at the start either, I just didn’t change colours exactly the same as in the pattern.

This is the first time I’ve posted any crochet instructions, so I hope it makes sense! I’ve reread them a few times, but if I’ve made any mistakes please let me know!

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Have you made a crochet rug before? Any other rug patterns I should know about?

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