One of my favourite things to crochet, mandalas are really popular and there are tonnes of beautiful patterns out there. I’ve made a few, my favourite (and largest) being Sophie’s Garden.
You might now be wondering what a mandala actually is, apart from a circle of crochet. I think Wikipedia sums it up quite nicely. I had never defined it properly, but kind of knew inside what it meant (if that makes sense!) So many people use crochet as a form of relaxation and a chance to practise mindfulness. Mandalas are perfect for this as quite often the stitches are repeated numerous times around the circle so your mind can wander. They are also a chance to try out new stitches and explore techniques; Sophie’s Garden allowed me to learn about working around the posts, something which I’d never tried before.
The constant colour changes in mandalas also make them quite good stash busters, I only ever use leftover yarn for them!
Have you ever made a mandala? Which pattern did you use?