Wink was absolutely right. The colors and the process of creating mandalas is very therapeutic and the results are always so fun to admire and enjoy. Like Wink, i too struggled/struggle with Mental Illness. At an early age i was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. It led to years in an out of institutions, years of falling ill from trying new medications, struggling with self harm and multiple suicide attempts. I found solace in fiber arts. It is also why i make my Farts and patterns so colorful and silly. It helps me cope with my inner turmoil. I felt compelled to share this, maybe to be able to have other empathize or maybe have someone, anyone out there who feels lost can relate and start crafts as positive coping skills ❤ I came up with a Mandala pattern. I sat and made these back to back to back in various colors during a really rough week after Wink passed away. I decided it was appropriate to call them the “Borderline Mandala”.
Any size hook is fine.
Used varieties of Red Heart in, Super Saver, Classic, Shimmer and Baby.
Uses, (double crochet, Magic circle, Bobble Stitch, Triple Crochet, Spike Stitch)
Magic circle, ch1
1.)12dc in circle join to 1st dc(12)
2.)ch1, 2dc in each sp around. Join to 1st dc. (24)
3.)ch3, *2tc, ch2, skip sp. repeat from * around. Join to top of ch3
Switch color and join in top of ch3
4.)ch1, sc in same sp,(tc), sc in next tc sp, 3sc in each ch2 sp around. (1sc in each tc sp, 3sc in each ch2 sp)
5.)using same color, 2sc, Sc in next 3sp, repeat around.
6.) sc in next 3sp Bobble stitch next stitch. Repeat around.
7.) in BLO, *dc, 2dc, dc, dc in Bobble, repeat from *around
8.)using same color, 2hdc, hdc in next 10sp , repeat around hdc in last 5 sp. (104)
9.)ch1, sc, sc in one row below, sc in two rows below, Sc in one row below sc, repeat around.
10.) using same color, hdc, ch3, skip next three, *decrease hdc, ch3 skip three. Repeat from * around.
11.) slst to any ch3 sp, sc hdc cd tc ch2 tc dc hdc sc in same so and in each ch3 sp around.
******If you or anyone you know struggles with Suicidal Thoughts:*****