|my first purple mandala - just 18cm diameter|
Jane (also known as @queen_babs on Instagram and https://www.facebook.com/queenbabscards) put out a public appeal for crocheted purple mandalas. She's going to join them together and use them to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia Syndrome at a yarn bombing event in Sydney, Australia.
|I started with a pattern but then went free style to make it bigger - 40cm diameter|
I thought that was a very good cause, so I set about making some for her. I really haven't crocheted for many years, so I had to remember how the stitches went. It's so confusing now - of course UK and US mean different things by the same words. A double crochet in one country is a treble crochet in the other. You have to check which country the pattern is from and adapt to their codes, or your mandala gets overly full and won't sit flat.
|the Carnivale Cushion pattern from mypoppet.com.au - 28cm diameter|
My mandalas were all made from free patterns available on the internet.
You can see all the purple mandalas on Instagram #FMShopemandala
|all three together|
If you'd like to join in, your mandala needs to be made from cotton or acrylic yarn, mainly purple (with possible white or black), and between 14cm and 50cm diameter. Jane needs them all in Sydney by 2 April 2015. You can contact her through Instagram or facebook.
Next time I'll show you some of my earlier crochet efforts - here's a sneak peek.