free pattern: butterfly peacock mandala

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Hurray, free pattern day! :)

This pattern uses US terms and abbreviations. For a conversion chart to UK terms, look here. This pattern is for intermediate crocheters. It gets a bit overwhelming at times, so it’s probably a good idea to read over it a couple of times before beginning. But if I can do it, so can you! :)

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What do you need:

  • yarn (I used Softfun cotton/acrylic yarn by Scheepjeswol)
  • a matching crochet hook (I used a 4mm Clover hook)
  • a darning needle to sew in the ends
  • a pair of scissors

Voor de Nederlandse vertaling van dit patroon, klik hier!

Okay, let’s get started!

1. Start by making 4 drops. Make a magic ring, chain 3, 1 tr, 17 dc, 1tr, 1 dtr. Close the ring and join the round with your preferred method. I used the needle join. (as seen in this tutorial)

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2. Start in the dtr of the previous round: [dc, ch 1, dc] in the same stitch, 10 dc, inc (two dc’s in one stitch), 9 dc. Finish the round like you did in round 1. Work the same round for all remaining drops.

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3. Start in the second stitch of the increase on the bottom: inc (two dc’s in one stitch), 3 dc, [inc] x 3, 3 dc, inc, [tr, ch 1, tr] in the same stitch, inc, 3 dc, [inc] x 3, 4 dc, inc. Finish the round. Work the same round for the remaining drops.

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4. Alright, let’s join our drops to create a butterfly! Lay out the drops like in the picture below, then start in the second stitch of the increase at the top of the top right drop: ([inc] x 3, 9 dc, dc4tog (two stitches from one drop, two stitches from the second drop), 10 dc, [inc] x 3, 2 dc, [inc] x 3, 4 dc, dc4tog (two stitches from one drop, two stitches from the second drop), 5 dc, [inc] x 3, 2 dc) repeat twice. Finish off.

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5. Start at the top right drop, the 2nd  of the two dcs that are in between the increases : (inc, 6 dc, [inc] 3 x, 5 dc, dc3tog, 5dc, [inc] x 3, 7 dc, [inc] x 2, 9 dc, dc3tog, 10 dc, inc) repeat twice. Finish off.

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6. Start at the top right drop, in the 3rd dc increase: (6 sc, sc3tog, 14 sc, 3 hdc, inc (two dc’s in one stitch), [dc, tr], ch 1, [tr, dc], inc (two dc’s in one stitch), 3 hdc, 5 sc, sc3tog, 6 sc, 3 hdc, inc (two dc’s in one stitch), [dc, tr], ch 1, [tr, dc], inc (two dc’s in one stitch), 3 hdc, 7 sc) repeat twice. Finish off.

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7. Start at the top right drop, in the 3rd hdc: (13 sc, sc3tof, 14 sc, 3 hdc, 3 dc, [2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr] in the ch 1 space of the previous round, 3 dc, 3 hdc, 14 sc, 3 hdc, 3 dc, [2 tr, ch 1, 2 tr] in the ch1 space of the previous round, 3 dc, 3 hdc) repeat twice. Finish off.

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8. Okay, that was the outside, let’s clean up the inside! :) Start in the ch 1 space of the bottom left drop: (sc, dc4tog (two stitches from the current drop, two stitches from the next drop), sc in the ch1 space, sc4tog (two stitches from the current drop, two stitches from the next drop)) repeat twice. Finish off.

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9. Cut a piece of yarn and flip over your mandala. With your needle, whip stitch the two horizontal openings closed. Finish off.

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Your mandala will need a light wet pressing or blocking to help it lay flat.

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Good job! :) If you can make this mandala, you can make everything!

xo,
wink

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19 Comments

  1. It’s lovely!
    I think I’ll have to make this one… Adding it to my list! :)

  2. It’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing it! It’s definitely on my list. :)

  3. Thank you for sharing :) its beautiful!!!
    i have 2 questions:
    does the dtr stand for double triple? and what does the inc stand for? sorry of my questions sound a bit silly..i just want to make sure i get the written instructions :)

  4. Love this, so beautiful, think I’m going to have to order more yarn ;) Thank you for sharing your pattern.

  5. Thank you Wink – it is lovely!

  6. Beautiful! I’ll have to make one for my sister. She’s obsessed with peacocks!

  7. Nice colors you used to make this special mandala. Thank you for sharing the tutorial with us.

  8. Hi Wink:

    Thank you for this beautiful mandala. The colors are so vivid and awesome and the detailed instructions for a beginner are excellent!
    Peace,
    Dica

  9. Wink, That butterfly peacock pattern tutorial was amazing. I liked the step by step process in creating this design. I have never made anything this “complicated” before, but I think I am going to try to make one. Thank you for the free pattern and the directions in how you put it all together.

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  11. I love this Wink – thanks so much for the pattern!
    Joy x

  12. Thanks for sharing this lovely pattern! The colors are fantastic!!
    Kate :}

  13. I don’t know if I read the pattern wrong or are there mistakes. I couldn’t get the stitch count right. Anyway, my mandala looks good enough even though some stitches are missing.

  14. it’s beautiful, thanks for this pattern! :)

  15. Sounds silly but I have been dreaming about the “hows” of this stunning piece. Got my yarn and hook.Have this bookmarked.Just have to get a must do now wip out of the way first. Ok;my question, is it my right (as I look at my screen) or your right? Am I over thinking this?? I so want to get it perfect… Thank you.PS just voted for ‘ya on D.W..:)

    • Haha, yes, you are over thinking it ;) Your right, as in the picture on your screen! :) Good luck, let me know how you go!
      xo,
      wink

  16. Ive seen right now and love it!! So generous !!I couldnt believe its for free!!!Thanks a lot!! Ill use it in a little bag for my little lady!!

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