Garden Mandala

I am pleased to present: Garden Mandala! It is a bit floral, with a few dainty notes, but mostly it is bold and uncomplicated. Most of the lines are thick with gentle curves.

I have written this pattern up to be made using the overlay mosaic crochet technique from the center-out or bottom-up, and also the interlocking crochet technique from the center-out or bottom-up.


Interlocking & Mosaic

This design includes a full written pattern and charts for both interlocking and overlay mosaic crochet.

The mosaic version is solid and the charts are marked with X’s for the dropped double crochets.

Bottom-Up or Center-Out

Each technique comes with a bottom-up option and a center-out option.

Therefore, there are 4 files included in this design.

Written & Charts

Every design comes with the full written pattern and charts!

The mosaic charts are solid (no interlocking mesh dots) and have X’s.

Color Gradient

The “wow” in my photo mostly comes from the amazing color gradient in my yarn.

It definitely doesn’t come from my garden unless you are stunned by the amount of weeds in there. (That is mostly round leaf mallow – technically edible, but considered an invasive weed around here; I was too busy with crochet to worry about all the weeds).

I really wanted an excuse to use one of the big cakes of yarn from Scheepjes. Typically, I use cheap acrylic yarn because it is inexpensive and readily available.

Most of my yarn stash has been given to me over the years as friends of my grandmother or mother-in-law have destashed. I have a lot of tightly hand-rolled balls of old acrylic yarn with no labels. Every now and then there would be full skeins with labels included in the bags.

Now that I consider myself a proper designer I decided it was time to try some new-to-me yarns.

I hung my blanket near my overgrown garden.

Scheepjes, Not-Sponsored

I used Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlette for my Garden Mandala. It is a fingering weight yarn (1 – super fine, on the Craft Council’s chart).

You can find more details on my project page on Ravelry if you’re interested:

I had planned on using a worsted weight yarn ( 4 – medium) for this project when I was drawing it. It was supposed to cover a queen size bed. You can find the yardage details for both yarn weights here.

Blanket using Worsted Weight Yarn

Nancy Foster used worsted weight and her blanket just about covers her king size bed (but no drape down the sides) as shown in the photo below.

Her measurements came to 65? square, as expected.

Center-out, overlay mosaic crochet sample using worsted weight yarn. Crocheted by Nancy Foster.

Blanket using Fingering Weight Yarn

Using the thinner yarn has (as expected) resulted in a much smaller blanket. I used a 3 mm hook with this fingering weight yarn instead of the 5 mm I would have used with worsted weight yarn and my final piece is 40? / 101cm square.

My very tall 8 year old daughter is showing the size in the photo below.

You can also see a very sad tomato plant that I had to pull away from the rest of the garden because I was scared there was something attacking it – but it turns out it was blossom end rot and was because I didn’t water it enough. And there are some weeds drying on the walkway (proof that I did pull some weeds!).

Hopefully, my poor gardening skills won’t deter you from this Garden Mandala blanket (teehee).

Center-out, overlay mosaic crochet sample using fingering weight yarn. Modeled by my 8 year old daughter, Alice.

Everybody Loves It

The kids really like the size and the drape and the colors.

While working on this one, at one point or another, each person in my house has tried to claim it as their own. It was nice to have that compliment from them but I felt bad that I had to tell each of them no.

Multiple times: “No, you can’t have it, I haven’t finished it.”

To my son, Remington, “oh, you like the blues and greens? There will be more colors later. It isn’t finished yet.”

To my husband, “you love the weight of the cotton but I don’t think this is going to be big enough to cover all 6’3? of you.”

To my eldest daughter, Alice, “no, I can’t let you use it as a cape, I need to take some photos of it for the pattern listing.”

To my youngest daughter, Melody, “no, I can’t let this one be only yours because everyone seems to love it and they all want a turn.”

Family Favorite

I make plenty of blankets, but this one has captured everyone’s eye!

The colors, the design, the feel of the yarn – my only complaint is that it took me a really long time to finish because I kept doing small projects in between.

Four Options

You can do this pattern from the bottom-up or the center-out in both interlocking crochet or overlay mosaic crochet.

No matter which way you do it, the results are spectacular!

And, as always, I’ve included all 4 options in one listing. I don’t want anyone to be disappointed with their purchase (by purchasing the wrong version of the pattern). Whether you use Ravelry or Etsy you will receive all four options.

Each of the four options comes with a written pattern and an appropriate chart.


I have tutorials on each technique.

Interlocking Crochet

Learn the basics of interlocking crochet here.

Interlocking, Center-out

Add to your interlocking crochet skills by learning to work from the center-out.

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

This easy colorwork technique is popular!

Mosaic, Center-Out

My favorite technique to use for colorwork is overlay mosaic crochet from the center-out.

In-progress, interlocking crochet sample from the center-out by CrochetCarob.

Chart Differences

There are slight differences in the charts of each technique.

Interlocking Crochet

The interlocking crochet chart has mesh dots all over it, and the edges are locked together with solid lines. This is how all of my interlocking crochet charts look.

Interlocking, Center-Out

The center-out, interlocking crochet method has the mesh dots (because it is a natural byproduct of the interlocking technique) but it doesn’t have the edges locked the same way. This makes the chart a few squares smaller but doesn’t have a big impact on anything else.

Overlay Mosaic Crochet

The overlay mosaic versions (bottom-up and center-out) of Garden Mandala do not have the mesh dots. The charts have been adjust so it is solid mosaic crochet.

Center-Out Mosaic vs Bottom-Up

Yardage estimates for the center-out version do not include an envelope border because there are no cut ends to hide with that technique.

Instagram Posts

I shared a few teasers on my Instagram page before publishing.

Important Details

For Interlocking Crochet

  • Chart is 249 x 249
  • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
  • 62” / 158cm square
  • 4.5 mm hook (US7)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4400 – 4700 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards plus 300 for optional border
    • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

For Interlocking Crochet from the Center-Out

  • Chart is 245 x 245
  • Gauge: 8 (dc, ch) x 8 rows = 4”
  • 61” / 156cm square
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4400 yards total)
    • Main color (MC) (black on chart) – 2200 yards
    • Accent color (AC) – 2200 yards

For Overlay Mosaic Crochet

  • Chart is 245 x 245
  • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 15 rows = 4”
  • 65” x 70” / 166cm x 178cm
  • 5 mm hook (H-8)
  • Worsted weight yarn (4800 – 5500 yards)
    • Main color (black) – 3000 yards
    • Contrasting color – 2900 yards
    • Plus, optional envelope border – 700 yards

    For Overlay Mosaic Crochet from the Center-Out

    • Chart is 245 x 245
    • Gauge: 14 sc blo stitches x 14 rows = 4”
    • 65” / 166cm
    • 5 mm hook (H-8)
    • Worsted weight yarn (5700 yards)
      • Main color (black) – 2900 yards
      • Contrasting color – 2800 yards


    • Gauge: 28 sc blo stitches x 28 rows = 4”
    • 40” / 101cm
    • 3 mm hook
    • Fingering weight yarn (2750 yards)
      • Main color (Scheepjes Whirlette, Bilberry) – 1400 yards
      • Contrasting color (Scheepjes Whirl, Sherbet Rainbow) – 1350 yards