Mandala Universe Part 2

Materials - For the purposes of this tutorial I am using Scheepjeswol Cotton 8 (available from Deramores) and a 3.25 mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook (US D/3  UK 10). Please Note:  In some of the photos I have photographed the Softfun or Stonewashed XL instead of the Cotton 8 to make it easier for you to see the stitches.  Occasionally I will use a different colour in some of the photos for the same reason.  In this particular tutorial this affects Rounds 11 – 13.
                            Cotton 8    Soft-fun     Stonewashed XL
Round 9 Light Green Olive Canada Jade
Round 10 Moors Heath Corundum Ruby
Round 11 Heath Cyclamen Garnet
Round 12 Heath Cyclamen Garnet
Round 13 Heath Cyclamen Garnet
Round 14 Light Turquoise Light Blue Moonstone
Round 15 Light Turquoise Light Blue Moonstone 
Abbreviations
BLO – Back loop only
Bpsc – Back post single crochet
Ch – Chain
Dc – Double crochet
Fpdc – Front post double crochet
Fpsc – Front post single crochet
Hdc – Half-double crochet
Sc – Single crochet
Sl st – Slip stitch
St/st’s – Stitch/stitches
Tr – Treble crochet
* – Repeat instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified. This is a hardcore repeat and will consist of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat instructions between parentheses the amount of times specified. This is a lower level repeat.
Special Stitches -   Picot: Ch 3, sl st in the third chain from the hook
Standing Stitches: Standing sc’s, hdc’s, and dc’s are stitches used to start the round without the need for the traditional beginning chain. Links to tutorials are supplied in each relevant round.
V-stitch: (Dc, ch 2, dc) in the same stitch
Instructions - You will find the instructions for Rounds 1 – 8 HERE.
Round 9 -  If you are going to use the same colour:  ch 5 (counts as the first dc and ch-2) and then dc in the same st. This is your first V-stitch made. Ch 1. If you are going to use a different colour, start with a standing double crochet in the same stitch as the sl st join, then ch 2 and dc in the same st {Photos 1 and 2}.  This is your first V-stitch made. Ch 1 {Photo 3}. *Skip 3 st’s, make a V-stitch in the next st, ch 1 {Photo 4}.* Repeat from * to * 22 more times.  Join to the third ch of the beginning ch 5 (or to the top of the standing double crochet) with a sl st. Stitch Count: 24 V-stitches and 24 ch-1 spaces between V-stitches  {48 dc’s, 24 ch-1 spaces, and 24 ch-2 spaces}
Round 10      Note:  In this round, you will only be working into the ch-2 space (the space between the 2 “legs” of each V-stitch).  You will be skipping all the ch-1 spaces between V-stitches.  If you are going to use the same colour, sl st in the next ch-2 space, ch 1 and sc in the same space.  If you are going to use a different colour, start with a standing single crochet in the next ch-2 space {Photo 1}.  *Make 4 tr’s into the next ch-2 space (Photo 2).  Ch 3 and sl st in the third ch from the hook {Photos 3 and 4}.  You should now have a little picot at the top of the fourth tr.  Make 4 more tr’s into the same ch-2 space {Photo 5}.  Sc in the next ch-2 space {Photo 6}.*  Repeat from * to * 11 more times.  Omit the last sc on the last repeat.  Join to the first sc with a sl st. Fasten off and change colours.
Hint:  If you have more than 12 petals at the end of this round, you haven’t skipped the ch-1 spaces between V-stitches.
Stitch Counts: Total: 12 petals and 12 sc’s {96 tr’s and 12 sc’s}
Per Petal: 8 tr’s, 1 picot {1 sc’s between petals} 
Round 11 - Optional: if you would like to give the petals more definition, feel free to work into the BLO in this round.
Join your new yarn by making a standing half-double crochet in the first tr of any petal around {Photo 1}. If you have trouble identifying which loops belong to which stitch, see this tutorial. It touches on the anatomy of stitches when working in the round.
After making your first hdc, sc in the next tr of the petal {Photo 2}. Ch 6 {Photo 3}. Sc in the seventh tr of the petal (Photo 4) and hdc in the last tr. Dc in the sc between petals {Photo 5}.
*Hdc in the first tr of the next petal and sc in the next tr. Ch 6. Sc in the seventh tr of the petal and hdc in the last tr. Dc in the sc between petals.* Repeat from * to * 10 more times. Join to the standing hdc with a sl st.
Stitch Count: 12 dc’s, 24 hdc’s, 24 sc’s, and 12 ch-6 spaces.
 Round 12  - If you are going to use the same colour, ch 1 and sc in the same st. Then sc in the next st (Photo 1).
If you are going to use a different colour, start with a standing single crochet in the same st as the sl st join and then make a sc in the next st.
*Make 6 sc’s in the ch-6 space behind the petal {Photo 2}. Sc in the next 5 st’s.* Repeat from * to * 10 more times. Make 6 sc’s in the last ch-6 space and then sc in the last 3 st’s. Join to the first sc with a sl st.   Stitch Count: 132 sc’s
 Round 13 - Notes: The first sc of each repeat will fall in the third sc made into the ch-6 space – see Photo 2. The two 4-tr groups which form each petal will fall on either side of the dc in Round 11. When skipping the 3 st’s after the petal, be mindful of the fact that the first stitch to skip will be slightly hidden.
If you are going to use the same colour, ch 4 (this counts as your first tr) and then make 3 tr’s in the same st {Photo 1}.
If you are going to use a different colour, join your new colour by making a sl st in the same st as the sl st join. Ch 4 (this counts as your first tr) and then make 3 tr’s in the same st.
*Skip 3 st’s (see Notes above). Sc in the next st {Photo 2}. Catch the picot from Round 10 by inserting your hook into the second ch of the picot AND into the next st from Round 12 and completing a sc through both layers {Photos 3 – 5}. Sc in the next sc {Photo 6}. Skip 3 st’s. Make 4 tr’s in the next st. Make a picot (as in Round 10) and then make 4 tr’s in the next st.* Repeat from * to * 10 more times.
Skip 3 st’s. Sc in the next st. Catch the picot by making a sc through the picot from Round 10 and into the next st of Round 12 (as before). Sc in the next sc. Skip 3 st’s. Make 4 tr’s in the last st. Make a picot. Join to the top of the beginning ch-4 with a sl st. Fasten off and change colours.
Photo 7 shows the position of the 2 groups of tr’s and the position of the 3 sc’s between “petals”.
Stitch Count:
Total: 12 petals and 36 sc’s {96 tr’s and 36 sc’s}
Per Petal: 8 tr’s, 1 picot {3 sc’s between petals}
 Round 14 - Optional: if you would like to give the petals more definition, feel free to work into the BLO in this round.
Join your new yarn by making a standing half-double crochet in the first tr of any petal around. Sc in the next tr of the petal. Ch 6. Sc in the seventh tr of the petal and hdc in the last tr. Dc in the next sc {Photo 1}, skip the next sc of Round 13 and make a fpdc around the picot from Round 10 {Photos 2 and 3}, dc in the last sc {Photo 4}.
*Hdc in the first tr of the next petal and sc in the next tr. Ch 6. Sc in the seventh tr of the petal and hdc in the last tr. Dc in the next sc, skip the next sc of Round 13 and make a fpdc around the picot from Round 10, dc in the last sc.* Repeat from * to * 10 more times. Join to the standing hdc with a sl st.
Stitch Count: 24 dc’s, 12 fpdc’s, 24 hdc’s, 24 sc’s, and 12 ch-6 spaces.
 Round 15 -  Round 15 is the same as Round 12, but with more sc’s.
If you are going to use the same colour, ch 1 and sc in the same st. Then sc in the next st.
If you are going to use a different colour, start with a standing single crochet in the same st as the sl st join and then sc in the next st.
(Make 6 sc’s in the ch-6 space behind the petal. Sc in the next 7 st’s) 11 times. Make 6 sc’s in the last ch-6 space.  Sc in the last 5 st’s. Join to the first sc with a sl st. Stitch Count: 156 sc’s  .. source
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