Vintage Mandala Potholder

Vintage Mandala Potholder

This is the first pattern I want to share with you. It has been passed down in a family for over three times, and I was asked to replicate this potholder. Although the pattern is not my creation, I think it is so special to appreciate work that would otherwise be forgotten with time. Obviously, I won’t make a profit from someone else’s creation. But we can all use some more flowers in our life 😉

So here it is: the pattern.

Please refer to the Abbreviations and Stitches post for more information.

Repeats are indicated using *pattern* twice or ^pattern^ four times: repeat everything between the marks until you have as many repetitions as stated behind the mark.
Changing colors at the start of some or all rounds is optional. For this pattern, work all stitches through both loops.

Round 1.           Make a magic circle; ch2 (counts as 1st dc) and 19 dc in magic ring; NJ in the 1st dc after ch2. (20)

Round 2.           Attach yarn in any dc of round 1, *2 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), ch2* 10 times. NJ in the 1st dc after ch2. (20 + 10 ch2)

Round 3            Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 2, *2 dc inc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), ch2, sk underlying ch2* 10 times (40 + 10 ch2)

Round 4            Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 4, *1 dc inc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), 2 dc, 1 dc inc, ch2, sk underlying ch2* 10 times (60 + 10 ch2)

Round 5            Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 6, *1 dc inc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), 4 dc, 1 dc inc, ch2, sk underlying ch2* 10 times (80 + 10 ch2)

Round 6            Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 8, *1 dc inc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2), 6 dc, 1 dc inc, ch2, sk underlying ch2* 10 times (100 + 10 ch2)

Round 7            Attach yarn in 2nd dc in a group of 10, *8 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space, ch2* 10 times (90 + 20 ch2)

Round 8            Attach yarn in 2nd dc in a group of 8, *6 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ twice, ch2* 10 times (80 + 30 ch2)

Round 9            Attach yarn in 2nd dc in a group of 6, *4 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ three times, ch2* 10 times (70 + 40 ch2)

Round 10         Attach yarn in 2nd dc in a group of 4, *2 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ four times, ch2* 10 times (60 + 50 ch2)

Round 11         Attach yarn in 1st dc in a group of 2, *1 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ five times, ch2* 10 times (60 + 60 ch2)

Round 12         Attach yarn in any ch2 space *1 dc (the 1st dc of the round will be a ch2) (skip last underlying dc), ^ch2, 1 dc in underlying ch2 space^ five times, ch2, 1 dc in the previous ch2-space, ch2* 10 times (60 + 50 ch2)

Follow this pattern twice. You will now have 2 flower mandalas.

SC around the flower’s petals on one (or both) pieces, this side becomes the outside

Put the insides together and join by working 2 sc in every ch2 of both mandalas (simultaneously), with the decorated side facing you.

Congratulations! You just finished your own Vintage Mandala Potholder!

To the best of my knowledge, this pattern is no longer copyrighted. Please reach out to me if you do have the rights to this pattern or know a rightful owner.

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