Granny Circle

A simple mandala – if you can do trebles and chains, you can do this one 🙂

Granny circle

Notes on this pattern: It’s a small detail and doesn’t matter enormously, but: for the central ring to stretch to accommodate your first row trebles, and then tighten up optimally, you will need a slip knot with a reasonably long tail end that pulls the loop tighter when you pull it, rather than a slip knot that pulls the loop tighter when you pull the working yarn.

You can either work this pattern as a single-colour mandala, or a rainbow or reverse rainbow mandala. If you do switch yarn colours each row, I strongly advise that you weave in your ends at the end of each row rather than waiting until your work is complete. Trust me: it will be a lot easier, and will end up taking you about 30 seconds per row.

A BLOCK is a set of three trebles with one ch at the end.
At the very start of each row, your block will be slightly different, consisting of three chains (that count as your first treble), two trebles and a chain.

A GAP is the gap left in the previous row by a chain stitch at the end of a BLOCK.

And here’s how you put it all together:

Row 1: ch, and then make a total of 5 BLOCKS into that very first ch (starting with another 3 ch to form the first “treble” of your first “block”). sl to top of initial turning chain to close circle.

Row 2: make a total of 10 BLOCKS, two into each gap in the previous row. sl to top of turning chain to close circle.

Row 3: make a total of 15 BLOCKS as follows: *two BLOCKS into the first gap, one BLOCK into the following gap*, five times. sl to top of turning chain to close circle.

Row 4: make a total of 20 BLOCKS as follows: one BLOCK into the first gap, two BLOCKS into the following gap, one BLOCK into the following gap*, five times. sl to top of turning chain to close circle.

Row 5: make a total of 25 BLOCKS as follows: *two BLOCKS into the first gap, one BLOCK into the following 3 gaps*, five times. sl to top of turning chain to close circle.

Row 6: make a total of 30 BLOCKS as follows: *two BLOCKS into the first gap, one BLOCK into the following 4 gaps*, five times. sl to top of turning chain to close circle.

Weave in ends, winding initial tail around “feet” of row 1 trebles and pulling tight to ensure tightness of central ring.

Enjoy!!