Dream Circle 12″ Crochet Square and Mandala

Dream Circle covera

Hooray! The day has finally come when I can release my newest design, the Dream Circle 12″ Square and Mandala. I hope you love it for all your CALS and square projects. I’m honored that Dream Circle is the featured square for September 17 on the fabulous Moogly 2015 CAL!

I’ve also included instructions for making it into a mandala instead of a square. In addition, I made one of these squares to begin my Around the Bases CAL, and I give instructions for adding an extra round to make the numbers right for beginning the first inning of ATB.

I hope you enjoy Dream Circle, and I’m looking forward to seeing your projects on Ravelry, Facebook and Instagram. Please post with hashtag #dreamcirclecrochet on Instagram so I can find your creation!

Dream Circle pattern is also available in Dutch.

Dream Circle 12” Crochet Square

By Carolyn Christmas

Terms

This pattern is written in US terms.

 Size

12″ square made with worsted/Aran/ weight category 4 yarn

Materials

6 colors worsted/Aran/weight category 4 yarn. For this one I used I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby in mango, key lime, hot rose, turquoise, yellow and hot orchid.

Size I/9.00/5.50mm hook

Gauge

At end of rnd 4, piece should measure 4 5/8”

Notes

This section covers methods of beginning and ending rounds invisibly (optional), and working the magic ring to begin round 1 (optional). This section also covers how to work surface crochet, and how to work in back lp only with no holes. I don’t have tutorials to these on the pinkmambo.com blog, so I’m directing you to fine tutorials by some of my fellow crochet bloggers

Standing double crochet

Needle joins

Magic ring or magic circle

Surface crochet

Working in back lp with no holes

Abbreviations

Sc           single crochet

Ch            chain

Dc            double crochet

Lp            loop

Tr            treble crochet

Dtr            double treble

Sp            space

St            stitch

Sl st            slip stitch

Instructions

Rnd 1: With color A, ch 5, join with sl st in first ch to form ring (or make magic ring), ch 3 (counts as dc), 11 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off. (12 dc)

Dream Circle 1a

Rnd 2: Join color B with sl st in back lp of any st, working this rnd in back lp only, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, join. Fasten off. (24 dc)

Dream Circle 2a

Rnd 3: Join color C with sc in second dc of any 2-dc pair, sc in next st, dc in front lp of dc below on rnd 1, (sc in next 2 sts, dc in front lp of next st on rnd 1) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off. (12 dc, 24 sc)

Dream Circle 3a

Rnd 4: Join color D with sl st in back lp of any dc, ch 3 (counts as dc), working this rnd in back lps only, dc in same st, dc in next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts) around, join. Fasten off. (48 dc)

Dream Circle 4a

Rnd 5: Be sure not to work this rnd too tightly. It may cup a little which is OK; it will flatten out with next rnd. You may choose to work this rnd with one size larger hook to help it lay flatter. Join color E with sc in any st, ch 1, skip next st, (sc in next st, ch 1, skip next st) around, join. Fasten off. (24 sc, 24 ch-1 sps)

Dream Circle 5a

Rnd 6: Join color F with sc in any ch-1 sp, 5 dc in next ch-1 sp, (sc in next ch-1 sp, 5 dc in next ch-1 sp) around, join. Fasten off. (12 5-dc petals, 12 sc)

Dream Circle 6a

Surface crochet (see notes)

With color B, work a round of surface crochet on Rnd 1.

With color E, work a round of surface crochet on Rnd 2.

Dream Circle 7a

Note: When working in skipped stitch below on rnd 4 on next rnd, work in front of rounds 5 and 6 and work in both lps of stitches on rnd 4.

 Rnd 7: Join color A with sc in first dc of any 5-dc group, *sc in next st, 3 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, dc in skipped st below on rnd 4, skip next sc on rnd 6**, sc in next st; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join. Fasten off. (12 7-sc petals, 12 dc)

Dream Circle 8a

Rnd 8: Join color B with sc in back lp of center sc of any 3-sc group at top of any petal, working this rnd in back lps only, *skip next 3 sts, (tr, 3 dc, tr) in next dc, skip next 3 sts**, sc in next st (top of petal); repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join. Fasten off. (12 5-dc shells, 12 sc)

Dream Circle 9a

Dream Circle 10a

Rnd 9: Join color C with sl st in back lp of any sc, ch 3, working this rnd in back lps only, dc in same st, dc in next 5 sts, (2 dc in next sc, dc in next 5 sts) around, join. Fasten off. (84 dc)

Dream Circle 11a

Rnd 10: Join color D with sc in dc after any 2-dc pair, sc in next 2 sts, *dc in front lp of center dc of 3-dc group on rnd 8, do not skip st on rnd 9, sc in next 3 sts, dc in front lp of next sc on rnd 8, skip next st on rnd 9**, sc in next 3 sts; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join. Fasten off. (24 dc, 24 3-sc groups)

Dream Circle 12a

Rnd 11: Join color E with sl st in back lp of any dc, ch 3 (counts as dc), working this rnd in back lps only, dc in same st, dc in next 7 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next 7 sts) around, join. Fasten off. (108 dc)

Dream Circle 13a

Rnd 12: Join color F with sc in back lp of second dc in any 2-dc pair, working this rnd in back lps only, sc in next 8 sts, *hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, dtr in next 2 sts, 2 dtr in next st, ch 2, 2 dtr in next st, dtr in next 2 sts, tr in next 2 sts, dc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts**, sc in next 9 sts; repeat from * around ending last repeat at **, join. Fasten off. (29 sts on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Dream Circle 14a

Rnd 13: Join color A with sc in first sc of 9-sc group on any side, *sc in each st across to last 3 sts before corner, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in last st before corner, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in corner ch-2 sp, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts; repeat from * around ending with sc in each remaining st across, join. Fasten off. (33 sts on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Dream Circle 15a

Rnd 14: Join color C with sc in any st, sc in each st around with (sc, ch 2, sc) in each corner, join. Fasten off. (35 sc on each side, 4 corner ch-2 sps)

Surface crochet (see notes)

With color B, work a round of surface crochet on Rnd 10.

With color C, work a round of surface crochet on Rnd 11.

Dream Circle 16a

Dream Circle 17a

 

Dream Circle Mandala

Work same as Dream Circle Square through rnd 11.

Rnd 12: Join color of choice with sc in any st, skip next st, 4 dc in next st, skip next st, (sc in next st, skip next st, 4 dc in next st, skip next st) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Dream Circle 19a

 

To use Dream Circle 12″ Square for center square for the Around the Bases CAL

To get the proper stitch count to begin the Around the Bases CAL, I added the following round to my block before beginning the first inning.

Join with sl st in any st, ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st around with (2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in each corner, join. Fasten off. (40 dc on each side plus 4 ch-2 corner sps)

Bottom photo shows my Dream Circle ATB through the second inning. I’ll update with more photos as I progress!

Dream Circle 20a

 

 

Dream Circle 21a

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