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Crochet Tutorial: Spring Sun Mandala Vest

Crochet Tutorial: Spring Sun Mandala Vest

You asked. I answered. I hear you! My Spring Sun Mandala Vest is complete! Yes, this makes me as happy as it will you! This was made with Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombre in the color Cocoa. Can I say I am completely in love with this yarn without making my fiancé jealous? Let’s hope, because I am!

I made this to fit me. I am 5′ 2″ and I generally wear a size Small/Medium. I have given instructions in the Notes Section and in the video tutorial to alter this pattern to make it larger.


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Something you may not know about my work process, is that I design my pieces off camera first, perfect the pattern, fix all the quirks, and get all my mistakes ironed out before filming my final piece in my tutorials. I first designed my Spring Sun Mandala Vest pattern using Caron Cakes in the color Macaron. This was my original prototype for testing the pattern. I filmed the video in the Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombre that I posted above, but if you are interested in seeing how the Cakes work for this piece, this should give you a pretty good idea! No matter what yarn is used, this piece is sure to be a big hit!

Follow along with this video tutorial to learn how to make this Mandala Vest:

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Pattern:

Designed by Nadia Fuad
You *may* sell items made from my pattern, but please reference my website YARNutopia.com.
Please do not copy, sell, and/or post this pattern and claim it as your own.

Materials:

***Click here to get the whole KIT!! ***

Red Heart Super Saver Ombre in the color Cocoa
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Cafe Latte
-J-6.00mm Crochet Hook (Find the hook I used in my video tutorial here!)
Yarn Needle
Scissors
Brooch Pin

You can buy any of the items in this kit. Buy all or buy one item. Check it out to see the supplies you can get online to make this mandala vest!

NOTES:

-This project uses 1100 yards of yarn.
-Use a smaller hook to make these smaller
-Use a bigger hook to make these bigger
-Watch the FULL video tutorial for visual instructions for each round and to learn how to make this BIGGER
-Weave in all the ends as you go so you don’t have to weave them all in at the very end.
-This Mandala is 43 inches across (112 cm), Arm Holes are 18″ around (46cm), and Shoulders across are 15″ (38cm)
-This project took me approximately 20 hours to complete.
-To make this bigger, you can repeat Round 16 when you get to that point, you can also repeat Round 18 when you get to that point, you can repeat Round 26 when you get to that point, you can repeat Round 28 when you get to that point, and you can repeat Round 31 when you get to that point.
-I used 2 full Caron Cakes, but I was unable to finish the last 2 rounds of the pattern, so I would suggest about 3 Caron Cakes to finish the pattern.

Special stitches:
Ch(s): chain(s)
YO: Yarn Over
St(s): Stitch(es)
prev.: Previous
Sl st: slip stitch
SC: Single Crochet
HDC: Half Double Crochet
DC: Double Crochet
DC3TOG: Double Crochet 3 Stitches Together
DC4TOG: Double Crochet 4 Stitches Together
V-Stitch: [Double Crochet, Chain 2, Double Crochet] in indicated space
BPSC: Back Post Single Crochet
FPDC: Front Post Double Crochet
BPDC: Back Post Double Crochet
FDC: Foundation Double Crochet (See video tutorial for visual instructions)

Pattern:

If you have any confusion or difficulty with reading this pattern, please watch the video tutorial to have visual instructions.

Mandala Vest:

Start with Magic Ring or Ch 6, Sl st in 1st ch to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch up 2 (Counts as HDC here and throughout), 15 HDC into ring. Sl st to beg ch up 2. (16)

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (Counts as DC here and throughout), DC in same st, * CH 2, SK 1 st, 2 DC in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to beg ch up 3. (8 ch 2 sps, 16 sts)

Rnd 3: Sl st into ch 2 sp, Ch 2, 2 HDC in same sp, *Ch 3, 3 HDC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to ch up 2. (24 HDC, 8 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 4: Sl st into Ch 3 sp, Ch 1, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in ch 3 sp, * Ch 2, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in next Ch 3 sp, Repeat from * around. Sl st to 1st SC. (8 petals made)

Rnd 5: Sl st to middle DC of a petal, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 2, V-Stitch in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 2, SC in middle DC of next petal, repeat from * around, Sl st to 1st SC. (8 SC, 16 DC, 24 Ch 2 sps)

Rnd 6: In SC, Ch 1, SC in same st, *Sk ch 2 sp, [4 DC, ch 2, 4 DC] in next V-Stitch, Sk ch 2 sp, SC in next SC, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Ch 2 sps, 64 DC, 8 SC)

Rnd 7: Ch 1, BPSC around 4 sts, *[2 SC, ch 2, 2 SC] in ch 2 sp, BPSC around next 9 sts, Repeat from * around, sl st to first BPSC.

Rnd 8: Ch up 3, DC in next 2 sts, *Ch 2, SC in next Ch 2 sp, Ch 2, Sk 2 sts, DC in next 3 sts, Ch 3, Sk 3 sts, DC in next 3 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3. (48 sts)

Rnd 9: Sl st in each st to get to next ch 2 sp before a SC, Ch 1, 3 SC in ch sp, *SC in next SC, 3 SC in next ch sp, SC in next 3 sts, (Working BEHIND ch sp) DC in next 3 sts sk’d from Previous round, SC in next 3 sts on current round, 3 SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC.

Rnd 10: Sl st to middle SC that’s in a SC from prev. round (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 1, SC in same st, Ch 3, * [3DC, 3TR, 3DC] in ch 3 sp from Rnd 8, Ch 3, Sk 6 sts, SC in next st, Ch 3, Sk 6 sts, repeat from * around, sl st to first SC. (8 Petals, 8 SC, 16 ch 3 sps)

Rnd 11: Ch 1, SC in same st, *Ch 7 SC in middle TR of Petal, Ch 7, SC in next SC, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC if you are changing color. If you are not changing color, End with Ch 3, TR in first SC of round. (16 ch 7 sps)

Rnd 12: In Ch sp, Ch up 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 7, SC in next Ch sp, repeat from * around, end with Ch 3, TR in first SC. (16 ch 7 sps)

Rnd 13: Ch 1, SC in same sp, *Ch 8, SC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC. (16 ch 8 sps)

Rnd 14: Sl st into Ch 8 sp, Ch up 3 (counts as DC), 9 DC in same sp, *10 DC in next ch sp, Repeat from * around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (160 DC)

Rnd 15: Ch 1, FPDC around 1st st, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, sl st to first FPDC. (160 sts)

Rnd 16: Ch 1, FPDC around 1st FPDC, *BPDC on next st, FPDC on next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to first FPDC. (160 Sts)

Larger Sizes: **Repeat Round 16 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 17.

Rnd 17: Ch 5 (Counts as DC + Ch 2 sp), DC in same st, *Sk 1 st, [DC, ch 2, DC] in next st, repeat from * around, Sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. (80 V-stitches)

Rnd 18: Sl st into V-Stitch, Ch 5, DC in same sp, V-Stitch in each V-Stitch around, sl st to 3rd ch of beg. ch 5. (80 V-Stitches)

Rnd 19-20: Repeat Round 18

Larger Sizes: **Repeat Round 18 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 21.

Rnd 21: Sl st into Ch 2 sp, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 2 DC in same sp, *3 DC in next V-Stitch, repeat from * around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (240 sts)

Rnd 22: In gap between 3DC grouping, Ch 1, SC in same gap, Ch 4, Sk 3 sts, SC in next gap, repeat from * around, Sl st to first SC. (80 Ch 4 sps)

Rnd 23: Sl st in Ch 4 sp, Ch 1, [SC, HDC, 3 DC, HDC, SC] in each ch 4 sp around, sl st to first SC. (80 petals)

Rnd 24: Start in the middle DC of a petal (See video tutorial for specific location), Ch 6 (Counts as DC + Ch 3 Sp), DC in middle DC of next petal, *Ch 3, DC in middle DC of next petal, repeat from * around, Sl st to 3rd Ch of beg. ch 6. (80 DC, 80 Ch 3 sps)

Rnd 25: in Ch 3 sp, Ch up 3 (Counts as DC), 5 DC in same ch sp, * 6 DC in next ch sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (480 sts)

Rnd 26: Ch up 3, DC in each st around. Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (480 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 26 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 27.

Rnd 27: Making the Armholes: Ch 3, DC in next 9 sts, Ch 2, FDC 25, Sk 20 sts, DC in next 40 sts, Ch 2, FDC 25, Sk 20 sts, DC in the rest of the sts on this round, sl st to beg. ch up 3. (490 sts)

Larger Sizes: **If you need the armholes to be bigger or smaller, just FDC more or less and skip more or less stitches**

Rnd 28: Ch 3, DC in each st around, Sl st to beg. ch up 3. (490 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 28 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger, then go onto the instructions for Round 29.

Rnd 29
: Ch up 3, DC3TOG, *Ch 4, DC4TOG, repeat from * around, Sl st to beg DC3TOG stitch.

Rnd 30: In ch 4 sp: Ch up 3, 4 DC in same sp, *5 DC in next Ch 4 sp, repeat from * around, sl st to beg ch up 3. (610 sts)

Rnds 31- 35: Ch up 3, DC in Each St around, Sl st to beg ch up 3. (610 sts)

Larger Sizes: Repeat Round 31 for 2-3 more rounds if you need to make this larger.

Fasten off.

Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!!

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53 responses

  1. This is gorgeous!! Thanks so much 🙂

    On May 10, 2017 9:33 AM, “YARNutopia by Nadia Fuad” wrote:

    > Nadia Fuad posted: “You asked. I answered. I hear you! My Spring Sun > Mandala Vest is complete! Yes, this makes me as happy as it will you! This > was made with Red Heart Yarns Super Saver Ombre in the color Cocoa. Can I > say I am completely in love with this yarn without making” >

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  2. I realy LOVE it! I want to realize this model with thinner yarn. Will I have any problems with armholes??? Do I have to make more double crochet foundation stich and have to skip more stiches?

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  3. I’m just starting this beautiful vest and wanted to share a typo with you, row 1 says DC 15 but your video you said HDC! Also I want to make this with red heart unforgettable yarn but I’m not sure if that yarn would mess with the size?

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    • I just fixed it. It should be HDC. Unforgettable Yarn should work just the same! If you think it will turn out too small, you can use a K-6.50mm crochet hook and make it larger with the written instructions where it specifies Larger Sizes. Good luck and thank you for pointing that out!! Enjoy the pattern! ~Nadia

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      • Thank you so much for your feedback, I’ve never made anything like this before. I think I’m going to stay with my J hook (my favorite lol) see what size the mandala turns out to be and make adjustments within your pattern instructions. Thank you again💗

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  4. If I am typically a size small can I follow this pattern with a smaller hook? I am pretty new at all of this when it comes to measuring for a size. It is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Hi! I haven’t had a chance to watch the video yet, but I am really interested in making this with Caron Cakes since I have some! I saw that your test pattern was made from Caron Cakes–how many did you use? And if you used more than one Caron Cake, how did you get the colors to line up the way they were supposed to when you changed cakes? Thank you for this beautiful pattern!

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    • I used 1100 yards of yarn, which is about 2 and a half skeins of the Caron Cakes. The colors naturally lined up that way, I didn’t really do anything to the Cakes to make it look like that. Thank you for your comment! Enjoy the pattern!! ~Nadia

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  6. Hello Nadia, ❤❤❤❤❤ your pattern for this Awesome vest. I am following the pattern & the video. My question is can I use Aunt Lydia’s Cotton Thread #3 to make this vest?
    Keep doing what you do.You do it soooo well.

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  8. Hey Nadia!
    I just finished row 16 and I’m loving your pattern! I used red heart unforgettable until row 13 then switched to some black heartland and I measure 14in across. I was wondering what measurement you had after finishing row 16 if it’s not too much trouble?

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    • Actually I might need a measurement of your row 13 across.
      I feel like mines to small and I’m wondering if I should frog rows 14-16 and add a few more rounds of row 13 or more fpdc/bpdc rounds?

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  9. Can I use Lion Brand Mandalay yarn with project? It is a #3 weight yarn. If so what size hook should I use to get the same gauge you are using? I’m 5’3″ and usually wear a medium.

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  10. Hi Nadia I’m glad you did both video and written. I’ve been following the written and was confused round 6 I was missing single crochets the video showed you adding sc in each sc from previous row just giving a heads up so you can fix in the pattern. I love it 🙂

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  11. I recently discovered your site and I am in love with so much of your stuff. I am currently making your mandala doiley and loving it!
    I would love to make this vest. My question is can I make it with Peaches & Cream 4 ply worsted weight cotton? If so what size hook to use?
    Thanks for sharing your patterns!

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    • Thank you for your comment! You can definitely use Peaches & Cream yarn to make this! I would use the same size hook or even go up to a J-6.00mm crochet hook. Good luck on your next crochet project! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the mandala doily!! ~Nadia

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  12. Hi Nadia! I love all of your beautiful patterns and your tutorials are so easy to follow! Thank you!
    I do have a question about making the armholes. I am making this larger as I am 5’7 and usually wear a large/x-large and so I need to make the armholes larger. I know to make them larger you say to make more FDC and skip more stitches but would it be ok to make more FDC and still skip just 20 stitches? When I tried to make more FDC and skipped more stitches the part of the armhole that sits on my back (not the FDC chain I made) ends up being ruffled/wavy because of the extra stitches I skipped. I ended up making 40 FCD and skipped 20 stitches and once I had both armholes made I tried it on and it fits and looks great but I just want to make sure that this will not hinder me in finishing the rest of the pattern. I hope this makes sense to you!
    Thank you in advance for your help and for all your amazing patterns and tutorials!!

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    • That should work perfectly if you do more FDC and just skip the 20 stitches. It won’t hinder the design in any way. It will look fabulous in the end!! Thank you for your comment and feedback! I appreciate it! ~Nadia

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  13. Nadia you’re costing me a fortune in yarn! hahaha. Darling I just want to make everything you design! Part of me wants to stop seeing you post new exciting things and all of me wants to see more and make every item! =P I’ve made this Mandala Vest and it is GORGEOUS! I’ll post a picture on Facebook tomorrow since it’s dark now and daylight gives better pictures. I had to make mine bigger so I enlarged the armholes to fit me as well as adding several rows as I went along. It took me about 3 days to fit in enough time to finish it, but I had SOOO much fun making it! I can’t wait to post some pictures and show it off! I’m going to make another one for my friend soon! THANK YOU for all your amazing designs! I will also post a few of my own designs for all to see =D
    Bless you sweet heart!

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    • LOL Sorry not sorry!! HAHA!! Thank you so much for viewing my website and watching my video tutorials! Your continued support is greatly appreciated! I’m so glad you liked this project. ~Nadia

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  14. I am just about to start this beautiful vest but you don’t specify when you changed colours, I am not good at knowing when I should change colours is there any way you could add that to your pattern? Thanks love your work 🙂

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  15. You are awesome!!! I am almost finished with my vest and absolutely love it!! Am using Caron Cakes in pistachio and it is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your hard work with the crocheting community.

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  16. If this is a repeat I apologize but it is important to thank you so very much for sharing this pattern and the video. The vest is gorgeous (using Caron Cakes PIstachio). You are awesome and your hard work is appreciated!!!!!

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  18. Hi Nadia. I’m on my 2nd vest. The first one was made via the video (great instructions thank you) and the 2nd is with the pattern but I notice that in Rnd 6 it doesn’t mention the sc between v-stitch. Just wanted to pass it alone.

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  21. Absolutely love love love this!!!
    I’m making one in cygnet boho festival wool and the combination of the pattern and the colours are amazing!
    Is there any chance that you could provide rough measurements of some of the rows? I’ve just completed row 24 and my child is highly amused by me twisting around holding the piece up to my bum to try and compare dimensions to yours!

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  22. Nadia, thank you for this great pattern. I am watching the video and referring to the pattern at the same time. I am noticing on the video that you slip stitch to a certain point and then begin the next round, but those slip stitches are not in the pattern. Is there a reason? I am excited to keep working on this. I am making it with Yarn Bees Sugarwheel froom Hobby Lobby. I want to try the Caron cakes yarn too, as it has some wool in it. Thanks again!

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  23. I have just started on the AWESOME vest using a J hook and the Carron Cakes. I am on round 10 and my gut instinct was telling me the vest will be way to big. I am 5 feet 4 inches tall and 105 lbs. I usually am a small. I was wondering if I should go down just one or should I go down 2 hook sizes or do you think an “I” hook will be okay? thanks for any advice. THANKS NADIA for ALL your AWESOME PATTERNS

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  24. Another thought I had …. it might be helpful if you could let us know what the width is after round 10 and then what your with is when you started the armholes that would be really helpful for me since I am about your size. THANKS AGAIN SO VERY MUCH.

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  25. After watching this video and reading the pattern it looks like you have different starts to row 7 and 8 on video than you have in written pattern. I haven’t made it any further than row 8 yet

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