I had the privilege of testing Lilla Bjorn Crochet’s Helios Mandala and just had to make a blanket.
I used Scheepjes Metropolis and Scheepjes Spirit for this project and it is very soft and cozy. Just in time for the cooler temperature to set in.
I decided to add all my notes here for making the mandala into an Octagon and then a blanket in case you would like to give it a try.
I added my hook size but go with the hook you get the right guage for the pattern.
Shaping into an Octagon 9” per side
20g Miami. 4.0 hook
42 per side x8
Rnd 1 3 tr in corner 2 htr 4 dc 8hdc 13sc 8hdc 4dc 2htr
Rnd 2 3dc in corner 12dc 2hdc 15sc 2hdc 12dc
Triangles made with linen stitch
Used the pattern from the Winter Octagon Blanket by Lilla Björn Crochet
9g Miami. 4.5 mm hook
47sts per side ch2 sp
Make magic ring, ch1 (doesn’t count as sc – here and throughout), (2sc, ch2, 2sc) in magic ring, tighten the ring, turn. (4sc, 1 ch2-sp)
Note: on this and all next rows first sc is made in last sc of previous row.
Row 2 Ch1, 2sc in first sc, ch1, skip 1 st, V-st in the corner, ch1, skip 1 st, 2sc in last sc, turn. (3sc x 2, 2 ch1-sps, 1 ch2-sp)
Row 3 Ch1, 2sc in first sc, ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st, V-st in the corner, ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp, ch1, skip 1 st, 2sc in last sc, turn. (4 sc x 2, 2 ch1-sps x 2, 1ch2-sp)
Row 4 Ch1, 2sc in first sc, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp] till next corner, ch1, skip 1 st, V-st in the corner, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next sp] till last 2 sc, ch1, skip 1 st, 2sc in last sc, turn. (5 sc x 2, 3 ch1-sps, 1ch2-sp)
Row 5-end As Row 4. until you get to 47sts on the sides
Block squares and side triangles. Side of the square and top sides of
triangles should be the same size and octagon’s sides.
6g Miami 4.5mm hook
made using the pattern also from the winter octagon blanket by Lilla Björn Crochet. Starting in the center of the 3 dc in the corner. Working in the back loop for the first row.
You can use this triangle to square an octagon up.
Attach yarn with ss in marked st on the octagon’s edge on RS. Ch1, 1sc2tog over same and next st, [ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc in next st] till 2 sts are left, ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc2tog over next 2 sts, turn.
Ch1, 1sc2tog (make first leg in sc2tog of previous row, make next leg in next sp), [ch1, skip next st, 1 sc in next sp] till 1 sc before last ch1-sp in the end of the row, ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc2tog (make first leg in next sp, make second leg in last st), turn.
Continue with row 2 until 5 sts are left
Ch1, 1sc2tog, ch1, skip 1 st, 1sc2tog, turn.
Ch1, 1sc3tog (make first leg in sc2tog, second leg in next sp, third leg in last
sc2tog), fasten off
20g Miami. 3g Spirit. 4.5mm hook
Middle of the sea square by Lilla Björn Crochet
Linen stitch to 47 sts per side
Joining with a Sc join and the 4.5mm hook
80g Miami Dolphin. 4.5mm hook
Rnd 1 Sc around Sc ch2 Sc in corners
Rnd 2 dc around dc ch2 dc in corners 287dc each side 193dc each end
Rnd 3 BPdc around each dc hdc ch2 hdc in corners
Rnd 4 change color ch2 dc in the corner ch1 sk st dc to the end ch1 dc ch2 dc in the corners
Rnd 5 change back to main color Sc in the dc from Rnd 4 and dc in the skip sts from Rnd 3 Sc ch2 Sc in the corners
Rnd 6 Sc around Sc ch2 Sc in the corners
You can find the Pattern for the Helios Mandala on Ravelry or links are all on Tatsiana’s blog HERE