Have a Mandala cake lying around and wondering what to do with it? Check out these easy and colorful Mandala yarn crochet patterns.
Whoever thought of cake yarn is an absolute genius! Oh beautiful cake yarn, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways!
Firstly, they are usually bigger than the average skein of yarn and that’s definitely a win in my book. That means I don’t need to buy as many – even for bigger projects. So much value!
Secondly, they take all the guesswork out of color matching. I save myself so much time when I can just reach for a gorgeous Mandela Yarn cake instead of holding tons of different skeins next to each other in the yarn aisle.
Thirdly, and this is probably my favorite part, yarn cakes allow you to change colors without actually changing colors. Hello beginners new best friend! You never have to worry about awkward color changes again with the fabulous Lion Brand Mandala Yarn.
AND…if you don’t have to change colors, then you don’t have to weave in ends! This is a total game changer for someone who absolutely HATES weaving in ends (like me!). You can get bright colors or more subdued lovely shades in this type of yarn.
So what can you make with Lion Brand Mandala yarn anyway? Prepare to be amazed at the versatility! Seriously, this yarn is an absolute work horse and it can do All. Of. The. Things, not just mandala designs!
We’ve got Lion Brand Mandala Yarn blankets, Lion Brand Mandala Yarn cardigans, Lion Brand Mandala Yarn shawls, Lion Brand Mandala Yarn scarves, Lion Brand Mandala Yarn ponchos, home decor, accessories and so much more! Scroll down and see the mandala patterns and tutorials for yourself! Grab your crochet hook and let’s dig in!
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25 Easy and Colorful Mandala Yarn Crochet Patterns (Beautiful Designs)
1. Daphne Afghan
Granny gets a modern makeover in this bright crochet throw. I love the visual mixture here of the geometric triangles with the freeform Lion Brand Mandala Yarn cake colors. Bright oranges, purples and pinks look amazing against the Lion Brand Basic Stitch yarn background.
Designer: TLYC Blog
2. Madeline Triangle Scarf
Trendy multicolor triangle scarves – like this exquisite specimen made with the moss stitch – are so effortless when you use cake yarn. You never have to worry about colors matching and you won’t have as many ends to weave in. Oh, and did I mention this free crochet pattern only uses one skein?!
Designer: Ginger Knots
3. Wishing Well Wrap
Combine your love of crochet with your latest can’t look away show. This easy and repetitive stitch is so relaxing and easy to remember that you can feel free to let your attention wander. You’ll only be using double crochet (dc) and chain (ch) stitches, so it’s super beginner friendly.
4. Continuous Mitered Square Afghan
Stop scrolling! This gorgeous mandala pattern isn’t like the other crochet afghans made from squares. You can have your squares without all the fuss in this clever no-sew design. And you won’t be breaking the yarn between each square so there are less ends to weave in! You can make this design using just single crochet stitches in the back loops only.
Designer: Petals to Picots
5. The Genesis Cardigan
The rich jewel tones of this particular Lion Brand Mandala yarn work amazingly in this boho cardigan. Channel your inner diva with this kimono style cardi that’s worked flat using just single and double crochet stitches. Turn up the drama with fun fringe to finish it off!
Designer: Hooked on Tilly
6. The Adirondack Wrap
If you’re bored of all the rectangle and triangle crochet shawls, try this non-traditional crochet wrap made out of 3 triangles. This simple yet effective design uses just double crochet and chain stitches. I love the way the long color changes in the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn drape over the shoulders. Don’t forget the tassels!
Designer: One Dog Woof
7. Wasilla Poncho
Let’s bring ponchos back in style! Seriously, why aren’t more people wearing these? A well made crochet poncho is a girl’s best friend. They are so warm and cozy and they look super cute too! This fun design uses single crochet, double crochet and puff stitches. You’ll be working from the top down and the best part is that there’s no sewing involved!
Designer: A Crocheted Simplicity
8. Starburst Blankie
Baby showers are a breeze with this fast and easy Starburst Blankie. And the wide selection of color choices for Lion Brand Mandala yarn are perfect for both baby boys and baby girls! Center out blankets are my favorites because I hate counting all those chain stitches for traditional blankets. This design uses double crochet shell stitches.
Designer: Teresa Chorzepa
9. 6-Day Pocket Shawl
Have you made the 6-day kid blanket before? If you have, then you know how fast and easy it is! You can make this pretty pocket shawl even faster than that. You’ll be working width-wise using single and double crochet stitches. The pockets are worked separately and then sewn on.
Designer: Betty McKnit
10. Prism Block Stitch Blanket
Play peek a boo with bright rainbow pops of color and a strong neutral gray color. Lion Brand Mandala Yarn and Lion Brand Feels Like Butta are a match made in heaven. You can make this super soft and striking throw using the box stitch. Don’t worry beginners, you only need to know single and double crochet stitches.
Designer: Make and Do Crew
11. Granny Golightly
Granny stitch is a crochet classic for a reason. It works up so fast and it looks amazing too! This gorgeous cowl design is a great way to learn the granny stitch if you’re not familiar with it. The pattern is very detailed and includes lots of helpful pictures too!
Designer: Every Trick on the Hook
12. Cactus Garden Blanket
Just take a moment to appreciate all the rich shades of the Lion Brand Mandala yarn in this stunning crochet blanket. Colorful cake yarn is perfect for the mosaic crochet technique. Never heard of it before? You only need to know how to single and double crochet. The best part is that there’s no changing colors in the middle of a row!
Designer: Pretty Peaceful
13. Remix Cardigan
Can’t decide which Lion Brand Mandala Yarn cake color is your favorite? This designer decided to grab two different colors and mix and match the order of the colors to her heart’s content. As you can see, the end result is amazing! Plus, you’ll only be using double crochet stitches.
Designer: Make and Do Crew
14. Dreamcatcher Mandala Circular Vest
Everything about this colorful and drapey crochet circular vest screams fun! I love the playful colors, the intricate mandala and the cascading waves that frame the torso. The stitches are fun too! You’ll be using a combination of single, half double, double and treble crochet stitches along with puff stitches.
Designer: The Lavender Chair
15. The Kenzie Skirt
Sorry ladies, this one is for the kids! Ultra bright Lion Brand Mandala Yarn colors make me think of summer. The lovely shell stitches and ruffled trim add playfulness and fair, while the drawstring waist ensures a snug fit. This design calls for basic crochet stitches and some post stitches for the waistband.
Designer: Above the Clouds Crochet
16. Extraordinary Mandala Hat
The generous yardage of the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn cakes lend themselves so well to big projects, that these smaller projects are very rare. What these small projects lack in size though, they more than make up for in flair! The slow color fade here is absolute perfection in this trendy slouchy beanie that uses front post and back post double crochet stitches.
Designer: Fandom Knitting & Crochet
17. Cake Stripe Blanket
Let’s get stripey! I love projects that combine the fun color combinations of the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn with a neutral color. This attractive crochet throw is made with single crochet and double crochet stitches. The design features rows of eyelet lace and multi-colored tassels!
18. Grandmother’s Flower Garden
Let’s put on our science goggles and dissect our yarn cakes! Separate each color into its own ball of yarn and you have a perfectly matched menu of colors to choose from for scrappy projects like this gorgeous and heirloom-worthy crochet blanket. This design calls for single and double crochet stitches along with popcorn stitches.
Designer: Make and Do Crew
19. Crochet Mandala Cowl
Oversize cowls are so casual and cute. They look great over a sweater or tucked into a jacket. Plus they are seriously cozy and warm! Color matching is a dream with Lion Brand Mandala Yarn. Single and double your crochet your way to a new crochet accessory and let the yarn do all the heavy lifting!
20. On the Bias Rectangular Afghan
Ok, so you’ve probably heard of C2C crochet before, but did you know it’s not just for the traditional C2C block stitch? There are a lot of different stitches that you can use when you work on the bias – like the easy single and double crochet stitch combo used here – and the long lines of beautiful stripes of color you get with the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn are unparalleled!
Designer: A Crocheted Simplicity
21. With Love, Granny
Visual learners, this one is for you! Follow along with the youtube video to make this gorgeous rainbow throw using granny and double crochet stitches. What a clever idea to use granny stitch to make images like these cute little hearts. It’s like filet crochet but different!
Designer: Jolie Knots
22. Lucy’s Kimono
Experiment with empty space once again in this beautiful draping crochet kimono. Double crochet and chain stitches form the eye-catching diamond design. This is a great crochet project to relax on the couch with and I love the beautiful calming blue.
Designer: Stuck with Ewe
23. Honeycomb Ripple Blanket
Calling all tunisian crochet lovers! This Tunisian honeycomb stitch blanket combines tunisian simple stitches and purl stitches. Tunisian chain back bar stitches are used to increase for the peaks and tunisian two together stitches are used to decrease for the valleys. The end result is really something special – especially in gorgeous shades of Lion Brand Mandala Yarn!
Designer: Crochet Kim
24. Monster Baby Beanie
Crochet stuff for boys can be hard to come by! This fun crochet monster baby beanie is a great project to have in your back pocket for when another baby shower announcement finds itself in your inbox. This hat is made from the top down using half double crochet, puff and spike stitches. How will you decorate yours?
Designer: Hooks & Sunshine
25. Lucky Penny Poncho
Make your child or grandchild something they’ll actually want to wear! This stylish poncho is both soft and colorful thanks to the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn. Your child will love the oversized fit and the cozy cowl neck. This design features a single crochet ribbing and the wonderfully textured even moss stitch which uses half double crochet and slip stitches.
Designer: Sincerely, Pam
Free Crochet Mandala Patterns
Now do you see why Lion Brand Mandala Yarn is one of my go-to yarns that I always have in my stash?! Have you tried Lion Brand Mandala Yarn before? Do you want to give it a try with one of the fantastic free crochet patterns in this round-up? I would absolutely love to see your work in the comments below!
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