Looking for the most amazing mandala yarn knitting patterns to use up that stash! Find them all here – we’ve got you covered from head to toe.
Who doesn’t love cake? Besides being a fan favorite for dessert, you can also find cakes in yarn form. These so-called cakes of yarn boast generous yardage and each skein has multiple colors. The beauty of yarn cakes like Lion Brand Mandala Yarn is that they do all the color changing for you. You don’t have to worry over color matching and you never have to fuss with changing colors (and the extra ends you have to weave in when you change colors).
Honestly, cake yarn is the best thing to happen to the yarn aisle like – ever. And the cake yarn section is always the most colorful and lively section of the yarn aisle too. The selection is ever growing as these fabulous skeins of yarn gain popularity and appeal. Lion Brand Yarn has a whole family of cake yarns to choose from! The Mandala Yarn Family includes:
- Lion Brand Mandala Yarn
- Lion Brand Mandala Ombre
- Lion Brand Mandala Tweed Stripes
- Lion Brand Mandala Watercolor
- Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick
- Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle
- Lion Brand Mandala Baby
Each line of cake yarns has its own unique composition of fibers, yarn weights and colors. I love having all the different choices! It would be really difficult for me to pick a favorite because I love each of them for different reasons. The subtle color changes of the Lion Brand Mandala Ombre are perfect for more sophisticated knits like stunning shawls and garments. The Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle yarn is perfect for those projects you want to feel extra special – like birthday presents. The Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick Yarn is great for saving time on larger knitting projects like afghans. And the Lion Brand Mandala Baby Yarn is an excellent choice for – you guessed it – baby knitting patterns.
We’ve got an amazing free knitting pattern collection for you today that features patterns that use all the different kinds of Lion Brand Mandala Yarn. Whether you’ve already got some in your stash or you are doing research for your next yarn haul, you don’t want to miss out on these fabulous and free patterns!
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25 Colorful and Free Mandala Yarn Knitting Patterns
This clever design makes use of slipped stitches to avoid changing colors in the middle of a round. I love the stained glass effect you get here with the great contrast between the black yarn and the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn. This great-looking design is deceptively simple to make, so don’t be discouraged by how amazing it looks!
Designer: Dragonbird Creations Designs
2. Meadowland Baby Afghan
Working with two skeins of Lion Brand Mandala Yarn is twice as much fun. You never quite know where all the colors will end up, so each blanket is a unique surprise. The design is worked as 4 triangles that are joined as you knit. No sewing and simple garter stitch makes this blanket a breeze!
Designer: Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand
3. Egg Harbor Afghan
I like to knit blankets with thick yarn so they’re extra cozy – it also saves so much time! Super bulky weight Lion Brand Mandala Yarn is a great choice for a colorful afghan without all the work of changing colors. Choose 5 different colors and settle in for a relaxing project that only calls for knit and purl stitches.
Designer: Lion Brand Yarn
4. Knit Mandala Cowl
Not having to worry about color matching or changing colors frees up your mind to worry about other things – like cable stitches! That’s what makes this such a great project for learning how to knit cables in the round. Plus, the rich colors and smooth transitions are simply stunning. Both written and video tutorial formats are available.
Designer: Crafty Tuts
5. Eyelet Triangle Shawl
3 reasons to love eyelet lace: it’s totally easy, it looks great and it keeps your projects from being too bulky and heavy. What better stitch for a pretty triangle shawl that can be worn all year round? The design is worked from the center out, so you don’t have to mess around with casting on a bunch of stitches.
Designer: Lion Brand Yarn
6. Strata Wrap
The Lion Brand Mandala Ombre yarn features a soft halo of fuzz and more muted colors. It’s an excellent choice for a sophisticated shawl or wrap. Case in point – the Strata Wrap. And the best part is that it’s so much easier than it looks. The design is worked on the bias in stockinette stitch. Finish it off with a tassel on each corner.
Designer: One Dog Woof
7. Simple Thick Cowl
This pretty striped cowl design calls for Lion Brand Mandala Watercolor Yarn. This is a bulky weight yarn with coloring that rivals the hand painted skeins you see at boutique yarn stores. The extra weight of the yarn combined with the delightfully squishy fisherman’s rib stitch makes this one cute and cozy cowl!
Designer: Abby Brown
8. Simple Striped Blanket
If you abhor picking up stitches, but love the finished look of a border on a blanket, then why not work the border at the same time as the rest of the blanket? This simple yet genius design does just that! It features a stockinette stitch middle and a garter stitch border. Basic stitches and effortless color changes make this a great choice for beginner knitters.
Designer: Missy Marshall for Lion Brand Yarn
9. Gradient Keyhole Scarf
Here’s that yummy Lion Brand Mandala Ombre yarn again and it’s looking so stylish and sophisticated in this cute keyhole scarf. It’s a quick knit and it’s easy to style so why not make one for yourself or a friend? The design features 4×4 ribbing and a clever no-sew construction.
Designer: Lion Brand Yarn
10. Broken Chevron Beanie
The Broken Chevron Beanie switches between two colors of Lion Brand Mandala Yarn for double the color changes. And just look how much yarn is leftover! If my calculations are correct, you should be able to make 7 of these hats using just 2 skeins. That’s a lot of gifts or donations!
Designer: Jaclyn June
11. Cobble Hill Pullover
Friends will think you’re pulling their leg when you tell them this chic sweater is handmade! There’s nothing particularly fancy about the design. It’s worked flat in stockinette stitch and it features a crewneck and a relaxed fit. There’s just something about the fall-where-they-may color changes that makes this sweater extra special.
Designer: Heather Lodinsky for Lion Brand Yarn
12. The Howdy Shawl
Say howdy to your new favorite shawl design. It uses a garter tab cast on and a few different stitch patterns to keep you interested from start to finish. The pattern calls for garter stitch, simple brioche rib, and eyelet lace. I find it so much easier to focus on my stitchwork when I can just let the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn do it’s thing!
Designer: The Snugglery
13. Sugar Rush Baby Afghan
Did you know that there’s an infant line of this fabulous yarn? It’s called Lion Brand Mandala Baby Yarn and it’s amazing! Not only is it extra soft, but the muted colors and soft pastels are more suited to baby knits. This colorful design is made in all garter stitch and it features a modular no-sew construction.
Designer: Irina Poludnenko for Lion Brand Yarn
14. Helix Leg Warmers
As a proud member of the mismatched socks club (ok, I just made that up) I am totally in love with these mismatched leg warmers. You can make them with just one skein of Lion Brand Mandala Yarn. The pattern calls for stockinette stitch worked in the round with an easy ribbed edging to help them stay up.
Designer: Cindy Grosch for Lion Brand Yarn
15. Soft Bubbles
Learn a new stitch with the delightful Soft Bubbles beanie. The bubble stitch is textured, squishy and just plain fun. The subtle transitions of the Lion Brand Mandala Ombre Yarn are perfect for a cute beanie that will go with anything. Great news for knitters who hate working with cable needles and double pointed needles – this design is worked flat!
Designer: Grace Suarez
16. Urbana Cowl
What could be better than a generously sized cake of yarn that does all the color changing for you? The answer is sparkles! That’s right, Lion Brand Mandala Sparkle Yarn exists and it’s just as pretty as it sounds. It’s hard to do it justice with a photograph, but trust me it’s gorgeous! Try it out with this quick and easy cowl design worked flat.
Designer: Bobbie Fitzgerald for Lion Brand Yarn
17. Simple Garter Stitch Scarf
Simple doesn’t mean basic! Just look how this garter stitch scarf shines in the deep hues of the Lion Brand Mandala Yarn. Even beginner knitters can make projects as beautiful as this one. And the best part is that you only need one skein of cake yarn!
Designer: Erica and Eleanor
18. Beginner Baby Sweater
Here’s a beginner-friendly baby sweater pattern that’s worked flat using Lion Brand Mandala Tweed Stripes Yarn. I think it’s such a good idea to use tweed yarn for baby projects because it helps to hide stains. You know how messy babies are! You can make this entire sweater using just a single cake of yarn so it’s budget-friendly too!
19. Playground Hoodie
Your kid will be the coolest kid on the playground in his new colorful hoodie. The random color changes add a playful touch to an otherwise basic sweater. Lion Brand Mandala Baby Yarn is used because it’s extra soft and the pastel colors are just perfect for kidswear. The design is worked flat and it features an easy drop sleeve, a hood and a kangaroo pocket.
Designer: Ubaldo Feliciano-Hernandez for Lion Brand
20. Shawl One
Can we talk about triangle shawls for a minute? I feel like a lot of them are the same length on all sides. The symmetry can help simplify things a bit but there’s something to be said for a triangle shawl with extra long tails. I just find them to be so much easier to wear, to style and to knot! This design is worked from the center out in garter stitch.
Designer: Rebecca Velasquez
21. My First Knit Shawl
This knit shawl design ticks all the boxes. While most of the pattern is worked in easy peasy garter stitch there is also some simple lace and faux cabling details. You are sure to learn a new trick or two when you follow along with the charted or written instructions for this design. The model is shown here in Lion Brand Mandala Ombre Yarn in the color mantra.
Designer: Designs by Phanessa
22. Pennant Scarf
Rectangles and triangles are so last year. Make something different and fun with this fabulous rainbow pennant scarf. The pattern starts at the point and uses garter stitch and easy yarn over increases to get wider as you knit along. The resulting shape looks just like a pennant. It’s so sporty!
Designer: Lion Brand Yarn
23. Fishnet Rainbow Scarf
I like a lightweight scarf because it doesn’t add too much bulk when I tuck it into my jacket. Plus, I don’t have to worry about overheating. You can make this bright rainbow scarf using an easy eyelet mesh stitch. The pattern even includes helpful tips for a neat finish. What a great resource for beginner knitters!
24. Super Scrunchy Extra Long Leg Warmers
It doesn’t get much more fabulous than this. These rainbow leg warmers can be worn scrunched down as shown or pulled up over the knee. The design is worked in the round and it only uses one skein. There’s even a clever trick for matching the lengths of the two leg warmers without counting rows.
Designer: My Poppet
25. Sunday Picnic
A comfy oversized sweater is just the thing to add to your wardrobe. It’s cute enough to wear out to brunch or something while also being cozy enough for a relaxing afternoon in. The design is worked flat using Lion Brand Mandala Ombre and it features a relaxed fit.
With so many free knitting patterns (and so many different kinds of Lion Brand Mandala Yarn) the possibilities are endless! Have you used Lion Brand Mandala Yarn before? What did you make and what did you think of it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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