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Caboodle Mandala Placemat ©
Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn: 169 yds/153.5 m
Magic Ring- mr
Back Side Slip Stitch- bs sl st
Slip Stitch- sl st
Single Crochet- sc
Double Crochet- dc
Popcorn Stitch- ps
Front Post Double Crochet- fpdc
Alternate Double Crochet- alt dc
Alternate Front Post Double Crochet- alt fpdc
14 ¼ inches/36.9500 mm
Special Stitches and Instructions
If you prefer, video tutorials for Magic ring, the Popcorn Stitch and the Front Post Double crochet, and the alternate double crochet are available on my YouTube Channel.
Front Post Double Crochet Instructions
Yarn over and place your hook around the post from front to back of the next double crochet or front post double crochet.
Yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.
Yarn over and pull through 2 the last 2 loops.
Popcorn Stitch Instructions
Work 4 single crochet (sc) stitches in the same stitch.
Drop the loop from your hook.
Insert your hook from back to front under the top 2 loops of the first single crochet of the group.
Yarn over and pull through the first single crochet.
This will make your Popcorn stand on the opposite side of your work, which is where you want it.
Alternate Front Post Double Crochet Join
This join Is used to make a smooth transition from a double crochet to a front post double crochet row at the end of a double crochet or another Half double crochet row. It also eliminates the standard chain 3 and prevents a seam.
Yarn over and place your hook around the back of a double crochet or front post double crochet post just like you would to make a front post double crochet.
Yarn over and draw up a loop around the post.
yarn over and pull through one loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through two loops again.
Alternate Double Crochet
In the indicated stitch make a slightly loose sc. Place hook in the left loop of the single crochet. Yarn over and pull through loop, yarn over and pull through both loops.
Back side Slip Stitch
Whenever the pattern calls for a slip stitch, place your hook through the back of the top of the stitch to slip stitch.
Row 1- In mr dc 12. Join to top of first dc with a bs sl st. 12 st’s
Row 2- Alt dc, dc in same st, 2 dc in each stitch around. Alt fpdc join. 24 st’s
Row 3- Ch 1, *fpdc in next st, ch 1*. Repeat from *to* around. Alt fpdc Join to first fpdc. 24 fpdc, 24 ch 1’s.
Row 4- Ch 1, Fpdc in the next st, ch 1, *fpdc in next st, ch 1.* Repeat from *to* around. Bs sl st to first fpdc. 24 fpdc, 24 ch 1’s.
Row 5- Alt dc in first st, dc in the next st, dc in ch 1 sp, *dc in next st, dc in ch 1 sp.* Repeat from *to* around. Join with a bs sl st to top of 1 st dc. 48 st’s
Row 6- Alt dc, ch 1, dc in first st, ch 1, *dc in the next st, ch 1.* Repeat from *to* around. Alt fpdc Join to 1st dc. 48 dc st’s, 48 ch 1’s.
Row 7- Ch 1, Fpdc around the next st, ch 1. Repeat around. Bs sl st to 1st fpdc. 48 fpdc, 48 ch 1 sp’s.
Row 8- Alt dc in the top of the first fpdc, dc in the ch 1 sp, *dc in the next fpdc, dc in the ch1 sp.* Repeat from *to* around. Join with a bs sl st to 1st dc. Turn. 96 dc’s.
Row 9- Ch 1 ps in the first st, sc in the next 2 st’s. Repeat around. Do not join. Turn. 32 ps’s, 64 sc.
Row 10- Alt dc in the first sc (the last from the previous row), dc in the next st, ch 1 and skip the ps, *dc in the next 2 st’s, ch 1 and skip the ps, dc in the next 2 st’s.* Repeat from *to* around. Bs sl st to first dc. 64 dc, 32 ch 1 spaces.
Row 11- Alt dc, dc in the next st, 1 dc in the ch 1 sp, *dc in the next 2 st’s, 1 dc in the ch 1 sp.* Repeat from *to* around. Alt fpdc to the first dc. 96 dc
Row 12- Fpdc in each stitch around. Alt fpdc to the first st. 96 fpdc
Rows 13-16 – *Fpdc in the next st, ch 1.* Repeat around. Alt fpdc to the first st. 96 fpdc and 96 ch 1 sp’s for each row.
Row 17- Fpdc in each st around (skipping the ch 1 sp’s), sl st to the first st. Turn. 96 fpdc
Row 18- Ch 1, sc in first 2 st’s, ps in the third st, *sc in next 2 st’s, ps in the third st.* Repeat from *to* around. Join with a bs sl st to the first sc. Finish off and weave in ends. 32 ps’s, 64 sc.
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