Mexican Sun Mandala Free Crochet Pattern

What do you do when you have left-over yarn?  Make a mandala!  This could be used as a coaster or just to look pretty on your desk!

To make this Mandala I used a 3.5mm hook and Scheepjes Catona yarn in colours red, green, purple and orange.  You will only need a small amount of each skein, perfect for using up scraps of yarn!

You can find the PDF of this pattern here.

Some of the rows require working into a row one or two below the one you are working on.  That makes it a bit hard to describe so if you’re struggling, I’ve also put some photo instructions against some of the harder to describe rows below!

UK Crochet Terms Used

  • Chain (ch)
  • Double Crochet (dc)
  • Double Treble Crochet (dtr)
  • Half Treble Crochet (htc)
  • Treble Crochet (tr)
  • Slip Stitch (ss)
  • Repeat instructions between * * as directed

Notes: Please read all of the instructions through before you start.

Join each new colour in the top of the first stitch of the last round (use a stitch marker to help)

At the end of each round, join with a sl st into top of first stitch and pull through to cast-off.

Sl st counts as a stitch throughout

The Pattern

Row 1: In colour 1 (red for me)

Make a magic loop, ch3 (counts as stitch), then make 10tr into the magic loop. [11sts]

Round 1 - red

Row 2: Change to colour 2 (green for me), 

Ch1, 2dc in same stitch as you joined the new colour, 1dc in next, then *2dc in same stitch, 1dc in next, repeat from *until there is one stitch remaining, 2dc in same stitch [18 sts]


round 2 - green

Row 3: Change to colour 3 (purple for me),

Ch3, 2tr in same stitch as you joined the new colour, *ch1, sk1, 3tr in same stitch, repeat from * to end of round, ch1 [36 sts]

round 3 - purple

Row 4: Change to colour 4 (orange for me)

Ch2, 1dc in same stitch as you joined new colour, 1dc in next stitch, *2dc in same stitch, then hold row 3 to the front and 1dtr in skipped stitch of row 2, 2dc repeat from * to 2 stitches from the end of round, 2dc in same stitch then 1dtr in final skipped stitch of row 2. [46 sts]


round 4 - orange

Note: Some additional info on where to make the dtr is as follows:

Once you have done your first 4dc, make the dtr as follows:

round 4, steps

It should look like this…!

round 4, step 2

Row 5: Change to colour 1 (red for me),

Ch2, 1 htr in next 4 stitches (first htr goes into stitch that you joined the new colour), *hold row 4 behind and 1tr into ch-sp of row 3,  4htr, repeat from * until end of round, ending with 1tr in ch-sp of row 3 [46 sts]


round 5

Row 6: Change to colour 2 (green for me)

Ch1, 1dc in each stitch of round [47 sts]

round 6.png

That’s it! 🙂 you’re done except to weave in the ends.  Make sure you do this securely!

I tried it out as a coaster…. not with tea but with Aperol Spritz. I think it works well! 😊



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