Lotus Mandala Circular Vest

After seeing some great circular vests and talking about them with a fellow crocheter last festival, I came home inspired to do something I’ve had in my notebook for a while – rework my Lotus Throw pattern into a mandala-based circular vest! Which I did, and actually I did twice, which is why this post is a two-parter – each with a different FREE pattern guide based on my FREE Lotus Throw design.

Act 1 can be found here.

UPDATE 1/31/17: I have added a FAQ PageΒ for this pattern to answer some commonly asked questions!
UPDATE AGAIN 7/26/17: I have created a tutorial for adding sleeves to this vest! See this post for the free add-on πŸ™‚

ACT 2

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Both patterns a bit more like guides, since the basic circular pattern makes it easy to add or subtract rows, adjust sizing, and freestyle if desired (it’s encouraged.) Β This pattern sizes the armholes wider and and further apart than the small-sized duster to be more size-inclusive and also because it’s a more open style vest, but it’s very easy to modify this to make it smaller by moving the armholes closer together and chaining fewer stitches. Just remember that the stitch counts may not be the same – but since it’s worked in a circle, just make sure you follow the rounds and begin & end the rows as instructed and the count shouldn’t matter too much.

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This pattern uses 8 skeins of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, 1 ea of the first four colors in the inner ring and 2 ea of the 2 outer colors.

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Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton doesn’t have the same springy soft feel as Cotton-Ease (a cotton blend yarn I like for crochet halter tops) but what it does have is a bright sheen and a great color selection. Combined with the #4 weight and sleek durable texture, it’s lovely for swingy fringe-y summer outwear and bags – not to mention drippily colorful hippie coverups. Speaking of which, it was the PERFECT yarn for this bright mandala vest.

Lotus Circular Vest

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Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton – I cheated and used a bit of DK weight in the middle so the center motif wasn’t too stiff.
I used 24/7 Cotton in: Tangerine (1 skein), Rose (1 skein), Silver (1 skein), Lilac (1 skein), Purple (2 skeins), and Denim (2 skeins)
I changed colors at the beginning of the following rounds: 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 30

This design also looks super amazing in Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, with all the amazing color sans the weaving in the ends part πŸ˜›

5.5 mm hook

4-DC Cluster – Work 4 dc stitches, keeping the last loop on the hook for each. YO and draw through all 5 Β loops on the hook.

Shell – 2 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, 2 hdc

Make Magic Ring.

  1. 8 sc into the ring, tighten. Join with a slip stitch in first sc of the round. – 8 sc
  2. Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch 1. (Dc in the next sc, ch 1) 7 times. Join with a sl st in the 3rdch of beg ch-4. – 8 dc + 8 spaces
  3. Sc into the next ch-1 space, ch 1 – counts as first dc with last loop on the hook. Dc into the same space 3 more times, keeping last loops on the hook. YO, draw through all four loops on the hook. Ch 3. (Work 1 4-dc cluster in the next ch-1 sp, ch 3) 6 times. Work 1 4-dc cluster in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1. Hdc in the top of the first cluster to join. This positions your hook in the middle of a ch-3 sized space to begin your next round. – 8 clusters + 8 spaces
  4. Ch 2 – counts as first dc with last lp on hk, dc into the same space 3 more times, keeping last loops on the hook. YO, draw through all four loops on the hook – first 4-dc cluster made. Ch 2. (Work 1 4-dc cluster in the next ch-3 sp, ch 2, 4-dc cluster in the same sp, ch 2) 7 times. Ch 2, work 1 4-dc cluster in next ch-3 space, work 1 hdc in the top of the first cluster to join. 16 clusters + 16 spaces
  5. Ch 2 – counts as first dc with last lp on the hk. Dc into the same space 3 more times keeping last lps on hk. YO, draw through all four lps. Ch 3. (Work 1 4-dc cluster into the next ch-2 space, ch 3) 14 times. Work 1 4-dc cluster in the next ch-2 sp, dc in the top of the first cluster to join. – 16 clusters + 16 spaces
  6. Ch 3 – counts as first dc, 2 more dc in same space, Ch 3. (3 dc in the next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 15 times. Join with a sl st in the 3rdch of beg ch-3. – 16 sets of 3 dc + 16 spaces
  7. Sl st in the top of the next dc. (Sk next dc. In the next ch-3 space work 2 hdc, 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, 2 hdc – shell made. Sk next dc, sl st in the next dc) 16 times. Join with a sl st in first sl st. – 16 shells
  8. Ch 6 – counts as first dc + ch 3, sc in the top of next tr stitch in the middle of the shell, ch 3. (Dc in the next sl st between shells, ch 3, sc in next treble, ch 3) 15 times. Join with a sl st in the 3rdch of beg ch-3. – 32 spaces
  9. Ch 3. Yarn over twice, insert hook into next sc and draw up a lp, (YO and draw through 2 lps on the hk) twice – one treble stitch leaving last lp on the hk made. Treble in next dc, leaving last lp on the hk – 3 lps remain on the hk. YO, draw through all 3 lps, ch 7. (In same dc in which you worked the previous treble, work 1 treble crochet leaving last lp on hk. Work 1 treble in next sc leaving last lp on hk. Work 1 treble in next dc leaving last lp on hk – 4 lps on the hk. YO, draw through all four lps on hk – tr3tog made, ch 7. ) 15 times. Join with a sl st in top of first tr3tog. – 16 tr3tog + 16 spaces
  10. Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch 1. (Work 1 4-dc cluster in the next ch 7 space, ch 2, 4-dc cluster in the same space, ch 2. 4 dc cluster in the same sp, ch 1. Work 1dc in the top of the next tr3tog st, ch 1) 15 times. Work 1 4-dc cluster in the next ch 7 space, ch 2, 4-dc cluster in the same space, ch 2. 4 dc cluster in the same sp, ch 1. Sl st into 3rdch of beg ch-4. Β Β – 48 clusters + 16 dc
  11. (Ch 3. Sk next space and next cluster, work 1 4-dc cluster in next ch-2 space, ch 2. Skip next cluster, work 1 4-dc cluster in the next ch-2 space, ch 3. Sk next cluster and space, sl st in next dc. ) 15 times. Ch 3. Sk next space and next cluster, work 1 4-dc cluster in next ch-2 space, ch 2. Sk next cluster, work 1 4-dc cluster in the next ch-2 space. Sk next cluster and space, dc in same st as the sl st join of the previous round. – 32 clusters
  12. Ch 3 – counts as first tr with last loop on the hk. Work 1 tr with the last lp on the hk in the next cluster. YO and draw through both lps on the hook – first tr2tog made. Ch 4, work 1 4-dc cluster in next ch-2 space, ch 4.Β (Work 1 tr with the last lp on the hk in the top of the next cluster. Sk next 2 chain-3 spaces, work 1 tr with the last lp on the hk in the next cluster. YO and pull through all 3 lps. Ch 4, work 1 4-dc cluster in next ch-2 space, ch 4) 15 times. Join with a sl st in the first tr2tog. – 16 clusters + 16 tr2tog + 32 chain spaces
  13. Sl st in the next ch-4 space, ch 3 – counts as first dc. Work 4 dc in the same space. (1 dc in top of the next cluster, 5 dc in next ch-4 space, 1 dc in top of the next tr2tog, 5 dc in next ch-4 space) 15 times. Work 1 dc in top of next cluster, 5 dc in next ch-5 space, 1 dc in top of tr2tog. Join with a slip stitch to the 3rd ch of beg ch-3. – 192 dc sts
  14. Ch 4 – counts as first dc + ch-1. Sk next dc. (Dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next dc) 95 times. Join with a sl stitch to the 3rdch of beg ch-4. – 96 dc + 96 ch-1 spaces
  15. (Sk next ch-1 space. Work 1 hdc in the next dc. In the same st work 1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 hdc – scallop made. Skip next ch-1 space, sl stitch in next dc) 48 times. Join with a sl st in the same st as join from the previous rnd. – 48 scallops
  16. Ch 3 –counts as first dc. Sk next st, 1 hdc in next st, 1 sc in next st (1 hdc in the next st, sk next st, 1 dc in the next st, sk next st, 1 hdc in the next st, 1 sc in the next st) 47 times. Hdc in next stitch, sk next st, join with a sl st to the 3rdch of beg ch-3. – 192 sts

Extra Sizing Option: Dc, ch-1 rpts. If you work the extra sizing rounds, follow the alternate instructions where indicated by the italics when working the armhole round.

Extra Rnd 1: Ch 5 – counts as first dc + ch 2, sk next st. (Dc in the next st, ch 2, sk next st) 94 times.Dc in the next st, join with a hdc in the 3rd ch of beginning ch-5.

Extra Rnd 2: Ch 5 – counts as first dc + ch 2. (Dc in the next ch-2 space, ch 2) 94 times. Dc in the next space, join with a hdc in the 3rd ch of beg ch-5.

Armhole Round:

(If you worked the extra rounds, follow the alternate Rnd 17 presented in italics under the original Rnd 17)

  1. Ch 43 – counts as first dc + ch 40. Sk next 24 sts, dc in the next st, ch 1, sk next st. (Dc in the next st, ch 1, sk next st) 22 times. Dc in the next st, ch 40, sk next 24 sts. Dc in the next st, ch 1, sk next st. (Dc in the next st, ch 1, sk next st) 47 times. Join with a sl st in the 3rdch of beg ch-43.

Β 17 (Alternate).Ch 43 – counts as first dc + ch 40. Sk next 11 spaces, dc in the next space, ch 1. (Dc in the next space, ch 1) 12 times. Dc in the next space, ch 40, sk next 11 spaces. Dc in the next space, ch 1. (Dc in the next space, ch 1) 59 times. Join with a sl st in the 3rd ch of the beg ch-43. If you worked the extra rounds, you can resume the pattern as written from here.

Check to see if it fits!

18. Ch 3 – counts as first dc. 1 Dc in ea dc or ch stΒ  around entire circle. Sl st in the 3rd ch of beg ch-3 to join. – 224 sts.

19. (Sc in the next dc, ch 3, sk next st) 111 times. Sc in the next dc, ch 1, hdc in the first sc of the round. – 112 ch-3 spaces

20.Sc in the same ch space, ch 3. (Sc in the next ch sp, ch 3) 110 times. Sc in the next ch space, ch 1, hdc in the first sc of the round. – 112 ch-3 spaces

21. Rpt Rnd 20

22. Ch 3. (1 dc in the next ch space, Β ch 3, 1 dc in the same space) 111 times. 1 dc in the next ch space, ch 1, join with a hdc in the 3rdΒ ch of beg ch-3. – 112 ch-3 space

23. Sc in the space formed by the side of the hdc join of the previous round. Ch 4. (Sc in next ch-3 space, ch 4) 110 times. Β Sc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in the first sc of the round. – 112 ch-4 spaces

24. Sc in the same space, ch 4. (Sc in the next ch sp, ch 4) 110 times. Sc in the next ch sp, ch 1, dc in the first sc of the round. – 112 ch-4 spaces

25. Sc in the same sp, ch 5. (Sc in the next ch sp, ch 5) 110 times. Sc in the next space, ch 2, dc in the first sc of the round. – 112 ch-5 spaces

26-28. Rpt rnd 25.

29. Sc in the same sp, ch 6. (Sc in the next ch sp, ch 6) 110 times. Sc in the next space, ch 3, dc in the first sc of the round. – 112 ch-6 spaces

Extra sizing option: If you are making a larger vest, you can add extra repeats of Rnd 29 here. Remember however that there are only so many repeats you can achieve in a circle before you have to increase the amount of chain sts between sc stitches to account for the added diameter.

30. Sc in the same sp, 6 dc in next sc – one fan made. (1 sc in next ch-6 sp, 6 dc in next sc) 111 times, join with a sl st in first sc of the round. – 112 fans

31. Ch 5 – counts as first dc + ch 2. Sc in 3rdΒ dc of fan, ch 1, sc in the next dc, ch 2. (Dc in next sc, ch 2. Sc in the 3rdΒ dc of next fan, ch 1, sc in the next dc, ch 2) 110 times. Dc in the next sc, ch 2, sc in the 3rdΒ dc of next fan ch 1, sc in the next dc, work 1 hdc in the 3rdΒ ch of beg ch-5. – 336 ch spaces

32. Ch 3 – counts as first dc. 2 dc in the same space, ch 1. (3 dc in the next ch-2 space, ch 1, 1 dc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1, 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp, ch 1) 111 times. 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp, ch 1, 1 dc in the next ch-1 sp, ch 1. Sl st in the 3rdΒ ch of beg ch-3. – 784 dc sts + 336 ch spaces

Cut yarn and tie off. Weave in all ends.

Close-ups of the first 23 or so rounds…

Armhole measuring…

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I made the shoulder width around 15″ for the basic pattern.

The colors of the yarn are so addictive combined with this pattern, I am sure I’ll be making more of these!

-MF

P.S – WOOHOO! I got both these posts up in time for GoT!

EDIT 10/13/16: I’ve had a few people get confused with Round 12, so here’s an image with that round highlighted in the circle so you can see exactly what it is supposed to look like!

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378 thoughts on “Lotus Mandala Circular Vest

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  2. I’m almost finished! Thank you for posting these directions. If you have the directions for the other vest I would appreciate a copy. Thank you again!

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  5. Hi there Regina…I am having problems with the final chain space counts after row 19 which read as 112 chain 3 spaces. Impossible if you are repeating 111 times and then joining with a chain 1 and hdc in first stitch! I did complete round 18 with 224 stitches so that’s not the problem. I see that the space count of 112 continues on with rows 20,21,etc. Is there something I’m missing? Thank you!

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    • Hi Gwyn! The final chain space count on that row and on the rows afterward all include the ch-1, hdc combination join as a chain space, since you will be working into the side of the hdc join as if it were a chain space. πŸ™‚

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  6. I don’t know what I did wrong but my stitch count is waaaaay off πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ instead of 96 stitches in row 14 I ended up with over 100. Seemed to work in my favor though as my sizing is a little bigger

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  7. love it, love it , love it! it’s soooo beautiful :o) and you are wonderful to make patterns like this.. i made it of thinner yarn, so i had to make up just few more rows of my own and it was really, really hard.
    Thank you for this amazing vest!

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  8. Hi!! I am doing this in another Yarn. It’s like a fine yarn as I live in the Tropic. My temperature is in the 90’s. So my work is considerably smaller. I sm usin a 3.75mm. When i got into the arm instead of 43 ch i made 93 as inother way it won’t fit me. I also increased on round 16 as instructed. But i am in round 24 and i sm start to feel i did it wrong? Because i am not having exactly a circle? I am wondering if at the end this will function…. i plan to increase on rnd 29 also but not sure if this will resolve the fact that i need it to be bigger on the ruffle part…. any suggestions?
    Can you tell me if what i did with the armhole is a good idea?
    Or
    Do i have to keep increasing on rnd 16 and 29??
    Please helpπŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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      • Well, I’ll check there then and I’ll keep doing this to see where i go. LOL! I am not frogging at this point. I’ll keep until the very end. je,je..

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      • I have crocheted a couple of these in a finer yarn. You need to do trebles instead of doubles or singles where you can.

        There are measurements of roughly how many inches across it should measure at certain points.

        The first few rows you need to do exactly as it says upto and including round 3. The inch measurement given in the pattern i found to be bigger than what mine measured but thats where you have to alter the pattern from there!

        You may have have to increase the chains between them too so for example add 3 chains instead of two etc to stop it curling up.

        Add extrra rounds wherever you can.

        You need to be doing it in a bigger hook size too ideally.

        Using a finer yarn you still get ruffles but these won”t be as pronounced as they would be if you usef the wool and hook size the pattern asks for! The ruffles lay flatter and drape flat.

        I have a few up on my facebook page “Hot Off The Hook UK” if you want to have a look.

        Good luck!!

        Lisa xx

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  10. I just started crocheting circular vest and my friends sent me a pic of yours. It’s beautiful. Thank you for having the pattern on here for free. I’ll be making this one and look forward to viewing others you share. Thank you.

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  12. Great pattern!
    I am a little confused by round 16.
    Is there a pattern I should be following…ie hdc in the dc or tr in a dc or hdc?
    I hope this makes sense.

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  13. I’m having trouble with row 9, I don’t understand going back to the previous double crochet then to the next single crochet, I just can’t get it right

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    • Hi Sandra! There is a close-up of a section including this row at the very bottom of the post – scroll down and you can see the last round worked in orange, which is Round nine (There is a circle in this photo indicating some later rows, you can ignore that for now). The tr3togethers form the triangular shape in that round, with the two outside trebles of the triangle sharing the same stitch (the dc referred to in the pattern), the middle tr worked into the sc in between each dc on the previous round, and the ch 7 spaces in between each triangle. Hopefully the picture is helpful!

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      • ok, thank you I am really enjoying making this, it’s for a friend and she loves how it looks! I will be making more but once I do this one I know the rest will be easier. It’s a beautiful vest!

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