Lotus Mandala Vest FAQ

Hi everyone! There’s been a recent surge in popularity of the free Lotus Mandala Vest pattern I designed last summer and I’ve been getting a lot of questions so I wanted to post this quick little FAQ. I have done my best to get back to everyone who  had questions (let me know if I missed you!) and I am SOOOO STOKED that you all like it so much!

Lotus Mandala Vest FAQ

Where can I get a printable PDF of this pattern?:

There is now a PDF version of this pattern, as well as a low-image printer-friendly version, available through Ravelry and Etsy. Check out the details on this blog post.

Is there a video tutorial for this pattern?:

Yes! Fellow blogger Cynthialoowho volunteered to create a video tutorial for this pattern and it is now available on her Youtube channel here. Big thanks to her for providing this video for everyone who was asking for one 😀
*** EDIT: I have been told that the video directions differ from my written directions at certain points – which is fine and many people have used the video successfully – however PLEASE be aware that if you work from the video pattern, you need to direct your questions to Cynthia as I may not be able to answer them for this reason***

What size does this pattern fit?:

I designed this vest to have a very loose fit, with wide armholes placed 15″ apart across the back (relaxed). The diameter across the portion of the vest with armholes is 45″. The lovely Arika is shown modeling the vest in the pictures above, and it comfortably fits her with a bust of 41″,  and a shoulder width measurement of 16″. Hopefully that gives a more accurate depiction of the sizing!

How do I make the vest bigger?:

There are several good strategies for sizing up on this pattern – and although I don’t have an exact pattern for different specific measurements, I can offer a few tips gathered from my own experience and what others have suggested:
– Make sure to take the measurement between the shoulders for the person who will be wearing it! This is how far apart to place the armholes. Smaller sizes will place the armholes closer together, larger will generally place them farther apart.
– For bigger sizes, you will probably want to add extra repeats of Rnd 29, to make sure there is a wide enough edge for the garment to drape and ruffle proportionately.
-It’s also an option to add additional rows just before the armhole round.
-You can increase the size of the armholes by simply chaining more per armhole (your stitch counts will be different, but as long as you just repeat the main pattern around, you should be good), but be sure to skip more stitches on the round below if you do.

How do I make this vest smaller/child size?:

This depends on how small you want the pattern to be. For a smaller adult/teen size, placing the armholes closer together will size the vest down, and you can also size down by using a smaller yarn weight (such as a #2 weight instead of a #4 weight) and smaller hook. However, I can’t say how well this design will work for very small children as I have not tried it. The central “lotus” motif to this vest is fairly large and might not sit well on a much smaller body – When asked about making it in child size I generally refer people to the great free pattern Ring Around the Rosie Vest from The Lavender Chair, which is similar in style and written specifically for the wee ones.

Where can I buy this vest?:

I’m not currently making these for sale, but there are some great shops on Etsy that I have seen selling this design if you search around. Fiona of MadeForYOUbyFi on Etsy has several beautiful pieces made from this pattern and has generously offered a 15% off discount of orders over $50 when you use my special code “MORALE”!


That’s it for now! I will post more common questions if they come up. Thanks so much everyone for your support!



27 thoughts on “Lotus Mandala Vest FAQ

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    • Good question! I haven’t ever repeated that row more than one extra time, but you’ll need to add extra chain stitches as soon as the chain spaces between single crochets start to look tight when you lay the circle flat, since you don’t want the circle to bend inward. The edge of the vest at this point is pretty loose, so you can probably get 3-4 extra repeats in there before you need to worry about adding extra chains, but that’s just a guess since I haven’t done it. If you get 3 or 4 repeats in and still want more but aren’t sure if your chain spaces are too tight, you can go ahead and do a (sc, ch 7) repeat on the next round. Doing it early shouldn’t hurt anything 🙂


      • Thx for ur fast reply ill try to make this. Hope to like it when i finish it can i have ur email in order to be able to send the pics to u?


      • Absolutely, I’d love to see pictures when you are done, you can send them via e-mail to reginaalexisweiss(at)gmail.com or if you have Facebook, through messenger to my FB page! 🙂


  4. Hi Regina. I am having the same problem as someone else is having with the curling up like a hat after doing Rnd 4. Did you figure out what her problem was? Maybe it is mine too, I am using the Lion Brand 24/7 yarn and an 5.5 hook just as you suggested. The Vest is gorgeous and I have picked some awesome colors but I can’t get it to flatten out. Thanks for your help.


    • Hi Terri! The majority of the time the problem people have with Rnd 4 is that they have read it wrong – I don’t know if that is the case with yours, but to clarify there should be TWO clusters per chain space with ch-2’s in between each one. 🙂 I think that round catches a lot of people off guard because the first space works only one cluster, then adds the second at the end of the round. I am currently working on getting all of the stitch counts at the end of each round added in for this pattern to help correct that confusion – I am almost done with that so the blog post pattern will be updated soon! Thanks and if that doesn’t help let me know! 🙂


  5. Hi This probably a silly question but I can’t see the answer and as a newbie in the crochet world I have been caught out by this before… what terms is this pattern written in UK or US? Also could I use Double knit wool for this. Sorry have only been crocheting for a year and don’t understand all the international terms yet like Skeins lol. Many Thanks in advance…Louise – UK


    • Hi Louise! Not a silly question at all – this pattern is written in US terminology, and you could definitely do this in DK (double knit) weight 🙂 I am not sure how many yards of DK would be necessary to complete it, though.


  6. Starting at row 23, I do not understand the ending with dc in first sc, then starting next row with sc in same space.Do you mean the first chain 3 space or the space created by the dc? I’m confused.


  7. Hi… I have added the extra 2 rows and am now putting in the armholes. I did the dc ch 1 for the required 12 times and the measurement from one armhold to the next at the top of the armhold is only 8″ across I did not run into any other problems before this. Am I doing something wrong, or should I just continue ???


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