Lotus Mandala Video Tutorial


My free Lotus Mandala Vest pattern was getting some attention on Facebook recently and so for convenience I put together a little FAQ page for that pattern a few days ago to try to answer some of the most common questions. One of them is “Is there a video tutorial available?” Well, now there is!

I have begun compiling the first 16 Rounds of the Lotus Mandala into a series of tutorial videos, which can be used for both the Lotus Mandala Vest and the sister pattern, the Lotus Mandala Duster. Please see this blog post for more info!

Cynthialoowho volunteered to create a video tutorial for this pattern – It is now available on her Youtube channel here.
*** 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***


For the written pattern crocheters, I’m working on making this pattern available for download as a PDF file so it can be viewed offline or printed out. Since I was planning on cleaning up the written instructions anyway, I started another Lotus Vest using Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball, and oh my goooodnessss!


The colors are way too pretty! This colorway is “Calming Desert”. And did you know they have Shawl in a Ball Metallics now? Moonstone is my favorite. Agh, I feel a large yarn purchase coming on.

I’m also cleaning up and formatting the Lotus Duster pattern for PDF availability, which I had been working on before the Lotus Vest went briefly viral.


BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! I’m also working (slowly) on finishing up a brand new mandala-based crochet pattern. Basically my desk is just one big heap of colorful yarn mandalas right now. Which makes me happy ๐Ÿ™‚


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  3. Hi. My name is Barbara. Am in process of starting your Stevie vest, for me and as long as that works out, hope to make one for my daughter. If you dont mind i will probably have many questions. I have finished the mandala, now on to armholes. My measurements between shoulder blades come in at 7 – 10″. Ouch. Yours are at 13″. (Later on, being my daughter is a tall girl w/broad shoulders) , it petrifies me, in that the yarn in use won’t be cooperative for ripping out. Would you mind sharing your height. I stand 5’4″. You said Stevie is patterned out in “small”. Will that be appropriate for me? I am small/mediumnin stature. Truly welcome your response. Thank you, and by the way your patterns blow all the other ones out if the water.

    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment Barbara! And yes, please do feel free to ask any questions you may have as you go. To answer your question, I am about 5’6″. The measurement of 13″ is the full width of my back, from the edge of one shoulderblade to the opposite edge of the other shoulderblade, measured just below my actual shoulders, but without measuring curving inward toward the pits at all. I would say that if your measurement, making sure to measure in the same space that I just described, is 7-10″, you will probably have to move the armholes inward toward each other a little. I would also recommend that you skip a few rounds in the diamond mesh section of Rounds 27-30, this will help adjust it to your height so it’s not too long.

      Out of curiosity, what yarn are you using for these?

  4. Just gorgeous work, like the best duster I’ve ever seen. For your size how many balls of shawl in a ball did you need, what you approximate for a plus size woman around size 18-20 with a large busy?

    1. Thanks so much! For me, working this vest with Shawl in a Ball took three skeins, and that’s for the vest as written which fits up to a 41-42″ bust. I would say you will need at least one extra skein to complete the sizing up options for this pattern to make it bigger ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Regina,
    I have written you before about your lovely patterns and photos and how clearly you make instructions! I told you that you remind me of myself and my sister when we were flower children the first time through in the 60’s. Oh what a fun time!
    Anyway, I recently bought some of the metallic Shawl in a Ball just because it’s there and was on sale but I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. Now, I do!! Your Lotus Vest or the Mandala design with the beautiful bell sleeves. I bought the Prism and the Moonstone. I’m thinking that I might combine them. I made one of your Mandala jaxkets for my sister already as we bith still dress in the 60’s clothing as much as possible. It sticks with you. Like I said before, what you love to do now, you will always love. I have been designing and crocheting for 61 years now. Designing started about fifty years ago. I usually just do as I go and I don’t use patterns until I saw your work. Now I’m hooked (no pun intended) on your flower children designs. Thanks for the blast from the past you darling little flower child!
    Have fun,

    1. Aww yes I remember! Lol it’s so nice to hear when people appreciate your work and sense of style – I confess I always feel self-conscious about what I do, and worry that I’m too “out there” but then comments like this just make my day! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so flattered that someone with your experience in crocheting and of those awesome retro styles likes what I do!

      I would love to see shawl in a ball Moonstone as a Lotus Duster, I think it would just look stunning with those bell sleeves! Let me know if you do and snap a picture. Peace sister ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I’m using the Lion Brand Mandala yarn and I just finished row 12. I’m having an issue of the edge wanting to curl up like a bowl. Is this a normal thing or am I doing something wrong?

    1. Hi Danielle! Without seeing a picture it’s hard to say for sure, but if you’ve gone back over the stitch counts and your round looks like the round in the pictures on my blog post, it could be a flub of the gauge. If you’d like to send me a picture to see if I can see any problems, you can message me on my FB page, http://www.facebook.com/MoraleFiber.

      Are you following the video instructions or are you working from the written pattern?

      1. Thanks for answering my question!
        Im not on fb so I don’t know that I could send pics. But I think I miscounted stitches clear back in row 11 or 12 which threw me off the whole way. That’s about the time I stopped counting. My work looks like yours, just curls in a little along the edge. Guess I have to rip it out to that point, start fresh and start counting again. I find it hard to keep track with my young children being children. Plus I’ve never crocheted anything like this before and I’m a little rusty.
        I checked out the video but found it hard to follow along with the lady doing it. So I’m working from the written instructions.

      2. No problem! Even without the picture, I think it sounds like the stitch count is probably the issue – I definitely would find it hard to count with little ones, I mean I find it hard enough to count as it is, lol! Fortunately the inner mandala, comprising the first 18 rounds or so (esp. rnds 9-12), is the most difficult part, so one you’ve got that tackled the rest should be relatively easy ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help!

  7. Thanks so much for your help! Come to find out the last row I got correct was row 8. *sigh*
    Bye bye to all that work. Sooo depressing. Lol! I think I might wait and work when the kids are in school and when they’re in bed. I just can’t keep numbers in my head with them bouncing around and singing. Gotta remind myself all the work will be worth it in the end!
    Btw, thanks for sharing this beautiful pattern!! I searched quite a while for a pattern like this and eventually stumbled across yours ๐Ÿ˜Š

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