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25 Free Crochet Mandala Patterns for All Skill Levels

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Crochet mandalas are a perfect way to get your creativity flowing! There are so many ways to make your mandala your own, and they’re wonderful for decorating or giving as gifts. Crochet mandalas can be super simple or very advanced, and they’re a bit addicting to make! We hope you enjoy these 25 free crochet mandala patterns for beginners, intermediate, and advanced crocheters!

photo collage of crochet mandalas. in the top left, a circular mandala with pink, teal, yellow, brown, and cyan. In the top right, a yellow, white, and teal circular mandala in an embroidery hoop hanging on a white wall, above a yellow potted flower. In the bottom left, several pink, teal, and yellow crochet mandalas on a white table. In the bottom right, a floral mandala that is pink, teal, purple, and yellow, and is adjacent to pink, teal, and purple balls of yarn on a wood table. Text overlay reads,

Free Crochet Mandala Patterns

Crochet mandalas are a super popular project in the world of crochet. Their nearly unending potential for artistic variation will ignite your creativity, whether you’re just starting or an advanced crocheter.

Crochet mandalas have all kinds of uses, too! You can hang them on a colorful gallery wall, string them around your patio or garden to twirl in the wind, set them on surfaces to hold plants or dishes, or use them as coasters – just to name a few ideas! They’re also excellent to give as a housewarming or hostess gift.

This collection of mandala patterns has something for nearly everyone – from the easiest beginner patterns to intermediate and advanced designs. You’ll also find lots of ideas for displaying your mandala within this list of pattern ideas. 

What is a crochet mandala?

A mandala is a geometric design – usually a circle – with repeating colors and shapes. In some spiritual traditions, mandalas are used as a meditation tool.

In crochet, a mandala is a circular crochet design with rounds of repeating crochet stitches. Crochet mandalas are usually very colorful and textural, and are often used as home decor or wall art.

Crochet mandalas are similar to crochet doilies; sometimes, the words are used interchangeably. The main difference, however, between crocheted doilies and mandalas is that mandalas are often a bit more solid, while doilies are more delicate, intricate, and lacy.

Benefits of crocheting mandalas

Here are some reasons you’ll love crocheting mandalas:

Mindfulness. One of the big benefits of crocheting mandalas is that they are truly a restful and peaceful project to make! Unlike complex crochet projects like sweaters, mandalas don’t demand constant focus, making them ideal for enjoying a relaxed crochet session.

Flexible and creative. You’ll also find that mandalas are a great project for exercising your creativity. They’re flexible and forgiving in terms of size adjustments. You can easily add or subtract rows to make your project larger or smaller. And since they aren’t wearable, you don’t have to worry about meeting a strict gauge. Plus, mandalas are excellent stash busters. Feel free to explore your yarn stash and experiment with exciting color combinations.

Skill building. Lastly, crochet mandalas are a great way to improve your crochet skills. Each round is an opportunity to try new stitches, textures, and colors. And if you do make a mistake, you don’t have much to rip out. This leaves a lot of freedom for trying new stitches. If something goes wrong, you don’t lose much! 

Supplies Needed for Crocheting Mandalas

Here are some supplies that you’ll need to create your crocheted mandala:

Be sure to read through your pattern instructions to find out whether you’ll need any additional materials before getting started.

25 Free Crochet Mandala Patterns

Enjoy this collection of free mandala crochet patterns! Happy creating!

Tips for Crocheting Mandalas

Here are some tips you might find helpful as you crochet mandalas.

Start with a simple pattern.

Crocheted mandala patterns range from very simple designs to very advanced patterns. Some of the easiest patterns require only knowledge of basic stitches, such as the chain and single crochet, crocheting in the round, and color changes. If you’re just getting started with crochet, then be sure to check out our complete guide on how to crochet for beginners.

To avoid frustration, start with a pattern that includes only skills you know. Then, work your way up from there! The benefit of mandalas is that if you make a mistake, you’ll usually only need to rip out that one row. 

Some of the easiest patterns in this list include Aurora (#9), the Mandala Hoops/Wall Hangings (#17), and the Happy Flower Crochet Mandala (#21). 

Use stitch markers.

Stitch markers are super helpful for keeping track of your rounds. Even for intermediate and advanced crafters, it’s easy to get distracted and forget where you are in your pattern. Stitch markers are simple to use and can save a lot of headache and time.

Take breaks as needed. 

We’ve said it already, but mandala-making can be addicting! Try not to get SO into your project that you forget to take breaks. Spending too much time crocheting without pausing can lead to eye strain and hand fatigue.

Take a break every once in a while to stand up, stretch, and focus your eyes on something else for a minute or two.

Experiment with colors and textures

Lastly, keep in mind that the suggested yarn(s) in your mandala pattern are just that – suggestions. One of the benefits of mandala making is that there is so much room to be creative and experiment with different colors and textures, especially if you don’t necessarily need your finished project to be an exact size.

Play around with different yarns to create unique mandala patterns. The possibilities are endless! If you want to avoid many color changes, you may also enjoy using ombre yarns. 

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photo collage of crochet mandalas. in the top left, a circular mandala with pink, teal, yellow, brown, and cyan. In the top right, a yellow, white, and teal circular mandala in an embroidery hoop hanging on a white wall, above a yellow potted flower. In the bottom left, several pink, teal, and yellow crochet mandalas on a white table. In the bottom right, a floral mandala that is pink, teal, purple, and yellow, and is adjacent to pink, teal, and purple balls of yarn on a wood table. Text overlay reads,

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