I love to have a vase of flowers or a potted plant on display in the sitting room and I used to use a drinks coaster to stop the vase or pot making marks on the furniture but not since I discovered how easy it is to make lovely bright mandalas to pop under them instead.
Well I call them manadalas, hubby calls them doilies. For me doilies are made from fine cotton yarn and are very delicate. My mandalas are made from DK yarn, the first ones I made using Stylecraft Special DK as that was what I had to hand but latterly I have used Rico Essentials Cotton DK which comes in a nice range of colours and has a lovely sheen. They are a great stash buster as you don’t needs a lot of yarn.
Whatever you want to call them, I’m basically talking about something flat, geometric, usually circular but not always, with a concentric design. As the word mandala is Sanskrit for circle, I suppose this means that the non-circular ones aren’t really manadalas but that is what I am going to call them.
Some I made following a pattern, some I improvised. Pinterest provided plenty of inspiration and I’ve put together my own Manadala board. For the pentagonal one I adapted a pattern for a star from the book ‘100 Colourful Ripple Stitches to Crochet’ by Leonie Morgan, several start with an African Flower pentagon but then I played with different stitches to get very different finished mandalas.