Book Review: Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

A few weeks back I won this gorgeous crochet book from Search Press on Twitter on how to make Mandalas by Haafner Linssen  I wasn’t sure at first what a mandala was, I actually had to google it!
Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

 

Well a mandala is a circular figure, pattern or geometric design representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.

The book is very detailed. It contains 30 great mandala patterns for you to crochet. There are three chapters in the book, beginning with the essential information you may need. Including a crochet refresher course with the stitches  and techniques needed and a beautiful section on all the different yarns you can use. The book then moves onto different colour combinations and how you can create a colour plan.
There are many mandala patterns to choose from so there is a section on called the mandala selector.

 

The book then moves into the patterns. This is where the author has chosen her 30 favourite patterns for the readers to try. There are patterns ranging from simple to advanced using very technical stitches.

 

The final chapter is mandala projects you can get stuck into. This is the most exciting part of the book in my opinion! There are all sorts of things you can make with the mandala patterns, from a boho bag to table mats, scarves and blankets.

 

The author of this book, Haafner Linssen is a Dutch blogger and crochet designer.
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7 Comments

  1. June 22, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I learnt to crochet while breastfeeding, since I've started blogging I've not done any since. I like circular patterns so this would be lovely! #triballove

  2. June 22, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    I have not crocheted in forever. Went through a phase during pregnancy. This looks so cool but I'm not sure if I'd be advanced enough for it. I do like coloring mandalas though. Thanks for sharing dear!#TribalLove

  3. April 18, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    aaa I wish I was skilled enough at crochet to attempt these, so pretty. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

  4. April 18, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    I love crochet and this looks like a good book/ #readwithme

  5. April 18, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Sounds like a useful book if you like crocheting. I've never tried it, and to be honest probably won't. It's not my cup of tea. But the designs do look lovely. x
    #readwithme

  6. April 18, 2016 / 8:52 am

    I love colouring mandalas but I've never thought of crocheting them. What a great idea!

    #readwithme

  7. April 18, 2016 / 8:46 am

    These patterns look so beautiful. I can knit but never managed to get the hang of crochet. I have some friends who do though so will keep this book in mind for present ideas. #readwithme

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