Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Crocheted Mandalas by Lynne Rowe + Giveaway

Crocheted Mandalas by Lynne Rowe
Published in the UK by Search Press in September 2016.

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How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

'"The book contains 20 beautiful designs for crocheted mandalas, in a range of sizes and colours and using different crochet stitches. There are patterns for a number of small mandalas (6-7 rounds plus an edging), medium mandalas (9-10 rounds plus and edging) and a few larger mandalas (14-15 rounds plus edging).
The mandalas make great little coasters and mats for cups, glasses, vases, and so on and the book features some beautiful close-up photographs of the finished pieces, as well as overhead shots of all the designs. Lynne has used a variety of yarns including Hoooked Zpagetti to make a large mandala rug, the only really large project in the book. Otherwise, they are all very pretty little crochet projects - small, transportable, great for using up scraps of yarn - and they fit in perfectly with the current therapeutic colouring craze!'

Those of you who follow my Stephanie Jane blog will already know how much I love to crochet and I was delighted to be offered a review copy of Crocheted Mandalas, a new title in the Search Press 20 to Make range of craft books. The mandalas are essentially doilies reimagined for the 21st century with bright bold colours and designs - none of granny's lacy sepia here! I particularly liked the Sunflower and the Citrus Mandalas, both of which were relatively simple to make and produced a striking effect. Rowe gives clear instructions in both UK and US crochet terminology and also suggests yarns to use although more experienced crocheters will no doubt substitute whatever they have to hand.

Crocheted Mandalas isn't a book for absolute beginners, but I think it would be perfect for people who have mastered crochet basics and want to progress, or those who have mislaid their crochet mojo and need a burst of technicolor inspiration! I love that the projects suit a mindfulness approach to life and could replace colouring in for some crafters, and that mandalas will use up oddments and recycled yarns thereby being thrifty and environmentally friendly too. So all in all a great little book and my only real complaint is its binding. It doesn't easily lay flat so reading the instructions while attempting to crochet is tricky to say the least and flattening it out damages the spine, loosening the pages. Spiral binding would have been sensible, but in lieu of that I'd suggest a clear zip-lock bag!

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And now for the Giveaway!

This week's Giveaway prize is a brand new copy of Crocheted Mandalas by Lynne Rowe.

If you'd like the chance to win this book, here's the giveaway widget:

Crocheted Mandalas book giveaway

The Giveaway is open worldwide and previous giveaway winners are welcome to enter. Entries must be submitted through the Gleam widget by midnight (UK time) on the 2nd November and I will randomly pick a winner on the 3rd. If the winner does not respond to my email within 7 days, they will forfeit the prize and, yes, I will be checking that entrants did complete whatever task they said they did.

Good luck!


  1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens is my favourite as it comprises some brilliant characters and really paints a picture in my mind of the storyline

    1. Love Dickens too, I've just been reading A Christmas Carol!

  2. I love to crochet and this looks like fun.

  3. Congrats to Rajeeva who is the winner of the Crocheted Mandalas book giveaway!

    If that's not you, don't be sad. I'm already running another giveaway for a pair of Handmade Greetings Cards here:
    Good luck!