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This is my humble tribute to the talented Marinke Slump, crochet designer also known as Wink, whose life was sadly claimed by depression in June. She was especially well known for her colourful mandalas. Go check them out on her blog acreativebeing and maybe make a couple of your own #mandalasforwink.
Here’s the pattern for my mandala in Wink’s honour. I made it to fit around those useful but rather boring cork hot pad trivets you get at IKEA. (You can find them in the section before the warehouse, you know, where 500 tea lights, toilet brushes, fake sheepskins and other random crap you never knew you needed somehow magically jump into your trolley…)
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I recommend a 100% mercerised cotton, sport weight. Don’t use acrylic yarn as it can’t cope with the heat from hot pans. I used leftover bits of Schachenmayr Catania and Scheepjeswool’s Catona and a 3.5 mm (E) hook. You’ll also need those IKEA cork trivets and the usual suspects darning needle and scissors.
 As some prefer to begin rounds with standing stitches and others use chains, I’ve not written this out at the beginning of each round. I’ve put the type and total number of stitches required in each round; you decide how to do the first stitch. E.g. in round 1, I’ve just put ’12 dc’; you can either do the first stitch as a standing dc or chain 3. For the sc rounds, you can either chain 1 and then sc, or you can start with a standing sc. (More on standing beginning stitches and invisible joins on the fantastic Moogly blog.) I’ve also omitted joining instructions at the end of each round – as some join rounds with slip stitch and others use the needle method – see Wink’s great tutorial on that here.
2015-11-09 13.43.51IKEA trivet
Anyway, here goes. US crochet terms.
  1. (black) 12 dc in a magic circle (12)
  2. (grey) 2 dc in ea dc (24)
  3. (grey) 1 dc in 1st dc, 2 dc in nxt dc, repeat (36)
  4. (black) sc in ea of 1st 2 dcs, sc into dc of rnd1 below (spike stitch made), sc in ea of nxt 3 dcs of rnd 3, sc into nxt dc of rnd 1 (spike stitch made), repeat – finish with 1 sc & join. (48)
  5. (black) sc around (48)
  6. (grey) 1 dc in 1st 3 dcs, 2 dc in nxt dc – repeat (60)
  7. (grey) 1 dc in 1st 4 dcs, 2 dc in nxt dc – repeat (72)
  8. (black) sc in ea of 1st 2 dcs, sc into any sc of rnd 5, sc in ea of the nxt 3 dcs of rnd 7, skip nxt sc in rnd 5, sc into next sc in rnd 5, repeat – finish with 1 sc & join (96)
  9. (black) sc around (96)
  10. (grey) dc around (96)
  11. (grey) dc around (96)
  12. (black) sc in ea of 1st 2 dcs, sc into any sc of rnd 9 below, sc in nxt 2 dcs of rnd 11, skip 1 sc in rnd 9, sc into nxt sc in rnd 9, repeat (144)
  13. (black) sc in 1st 4 sts, sc 2tog, repeat (120)
  14. (black) dc around (120)
  15. (black) dc around (120)
  16. (black) dc around (120)
Fasten off and weave in ends. Cut off a piece of the black yarn and weave through each stitch of row 16, going front to back, back to front. Put the cover on the trivet and pull tight, securing with a double bow. Hide the bow under the cover. Done!

Recent Comments


  1. Nina Nina

    What an awesome pattern, thank you so much for sharing! I’m working on a pretty teal and black version for my mom right now – love how it’s turning out.
    Is it possible that there’s a small error in the pattern? In round 8 the instructions for the first spike stitch reads “sc into any dc of rnd 5” – I’m thinking it should be sc, no?
    Again, thank you for sharing – this will be my go-to pattern for christmas gifts this year. Planning a trip to IKEA next week to pick up more of those cheap cork trivets :-}

  2. maria luisa maria luisa

    just wonderful

  3. Thank you for sharing this pattern! So easy going and lookilng just wnderful!

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