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Thank you Lion Brand Yarn for providing the yarn for this pattern!

I had the opportunity to try the new Mandala yarn from Lion Brand and I am sooooo excited about it! If you aren’t familiar with it yet, it’s Lion Brand’s take on the trendy yarn cakes that have taken the crochet world by storm recently. I knew I was going to love Mandala as soon as I heard that it was a #3 light yarn – that immediately set it apart in my mind from all the other versions. And the colors!

Not only are there 16 beautiful color schemes to choose from, but the gradient effect they give is the best I’ve seen in these popular cakes. While not a true gradient, the creators of Mandala yarn were very intentional about their color changes. Instead of 3 or 4 abrupt color jumps, Mandala utilizes light and dark shades of the same color to gradually change from one color to the next. For example, in “Genie” (the sample with the green/white/gray colorway), the yarn started as a dark gray, then switched to medium gray, to grayish-green, to green, to light green, to even lighter green, to white, to lightest gray, to medium gray, and finally on back to the dark gray it began with. What a difference that makes in the overall look!

I decided that a nice simple textured project would be perfect for showing off the pretty colors of this yarn. I’ve been playing with the bean stitch lately, so that’s what I used. I don’t know exactly why this stitch got its name, but I think it looks like an espresso bean, and coffee-related things always make me happy.

I also worked this cowl up in two other fun colors – Sphinx (left) and Chamera (right). Mandala yarn definitely has something for everyone!

What’s really great about this pattern is that it uses all of your Mandala cake without leaving any wasted yarn. That’s always a win for me (and for my overflowing yarn shelf)!

Scroll down for the free cowl pattern!

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Spring Bean Cowl


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Difficulty: Easy

Finished Size: 29" around x 16" tall

Hook:  H (5.0mm)

Yarn: 1 full cake of Lion Brand Mandala (or about 590 yards of your favorite #3 light yarn from Lion Brand). Sample is shown in "Genie".

Gauge: 14 rows of 7 bean stitches = 4" square. Or, your starting chain should measure about 27-28".

You'll also need: Yarn needle

Abbreviations Used:
   SL ST (slip stitch)
   SK (skip)
   CH (chain)
   SC (single crochet)

Special Stitch:
   Bean Stitch - Completed, this stitch actually covers the ground of two stitches. Here's how you do it:

Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (4 loops on hook). Yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull through (6 loops on hook). Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Chain 1 to close the stitch, and skip the next stitch. (You will skip the next stitch every time you do a bean stitch.)

(1) This pattern is written in American Standard Terms.
(2) CH1 at the beginning of round does not count as a stitch.
(3) Pattern is worked in a continuous, seamless round (spiral). Do not join, turn or chain except where instructed.
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The Pattern

Fringe (optional)
Before we make a single stitch, we're going to cut our fringe. This enables us to have enough yarn for the fringe while still using up every yard of the Mandala cake for the pattern. Since we want our fringe to blend right into the gradient of the pattern, carefully remove the label and find the end of the yarn. (We'll be pulling from the center while we crochet, so the bottom of the cowl will be the end you find along the outside wall of the cake). Handle your cake with care so that you can slip that label back on it when you're done. 

Find something in your home that is approximately 9" wide - I used a 9" cutting board. Wrap the yarn all the way around the object 55 times, keeping it taught, but not pulling super tight (Figure 1). Cut once at the halfway point (Figure 2). Carefully gather the strands in your hand and fold them in half, then cut again at the halfway point (figure 3). You should now have about 110 pieces of fringe. (We only need 100, but usually a few of them end up too short.) Carefully replace the label on your yarn cake, and proceed to the pattern.

For the pattern, use the beginning of the yarn from the center of the yarn cake.

To begin: CH100. Join to first CH with a SL ST, being careful to not twist the chain. (Briana K has an awesome video tutorial here for how to do this perfect every time.) (100)

Round 1: CH1. SC in same ST and in each ST around. Do not join. (100)

Round 2: Do not chain. Complete a bean stitch in the first SC from the previous round (see "Special Stitch" for instructions). Bean stitch around. (100, or 50 bean stitches) 

Rounds 3-52 (or until you almost run out of yarn): Bean Stitch around. (100, or 50 bean stitches)

To finish: After your last completed bean stitch, SC in next ST and SL ST in next ST. Fasten off and weave in ends. In groups of 4 strands, attach fringe every 4 stitches (every other bean).

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  • Krista March 17, 2017, 9:54 am

    Awesome pattern as I also love all things coffee – just wondering where you can find this magical yarn – I’ve only seen the Caron cake ones. And I’m in love with these colours ?

    • Patricia García de Polavieja March 17, 2017, 10:24 am

      Lovely! The yarn is gorgeous… Have to try it out.

    • Rebecca March 17, 2017, 10:32 am

      Thanks ladies! Krista, the Mandala yarn is available at Walmarts in the South — you can go to and find out if there is one near you. Or, you can order direct from Lion Brand 🙂

    • Wanda March 25, 2017, 12:26 am

      I found mine at my local Walmart. ?

    • Jessica November 28, 2017, 2:40 pm

      You can find this beautiful yarn at walmart.

    • Cinthia December 21, 2017, 12:22 am

      You can buy This yarn at walmart. Love it!!! Thank you for the pattern.

  • April Friedman March 17, 2017, 10:24 am

    I purchased an all access pass but can,t seem to get past the page that says it is a limited access page. Can you please provide some instructions for getting to the ad-free patterns I paid for?
    Thanks, April

    • Rebecca March 17, 2017, 10:31 am

      April, I emailed you instructions privately 🙂

  • Sunny March 17, 2017, 10:31 am

    I love those new Lion Brand cakes! And your lovely bean stitch pattern is perfect for them. Can’t wait to get started on my own cowl. Thanks for the pattern! Blessings to you.

  • Regina Loring March 17, 2017, 11:19 am

    Thanks for this nice cowl pattern. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Marge March 17, 2017, 12:26 pm

    I absolutely love this! It’s beautiful & am going to try my hand at it as soon as I finish the afghan I’m making!

  • Jan March 17, 2017, 1:03 pm

    I love the project to do. I was wondering you just want it to have no seam in the
    back. Is that right? Why not have seam ? Or just use a plastic maker see start a new row. Jan

    • Katie K. March 17, 2017, 2:42 pm

      I’m guessing it’s to accommodate the nature of the color changes. If you have a seam, the join would probably be really obvious.

      This is lovely! I’m looking forward to trying it.

    • Rebecca March 17, 2017, 3:49 pm

      I never put a seam in if it’s just as easy to avoid it. 🙂

  • Trina Wells March 17, 2017, 2:07 pm

    Oh my goodness this is just beautiful. And I just picked up one of the Mandala Yarn cakes at Walmart this week with no specific project in mind ( I just couldn’t help my self) But now I know what to do with it. Thanks so much for sharing. And I wanted to say the All Access Pass as been the absolute best $$ I’ve ever spent. I love having access to the easy to download and print patterns. Thanks Bunches 🙂

    • Carolyn March 18, 2017, 6:38 pm

      What Walmart did you find the yarn at

  • Laura March 17, 2017, 2:32 pm

    I ❤ this! Thank you for sharing ? the mandalas are my favorite of the cake yarns too and I can’t wait to make a few of these.

  • Linda morgan March 17, 2017, 3:07 pm

    Thank-you for sharing your ideas and patterns. I love ❤️ them and I really like that this pattern uses all the yarn. I have so many small balls of yarn from left overs, my husband swears he is going to throw them in the trees ? I make hats and donate them to the Neonatal and cancer patients.

  • Frances March 17, 2017, 6:52 pm

    You pick the best color combos for your projects ! Love this pattern !

    Thanks sooooo much for sharing !


  • Carolyn March 18, 2017, 11:18 am

    Is there a tutorial for this stitch or an easier stitch to do for this pattern for the less talented crocheters ?

  • Elizabeth Farrell March 18, 2017, 11:41 am

    It doesn’t appear that Manfaka is available in NY stores yet. Can you recommend a similar brand? I really love the cowl and would love to make it! Thank you!

    • Elizabeth Farrell March 18, 2017, 11:43 am

      Mandala (I misspelled it in previous comment).

    • Rebecca March 18, 2017, 5:49 pm

      Any #3 yarn will work fine. As far as similar colorway, I’m not sure what to recommend as the other readily-available multi-color yarn cakes are all #4s. You’d be looking at ordering from a more specialty shop.

  • Carolyn March 18, 2017, 6:41 pm

    What Walmart what states carry Mandala cakes

  • Deby March 22, 2017, 8:24 am

    Nice shawl.i love it.maybe You Can give the diagram also next time.thank You so much

  • Margarita Cruz Hernández March 23, 2017, 9:03 am

    Hola cuanto es el. Precio how much it cost thank my email is

    • Rebecca March 23, 2017, 6:19 pm

      The pattern is free, it’s in the blog post 🙂

  • Debbie March 24, 2017, 12:02 pm

    On the fringe does the thickness Mather when using something to make the fringe. I know it has to be 9″ but I wasn’t sure on the thickness thank you for this lovely pattern

    • Rebecca March 27, 2017, 9:25 am

      No, it’s just whatever you prefer. It doesn’t even have to be 9″ strands, you can make the fringe as long or short as you want. That’s just what I did and what the photos show.

  • Margarita Cruz Hernández March 24, 2017, 12:20 pm

    Hi I love this thow I want to know Ware do I get the theard thank you.

    • Rebecca March 27, 2017, 9:25 am

      I’m not sure what you’re asking, I’m sorry!

    • Alicia Leslie April 12, 2017, 1:14 am

      The yarn used for this pattern is Mandala which is made by Lion Brand. You can find it at Walmart, if they sell it in your area store. You can go to this website to see if a store near you carries it: or you can order it from the Lion Brand website.

  • brianne March 24, 2017, 3:07 pm

    I have some gorgeous Malabrigo Mecha yarn that I just bought that I’ve been looking to use in a beautiful pattern and this one is gorgeous! It’s a bulky weight yarn, can I adjust this pattern for that? I have about 260 yards of it in 2 skeins, will it be enough?
    Thank you, Brianne

    • Rebecca March 27, 2017, 9:28 am

      I think you would be fine, especially since you wouldn’t want to make the cowl 16″ tall with bulky yarn (it would be REALLY thick). I would just chain to approximately 27-28″ (keep it an even number) and then follow the instructions until you either run out of yarn or think it’s long enough. (Don’t forget to cut fringe first if you want it.)

      • brianne March 27, 2017, 9:54 am

        Okay perfect thank you so much! I will omit the fringe so I can have enough yarn to make the cowl. I plan on using a larger needle so that it’s not too tight or stiff, but will take your advice and crochet to less than 16″ tall.
        Thanks! Brianne

  • Shelley March 31, 2017, 11:43 am

    I have been in search of this yarn. The websit is sold out until September and the furthest north I can find it at a Walmart is Tennessee. I live in Ohio and am fixin to spend a good amount of time in the hospital for surgeries and treatment. I wanted to have some of this to work on while I am in my “luxury hotel”. Does anyone by chance have any they might consider selling? Please email me if you do, thank you so much. Bless you all!

    • Alicia April 12, 2017, 1:21 am

      Have you found any yet? As of 2 days ago my local Walmart restocked the shelves with these beauties and of course I had to bring some home with me. LOL…If you still haven’t been able to get any let me know. My Walmart sells them for $4.97 just to let you know.

    • Wendy October 15, 2017, 9:52 am

      I’ve seen it in Walmart in Fremont Ohio.

  • Charlene April 1, 2017, 6:26 pm

    I love this! Do you have a blanket pattern for this yarn?

    • Rebecca April 9, 2017, 6:32 pm

      Not yet!

  • Jamie April 3, 2017, 3:47 pm

    Lovely pattern! I’ll have to wait until the Mandala yarn is back in stock to try this!

  • Sandra Sauve April 5, 2017, 3:07 pm

    Thankyou for sharing your pattern , you do beautiful work !

  • MARIA CRISTINA CAMACHO April 6, 2017, 1:50 pm





    • Rebecca April 9, 2017, 6:27 pm

      Hi! Unfortunately I know absolutely nothing about making my own yarn. Sorry I can’t be of more help!

  • Kathy April 7, 2017, 6:32 am

    I was able to find this yarn on Orson back order on the Lion Brand site until September.

    • Kathy April 7, 2017, 6:39 am

      It’s on*

  • Francoise April 25, 2017, 5:27 pm

    Question in regards to the spring bean Cowl, I want to make it a little bigger can I just do 200 and bean stitch 100.

    • Rebecca April 27, 2017, 4:35 pm

      Yes 🙂

  • Krystal May 24, 2017, 11:18 pm

    Hi… i was wondering if i wanted to make the spring beans cowl longer what would be the multiple of stitches need??? Love your patterns

    • Francoise May 25, 2017, 3:19 pm

      I asked the same question and you just increase iThe by 100 and it’s a better fit for my neck! Good luck hope that helps.

    • Rebecca May 29, 2017, 8:41 pm

      It just needs to be an even number. 🙂

  • Breeanna June 7, 2017, 10:50 pm

    So I’ve done my 100 chain twice now but no matter how loose I do it I can only get it to 24 inches. Any ideas?

    • Rebecca June 8, 2017, 9:24 am

      Try a bigger hook size 🙂

  • Betty July 5, 2017, 7:05 pm

    If I wanted to make a scarf instead do I just change even number or add extra chains

    • Love all you pzBetty July 5, 2017, 7:13 pm

      Love all your patterns but don’t like cowl but love this pattern. I meant to right how many chains.


      • Rebecca July 5, 2017, 7:53 pm

        Just keep chaining until it’s as long as you prefer, making sure you end up with an even number of chains.

  • Shelly Lesieur Smith July 15, 2017, 10:53 am

    Already have some yarn and look forward to trying this

  • Shelly Lesieur Smith July 15, 2017, 10:54 am

    Already have some yarn and look forward to trying this pattern. Thank you

  • Cindy July 17, 2017, 11:45 am

    Thank you for this pattern. I have one full oddball cake of Mandala. A very well written pattern. I am going to omit the fringe on mine.

  • susan ballesteros July 23, 2017, 6:47 am

    i found that the yarn cake only yields 40 rows using the H hook and while this is okay for someone with a small frame, i decided to try the I hook and found the cowl to be wider yet still yielding 40 rows. also i measured individual 25 36″ strands for the fringe and it made the fringe lengths more consistent.

  • Gwen July 31, 2017, 7:35 pm

    I stumbled across this at my Walmart. They got a new employee in the fabric dept & she found this in the back not put out. She was a crocheter & knew what she had. I bought the genie, chimera, & centaur colors. Glad to see how they look worked up.

  • Samantha August 6, 2017, 9:41 pm

    Just started my cowl with Mandala Phoenix. I love the pattern and love the yarn colors and it’s super soft. Thank you.

  • Sara August 7, 2017, 12:40 am

    When you do the second row of bean stitches, does the stitch go into the bean stitch on the previous row? Or i to the ch1?

    • Rebecca August 7, 2017, 6:42 pm

      It goes into the ST created by the actual bean stitch, not the CH1 following the bean stitch. You’ll be able to tell because it will be much easier to insert your hook into the correct ST than it will be into the incorrect one.

      • Sara August 7, 2017, 6:48 pm

        Perfect! Thanks for the response…the bean stitches start looking like they are in a diagonal row?

        • Rebecca August 7, 2017, 9:05 pm


  • Cherry August 7, 2017, 6:39 pm

    Since it says NOT to join at the end of each round I am confused about when to close the seam.

    • Rebecca August 7, 2017, 6:43 pm

      You’re crocheting in a continuous spiral so there is no seam. At the end of the pattern it instructs you on how to wrap up the final round so that you aren’t left with a jagged edge.

  • Barbara August 8, 2017, 4:27 am

    Love, love this pattern! I have several colorways of Mandala, so looks like my project list got a lot longer… 🙂 Thank you! Love all your patterns, so clear and easy to follow!

  • Kelsey August 28, 2017, 1:26 am

    Hi Rebecca! This pattern is amazing! I’m just a little bit confused about finishing. Does it matter if the last round is complete before the last sc and sl st? Should I even be marking and counting rounds?

    Thanks so much for the pattern and your help!

    • Rebecca September 2, 2017, 3:43 pm

      It really doesn’t matter in this project, honestly. If you want to be easy on yourself, don’t worry about counting and just crochet until you’re about out of yarn.

  • Jenn August 28, 2017, 3:41 pm

    Is there a video tutorial for this?

    • Rebecca September 2, 2017, 3:41 pm

      There is not 🙂

      • Jenn September 3, 2017, 11:57 am

        Oh 🙁 I’m a beginner kinda and I do better with video still not the greatest at patterns.

        • Dee October 4, 2017, 9:04 pm

          I wish there was a video too! I am having such a hard time hooking the chain without twisting.. I keep getting confused.

  • Lacy September 11, 2017, 7:46 pm

    I bought 7 of these cakes in the Gnome colorway to make an afghan for my 3yo for Christmas. Pretty sure I’ll have a full cake leftover, so now I get to make this cowl for my 7yo! Thanks for yet another awesome pattern. I had no idea what I was going to do with that extra cake. LOL

  • Randi September 16, 2017, 6:06 pm

    Hi is there a video for this project? I’m not too good with reading patterns and I really love this.

    • Rebecca September 17, 2017, 6:32 pm

      Unfortunately there is no video at this time 🙂

  • angie October 6, 2017, 1:45 pm

    hi i really love this, thanks, the lnk to this page was shared to me and i have to say thank you to that person , I love this thanks

  • silvia October 8, 2017, 12:29 pm


  • Debbra Swaim October 20, 2017, 9:41 am

    This is a beautiful Cowl. I was wondering if you can do the starting chain of 100 as a Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) instead? Got to love that your patterns are free. Lots of hard work goes into making patterns and yours are great!

    • Rebecca October 21, 2017, 9:29 pm

      Thank you for the kind words! Yes, you can use FSC. 🙂

  • Adriana October 22, 2017, 1:48 am

    The tutorial for the perfect chain every time is absolutely awesome!

  • Ori October 26, 2017, 2:37 pm

    Is there a way to adapt this into a baby blanket? I love the pattern!!! Gorgeous!

  • Bettina November 6, 2017, 4:29 pm

    I actually have a question . When you say after the foundation chain “ sc around “ , is that the same as crochet “across the foundation chain ? Or is it literally around ?

    • Rebecca November 6, 2017, 4:34 pm

      I’m not sure if I’m understanding your question correctly. The foundation chain is joined, so after that you are working in the round.

  • Mindy November 8, 2017, 10:19 pm

    If i want to make longer, how many stitches do I add to chain? You said an even number but how many per bean stitch? Like 4,6,8? I hope this makes sense, basically if it needs to be 102, 104, 106, 108….or any even number.

    • Rebecca November 9, 2017, 9:13 pm

      Each bean stitch covers 2 stitches. Is that what you’re asking?

    • Kathy November 10, 2017, 6:32 am

      If you add more to the chain, you’ll end up making it wider, not longer. You’ll have to subtract from the chain (by an even #) to make it longer, but that’ll make the neck hole smaller.

  • Jossy November 11, 2017, 2:57 pm

    I finished this as my first project, and it feels amazing, BUT somehow I ended up with a cowl that’s turned in on itself, so it doesn’t open up like a normal scarf, if that makes sense.. any idea where I went wrong?

  • Julie Knutson November 18, 2017, 4:11 pm

    You should do a video tutorial – I’m kinda a watch n do person n these stitches are easier if I can watch someone do them ! Just suggestion!

    • Rebecca November 19, 2017, 5:51 pm

      I would love to be able to do video tutorials for all of my patterns, but with a 10 month old, it’s a bit tricky. 🙂

  • Andrea November 18, 2017, 5:29 pm

    Just came across your blog…GREAT patterns and your darling personality comes across too..thank you for being so kind and sharing! Hope you and all your little monkey’s are doing great!

  • Megan November 18, 2017, 7:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful pattern! I am pretty new at chocheting and this was a great project for me. My scarf turned out beautiful!

  • Mrgan November 25, 2017, 9:28 pm

    Do you have a hat or ear warmer pattern that goes with this?

  • Kylee December 2, 2017, 10:52 am

    Can I cut this down for 6 and 7 yr olds

    • Rebecca December 2, 2017, 2:42 pm

      You can simply chain a smaller amount (keep it an even number) and adjust for the height by doing fewer rounds.

  • Hayley schneider December 4, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Could u do this pattern without slip stitching to the beginning or do u have to slip stitching to the beginning to do this scarf?

    • Rebecca December 5, 2017, 11:41 am

      You don’t have to, but you’ll have a little jagged edge at the top if you don’t.

  • Disappointed December 12, 2017, 10:54 pm

    Love this pattern, but it is incredibly difficult to get. There’s no link to the free PDF. I went to Ravelry and it kept referring me back to your website. I don’t really like having to download software like some PDF conversion software, but I did, then it wanted me to pay for a driver update. I hope you don’t think I’m being rude, just honest. Your patterns are beautiful, but a lot of hard work to get at. I finally just gave up. Sorry

    • Rebecca December 13, 2017, 4:56 pm

      Hi Disappointed, 🙂

      I don’t actually offer my ad-free PDFs for free. The pattern itself is written out in this blog post, in full, for free use. If you wish to purchase the ad-free downloadable version you can do so using the links in the post. You were probably seeing (and clicking on) an ad.

      Rebecca 🙂

  • Hazel December 17, 2017, 4:06 pm

    Can’t seem to print this pattern

    • Rebecca December 18, 2017, 7:19 pm

      If you’re trying to use PrintFriendly, it doesn’t work on my blog. (It’s out of my control.) You are welcome to copy and paste it into a document for personal use, or purchase an ad-free PDF version.

  • Patricia Bowling December 22, 2017, 4:31 pm

    Love to crochet. Looking forward to making for my self. Thanks for the pattern. Patricia Bowling

  • Lauren December 29, 2017, 9:27 pm

    I accidentally twisted the chain one time, and I super don’t want to take it all out again. Is there an easy way to fix it?

    • Rebecca December 29, 2017, 9:34 pm

      Not really, not without it showing 🙂

  • Shannon January 1, 2018, 8:28 am

    I’m not sure if you’re still checking the comments on this pattern but…
    I’m working on this pattern but like others I have increased the stitches for a looser fit. But I’m finding that my rows are curing in on each either 🙁 Is this typical and will it flatten out as I add rows? Or am I doing it incorrectly?

    Thank you for all your lovely patterns. You’re amazing!!

    • Rebecca January 1, 2018, 8:48 pm

      It’s something about the bean stitch that causes it, but it should only be happening on the row that you’ve done most recently, and since this pattern is worked top-down, the fringe at the bottom will fix it. 🙂

      • Shannon January 6, 2018, 12:31 pm

        Thank you!!

  • Betty January 2, 2018, 5:51 pm

    I just saw this in Hobby Lobby it looked interesting. Have to try the blanket pattern. Color combinations poked beautiful.

  • Sharon January 4, 2018, 12:25 am

    Try finding mandala yarn at Joann’s.

  • Riggins January 8, 2018, 4:03 pm

    Like the looks of this scarf. Love the colors.

  • Amber January 8, 2018, 8:22 pm

    I’m stuck on the ch 1 and single crocheting into same stitch. Am I supposed to crochet into the ch 1? Because that doesn’t seem to be working. The stitch just unravels itself.

    • Rebecca January 9, 2018, 10:41 am

      You aren’t crocheting into the chain, you’re crocheting into the loops at the base of the chain. 🙂 In the end it really doesn’t matter that much, whether you go into that stitch or the one immediately following, as long as you have the correct number of stitches at the end of the round.

  • bonnie contreras January 11, 2018, 9:17 pm

    I love to crochet I just have a hard time reading a pattern. I seen this loved the colors ,hopefully I can do this.I will let you know I am working on something else right now.

  • bonnie contreras January 11, 2018, 9:30 pm

    I love to crochet I just have a hard time reading a pattern. I seen this loved the colors ,hopefully I can do this.I will let you know I am working on something else right now… I seem this yarn also at Hobby Lobby .

  • Nissa January 14, 2018, 3:29 pm

    Loved making your pattern, it worked up so pretty! I would love to show you my picture

  • Melissa January 18, 2018, 10:40 am

    I am just wondering if there is a way to do a foundationless single crochet with this project?? The reason I asked is because I have started this 3 times and I keep twisting!!

    • Katherine Chase January 18, 2018, 11:00 am

      There’s a video on YouTube that shows am extremely awesome and easy trick on how to ensure you don’t twist you chain. Literally search “how to not twist your crochet chain.” Best trick I ever stumbled on!

    • Rebecca January 20, 2018, 8:34 pm

      Yes, the tutorial is linked above – But you can definitely do FSC, just do 100 🙂

  • January January 29, 2018, 6:21 pm

    I love this, but I started with the chain and SC of 100 and I did the first row of bean stitch which took it down to 50 stitches because I did the stitch and skipped the next. If I keep doing the pattern this way, wont it keep reducing the row sizes in half? Am I supposed to increase somehow?

    • Rebecca January 29, 2018, 9:56 pm

      The bean stitch creates two sets of loops; one when you pull through, and one when you chain 1 to close the stitch. (See stitch details up in the pattern info.) So your stitch count will stay at 100.

      • January January 30, 2018, 7:46 am

        AHHH! I just realized that I didnt see that youre supposed to chain 1 after you close the stitch. No wonder I ended with 50 stitches. I feel stupid haha. thanks for the reply.

  • Sheila Morris January 30, 2018, 9:38 am

    Very cute! But I’ve always heard this stitch called “Puff Stitch”. It’s one of the confusing things about crochet, that there are different names for a lot of stitches, which makes beginners think crochet is more complicated than it really is. Now I have to go buy yarn for this…. 😀

    • Rebecca February 5, 2018, 12:02 pm

      Thanks! The puff stitch begins with a yarn over, enabling it to stand up straight, as opposed to the bean stitch which leans slightly. Very similar! 🙂

  • Alicia Powell February 17, 2018, 11:26 pm

    I have never made a cowl before, but I thought I’d give it a try. I absolutely love this pattern and the resulting cowl is beautiful! I will be making this again.

  • Anna Dimeler April 1, 2018, 7:08 pm

    Please send coffee bean pattern.Mamdala yarn.

  • Dana Allen April 12, 2018, 1:28 am

    I love this pattern, I am going to make this for my grown daughter for next fall. Thank you for sharing your amazing patterns. I loved the last hat you put on the facebook group. My grand daughters loved wearing them and so did my daughters. You are truly an gifted crocheter. I’ve been crocheting for over 45 years and still can’t write out a pattern.

  • Linda Simmons April 17, 2018, 4:36 pm

    Can you use this to make an afghan?

    • Rebecca April 26, 2018, 9:14 pm

      It will look different, because this pattern is worked in unturned rounds, and a blanket would have to be worked turned. When you work the bean stitch in turned rows, it does produce a very pretty, though denser, fabric.

  • Sueleen April 25, 2018, 3:07 pm

    Sou iniciante no crochê. Abraços

  • Trish May 7, 2018, 12:39 pm

    I found it a bit easier to ch 101, SC the first row, and make the join there. The tail can easily cover that small space. The thin yarn was making it difficult for me to join the chain itself. I kept getting tangled and spun around.

    I hope this won’t affect the project as a whole. I don’t think it will.

  • Mickey Jane July 18, 2018, 1:03 pm

    This is beautiful! My bestie made this last year and I just found the pattern, so I’m gonna make one for me. I’m not using a mandala yarn, though, I’m using a different yarn. It does change colours tho, so it’s fun to see it change while I’m going through the rounds.

  • Jackie July 28, 2018, 11:40 am

    Is there any way to get the blanket pattern?

    • Rebecca July 28, 2018, 8:23 pm

      Hi Jackie, what blanket pattern are you referring to?

  • Theresa August 7, 2018, 5:23 am

    This is lovely, can’t wait to try it. Do you attach the fringe to the first row or the last row? I’m thinking it’s the last row, but wondering how you ended up with the colour of your fringe matching.

    • Rebecca August 25, 2018, 3:21 pm

      If you look at the very first part of the pattern, I explain how I do it 🙂

  • Mt Willis August 12, 2018, 4:43 am

    I’ve not been crocheting long,I’ve neer crocheted any thing from patterns before. I’m looking for basic beanie/ hat Pat tern

  • Roberta Wick August 17, 2018, 11:05 pm

    Hello Rebecca. I too am a wife,mom and have two wonderful granddaughters. I want to thank you so much for this pattern. I used to crotchet a lot many, many years ago. I did make blankets for both of my granddaughters, and quickly remembered how much I enjoy this hobby. I also just finished one for myself. Now my daughter has been asking me to make her one, but with a different stitch. Something with texture. I have been searching everywhere on how to do this bubble stitch. She suggested I sign up for Pinterest so she can share patterns with me.I signed up last night and tonight I checked my email and whalaah! here it is. Thanks for sharing.

  • Gabby August 21, 2018, 8:07 pm

    Hello! I’ve only done about 5 rounds but I’m having a lot of curling. Is this normal or am i doing something wrong? I’m using the Lionbrand cupcake yarn which is also a 3 weight

    • Rebecca August 25, 2018, 3:20 pm

      It does tend to curl but the fringe will take care of it 🙂

  • Lacey August 27, 2018, 1:32 am

    Out of curiosity can the chain and row 1 be done with a foundation single crochet? I find it rolls a lot less making it easier to not twist.

    • Lacey August 27, 2018, 1:35 am

      Nevermind, did a search for “foundation” on this page and saw you already answered “Yes” to someone else asking this, thank you. 🙂

  • suzanne September 9, 2018, 4:16 am

    Thank you Rebecca for making this pattern, hopefully I will start to have ago It’s been along time since I did any Crocheting. sue xx UK. PS I’ve just received my Mandala wool from Lionbrand it did take take quite a while to get to me.

  • Judy Mayes September 15, 2018, 9:15 pm

    HELP! My cowl is only 11 inches wide, should be 14.5 inches. What am I doing wrong? I am 4 1/2 inches tall, but it is only 10 inches wide at the top.


    • Sheila Morris September 15, 2018, 9:34 pm

      Was your starting chain 27-28″ long, as it says at the start? Did you check your gauge? 7 bean stitches x 14 rows should be a 4″ square. If it isn’t, you might need a bigger hook…..

    • Rebecca September 17, 2018, 8:24 pm

      What Sheila said. 🙂 If your stitch count is correct, then you just have a tighter tension than I do and you need to up your hook size… or for this pattern, just make the starting chain as long as you want (be sure your rounds have an even-numbered stitch count) and you’ll be fine.

  • Cristina September 21, 2018, 10:00 am

    Beautiful pattern and beautiful work! I have a question on the bean stitch. I’ve always seen it and it looks like one row of beans leans left and the one above leans to the right. Your pictures looks like beans are all vertical. I prefer your look. Is that accurate? How did you get yours to be straight up? Thanks!

    • Rebecca September 24, 2018, 8:18 pm

      Mine are actually leaning as well, but what’s probably tricking your eye is the fact that this pattern is done in continuous rounds instead of turned rounds and rows, which brings out the leaning look more. I used the same stitch on this pillow, but in turned rows:

      • Cristina September 26, 2018, 9:08 pm

        Thank you so much! That makes sense now. I appreciate your time, and look forward to learning more from you!! Beautiful work!!

      • Cristina October 9, 2018, 5:30 pm

        So, I’ve made the scarf and I’m down towards the end of the yarn. I’m curious if the last stitch will
        look like it’s on a higher row? Can you show a picture of what the end stitch/row looks like? Thanks!!!

        • Rebecca October 16, 2018, 9:40 pm

          I don’t have a photo, but that is why the instructions tell you to smooth down your round with a slip stitch at the end. It won’t be perfect, but the fringe will hide any bump there may be.

  • Pat johnson October 1, 2018, 8:17 am

    Looking for easy patterns, love the look of that stitch. My mom crocheted and thought me a little, she passed away, now I trying to make afagans for the grandchildren like she did.

  • Anne October 25, 2018, 5:01 am

    How do you start row 3 may I ask. Where does the first stitch go

    • Sheila Morris October 25, 2018, 9:40 am

      It starts the same as Row 2. There’s no obvious start/end to the rows, so you just keep on working around. It helps to use some markers to keep track of where the rows start….they’ll move up in kind of a spiral, but markers can show you how many rows you’ve done.

      • Anne October 25, 2018, 3:01 pm

        So after row 1 I don’t ch1 anymore either right. And thank you for getting back to me right away…😊😊

  • Danielle November 11, 2018, 5:18 pm

    I actually clicked on this pattern looking for a pattern for the blanket thats pictured… Do you have one?

    • Rebecca November 11, 2018, 7:19 pm

      Hi Danielle! I’m not sure what blanket you’re referring to (and hopefully I don’t have a broken link somewhere) but you can find all of my patterns, including my blankets, here:

  • Paige November 14, 2018, 5:38 pm

    If one wanted to make an adult throw using the bean stitch, how many would one have to chain? Would there be any other changes made to the pattern?
    Thank you!!

    • Rebecca November 14, 2018, 9:19 pm

      Hi Paige, you would just have to chain until it’s about the width you’d want the blanket. That will be different for everyone depending on your yarn, hook, and tension. You won’t be able to follow this pattern exactly however, because it’s worked in the round, and a blanket is worked in turned rows. It will look a little different but still be beautiful, I’m sure 🙂

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  • Silvia December 1, 2018, 10:12 am

    I love this texture and want to use it for a baby blanket using Lion Mandala Baby yarn. How would you recommend turning and starting a new row with the bean stitch? Do I chain 2 and start at the 3rd stitch? Thanks!

    • Rebecca December 1, 2018, 8:22 pm

      I did it with my Bean Stitch Accent Pillow (, and here’s how I did it:

      CH1, turn. SK 1st ST, BEAN STITCH in next ST. (SK next ST, BEAN STITCH in next ST) across.

      Note that the finished texture will look different because you are working in turned rows instead of a spiral. You can take a look at the finished pillow to get an idea of what your blanket will look like. Still beautiful, just different 🙂

  • Patty Luke December 17, 2018, 10:37 pm

    Could you make this as a scarf instead of a cowl?

    • Sheila Morris December 30, 2018, 10:07 pm

      I don’t think so, because it’s worked in the round, without turning. For a scarf, you’d have to turn at the end of the row, and the stitch pattern wouldn’t look the same. Unless you want to cut your yarn and start again from the same end….which could work if you want fringe at both ends?

    • Rebecca January 2, 2019, 8:08 pm

      You could if you made it infinity style. You would just make the starting chain much longer (to wrap around the neck twice) and you wouldn’t crochet as many rounds. 🙂

  • Lyndsie December 30, 2018, 8:12 pm

    I’m so happy to have found a PERFECT project for this yarn, the same day that I bought it, because I couldn’t possibly wait!! Lol.
    One question: after the first bean stitch row, the rest are completed between the “beans,” right??!
    Looking at the picture of the finished cowl, that’s what it looks like, but I just want to be sure…

  • Lyndsie December 30, 2018, 8:53 pm

    Please disregard my previous comment/question… I’m on my 8th bean row & I’ve nestled them in the chain space that locks the stitches in place. GORGEOUS!!!
    It just so happens that I’m using the same “Genie” color as the main photo & I can’t wait to try more of these Mandalas!!! Thank you for ALL of your fabulous ideas!!!!

  • Lisa January 26, 2019, 1:51 am

    Can this pattern be transposed for knitting?

    • Rebecca January 30, 2019, 10:33 am

      I don’t knit, so I wouldn’t know 🙂

  • Catina Roberts February 12, 2019, 9:29 am

    Hi, I love all your work, I started this project but thought it would be too much around the neck. Is it possible to just make this a regular scarf with the fringes or just double the pattern length?

  • Cathy February 27, 2019, 8:46 pm

    I cannot get the chain straight. I’ve tried it 4 times and watched the video.

  • Jennifer February 27, 2019, 8:56 pm

    Is there a video tutorial for this yet? I’ve been hanging on to my skein of yarn in hopes I can find a video tutorial for this pattern.

  • Mary Ann Riddle April 15, 2019, 7:36 pm

    I have not received information on how to down load the pdf instructions for the Spring Bean cowl after paying $1.99 for it through Paypal
    Receipt # 2550-554-9725-0067
    Thank you