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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 colorway I used), 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.

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:
   ST/STS
 (stitch/stitches)
   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.)

Notes:
(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 😍

  • 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 !

    Frances

  • 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 cruzmargarita48@gmail.com

    • 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: http://www.lionbrand.com/mandala-yarn-in-stores 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.

  • 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

    BOA TARDE, REBECCA

    MORO NO BRASIL E ADORO FAZER CROCHE E TRICÔ, ADOREI O TRABALHO E TAMBÉM AMEI O FIO QUE FOI USADO. AQUI NÃO TEMOS ACESSO A ESSE TIPO DE LINHA. ENTÃO SE FOSSE POSSÍVEL GOSTARIA DE SABER COMO FAÇO PARA CONSEGUIR ESSE FIO MARAVILHOSO MANDALA.
    BEIJOS A TODAS AS CROCHETEIRAS E PARA TODOS OS DEMAIS.

    CRISTINA CAMACO

    P.S. QQER INFORMAÇÃO PEÇO QUE RESPOSTA SEJA NO MEU E-MAIL

    • 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 Etsy.com. 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 🙂