If you’re a crocheter or knitter, there’s no doubt you’ve seen or heard of the Lion Brand Mandala yarn. This yarn comes in a huge range of beautiful colorways that fade between each new color. The skeins (well, cakes, actually) are a whopping 590 yards of DK weight fiber that can be turned into cardigans, scarves, hats, blankets, and so much more. When Lion Brand first introduced the Mandala yarn in the fall of 2016, they sold out all over the country. Eager crafters everywhere were unable to get their hooks and needles on these highly desirable fibers until the following winter. I let the dust settle on the hype before I went out and grabbed my first Mandala skein, and I’m so happy with the results.
My local Walmart had a large amount Mandala cakes available this summer. Crochet and knitting aren’t very popular where I live, plus it’s pretty rural, so I got lucky with a good selection. My first choice was the “Genie” colorway, but that was the only one they didn’t have. I decided to go with my second favorite, the muted rainbow fade they named “Warlock”.
I originally had it in my head that I would create a new pattern from my single skein and offer it here on my site. After trying a few different ideas, I finally decided to look for what other makers were coming up with for patterns. I stumbled across the Madeline Triangle Scarf from Ginger Knots on my Pinterest and knew this was what I needed to make with my cake.
This pattern creates a large triangle scarf or shawl using just one skein of LB Mandala. It’s simple to pick up on the stitch pattern and easy to put down in the middle of a row.
I found the pattern to be extremely easy to modify. I felt I could stop at any row and call it “done”, or extend the pattern into any size scarf I wanted. I didn’t actually use up the whole skein of Mandala. I got through all of the main colors, then decided to add a decorative border at the next color change. This resulted in looking like I added an accent color yarn to the edge of the scarf to match the color at the beginning of the pattern.
The edging is just a simple DC + CH 1 mesh row, plus a row of tiny picot stitches. I didn’t keep exact count of my stitches at this point, but with the way the stitch pattern is it was very easy to add in the picot edge.
The resulting scarf from all of my modifications was truly beautiful. I love the way the colors faded into one another, and the edging just made everything feel complete.
Even without using the entire skien of Mandala yarn, the scarf was large enough to wrap around my neck and hung down to my belly. I’m always in the mindset of “bigger is better” when it comes to scarves, so this was a great size. If the colors hadn’t shifted into the tan and cream towards the end, I probably would have made it even bigger. I may scope out a more evenly distributed skein of the same yarn and give it another go in the future!
So, this was my very first time making a triangle scarf. I see a lot of photos shared on Instagram of beautiful triangle scarves that look amazing and cute! However, after trying this one on I just wasn’t feeling it for myself. I love the way the scarf looks, but I just didn’t like the style of it on me personally. I decided to put this finished scarf up for sale at my craft show last month, and it sold within the first 2 hours of the show! I’m so happy to see it go to a loving customer who will cherish and love it for years to come. I think I had a really good experience with trying out how a triangle scarf works up and I definitely want to give more triangle patterns a go.
I may even consider making a few of these every time I have a craft show lined up!