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Axminster Whirpool Mandala Rug Crochet Pattern

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A glorious crochet pattern for an unusual colourful circular rug to create an impressive centre piece (almost 150cm across!). Made using our tough and hardwearing Axminster rug yarn.


We love this pattern. Whilst slightly more complicated than some of Jo’s other patterns the beauty of this design is that once you've got going with a stitch you repeat it throughout the round and to add rhythm to the rug some of the rounds are repeated. Once you've got going with increasing within your stitches you'll be away and can impress your friends with such a stunning creation. Give yourself a challenge and then bask in the compliments you receive!

As Axminster is a rug yarn it's expected that it will last a lifetime and be hardwearing and strong, so you can be confident that it can live in any room of the house. However, you might not want muddy footprints traipsing across your masterpiece, but it will be fine to be walked over repeatedly. There is quite a bit of weight in the rug, so you might not want to carry it too far, but it is ideal to use as a picnic blanket or on the beach if you feel that you need something a bit more robust to lounge on.

Axminster is available in a wide range of shades, so you could choose contrasting colours to add a splash of colour, tone hues together for a more subtle effect or co-ordinate with a specific room. Axminster is not a standard thickness across the range, so although most shades are classed as “medium” we have some that are “fine” and some that are definitely on the “thick” side. The thinner shades will go further and the thicker ones won’t go quite as far. As you begin working your mandala you may need to alter the order in which you crochet the colours to ensure you have enough to work the outer rings. Of course if you have more of one shade than you were expecting you can add an extra ring until you run out of yarn.

If you love the pattern but don't need a rug, why not choose a softer yarn and make a blanket or a throw? A DK pure wool would give a cosy, warm effect or a DK cotton would be a cool, smooth option. Just check that you are happy with the gauge if using a different yarn and adjust your hook size accordingly.


Designed exclusively for our Axminster Rug Yarn by Grandma Jo at the spannerworks you know it will look fabulous! And as you'll be downloading you'll get the pattern immediately. Jo's patterns are illustrated throughout with both wordy instructions and clear photographs, so it's really clear to follow her patterns.

Additional Information

Skill Level Intermediate. Not as complicated as it looks, as some of the rounds are repeated throughout the rug, you may just need paper on hand so you don't lose where you are or lose count! Perhaps not for a beginner just yet.
Hook Size 4.5mm
Gauge or Tension Vary the hook up or down depending on thickness of yarn, but based on DK/Aran to give a firm rug.
Finished Size Approx. 150cm diameter
Quantity of Yarn Required 1500g of DK/Aran weight rug yarn
Other Requirements Nothing
Colours Used In Pattern Black, Ecru, Kermit, Turquoise, Royal, Crocus