When I learned about the premature departure of Wink from A Creative Being I was in shock. I think everyone who met her through her work - especially through her amazing mandalas was.
Taken by the initiative Kathryn of Crochet Concupiscence undertook with the #MandalasForMarinke project to raise awareness of depression, I decided to share the pattern for this lovely mandala chart I found online. I named it Joy of Life, because life is the greatest gift we receive and we should treasure it.
Translation of the Mandala Chart (with slight variations):
Ch 9 and join to make ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as the 1st dc) and make 23 dcs in ring. Sl st (with 1st dc) to end.
Rnd 2: Ch3, sk 1 and dc 1, ch3, "dc2tog (by making the 1st dc in the same st as the one before it) sk 1 and make the second dc in the next st, then ch3". Repeat from "to". End with a sl st to the initial chain.
Rnd 3: Starting from the 3 chain, ch 4 then sc in the next ch. Repeat this to the end. End with a sl st.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc 1 on the chain, ch 3 and sc over the sc st from the previous row. Repeat this pattern to the end. End with a sl st.
Rnd 5: Over the first dc of the row below, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) and make a dc (in the same st.) This is a 2dc puff. Next, ch 6 and make a 2dc puff over the dc st of the row below. Repeat pattern to end. End with a sl st.
Rnd 6: Ch 3 and dc in every single stitch of the previous row. (a total of 84 dc including the 1st 3-chain).
Rnd 7: Ch 5, skip 4 (counting the first chain), sc in fifth ch. Repeat pattern to end.
Rnd 8: Repeat rnd 4.
Rnd 9: Repeat rnd 5.
Rnd 10: Repeat rnd 6 (a total of 140 dc including the 1st 3-chain).
Rnd 11: Repeat rnd 7.
Rnd 12:Repeat rnd 4 with the exception that over the dc st, you make a 3ch picot.
I am sending this mandala to Kathryn, and if you want to join the initiative too, click on the link above.