Hello friends! I’m hitting you up with a crochet post today…first one in a while, so it was time, especially since I just finished writing up the pattern for this beautiful crochet market bag!
Just in time for all those wonderful summer farmers markets, I wanted a market bag that was mesh but had a more stable base, and I wanted it to be beautiful, so a mandala base is the key feature of this lovely bag. Made with Yarnspirations Bernat Softee Baby Cotton, the detail of the stitches is so beautifully defined. What’s better is that it only uses one skein! 🙌🏻 It works up so quickly, you’ll want one in every color 😊
Because of the mandala base, I’m classifying this pattern as a intermediate-level crochet pattern. There are a variety of basic stitches that most will be familiar with, but a few that may not be as familiar. I’ve included photo tutorials for those stitches below. While most of the stitches may be familiar, I use some techniques for the mandala that require a bit of familiarity with working decorative stitches in rounds. These techniques are explained and accompanied by photos, so don’t get intimidated! You can do it!
And because I know that mandalas might be tricky for some, I decided that the best way to do this is with a Crochet-A-Long! If you’re not familiar with the term, it just means that the pattern will be released in parts over a set amount of time. We will work on it together, one part at a time, in a group I’m moderating on Facebook, where you’ll be able to ask questions, get answers, share your progress, etc. It’s a wonderful way to learn from one another, support each other, and meet more people in this awesome maker community we have! So go join the group Marigold Market Bag CAL on Facebook, grab your materials, and get ready! Part One will be coming to you June 12th!
The yarn I used was Yarnspirations Bernat Softee Baby Cotton, but I know that’s not readily available to everyone. Suitable alternatives are Lion Brand’s 24/7 Cotton, Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton — even though they are actually size 4, when worked with a G hook, the measurements come out pretty much the same. Outside the States, my knowledge of yarns diminishes exponentially, but one of my testers in the UK used James Brett 100% Cotton. Just keep in mind required yardage / meters: 254 yds / 233 m.
I also really strongly recommend a stitch marker for your mesh rounds. I worked the mesh rounds in joined rounds, like everything else, so that I would have a nice even top edge. The stitch marker comes in handy to know when you’ve worked your way back around to the beginning of the round.
- 1 skein Bernat Softee Baby Cotton or 254 yds / 233 m comparable category 3 DK Cotton
- Crochet hook in size G / 4 mm
- Stitch marker (optional)
- Tapestry needle
Stitches & Abbreviations (US Terms)
- Magic Circle / Adjustable Ring
- Chain (ch)
- Chain Space (ch sp)
- Skip (sk)
- Slip Stitch (sl st)
- Single Crochet (sc)
- Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog)
- Half Double Crochet (hdc)
- Double Crochet (dc)
- Double Crochet 3 Together (dc3tog)
- Treble Crochet (tr)
- 3 Double Crochet Cluster (3dcCl)
Finished Mandala (up to round 13): 9” / 23 cm diameter
Bag Height (round 14 – 37): 15.25” / 38.75 cm
6 sc x 6 rows = 1.375” / 3.5 cm square
Because this is an intermediate level pattern, you may not be familiar with the following stitches. So grab some yarn and practice these stitches so that you will be familiar with them when they come up in the pattern. 🙂
Double Crochet 3 Together (dc3tog)
Also known as the double crochet decrease, it is a way of eliminating stitches in your work and to give it shape. You will work a half-formed double crochet into the three indicated stitches, then complete the stitch by yarning over and pulling through all 4 remaining loops on your hook.
- Yarn over (yo), insert your hook into the first indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. You’ll have 2 loops left on your hook.
- Yo, insert your hook into the second indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. You’ll have 3 loops left on your hook.
- Yo, insert your hook into the last indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. You’ll have 4 loops on your hook.
- Yo, pull through all four loops on your hook.
See following step by step photos. If you would like to see a video of this stitch performed, New Stitch A Day has a great tutorial here.
3 Double Crochet Cluster (3dcCl):
This variation of the cluster stitch works a 3 double crochet decrease into a single stitch. You’ll start out the same way you would make a double crochet, stopping just before the final pull through and making another (and then another) of the same half-formed double crochet into the same stitch as the first. Complete the cluster after your 3rd half-formed double crochet by yarning over and pulling through all four loops on your hook.
- Yarn over (yo), insert your hook into the indicated stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 2 loops. You’ll have 2 loops left on your hook and one half-worked double crochet.
- Yo, insert hook into same stitch, repeat Step 1. You’ll have 3 loops on your hook and two half-worked double crochets.
- Repeat Step 2. You’ll have 4 loops on your hook and three half-worked double crochets
- Yo, pull through all 4 loops on hook
- Close your cluster with a chain stitch. (When working this stitch in rows, you will choose either the chain or the top of the cluster to work your subsequent row’s stitches into, but not both, else you will end up increasing the number of stitches)
See following step by step photos. If you would like to see this stitch in action, New Stitch A Day has a great video here.
I hope you are as excited about this as I am! Be sure to subscribe to the blog so that you don’t miss out on the posts! And don’t forget to hop over to Facebook and join the Marigold Market Bag CAL group! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Sharing pictures on social media? Use #MarigoldMarketBag and / or #LaBelleVieForMe to share with me and my community!
Happy yarn shopping!
All rights reserved. This design, pattern, and images are the property of Kristen Caldwell via La Belle Vie by Kristen and HooksBooksAndWanderlust.com. This pattern is for personal use. Items made using this pattern can be sold with credit given to La Belle Vie by Kristen and Hooks Books and Wanderlust. In accordance with U.S. copyright laws, you may not alter, sell, or distribute this pattern in whole or in part, in any way without express written permission from Kristen Caldwell.
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