Who is ready to get started with the first part of the crochet Marigold Market Bag?? It’s mandala time! Woooohooo! Grab your materials, and read on, because here we go!
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Crochet-A-Long Part 1: Mandala Base
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
- This pattern is written in US Standard terms.
- Chain stitches at beginning of rounds do not count as a stitch unless otherwise noted.
- Photo tutorials for the Double Crochet 3 Together (dc3tog) and the 3 Double Crochet Cluster (3dcCl) can be found in the Materials & Requirements post.
- This pattern is worked in joined rounds, unless otherwise noted in the pattern.
- Slip stitches used to close rounds are NOT counted in the stitch count for that round.
- Round 2 is worked using the chains from your cluster stitch as stitches themselves, so that the pattern can increase accordingly in the round.
- Some rounds will end with a double crochet or treble crochet into the beginning stitch of that round instead of finishing a space using all chains. This is so that the start of the next round begins in the center of that chain set.
- I recommend a stitch marker for your repeating mesh rounds, as it is difficult to see where you started when you work back around.
Marigold Market Bag Part 1: Mandala Base
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The bag portion will be worked in joined rounds, unless otherwise noted. Begin with a magic circle / adjustable ring, or alternatively, you can ch 3 and sl st to the first ch to form a ring. Round 1 will be worked into the center of your ring.
R1: Ch 2, *3dcCl, ch 1 (counts as a stitch), repeat from * 5 more times, sl st to top of first 3dcCl to close. (6 3dcCl, 6 ch-1s)
R2: Ch 1, *2 hdc into cluster, 2 hdc into ch-1 sp, repeat from * 5 more times, sl st to first hdc of round to close. (24 hdc)
R3: Ch 1, * sc, ch 2, sk 1, repeat from * 11 more times, sl st to top of first sc of round to close. (12 sc, 12 ch-2 sp)
R4: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), * 4 dc into ch-2 sp, sk st, rep from * 10 more times, 3 dc into next ch-2 sp, sl st to top of ch-3 from beginning of the round to close. (48 dc)
R5: Ch 1, * sc, sk 3, ch 4, repeat from * 10 more times, sc next, sk 3, ch 2, dc into the top of the first sc of this round to close. (12 sc, 12 ch-4 sp)
NOTE: The double crochet at the end of Round 5 is going to substitute for the last two chains of this last “ch-4 space” so that you will start the Round 6 in the center of the space.
R6: Ch 1, * sc in ch-4 sp, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in
next, repeat from * 11 more times, sl st to top of first sc of round to close.
(12 sc, 48 dc, 12 ch-2 sp)
NOTE: If you want to make a cute set of coasters, stop after this round, block and admire your handiwork!
R7: Ch 7 (counts as a dc + ch 4), dc into same, sc into ch-2 sp, *[dc, ch 4, dc] into sc from previous round, sc into ch-2 sp, repeat from * 10 more times, sl st to top of third chain from beginning of the round to close. (24 dc, 12 sc, 12 ch-4 sp)
R8: Ch 1, * sc, 5 sc into ch-4 sp, sc next, sl st next, repeat from * 11 more times, sl st to top of the first sc of the round to close. (84 sc, 12 sl sts)
NOTE: slip stitches to close rounds are NOT counted in your final stitch counts for the rounds.
R9: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), * sk 3, sc next (3rd sc in the ch-4 sp from previous round), sk 3, 8 dc next (the sl st from previous round), repeat from * 10 more times, sk 3, sc next, sk 3, 7 dc next, sl st to top of ch-3 from the beginning of the round to close. (96 dc, 12 sc)
R10: Ch 2 (counts as a hdc), * dc into next 2 sts, hdc into next 2 sts, sc next, 2 sc into next st, sc next, hdc next 2 sts, repeat from * 10 more times, dc into next 2 sts, hdc into next 2, sc next, 2 sc into next st, sc next, hdc next, sl st to top of ch-2 from the beginning of the round to close. (48 hdc, 24 dc, 48 sc)
R11: Sl st to the top of the first dc from the previous round (does not count as a stitch), ch 1, * sc, ch 4, sk 4, sc next 2 sts, ch 4, sk 3, repeat from * 11 more times, sl st to the top of the first sc of the round to close. (36 sc, 24 ch-4s)
R12: Ch 1, * 5 sc into ch-4 sp, sc2tog, 5 sc into ch-4 sp, sl st into next, repeat from * 11 more times (120 sc, 12 sc2tog, 12 sl sts)
NOTE: final sl st will go into the sc from the previous round, NOT the first sc of the current round
R13: Ch 1, * [sc, hdc, ch 2, hdc, sc] into same (the sl st from previous round), sk 2, 2 sc into next, sk 2, [sc, hdc, ch 2, hdc, sc] into next (the sc2tog from previous round), sk 2, 2 sc next, sk 2, repeat from * 11 more times, sl st to the top of the sc from the beginning of the round to close. (96 sc, 48 hdc, 24 ch-2s)
End of Part 1!
Whew! That was fun! By this point, you should have a lovely mandala that you might not want to make into a bag…maybe just leave it as a work of art all its own, mounted and framed, or stretched into a dream catcher. Or maybe frog back to Round 6 and make a few more just like it for a cute coaster set! The possibilities are endless! Or, you know, wait until next week, and finish making a cute market bag!
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