Mandala Market Bag – contains a link to the free pattern

I had a beautiful skein of Mandala yarn laying around and decided to finally make myself a market bag.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these bags for the longest time and spent quite a while trying to choose one that I liked.  I settled on a free pattern that I found at Lion Brand Yarns.

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Not sure if I like the orange detail around the handle.

You can find the free pattern here:  Market Bag Pattern

I didn’t use the suggested yarn or hook size.  I made mine with almost exactly one skein of Mandala Pegasus color yarn from Lion Brand using a J 6.0mm Clover hook.  (You can read my review of Clover hooks HERE.)

At one point I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough yarn but at 590yd/ 540m  those Mandala skeins seem to go on forever and I actually had a little bit left over.

I like it because of its gorgeous variegated colors, roominess, and whimsical BOHO style.  I’m not crazy about the orange detail I added around the handle but I don’t totally hate it either.

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Here’s a close up of the stitches.

The bag turned out to be a nice big (stretchable) size that I think will come in handy while shopping at the Farmer’s Market this year but I ‘ll also use it for craft fairs and at the grocery store.

Since the yarn is 100% acrylic, I doubt I’ll take it to the beach but that’s okay because I’m planning to make another one using cotton.  I’ll use a larger hook size for that one and then it’ll be perfect for carrying a couple of towels and a book to the shore.

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About Robin @ Imperial Crochet

I'm a former community manager of a now defunct lifestyle site who's been writing online, and off, for over fifteen years. My passions include my family, my cat, reading, writing, crochet, and yarn art. I've decided to stitch all of those things together by way of my new blog, Imperial Crochet. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!
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8 Responses to Mandala Market Bag – contains a link to the free pattern

  1. It looks pretty! I am just curious, what happens to acrylic in the sun/sea? You mentioned something about that at the end.

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    • Hi Helinahandicraft. Nothing happens really. It’s just not absorbent at all. You can absolutely use it. I just find cotton is better for things that will get wet, like coasters or beach bags. 🙂

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  2. It’s BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE all the great self-striping yarns! Such fun to work with! 😉

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  3. Rebecca says:

    It’s so beautiful! Make more bags 😍😍😍

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  4. I like the orange detail on the handle – I like the whole bag!

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