I love this beautiful mandala pattern on the base of this market bag!
I made this with my favourite yarn, Lily’s Sugar’n Cream in the colour Guacamole. I love the way it made up to be a lovely variegated colour. I can just imagine it filled to the brim with lemons when the season comes around again.
I followed the Sakura pattern for most of the project however I found that some little tweaks were needed for my particular skills… or lack there of!
I made the net webbing for the bag in round and round circles marking each round with a stitch-marker to try and keep track of how the bag progressed. I’m still not that good at edges and I found that my seam was looking yuck.
The next adjustment I made was to add another row of netting to the top using 2 chain spaces fixed with single crochet to each of the below 3 chain spaces.
Then for the next round I did 2 single crochet into each of the 2 chain spaces, excluding a SC into the below SC from the previous round.
This made a more narrow opening. I think my stitches must have been too loose because the opening from the Sakura pattern turned out to be far too wide.
And the handle uses a pattern from a previous project which utilises single crochet instead of the wider half double crochet used in the Sakura pattern which I think looks nicer.
It is an easy pattern to follow and is available below:
- 3 balls used
- Lily Sugar’n Cream Cotton 10 ply yarn, see here
- Lily Sugar and Cream Ombre is a natural, soft and absorbent worsted weight yarn of 100% cotton, that comes in a range of colourful, pretty prints. Long-lasting and with fun, variegated colour prints, this is an ideal yarn for hats, scarves, vests, ponchos, shawls, blankets, cardigans and jumpers… and now market bags!
- Colour is Guacamole
- 4mm for the mandala base
- 5mm for the netting
- 4mm for the top row of netting and the handle