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Mandala Market/Beach Tote

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Hi there! As you can see this pattern contains two tote sizes. The small tote is perfect for grocery shopping or for going to the (farmers)market. The large tote I designed for going to the beach and putting other lightweight stuff in, because cotton yarn usually stretches out quite a bit.

Happy making!

Stitch abbreviations:

  • ch (chain stitch or stitches)
  • dc (double crochet)
  • sl st (slip stitch)
  • sc (single crochet)
  • rsc (reversed single crochet or crab stitch)

This is what you’ll need:

  • Thin cotton yarn (3 or 4ply)
  • I used cotton yarn where hook size 2,5mm/3mm is recommended; 5 skeins of 50gr for the large tote and 3 skeins of 50gr for the small tote
  • Crochet hook that is recommended on the label of your yarn (I used 3mm).
  • Embroidery needle for weaving ends

The bottom of this market tote bag starts with a mandala. It is the same mandala that I designed for my Dream Catcher. Click here to see this part with pictures and come back when you have finished row 6, or just follow the pattern below. (The rest of this pattern will have added pictures)

1: Start with a magic ring, ch3, 11dc in ring and close with sl st

2: ch4, 1dc in the next st, ch1 * 1dc in the next st, ch1 * repeat to end, close with sl st in 3rd ch

3: sl st in first ch space, ch3 and 2dc in same spot, ch1, * 3dc in next ch space, ch1 * repeat to end, close with sl st

4: sl st (twice) to ch space, ch3, 1dc in same spot and ch3. * 2dc in next ch space, ch3 * repeat to end, close with sl st

5: sl st in next ch space, ch3, 1dc, ch1 and 2dc; all in the same spot and ch2. * in the next ch space; 2dc, ch1, 2dc, ch2 * repeat to end, close with sl st

6: sl st in last ch2 space, 7dc in the next ch1 space, sl st in next ch2 space, * 7dc in next ch space, sl st into next ch space * repeat to end

Okay, the first part is done and now you should have this:
7: sl st 4 times to middle of the petal, * ch7, sl st in middle of next petal * repeat to end8: sl st to ch space, ch3 and 9dc in same space. 10dc in each ch space throughout, close with sl st9: sl st 4 times to middle of the petal, * ch10, sl st in the next petal * repeat to the end

10: sl st to ch space, ch3, 14dc in same ch space. 15dc in each ch space throughout, close with sl stFrom here on out you will notice that there is a difference between the small and large tote. 

Small 11: sl st 6 times to middle of the petal,* ch10, sl st in the next petal * repeat to end

Large 11: sl st 6 times to middle of the petal, * ch13, sl st in the next petal * repeat to end

Small 12: sl st to ch space, ch3, 14dc in same ch space. 15dc in each ch space throughout, close with sl st

Large 12: sl st to ch space, ch3, 19dc in same ch space and 20dc in each ch space throughout close with sl stSmall + Large 13: ch3, 1dc in next st, ch2, * skip 2st, 1dc in the next 2st, ch2 * repeat to end, close with sl stSmall 14 – 29: sl st to ch space, ch3, 1dc in same spot, ch2, * skip 2st, 2dc in the next ch space, ch2 * repeat to end, close with sl st

Large 14 – 33: sl st to ch space, ch3, 1dc in same spot, ch2, * skip 2st, 2dc in the next ch space, ch2 * repeat to end, close with sl stSmall 30 – 31: ch3, 1dc in each st around, close with sl st

Large 34 – 37: ch3, 1dc in each st around, close with sl st

Small 32 – 41: ch3 in ch space, 1dc in same spot, ch2, * skip 2st, 2dc in the next ch space, ch2 * repeat to end, sl st

Large 38 – 51: ch3 in ch space, 1dc in same spot, ch2, * skip 2st, 2dc in the next ch space, ch2 * repeat to end, sl stSmall 42: sl st to ch space, ch3, 3dc in same space, * 4dc in next ch space * repeat to end, sl st

Large 52: sl st to ch space, ch3, 3dc in same space, * 4dc in next ch space * repeat to end, sl stSmall 43 – 44: ch3, 1dc in each st around, sl st

Large 53 – 54: ch3, 1dc in each st around, sl stSmall 45:  * ch5, skip 4st, sl st in the next st * repeat to end (36 times)

Large 55: * ch8, skip 7st, sl st in the next st * repeat to end (30 times)Small 46: sl st to ch space, ch3, 4dc in same space. * 5dc in the next ch space * repeat to end, sl st

Large 56:  sl st to ch space, ch3, 7dc in same space. * 8dc in the next ch space * repeat to end, sl stSmall 47: 1sc in each st around, close with sl st

Large 57: 1sc in each st around, close with sl st

The last part of the tote is creating the handle(s) and the edging. The edging is done with a reversed single crochet (crab stitch) around the edge of the tote bag and the edges of the handle(s). The small tote has 1 handle and the large has 2. Every handle is 10sc stitches wide and is 40cm (or 15,5inch) long.

I’ll start with explaining how to finish the small tote first (scroll down to see the explanation for the large tote). 

Small 48: 1rsc in the next 80st, turn work and 1sc in the next 10st. ch1 and turn. 1sc in the next 10st, ch1 and turn. Keep repeating until handle reaches the desired length. Make sure you end on the other side from which you started (so have an uneven number of rows) and sl st to other side of tote (10st removed from where you started the rsc) by first flipping the handle over so you sl st on the inside. Than rsc around the side of the handle (for every row, make one rsc), fasten off. Weave in end. Attach yarn anywhere on the other side and rsc around handle and tote. Fasten off, weave in end (with embroidery needle) and it is done!Large 58: rsc40 times, turn and 1sc in next 10st, ch1 and turn. 1sc in the next 10st, ch1 and turn. Keep repeating until handle reaches the desired length. End the handle on the other side from where you started (so have an uneven number of rows), flip the handle over at the front and attach with sl st on the (inside of) bag ( start 10st removed from where you started the rsc). Flip the handle back and rsc across the handle. Go on and rsc across the bag 60 times. Turn your work and 1sc in the next 10st. ch1, turn, 1sc in the next 10st. Keep doing this till the second handle is the same size as the first one. Now attach handle unto bag, the same way as the first one (with 40st in between). Flip the handle back, rsc across the handle and back to the same spot across the back. Fasten off and weave in end (with an embroidery needle). Attach yarn and rsc the last part of the bag, and it is done!

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Deborah Vretis
    02/06/2017 at 15:07

    Hi Haak! I am Debbie Yeoman Vretis and I said I would do this pattern to check for errors. I have found none. Nice job!!! Love this bag!

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      haaknerd
      02/06/2017 at 15:37

      Thank you so much! 😀

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    Nicole Pousson Blackburn
    02/06/2017 at 16:12

    I will try to crochet the small tote. Hope I am successful.

    • Reply
      haaknerd
      02/06/2017 at 19:16

      Good luck and have fun!

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    L'Atelier de Framboise Chocolat
    04/06/2017 at 06:19

    J’adore ce filet !

  • Reply
    Jeannie Nix
    23/08/2017 at 00:01

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pattern. You have a great talent in designing. I can’t wait to make it!

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    Megan
    12/10/2018 at 02:58

    For some reason I can’t figure out how you rsc on both edges of the handles on the lrg bag, as you go, rather than doing it’s second edge afterwards.. help? If that makes sense where I’m struggling

  • Reply
    Megan
    12/10/2018 at 05:33

    Oops I missed the last part of pattern! Nvm my last comment I got it now! Thanks for sharing this awesome bag pattern 🙂

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