This is what you’ll need:
- 3 or 4 ply cotton yarn in 4 colors
- 2,5mm or 3mm crochet hook
- Needle (for weaving and sewing)
- French knitter (for the handle)
- (Jute or sisal) rope for the handle.
- ch (chain stitch/stitches)
- st (stitch/stitches)
- sl st (slip stitch)
- sc (single crochet)
- dc (double crochet)
- hdc (half double crochet)
- hdc2tog (decrease of hdc; half double crochet 2 together)
- yo (yarn over)
- tsc (twisted single crochet); insert hook, draw up a loop, twist crochet hook counterclockwise (now the loops are twisted on hook), yo and pull through
- Use the 2,5mm hook with 3ply yarn and 3mm with 4ply.
- Every row begins and ends with -A-, -B-, -C- or -D-, to indicate which color you need to switch to. Change colors by crocheting over the next color you are going to need and then switch at the end of the row with sl st. Crochet over the old color in the new row before cutting the yarn. This way you don’t have to use knots or weave in ends.
- Suggestion: block the mandalas before attaching.
- If you’re not familiar with the French knitter (knitting Nancy) check out YouTube. There are many tutorial videos out there.
The colors I used:
- Color A = Coral
- Color B = Mint green
- Color C = Off white
- Color D = Silver
1: –A- Magic ring, ch3 (counts as first dc), 11dc in the ring. Close ring with sl st –B- (12)2: –B- sl st in between the next 2st (this row is worked in between the st, instead of through the loops) ch3, 1dc in the same spot. 2dc in between every st. Close with sl st –C- (24)3: –C- sl st in middle of first 2dc, ch3, 2dc in same spot. 3dc middle of every 2dc of last row. Close with sl st in same color (you’ll be switching color in the beginning of the next row) (36)4: sl st with color -C- in the next st, sl st and switching to color -A- in between the two clusters of 3dc of last row, ch3, 3dc in same spot. 4dc in between each cluster. Close with sl st –D- (48)Crochet the next 4 rows very loosely. It’s okay if your work will curl a bit, because it will get straightened out with blocking.
5: –D- ch1, 1sc in each st around. Close with sl st –B- (48) 6: –B- ch1, * 1sc in the next 3st, 2sc in the next st * repeat till end of row. Close with sl st –D- (60)7: –D- ch1, * 1sc in the next 4st, 2sc in the next st * repeat till end of row. Close with sl st –A- (72)8: –A- ch1, * 1sc in the next 5st, 2sc in the next st * repeat till end of row. Close with sl st –C- (84)9: –C- loosen the loop on your hook and make a double puff stitch (* yo, insert hook and draw up a loop * 2 times, yo and pull through all 5 loops). 1 double puff stitch in every st till end of the row. Close with sl st –D- (84)10: –D- sl st between next two puff stitches, ch2 (first hdc), 1hdc between the next two puff stitches. 1hdc between every puff st of last row. Close with sl st –A- (84)11: –A- sl st between the next 2st, ch2, 1hdc in same spot, * skip 2st, 2hdc between the next 2st * repeat till end of the row. Close with sl st –B- (84)12: –B- sl st between the next two 2hdc, loosen the loop on your hook a bit, then make a triple puff stitch (* yo, insert hook, draw up a loop * 3 times, yo and pull through all 7 loops), ch1, 1 triple puff st in same spot. * triple puff st, ch1, triple puff st * repeat in between every two 2dc of last row. Close with sl st –D- (126)13: –D- ch1, 1sc in each st around. Close with sl st –A- (126)14: –A- ch3 (first dc), 1dc in each st around. Close with sl st –C- (126)15: –C- ch1, 1sc in each st around. Close with sl st –D- (126)16: –D- ch1, 1sc in the next 12st, 1hdc in the next 3st, –1dc, ch1, 1dc– in the next st, 1dc in the next 94st, –1dc, ch1, 1dc– in the next st, 1hdc in the next 3st, 1sc in the next 12st. Close with sl st (130) Fasten off, weave in end and make a second mandala.Attaching:
After blocking the mandalas; Put both mandala’s together with the wrong sides facing each other. Attach by tsc around the edges (or crab stitch, whichever you prefer), starting and ending at the ch1 spacesFlap & Button:
The flap is done in color D and contains 5 rows. Every row is done in hdc where you start and end with hdc2tog. In the fifth row you’ll create a buttonhole by chaining instead of hdc. You’ll have to see for yourself how many ch you need for the size of the button you use. Once you are finished; tsc (or crab st) around the edges of the bag and sew on the buttonHandle:
Last step is creating the handle with a French knitter.
Optional: I used a piece of jute rope to French knit over, to give the handle more strength. You could also use a piece of washing line or some other kind of rope you have at home.
Attach the handle by sewing them on the inside of the bag (about 4cm/1,5inch of the ends of the handle). Make sure to start and end with a large tail for sewing and tie the tail firmly to the piece of rope
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