My youngest daughter, who is eight, loves to pack a few stuffed animals and coloring materials when she goes outside to play. She prefers purses and girly bags to book-bags and the like. So, I got online to find her a functional yet pretty crochet bag pattern that would fit her need and personality. This is what I found…
Available for Free on Ravelry, this pattern is titled the Vanna Mandala Tote by Tamara Kelly. You are likely to see this pattern on a variety of other sites offering free downloadable crochet patterns as well.
I like the design of this bag. It incorporates a mandala pattern on the bottom of the bag and alternates colors along the sides, giving plenty of opportunity to use a variety of personal color choices. A pattern such as this one, that changes colors often, is also a great way to use up some scrap yarn…so I took advantage of that and decided to utilize several colors that I had small leftover bundles of.
For my daughter Ashlyn, I chose shades of purple and blue and threw in some silver for sparkle and a multicolored beige for contrast. In hindsight, I would’ve preferred a multicolored pink or something brighter. As I said, most of the yarn was something I had left over from other projects, though the purple and silver I bought especially for her.
I found this pattern easy to follow and, as with most downloadable patterns, convenient to access on my device of choice. My only nitpick would be concerning the top rows above the handle – I found them rather floppy as they tended to roll back rather than stand up. To fix this, I just went around the top edge with a slip stitch into every other stitch. It gave me an opportunity to finish off the top edge with a little more silver sparkle anyway.
And the result of this bag as a gift to my youngest girl to carry items into the yard? It was a huge winner! Ashlyn loves it so much she likes to carry her favorite plushies in it for shopping trips and other outings as well.
My finished product measures around 10″ in diameter and 12″ tall, though I chose to make mine shorter since it was for a young girl. The pattern made as is should measure more closely to 21″ tall.
- Multiple colors of yarn (I used 6, though I believe the pattern called for 4).
- Darning Needle
- Stitch Markers
- Size Crochet Hook (6 mm)
What I Used:
- 5.50 mm crochet hook with wooden handle.
- Embroidery Scissors
- Darning Needle
- Stitch Marker (cut piece of thread)
- Caron Simply Soft Party yarn in Silver Sparkle.
- Mainstays Basic Yarn in Purple (purchased from Wall-Mart); This is similar to Caron’s Simply Soft Purple Yarn.
- Red Heart yarn in Light Blue.
- Caron yarn in Light Gray.
- 2 different multi-colored yarns.
Stitches To Know:
Single Crochet (SC) Double Crochet (DC)
BLO – back loop only
FLO – front loop only
Join with SC
Join with DC
FPTR – front post treble crochet
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post or found it helpful in some way. If so, please share and comment. Thank you!
If you like crocheting bags, how about baskets? See my last post about How to Crochet a Simple Basket.
And don’t forget to see my other posts about Crochet, including Learn Amigurumi.