This easy to make Crochet Market Bag is a modern take on the old fashioned string shopping bag. It looks great with it’s color-blocked design and is super practical too.
A reusable shopping bag is a must have item now, with most stores no longer supplying bags, or charging extra for them. With this crochet market bag, you can ditch the plastic bags all together.
Pop it in your handbag on your next trip to the shops, it’s roomy enough to carry your groceries home and the solid base will stop your carrots falling out the bottom.
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Crochet Market bag Pattern and Instructions
Made with cotton yarn and cotton kitchen string, this crochet bag is super robust and when it gets dirty, just throw it in the washing machine.
The base takes a little longer to crochet due to the small tight stitches, but once you get to the netting section, you’ll find the rest of the bag really works up quite quickly.
If you can’t get hold of kitchen string, usually available at variety stores and even supermarkets, try using 8ply (DK) cotton yarn.
You can choose to use contrasting colours for each separate section, or make the whole bag in one solid colour.
This crochet pattern is easy to follow and has additional step-by-step photos to help explain any tricky bits for beginner crocheters.
You will need:
- 2.5 balls kitchen string for the bag body
- 1 x 50g ball 8ply/DK cotton yarn in contrast colour for the base and handles
- 4.5 mm crochet hook
- Open Stitch marker
US Terms Used Abbreviations:
sl st: slip stitch
sc: single crochet (UK double crochet)
blo: back loop only
dc: double crochet (UK treble)
How to Crochet a Market Tote Bag
Making the Base:
Using your contrast colour, chain 41
Row 1: sc into 2nd chain from hook, sc 39, ch 1, turn
Rows2–10: sc 40, ch 1, turn. Stop at the last sc on the last row and don’t ch 1 or turn.
Now we are going to stitch around all sides of the base to prepare forming the sides of the bag base
• Without turning, sc back into same space as last stitch worked.
• Working along the left side of the base, sc 7 (one into each row space), 2 sc into last space.
• sc 39 along bottom of foundation chain, 2 sc into last st
• sc 9 back up along the right hand side of the base (100 sts)
We’ll be working in the round from here
• Placing a marker into first stitch, sc into back loop only (blo) to end. Continue this way for another 12 rows
• Join with a sl st. Break off yarn
Making the Bag Body:
Row 1: Join in string yarn and ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch 1), sk 1 st, *dc 1, ch 1, sk 1. Repeat from * to end. Sl st into top of first ch 3.
Row 2: Sl st into next ch space of previous row. Ch 4, * dc into next ch space, ch 1 Repeat from * to end
Rows 3 – 20: Work as for Row 2
Row 21: Placing a marker into first st, sc into each ch sp and stitch from previous row. Join with a sl st.
Rows 22–25:Ch 1, sc in blo to end. In final row, join with a sl st into first sc. Break off yarn.
Making a Crochet Strap
Lay your bag out flat and determine bag sides, place a marker in the side stitches. Count 2 stitches back from side stitch, join in yarn, * sc 5, ch 1, turn. Repeat from * until strap is long enough.
I’ve made mine 100 rows (aprox. 59 cm) but you can adjust to your preferred length.
Making sure you don’t twist your strap, line it up on the other side of the bag and with right sides facing together, sl st strap to bag. Weave in ends and you’re done.
Optional: I’ve sc along the sides of my strap to neaten them up and also make them less likely to stretch but you can skip this step if you prefer.
I hope you’ve enjoyed making this project. Now it’s time to go out and show off your new crochet shopping tote bag.
This crochet pattern designed by Michelle Robinson
Michelle is the face behind Poppy & Bliss. Her passion is crochet and her style is modern, vibrant and fun.
She teaches workshops in various styles of crochet, designs modern crochet patterns, occasionally remembers she has a blog at Poppy & Bliss.