Making your very own unique crochet market bag is easy if you have the right crochet pattern! Here is my own version of a crochet market bag that you can customize to make your crochet market bag larger or smaller.
This crochet market bag pattern is quite simple and easy to make. At the beginning, you start with single crochet stitches making a simple rectangle. This will be the bottom of the bag. I used single crochet stitches for the bottom to create a denser fabric, so the market bag will be stronger and more durable.
After completing the bottom of the bag, the pattern is worked in the round using double crochet and chain stitches. This stitch combination results in an open and lightweight crochet market bag, perfect for a breezy feel. At this point, you have the flexibility to determine the desired length of your market bag and adjust the number of rounds accordingly.
Keep in mind, that the bag will stretch as you start placing items inside. To avoid excessive stretching, it is advisable to create a slightly shorter bag. Originally, I made a longer version of this bag. It looked great when it was empty. But as soon as I filled the bag with items, it stretched too long. So, I had to re-do my market bag and remove a few rows to make it shorter.
So, don’t worry if your market bag appears smaller than expected when it’s done. Put it to the test by gently stretching it and assessing its true size when filled with items.
Scroll down to see the free crochet market bag pattern!
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This market bag pattern uses single crochet, double crochet and chain stitches. If you know how to do these stitches, then you’re good to go! If you are an absolute beginner, or would like to refresh your crochet skills, you can learn how to make single crochets here and double crochets here.
The finished size can vary depending on what type of yarn is used. And you can adjust the number of rows for the height and the number of stitches to make your market bag wider!
Scroll down to see the market bag crochet pattern.
Crochet Market Bag Free Pattern
- Yarn: #3 Light / DK / 8ply, 100% Cotton, 2 skeins in Red and 1 skein in Off-White (125yds/115m in one skein)
- Crochet hook: 3mm
- Yarn needle, scissors, stitch markers.
12 DC (with Ch 1 inbetween as per pattern) x 10 rows = 4″ (10cm)
30cm (12”) wide and 36cm (14”) long (without handles)
Handles are 28cm long (11”)
Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
St = stitch
DC = double crochet
Sl St = slip stitch
Crochet Market Bag Written Pattern
Bottom of the bag (to crochet in back and forth rows)
Row 1: Sc in the third chain from the hook and across (68 total) Turn.
Row 2-6: Ch 1, Sc in the first stitch and across. Turn
You will have a rectangle at the end of row 6 that will serve as a bottom part of the bag.
Bag sides (to crochet in the round)
Round 7: Ch 2 (counts as first DC), DC in the next 67 stitches until the end of the row. Do not turn, continue to crochet around the rectangle on the short side, work 5 Dc in total on this side. Continue on the long side, 68 Dc in total and on the short side 5 Dc in total. Sl st in the first DC. (total 146 in this round)
Round 8: Ch 2, Dc in each stitch across the round.
Round 9: Ch 3 (counts as first DC and Ch 1), skip one, DC in the next. *Ch 1, skip one, DC in next* Repeat from* to* until the end of the row. (total 73 DC). Sl st to close the round.
Round 10- 30: Ch 3, DC in every stitch above DC from the row below and Ch 1 between the DC stitches (73 DCs). Close the round with a Sl St.
Change colour (to Off-White) in the beginning of row 26.
Round 27: Ch 2, DC in each St and across, Sl St (total 146)
Row 28-36: Ch 1, Sc in each and across. Sl St to close the round.
Lay down your bag on a table and make sure the sides are straight. Count 17 stitches from each side towards the middle and place a marker or a piece of yarn in that stitch. This is where your handles will start. In this case (take a look at the picture below) the start of the row is not exactly on the side of the bag because we started with a rectangle in the beginning.
Row 37: Ch 1, work SC into the next 11 Sts, chain 100, skip 39 Sts. Work SC into each of the next 34 Sts, chain 100, skip 39 Sts again and work SC in the next 23 Sts. Sl St.
Row 38-44: Ch 1, SC in each stitch, Sl St.
Weave in ends. Done!
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