If you’re worried about the planet, or if you just like to strike a retro note, you’ll love making crochet market bags.
These handy holdalls are a great, reusable item to stash in your purse and take out when the groceries pile up. They’re super-quick to make and can help you make a dent in your stash of unused yarn as well. What’s not to love?
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To make your market bag, you’ll need about 120 yards of your main color of yarn, with a little extra in a contrasting shade to create the handle and trim. Choose a DK or light worsted weight of yarn to make a sturdy bag. You will also need a size H or 5mm crochet hook, a tapestry needle to weave in your ends and a pair of scissors. You may like to use stitch markers to signal the beginnings of rows as the bag is worked in the round.
Pro tip: Either cotton or acrylic yarns are best for this project, as they are strong, washable and easy to work with.
Pro tip: When working out where to attach your handle, either count the stitches or simply fold the bag in two to estimate.
sl st slip stitch
dc double crochet
sc single crochet
yo yarn over
Ch 4, sl st in first ch to make circle.
Row 1: Ch 2, 12 dc into circle, sl st in top of 1st dc to join. 12 sts.
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st, sl st to join. 24 sts.
Row 3: Ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next st, *2 dc in next st, 1dc in next st* 11 times, sl st to join. 36 sts.
Row 4: Ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 2 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts* 11 times, sl st to join. 48 sts.
Row 5: Ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 3 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 3 sts* 11 times, sl st to join. 60 sts.
Row 6: Ch 2, 2 dc in first dc, 1 dc in next 4 sts, *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next 4 sts* 11 times, sl st to join. 72 sts.
Row 7: Ch 4, sk first st, dc, *ch 2, sk next st, dc* until end of round, ch 2, sl st into 2nd ch.
Row 8: Ch 6 (use your stitch marker here if desired), *sk next sp, sc into next space, ch 6* to end, sc into 1st ch 6 space.
Rows 9-20: Continue working *ch 6, sc into next space* until you reach row 20, or before if the bag is the height you require. Ch 6, sc into next space. Mark this ch space.
Row 21: Ch 4, dc in next space, *Ch 2, dc in next space* to end. Ch 2, sl st into base of Ch 4.
Row 22: Ch 1 (use st marker), *3 sc in next space, 1 sc in top of dc* until last sp. Treat both horizontal chains (marked ch sp and horizontal ch above it) as one, work pattern over both chains together. Sl st to marked ch.
Row 23: Ch 1, sc in 1st stitch (the one you sl st into), mark st, sc in each stitch around. Fasten off and weave in ends so far.
Row 24: Join new color. Ch 1, sc in each st of row, sl st into top of 1st sc.
Row 25: Ch 1, sc in each stitch around, sl st into top of 1st sc.
Ch 1, sc in same st, ch 60. Find opposite side of bag, go back 4 stitches. Join with sl st, ensuring chain is not twisted.
Sc in same st, ch 1, turn, work 1 sc back across. Join with sl st. Sc in same st, then sc across handle chain. Repeat for at least two more rows, more if you desire, joining to opposite side with sl sl and sc each time. Finally, sl st back across strap and sl st again to join. Finish off and weave in ends.
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