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Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,
I came up with a pattern for a crocheted market bag using the granny on the straight stitch as the main stitch some time ago . I asked my mom to put my instructions to practice and here is what she made ! A beautiful , handy , practical bag just perfect to be used while at the market , for shopping and grocery , from light to medium weight items and products . It won’t be able to carry a few kilos of potatoes or tomatoes , but it is absolutely perfect for plants like parsley and dill , for your newspaper and magazines and even for your yarn shopping !
Materials and tools needed : Mom used about 4 skeins of bulky/chunky yarn , a blend of acrylic and cotton yarn . As a matter of fact , I recommend using yarn with the highest composition of cotton , preferably 100% cotton . Each skein my mom used was about 100 meters long . She used a 7mm European size crochet hook for the main body of the market bag and a 6mm one for the upper band and handles . Working with such small hook sizes for such a chunky yarn might be slightly awkward , but it is necessary in order to avoid the bag from stretching in time .
sl st – slip stitch ;
ch – chain ;
ch sp – chain space ;
beg ch – beginning chain ;
sc – single crochet stitch ;
dc – double crochet stitch .
The base of the market bag is done in rounds and has the shape of a circle .
Here is how you should crochet the base :
Round 1 : Using the 7mm hook , chain 4 and join with beginning of the chain with a sl st to form a ring ; ch3 ( counts as a dc here and throughout ) ; 11dc in the ring ; jooin with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 12dc on round 1 )
Round 2 : Ch3 ; 1dc in same stitch as ch3 , which is beg ch3 from previous round ; 2dc in each of the following 11dc from round 1 ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 24dc on round 2 )
Round 3 : Ch3 ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 36dc on round 3 )
Round 4 : Ch3 ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in next dc ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 48dc on round 4 )
Round 5 : Ch3 ; 1dc in next dc ; 1dc in next dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in each of next 3dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 60dc on round 5 )
Round 6 : Ch3 ; 1dc in each of the next 3dc ; 2dc in next dc ; * 1dc in each of the next 4dc ; 2dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st . ( 72dc on round 6 )
Make sure that you made the right number of stitches on each round . This detail is very important ! Now that the base of the bag is finished , let’s continue to the main body of our project .
You can see from the photos that this part of the bag looks a little lacey . That is because I instructed my mom to use the granny on the straight stitch which uses lots of chain-1 spaces and sets of 3dc . There is no need to make any increase of the bag from now on . Continue working with the 7mm hook .
Round 7 : Sl st in next dc from previous round ; ch3 ; 2dc in same dc as beg ch3 ; ch1 ; skip next 3dc ; * 3dc in next dc ; ch1 ; skip next 3dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st ; ch3 annd turn the project on the inside . ( 18 sets of 3dc annd 18 ch-1 sp on round 7 )
Round 8 : 2dc in same ch-1 sp as beg ch3 ; ch1 ; skip next set of 3dc ; * 3dc in next ch-1 sp ; ch1 ; skip next set of 3dc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with top of beg ch3 with a sl st ; ch3 and turn the bag on the other side . ( 18 sets of 3dc and 18 ch-1 sps on round 8 )
Round 9: Repeat round 8 until the bag measures 31 cm in length .
Do you see your market bag taking size ? Don’t worry about it looking like it is going to grow too big ! My mom was utterly scared that the bag would end up too long and big and slouchy , but eventually she realized it turned just perfect ! But if you think it is growing too big , you can stop making the granny on the straight rounds at any point , reducing the size of the bag to suit your taste better . Only a few more steps left and voila ! You’ll be the proud owner of a crocheted bag that you made . Now switch to the 6mm hook .
Round 20 : Repeat round 8 , but skip making the ch1-sp between the sets of 3dc .
Round 21 : Sl st in the second dc of the set of 3dc , where you just ended the previous round ; ch1 ; 3sc in same dc as ch1 ; skip last dc of this set and the first dc of the following set ; * 3sc in the second dc of the set of 3dc ; skip last dc of this set and the first dc of the next set * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with first sc with a sl st ; sl st once mor in the second sc ; ch1 .
Round 22 : 3sc in same sc as ch1 from previous round ; skip third sc of the set of 3sc and first sc of the next set ; * 3sc in the second sc of the set of 3sc from previous round ; skip third sc of the set and the first sc of the following set of 3sc * ; repeat from * to * around ; join with first sc with a sl st ; sl st once mor in the second sc of the set of 3sc ; ch1 .
Round 23-30 : Repeat round 22.
Now let’s go to making the two handles for your market bag . Follow the next instructions to make two pieces alike . Continue using the 6mm hook .
Chain 6 , but leave a long tail . You will need this to saw and attach the handle to the bag ; 1sc in each chain across , 5sc in total ; , ch1 and turn : * 1sc in each of the 5sc from previous row ; ch1 and turn * ; repeat from * to * until the handle is 42cm long . Cut the thread and leave a long tail for sewing .
I used the term ‘sewing’ to explain the way you will attach the handles to the market bag , but I am sure you noticed yourself that sewing a yarn so thick and frisky might be a challenging task . I only have plastic needles around the house that I use for sewing and mom already broke a few of them while sewing lighter yarn . As a result , I recommend that you use a crochet hook , preferably a smaller size , like 5mm or 5.5mm to help you during this last step Using this hook , attach 2cm of the handle on one side to the inside of the bag , on the band of sc. Use sl sts to do this , as many as you can . Make sure you don’t pull the yarn on the front . Keep it on the back as much as possible . Do the same with the other side of the handle , then attach the second one following the same steps . Use the same crochet hook to ‘saw’ and conceal/hide any other tail of your yarn resulted after knotting the thread .
That is all , dear friends ! Now go show off your new bag at the market ! You can also teach others to make one of their own ! This way we can help reduce the usage of plastic bags at the market ! I would be very happy if you shared pictures of your market bag on our Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar !
Thank you for following these instructions and don’t forget to share !