Crocheted Market Bag

Going to the farmers market is one of my favorite things about summer. My kids love to taste-test the fruits before we buy, and I love that it’s a chance for them to learn about the different growing seasons for different fruits and vegetables. I had been admiring a lacey market bag similar to this one, and decided to try my hand at making my own. This was my first large crochet project, and it was really fun to watch it grow and take shape. The completed bag is nice and stretchy, and it folds up small, perfect for keeping in my purse for my next trip to the farmers market.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

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    Gather your materials and download the full pattern from the materials list above.
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    Start the base of the bag by chaining six, then making a slip stitch to form a ring.
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    In the first round, make 11 single crochet into the ring (not into the stitches). If you like, you can insert a marker at this point to make the next round easier to see, or you can just count your stitches.
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    For round two, make two single crochets in each stitch around, for a total of 22 stitches.
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    For round three, chain two, then single crochet into the next stitch.
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    Repeat that pattern all the way around. This will create 22 little two-chain loops.
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    For round four, chain four, then single crochet into the first two-chain loop. (Make the crochet into the loop, not into the stitch.) Repeat that pattern all the way around. This will create 22 four-chain loops.
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    For round five, chain six, then single crochet into the four-chain loop, and repeat all the way around. For round six, chain eight, then single crochet into the six-chain loop, and repeat all the way around.
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    Congratulations, you’ve completed the base of your bag! From this point, you just repeat the same pattern as in round six, chaining eight and then single crochet into the loop below, working in a continuous spiral. For a while it’s going to look like you’re making a doily and not a bag, but as your work gets bigger it will start to form a bag shape. Keep going until the bag measures about 15 inches long when you lay it out flat.
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    Before you start the handles, insert a stitch marker so you can find the beginning of the round. For the first round, you want to make seven single crochets in each eight-chain loop around. This should give you 154 stitches. If you’re a little off from that, no big deal—you may just want to check the handle placement in the next step and adjust if needed so they’re even. Then for for round two, single crochet in each stitch around.
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    In round three you start the handles. Start by chaining 50, then skipping 25 stitches. Note that this will give you a handle that’s a good size for holding in your hand, but is a bit small to be slung over your shoulder. If you want longer handles, just make the chain longer. Then single crochet in the next 54 stitches. Make another chain of 50 for the second handle, again skipping 25 stitches. Single crochet to the end of the round.
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    In round four, you start by making 50 single crochets under the 50-chain loop. Do not crochet into the stitches—this is just like when you crocheted into the ring. When you finish the handle, single crochet into the next 54 stitches. Repeat for the second handle, then single crochet to the end of the round.
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    In the final round, just single crochet all the way around. Then slip stitch into the first stitch in the round, cut the yarn and weave in the ends.
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    Your bag is ready for a trip to the market!
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