18May

Free Crochet Pattern - Market Tote Bag

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Free Crochet Pattern - Market Tote Bag | Lululoves Crochet

Hello, I'm just popping in today with a free pattern for this simple crochet market bag tote I've been working on. I've called it a market tote as it's a sort of an in-between design. I'ts slouchy like a market bag with the structure of a tote bag. I'm addicted to making these, they work up quickly and look so stylish once they're finished. They are so easy to create and you can embellish them any way you please to make them truly unique - plus so much cheaper than buying them in the stores!

I've written the free pattern below for you but if you'd prefer a printout you can purchase an inexpensive Ad free 4-page downloadable pattern here from my Ravelry store.

Free Crochet Market Bag Pattern | Lululoves Crochet

Crochet Market Bag Pattern | Lululoves Blog

Free Crochet Market Bag Pattern | Lululoves Crochet Blog

Free Crochet Market Bag Pattern | Lululoves Crochet Blog

Free Crochet Market Bag Tote Pattern | Lululoves Blog

Crochet Granny Market Tote

Pattern written in UK Terms (US abbreviations listed below)

Hook: 4mm / G-6 (you can shop my favourites here)

Yarn: any DK cotton – I used Paintbox DK Cotton (50g/125m/137yd) 100% cotton in shade 403; Light Champagne. (5 balls)

For alternate yarns you will need approx. 250g of dk cotton.

Tapestry Needle, Scissors, Stitch markers x4

Pattern is worked in turned AND unturned rounds so check the end of each round carefully for instructions. Beginning ch-3s always count as 1tr, beginning ch-1s do not count as stitch. When working the slip stitch edging around the handles of bag you may want to go up 0.5 hook size if your stitches are tight.

Stitches/Abbrieviations used:

Ch - Chain

Dc – Double Crochet * US Single Crochet

Tr – Treble Crochet * US Double Crochet

St – Stitch

Sl St – Slip Stitch

Sm – Stitch Marker

Gauge: Tension is not essential for this project but is as follows:

15 sts x 9 rows = 10cm x 10cm worked in treble crochet

Measurements: Finished bag measure approx. 38cm wide x 43cm (not including handles)

Pattern:

Foundation Row: 56ch

Rnd 1: 3ch (counts as 1tr here and throughout pattern), 1tr in 4th ch from hook, 1tr into each of next 54ch, 3tr in last ch, turn work so you are working into the back loops of the foundation chain, 1tr into each of next 54ch, 1tr into last ch (make sure this goes into the same ch you placed first tr not the beg ch-3), join with a sl st to top of beg ch-3. Do not turn. (114tr) (PHOTO 1)

Rnd 2: 3ch, 1tr into each st around, join with a sl st to top of ch-3. Do not turn. (114tr)

Rnds 3 – 10: Repeat rnd 2

Rnd 11:  3ch, 2tr in same st, *miss 2 sts, 3tr in next st; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to top of beginning ch-3, TURN. (114tr) (PHOTO 2)

Rnd 12: 3ch, 2tr into sp between clusters, *miss 3tr, 3tr into next sp between clusters; repeat from * around, join with a sl st to beginning ch-3, turn.

Rnds 13 - 35: Repeat Rnd 12.

Rnd 36: 1ch, 1dc in same st, 1dc in each st around, join with sl st to beginning dc, do not turn (114 dc)

Rnds 37 - 39: Repeat rnd 36

Handles:

Place a stitch marker (sm) in stitches; 18, 41, 75 and 98 of rnd 39. These four stitch markers will mark handle placement.

Rnd 40: 1ch, 1dc in same st, *1dc in each st up to sm (not including marked st), 100ch, miss 24 sts, (make sure your chain is not twisted before re-joining to bag) 1dc in st after next sm; repeat from * once more, 1dc in each st to end of round, join with a sl st to beginning dc, (you should now have two 100ch handles joined to your bag) Do not turn. (Photo 3)

Rnd 41: 1ch, 1dc in same st, 1dc in each st and ch around, join with a sl st to beginning dc. Do not turn. (266dc)

Rnd 42: 1ch, 1dc in same st, 1dc in each st around, join with a sl st to beginning dc. Do not turn.

Rnds 43 – 45: Repeat rnd 42

Rnd 46: Sl st into each dc around, join to beginning sl st, fasten off yarn.

Finishing Handles

Re-attach yarn to the inside of handle (working through ch loops), work 1dc into each ch lp and each of sts between handles (the missed 24sts from rnd 39), join with a sl st to beg dc. Do not turn. (PHOTO 4)

Sl st into each dc just worked around the inside of the handles. (Photo5)

Repeat for second handle. Fasten of and sew in ends.

Decorate

Decorate by weaving lace/ribbon or a chain thread in and out of the last round of granny clusters  – make sure you cut or chain enough to fit around the bag comfortably without pulling it tight. 

To make a chain thread, chain150, weave through bag and attach beads and tassels to finish.

Free Crochet Pattern - Market Tote Bag | Lululoves Crochet

So there we have it - a super easy and fairly quick summer project. Let me know if you make one or if you have any queries. Also if you are on Instagram you can use the hastag: #lululovescrochet and I will be able to see your projects.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Bye for now, Em xx

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