Free Market Tote Crochet Pattern


Market Tote Crochet Pattern

Need a quick gift for a little girl in your life? This might be the perfect thing! Whip one up in a couple hours while listening to an ebook or spending time with your family, add a flower or other embellishment, and you're good to go! How cute would it be to add some felt or crocheted food inside the bag? Riley has already spent a good deal of time enjoying this bag and I know she would absolutely love having items to go in it! It would also make a good yarn storage bag - it holds a good number of cotton skeins. 

The finished dimensions of this bag are approximately 12 inches deep by 11 inches wide with a 9 inch "deep" handle (though that's easily adjustable).

Before you get started, make sure you have the following:
  • About 250 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • An I hook 
  • A safety pin for marking stitches.
  • A flower or other embellishment to spice it up! 

NOTE: the chain 2 at the beginning of the first four rounds does NOT count as the first stitch – you will need to work in that stitch you would normally skip. You will be joining rounds in the first true DC stitch rather than the top of the turning chain.

Ch 3.
Round 1: Work 12 DC in the first chain from hook. Join in the top of the first DC. (12)
Round 2: ch 2. 2 DC in each stitch around. Join to the top of the first DC. (24)
Round 3: ch 2. *DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in the next* around. Join in the top of the first DC. (36)
Round 4: ch 2. *DC in the next 2 stitches, 2 DC in the next* around. Join in the top of the first DC.(48)

Beginning at round 5, you will be working in spiral. You will not join at the end of each round. I mark the first stitch of each round with a safety pin so I don't lose my spot.

Market Tote Tutorial

Round 5: Ch 3. *DC, ch 1* in each stitch. Do not slip stitch to the top of the starting chain. Instead, insert your hook in the first ch1 space of round 5 and continue with round 6 (see photo above).

NOTE: Please understand that since you're working in spiral, there will be a gap when you first transition to working in spiral. If you'd like to minimize this gap, make the last stitch of round 5 and the first stitch of round 6 a hdc.

Rounds 6-23: DC, ch 1 in each ch 1 space.

At the end of round 23, join with a slip stitch to the first DC of the previous round.

Round 24: Ch 2. DC in each ch 1 space.
Round 25: ch 2. DC BETWEEN each DC of the previous round.

Handles will be worked in rows. The Ch 2 does count as a stitch here. I work between stitches, but you could work in the stitches, too.

Row 1: Ch 2. DC in the next 9 stitches. (10)
Row 2: ch 2, turn. DC decrease in the next two stitches. DC in the next 5. DC decrease in the last two stitches. (8)
Row 3: ch 2, turn. DC decrease in the next two stitches. DC in the next 3. DC decrease in the last two stitches. (6)
Rows 4-15: ch 2, turn. DC in the next 5 stitches (6). (Continue on if you’d like longer straps)

Cut yarn and weave ends. Fold your bag in half as evenly as possible to determine where to start the other side of the handle (I skipped 15 stitches) and work the handle on the other side of the bag. Single crochet the two sides of the handle together on the wrong side.

market tote pattern

I hope you enjoy the pattern. Feel free to use it (and even sell the items you've made), but please remember to link back to this post so others can give it a try as well. And, as always, please use your own photos when selling items made from this pattern. 


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71 comments :

made by ChrissieD said...

Great little pattern, thanks for sharing :)

Debi Bolocofsky said...

I love this bag. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It is open until Sunday night.
http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/08/apple-cinnamon-roll-pull-aparts-and.html
I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
Debi Bolocofsky
Adorned From Above
www.adornedfromabove.com

Lauren said...

Not a problem! I'm glad you like it :)

Lauren said...

I just linked up! Thanks so much for the invite.

Mandatory Mooch said...

Adorable. We love to crochet in my house!! I would love for you to link up to my linky party at The Mandatory Mooch. Still open for another day!!

http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursdays-3.html

Thanks, Nichi

Lauren said...

Thanks for the invite! I just linked up.

Sandy said...

I love this bag, and I especially love the yarn you used. Can you please share with me the names of the colors you used for the bag and flower? Thanks so much :)

Jessi Wohlwend said...

Wow, I love that bag! It's just so cute :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

Lauren said...

Hi, Sandy! I used robin's egg from Lily Sugar'n Cream (there's also a similar one with Peaches and Cream) and Dark Taupe Peaches and Cream. They're both 100% cotton.

Sandy said...

Thank you, I can't wait to make this!

Kara @ Petals to Picots said...

Beautiful tote!

The Mandatory Mooch said...

Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party just went live at http://www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com/2012/08/tasty-thursday-4.html
Thanks, Nichi

Debi Bolocofsky said...

Sorry this is late, but better late then never. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks with Wednesday's Adorned From Above. The link party is open now for this week.
Debi Bolocofsky
www.adornedfromabove.com

Lexcy Shaffer said...

Hi, I was wondering if you have an easy suggestion, to make this bigger, for an adult sized "Market" bag, perhaps?
I'd love to make these for some friends for personalized Christmas presents. : )

Jerry and Kay said...

Thank you for your generosity to share the pattern. I love you site. Just tried linking up but got message saying to try later. I am also a born again Christian...May you have a lovely weekend.
Kay

Kira Cannon said...

Hi! I just wanted to let you know I got your message! Thank you sooo much!

Trisha said...

I too was wondering if you have the bigger sizes. If so would you mind sharing with me. Thank you :)

Kristin said...

I have been sick in bed for three days. I came across this after a friend sent me a link for your owl hats. It was so fullfilling to begin and finish a project. It made me feel useful and gave me something to do besides watch tv and lay around. Thanks for the great pattern!

Trish said...

thanks for sharing! cute bag!

Athena said...

Thank you for this pattern!! I made one up last night and it was really quick and easy!! My oldest daughter now would love for me to make her one. So looks like there will be 2 more in my future. I've included my blog link if you would like to see how mine came out.
http://myworldofoddsandends.blogspot.com/2013/01/day-5.html

Violet's mom said...

Hi there,
Beginner fiber artist here...my rounds from 6-up are curly curly. I'm reluctant to keep going--am I misuderstanding the instructions for rows 6-23? I'm making a dc, then adding an extra chain before yarning over to start the next dc in the next space.
I'm very excited to make this tote (thank you so much for sharing).
kate

Violet's mom said...

Figured out my problem. Great bag. Thanks again.

Ksenia Ovsjannikova said...

Im having the same problem, can you please help me? i don't understand what the problem is.

Lauren said...

Sent you an email Ksenia :)

Felixa & Dean said...

Thanks for sharing, great bag.

Jamiehas4 said...

Just found your blog and I love it! Just have a quick question. If I wanted to make the bag bigger would I just make the bottom bigger?

Kennedy Holder said...

Help...I am stuck on rounds 6-23. I am new at this and Im only 12 so I dont understand it that well.

Rose Norwood said...

Me either. I'm thinking that a chain might be added in between each double crochet...? I'm not sure

Kennedy Holder said...

Is it like the handles are done on each side then joined together at the top?

Shauna said...

How do I make it larger for adults? I see others have asked but I don't see where you've answered (unless I'm just plain blind!) Thanks!

Shauna said...

How do I make it larger for adults? I see others have asked but I don't see where you've answered (unless I'm just plain blind!) Thanks!

Linda said...

Did you make any larger sizes of this pattern?

Itzel espitia said...

Hi there! Just having the same problem that others seem to have had... On rounds 6-23, I'm just not quite sure what you mean. I am a fairly new beginer to crocheting so I would really appreciate the help! Also, how do you finish up round 5 to go into the next? Thanks:)


lttlmom said...

Hello! I was also interested in the adult version of this pattern. CDould you email thos instructions to me or post them? I am making this for my own personal use because I thought the bag was so adorable!
Thx!
lttlfmly9@gmail.com

dawn Amendola said...

can this bag be lined

dawn Amendola said...

and I would alsolike to know if you have a pattern for larger version of this bag

Jessica M said...

Hi! Like others I am confused about rows 6-23. Do you DC ch 1 and then do the next DC or do you DC and do a sc in the ch 1 space from the previous row? Also do you have a pattern made to make it a bigger size? I love the bag and would love to do one for myself! Thanks

Sheryl Mills said...

HI - any chance you have available the pattern for the larger bag? Thank you.

Shelly said...

I'm SO excited...I just made this!! I JUST learned to crochet, and it is the FIRST THING I have ever made. I love it! :)

You can see my attempt here if you are interested: http://cookingwithshellyt.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-latest-project.html

Thank you SO much for the free pattern!

Stacey Brennan said...

Can someone please explain the dc ch1 in next stitch. Do you dc and sc in the same stitch or dc and do a ch1 seperate before the next dc?? Thanks!

Michelle said...

Do you have any pictures of the handles? I'm confused how to finish them? Love this bag and would love to make a matching on for myself! Mother daughter farmers market bags would be really cute! Maybe do mine in the color of her flower and my flower the color of her bag!! Please post a bigger bag :-)

Hazel said...

Hi there! this bag is awesome...trying out this bag but would luv to see a post for a bigger bag...

Bridget Leanne said...

Thanks so much for posting this! It's so cute and simple! I made mine and used your flower pattern to add a flower to my bag as well. :) Thanks again!

Leticia Jurado said...

OMG i just love this pattern! I made one for a little girl that saw me crocheting one day and asked if i coul make her a bag. I know she will love it cant wait to give it to her ;) Thank you very much!

sseats said...

Can this be made larger for an adult. Very cute!!!

Lauren Wood said...

Is there a suggestion from anyone on how to make this larger??

Lesley Griswold said...

Not sure if I've done something wrong or if its normal but my first 5 rounds have turned out very "curly" or "wavy". Help?? :)

tml13 said...
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tml13 said...

In round 5, does your chain 3 count as your first stitch? I am not positive how to switch from working in the round and connecting with a slip stitch to working as a spiral

Jessica Bullock said...

I love this pattern! Unfortunately I also have the same question as Kira Cannon above. Can you please help me?! I really love this pattern and would love to finish it!
Thank You for sharing!

Gwen said...

Thank you so much for this pattern, I sure will post my finished bag on facebook and will link it to your blog.

Allison Clay said...
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Allison Clay said...

If I continue adding rows from row 3 adding 12 stitches each time will this be the correct way to make the bag larger?

Ananthalakshmi Seshadrinathan said...

I just loved your bag. Simple to follow pattern. I applied this patten with few changes like increased the bottom rows, made a band on top with handles on both sides. I have pinned yours and my finished bag in my board

http://www.pinterest.com/ananth313/crochet/

Kayla Ison said...

If I wanted to make this bigger could I just double the instructions? And what pattern did you use for the flower?

Bee Carroll said...

Thanks, Lauren! I love this bag!!! It's adorable! To save a little time.. I'm wondering if the ladies that want an 'adult size' pattern, have tried using a larger hook... It does make it a little looser, although it gives it more stretch as well. :)
Thank you again, Lauren! I look forward to trying more of your patterns.

purelilyliving said...

I love this bag and I love the flower too! Do you have a pattern for the flower? Thanks! =)

Cheryl said...

I, like so many others, am having trouble transitioning from making circles to crocheting in the spiral at row 5 to 6. I cannot find a tutorial on how to do this and it doesn't seem like the author of this pattern is providing any answers. I guess I'll have to abandon this project and seek out another tote pattern to make but I would really appreciate a mini-tutorial here to show how to go from round 5 to 6. Thanks!

Lauren Brown said...

Hi, Cheryl. I just replied to you via email like I've done the other commenters.

Leigh Fields said...

How do you make it larger love it but need bigger one

Patty Hongola said...

Lauren, being a beginner I am a visual person. Have you ever made a tutorial for this project? If you have how can I view it?

Ross said...

Hermoso bolso, muchas gracias por compartir el patrĂ³n :)

Patricia_S said...

Thank you! I think this is the tote that I want to make - very nice. I appreciate you sharing the pattern.

Jennifer Maguregui said...

Great tote. Thanks for sharing. I made it the other day and also the prettiest 8 petal three layer flower. I made the tote again and now can't find that flower. Is there a way to get it again? I am assuming you took it off of the free pattern page?

Baby Girl Carpenter said...

Thanks for the great pattern and easy to follow instructions! Whipped one up last night using a J hook and 2 strands of yarn. LOVE how you can play around with hook sizes and yarn to customize it to your liking!! THANKS!!

Louise Miller said...

Love this bag! Can you email me as well? Thank you!

Meera said...

Hi Lauren! I have 260 m of some yarn that was available here in the UAE called Super Incident by Nako. It's a 75% acrylic and rest wool. Would I be able to make the bag with this yarn and the amount I have? And also which hook size would give me the best result? Would be grateful if you could reply to my queries at meera2310@gmail.com
Thanks for the pattern and also request you for the pattern of the flower.
Regards

Meera said...

Hi Lauren! I have 260 m of some yarn that was available here in the UAE called Super Incident by Nako. It's a 75% acrylic and rest wool. Would I be able to make the bag with this yarn and the amount I have? And also which hook size would give me the best result? Would be grateful if you could reply to my queries at meera2310@gmail.com
Thanks for the pattern and also request you for the pattern of the flower.
Regards

Sabrina Jeff said...

Hello I just made this bag fallowed pattern used an I hook with 14oz 100% acrylic chunky and its perfect for an adult size!!! Love it thanks for the pattern :)

tiatori said...

How many dcs should there be at the end of round 5?

Deborah Saddie said...

I've just finished my tote; and it turned out lovely. Thank you so much for sharing talent.

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