I love all crochet bags, well…most of them! Some can be too bulky or too loose. I wanted to design a functional market bag – but more than market bag – with beautiful color changes and most importantly, durable. A bag that you can take to the beach, the market, or on a long walk at the park. A bag that will hold *all* the stuff and not let it fall out!
The beautiful colors of Lion Brands 24/7 Cotton opened that door for me. Their colorways reminded me of warm beach sunsets, seashells, and bright jades of the Emerald Coast. I wanted to create a bag that reflected those colors and brought out the sun and fun. I hope you enjoy this pattern.
If you would rather work through the pattern visually, I’ve created a full tutorial, you can find here or at top of post.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below – I’m happy to help you work the pattern.
Thanks to my lovely pattern testers for working through the kinks with me.
Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton
colors: Camel, Jade, Ecru, Pink, Tangerine, Mint
100% Mercanized Cotton, 186 yds per skein (3.5 oz/100g)
Care: Machine washable and dryable.
1 skein of each color.
4 mm (G)
Adjustable if you work multiples of 3.
Finished Measurements (Without straps):
Width: approximately 14”
Height: approximately 13”
|tr||treble crochet||blo||back loop only|
|dc||double crochet||sk st||skip stitch|
|st(s)||stitches||dc2tog||double crochet 2 together|
|sp||space||dc3tog||double crochet 3 together|
|ch sp||chain space||C4||Ecru|
dc – double crochet
yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw through 2 loops, yo, draw through 2 loops.
hdc – half double crochet
yo, insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, pull through all three loops on hook.
dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw through 2 loops. insert hook in next st, yo and draw through 2 loops, yo and draw through all loops on hook.
dc3tog – double crochet 2 together
yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw through 2 loops. *insert hook in next st, yo and draw through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * two times total, yo and draw through all loops on hook.
fphdc – front post half double crochet
yo, insert hook around indicated stitch (from front to back and out the front again). yo, pull through all loops on hook.
ch 126 (should measure around 28” ( cm) appx. Join ends because we will be working in the round.
Joins occur in top of of first stitch of each round unless otherwise indicated.
First stitch of each row is made in first stitch of prev round unless otherwise indicated
Stitch count should be 126 throughout.
Rnd 1 (C1): ch 3, dc entire round. Join. (126)
Rnd 2 – 3 (C1): repeat Row 1, join C2, cut C1 and leave a tail for weaving. (126)
Rnd 4 (C2): ch 2, hdc entire round beg in same space as ch 2. Join in front loop of 1st hdc of rnd. (126)
Rnd 5 (C2): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), turn. Begin dc3tog (blo) in the 5th ch/st from hook, then complete it in the 6th and 7th sts from hook (creates 1 st). *ch 2, dc3tog over next 3 sts* (creates 3 sts) – repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the rnd – there will be 2 sts left. ch 2, dc2tog over those last two sts, then make your join in the ch 3 sp from beg of rnd. You should have 42 dc3togs (including the last dc2tog/ch join) and 84 ch 2’s between those for a total of 126 sts (126).
Rnd 6 (C2): ch 3 (counts as 1 dc and ch 1), turn. dc 3 into the top of each dc3tog from previous round. Join in ch 3 sp from beg of rnd. You should have 42 dc3tog’s. (126)
Rnd 7 (C2): ch 2, turn. hdc in each st to end of rnd. Join with C3 in top of 1st hdc, and cut old color (126)
Rnd 8 (C3): ch 2, turn. hdc in each st to end of rnd. Join in the front loop of 1st hdc of the rnd. (126)
Rnd 9 (C3): Repeat 5.
Rnd 10 (C3): Repeat 6
Rnd 11 (C3): Repeat 7, except join with C4 at end of rnd.
Rnd 12 (C4): Repeat 8
Rnd 13 (C4): Repeat 5
Rnd 14 (C4): Repeat 6
Rnd 15 (C4): Repeat 7, don’t change colors at end of round, continue working with C4.
Rnd 16 (C4): ch 4, dc in 1st st (same as ch 4), *sk 2, (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) in next st* – repeat from * to * to end of rnd. ch 1, sk the last 2 sts, and join around the ch 4 from beg of rnd. (126)
Rnd 17 (C4): ch 4, dc in 1st ch sp of V below. *(dc1, ch 1, dc1) in next V ch sp* – repeat from * to * to end of rnd. Join around the ch 4 from beg of rnd. (42 V’s)
Rnd 18 – Repeat rnd 8, but don’t turn at beg. (126)
Rnd 19 (C4): Repeat rnd 5. (126)
Rnd 20 (C4): Repeat 6. (126)
Rnd 21 (C4): Repeat 7, change color to C5 at end.
Rnd 22 (C5): Repeat 8. (126)
Rnd 23 (C5): Repeat 5. (126)
Rnd 24 (C5): Repeat 6. (126)
Rnd 25 (C5): Repeat 7, change color to C6 at end. (126)
Rnd 26 (C6): Repeat 8. (126)
Rnd 27 (C6): Repeat 5. (126)
Rnd 28 (C6): Repeat 6. (126)
Rnd 29 (C6): Repeat 7, but no color change at the end. Join in top 2 lps of 1st hdc of rnd. Don’t cut yarn. (126)
Rnd 30 (C6): Ch 2, turn. hdc (blo) entire rnd. Join in top 2 lps of 1st hdc from beg of rnd. (126).
Rnd 31 (C6): ch 2. hdc (blo) in 3rd ch from hook and in ea st to end of rnd. (126)
Counting to the left – count 63 sts from hook and place a st marker in the 63rd st.
Rnds 1-3 (C6): ch 2, hdc (blo) in the 3rd ch from hook and in the next 7 sts, then…
ch 150. Making sure the chain isn’t twisted….start at the stitch marker and count 8 stitches to the right. Join the chain in that 8th st. hdc (blo) in the same st as the join. hdc (blo) in the next 15 stitches (so that is 16 hdcs total).
ch 150. Making sure the chain isn’t twisted….start at the beg of the rnd and count 8 stitches to the right. Join the ch in that 8th st. hdc (blo) in the same st as the join and in the next 7 sts.
Join with a hdc in the back loop of the 1st st of the round and mark it with a st marker.
Continue working hdc’s in each st and chain (work in back hump of chain, it gives it a nicer edge) around, until the straps reach your desired width. Keep moving the st marker up with each round so you know where to end the rnds when the straps are the width you’d like. I did 3 complete rounds.
Tip: Reinforce the corners of the handles, where the body meets the handle.
**Turn the bag inside out now.**
With bag bottom up – find the seam. Attach C1 in the stitch directly to the right of the middle seam and ch 1. fphdc around each stitch. (126)
Join in top 2 loops of 1st fphdc from beg of round.
**Now we are going to stitch the bottom together.**
Line up the pieces and slip stitch through the top two loops of both sides to bring it together. (see video for help with this part). When you get to the end, slip stitch into the center stitch to make it secure. Cut, tie off and weave in tails.
Congratulations! You’re finished!
Here are some of the designs from my testers for this pattern:
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