Crochet String Bag/Market Bag

Crochet market bag

I recently purchased a pattern for a crochet cotton vest top from Etsy, and when I was just one row in I had pretty much decided that I wasn’t going to like the finished look. So I changed the pattern off the cuff and turned my vest top WIP into a cotton market bag – which I absolutely love!

The pattern is something I made up as I went along, so although it’s pretty simple I think it still looks effective. And I’m happy to share the retrospective pattern with you.

Crochet market bag

Free Crochet String Bag/Market Bag Pattern:

I used 2 skeins of craft cotton in ecru, which was around £1.50 per 100g skein, and a 3.5mm hook. Although I do think an even smaller hook would have produced an even nicer, more delicate finish, maybe I’ll try a 2mm next time!

 The body: 

  1. Chain (ch) 150 and join the ends with a slip stitch (sl st) to make a large ring
  2. Ch 5
  3. Skip a stitch (st) and treble crochet (tc) into the next st
  4. Ch 2
  5. Skip a stitch (st) and treble crochet (tc) into the next st
  6. Repeat steps 4-5 around and finish your round with a ch 2 and sl st into the third ch of your first ch 5
  7. Do this until you have completed 23 rounds
Crochet market bag
Crochet market bag body

The handles: 

  1. Work 2 dc into every ch space around (100)
  2. Work a round of dc into each st (100)
  3. Ch 70, skip 20 st and join with a sl st
  4. Work 28 dc around
  5. Ch 70, skip 20 st and join with a sl st
  6. Work 28 dc around
  7. Work 3 rounds of dc around the rim of the bag and building up the handles
  8. Fasten off securely and weave in loose end

Crochet market bag

Crochet market bag
Crochet market bag handles

The base: 

  1. Work 15 tc into a magic ring, join round with a sl st
  2. Work 2 tc into every st around, join round with a sl st  (30)
  3. *Work 2 tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next st* around, join round with a sl st  (45)
  4. *Work 2 tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 2 st* around, join round with a sl st  (60)
  5. *Work 2 tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 3 st* around, join round with a sl st  (75)
  6. *Work 2 tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 4 st* around, join round with a sl st  (90)
  7.  *Work 2 tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 5 st* around, join round with a sl st  (105)
  8. *Work 2 tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 6 st* around, join round with a sl st  (130)
  9. *Work 2 tc into the first st and 1 tc into the next 7 st* around, join round with a sl st  (145)
  10. *Work 1 tc into the first 29 st, work 2 tc into the next st* around, join with a sl st (150)
Crochet market bag
Crochet market bag base

Attaching the base: 

  1. attach your bag base to the body of the bag by turning both pieces the wrong way and matching up the rims. Sl st in every st around and fasten off very securely (150)
  2. Turn your bag the right way round
  3. Pop your stuff inside
  4. Strut, and take endless selfies with the bag

Potential improvement: 

As mentioned earlier, this pattern evolved from a disliked vest top pattern, so if I was to start this bag again I would probably try to work it in one continual piece rather than working on the body and base separately.

This approach isn’t tested but I think you could make the base first and then use the rim of the base to work up from instead of the initial 150 chain. This feels like it would produce a more secured base, although I do feel the bag I’ve produced is very sturdy and it’s already been tested with several tins of soup!

Just a thought!

Crochet market bag
Here I am casually stood at my front door with my new market bag
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