Crochet market bag

***21 August 2012: An update! A couple of people have mentioned using more yarn than I specify in the pattern. I’m not quite sure why this is, but I am going to make another bag to check out what the issues might be, as soon as I have the chance (it will be in September once I’ve met a couple of August deadlines). In the mean time, don’t start this unless you have extra yarn capacity!***

Recently, the lovely folks at Abakahn approached me to ask if I would like choose a product or 2 from their store to try and blog about. As I am always on the look out for new inspiration for the blog and new things to try, I was really happy to say yes. As soon as I spotted this gorgeous Sirdar Simply Recycled cotton yarn in these lovely colours, I knew that I wanted to crochet a stripy slouchy bag – it was a simple as that!
Slouchy Market Bag
Once you have got past the hard work of the base of this bag, it’s pretty quick to make because of the lacy stitch (which is borrowed from a pattern in Lacy Crochet, once of my favourite crochet books for inspiration). If you made it in a solid colour, without the stripes, it would be even quicker to work up, because the colour changes do take time. The yarn itself is an absolute pleasure to work with – it’s a DK weight, and I used a 4mm hook. I used just under 100g (2 balls) of the main grey colour (colour A), and 1 ball each of the white (colour B) and yellow (colour C).

Slouchy Market Bag

If you’d like to print out a copy of the pattern, here’s a pdf version for you.
***Note: There was a mistake in the pdf version of the pattern, but with many thanks to a reader who pointed it out to me, this has been corrected.***

Requirements:

The Sirdar yarn is DK weight. I used 100g of the main colour (colour A, grey on my bag), and 50g each of the 2 contrast colours for the stripes. I used a 4mm hook. Obviously you can play around with the size of the base, the length of the handles, the height of the bag itself, but this will impact on the amount of yarn you’ll need.

Abbreviations & UK equivalents:

I have used USA crochet terms mainly because they’re the ones I am more comfortable with these days, but I’ve provided the UK equivalents and abbreviations for you.

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Start by making the oval shape at the bottom of the bag. It’s worked in a spiral, rather than joining every round, so I cannot stress how important it is to mark the beginning of your round – it is INCREDIBLY easy to lose where you are. If you haven’t made a crochet oval before, but have crocheted circles, just think of an oval as a rectangle with a semi-circles at each end – the way of increasing the semi-circles will be very familiar to you.

Special stitch instructions:

2 dc cluster: Yarn over, insert hook in stitch indicated on pattern, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops (2 loops on hook); yarn over, insert hook in same stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook); yarn over, draw through 3 loops on hook.

Crochet bag (3)
Pattern:

Ch 40 with main colour A (grey on my bag)

Round 1: Skip first ch and make 1 sc in each ch. Now, don’t turn the work in the usual way. Ch 3, then, keeping your work facing you, turn it clockwise through 180 degrees and make 39 sc in the bottom stitch of your chain stitches (it’s fiddly, but you’ll get there!). Ch 3, then join with ss to the first sc  you made. This point marks the start of the next round, so place your marker here, and move it up every time you start a round. You should have a row of 39 stitches on either side of your original chain, and a 3 chain space at either end.

Round 2: sc 39, 3 sc in 3 ch sp; sc 39, 3 sc in 3 ch sp (84 sc).

Now, don’t join the round, just keep going to the next stitch, moving your marker then replacing it the first stitch of round 3.

Round 3: sc 39, make 2 sc in each of next 3 sc; sc 39, make 2 sc in each of next 3 sc. (90 sc)

Round 4: sc 39 (remember to move that marker after the first sc), *1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *1 sc in next sc, 2sc in next sc, repeat twice from * (96 sc)

Round 5: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, repeat twice from * (102 sc)

Round 6:  sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 3 sc, repeat twice from * (108 sc)

Round 7: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc, repeat twice from * (114 sc)

Round 8: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 5 sc, repeat twice from * (120 sc)

Round 9: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, repeat twice from * (126 sc)

Round 10:  sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc, repeat twice from * (132 sc)

Round 11: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc, repeat twice from * (138 sc)

Round 12: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 9 sc, repeat twice from * (144 sc)

Round 13: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc, repeat twice from * (150 sc)

Round 14: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 11 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 11 sc, repeat twice from * (156 sc)

Round 15: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 12 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 12 sc, repeat twice from * (162 sc)

Round 16: sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 13 sc, repeat twice from *; sc 39, *2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 13 sc, repeat twice from * (168 sc)

Now to start the lacy pattern – you can get rid of your marker for a while! From now on you will be joining each round rather than working in a spiral. It’s up to you whether you fasten off and restart or just carry your yarn between the stripes. If you do decide to carry the yarn up the work, make sure you don’t pull the yarn too tightly between the rows.

Here’s a picture of how the stitch pattern works to help you with the written instructions – this is just the start of each row:

stitch pattern 1

Round 17: ch 2, make 1 dc in each sc round, join with ss

Round 18: Join colour B (white on my bag) and make sc in same place as ss, *ch3, sk 2 dc, 2 dc cluster in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, repeat from * all round until you are back at the start where you join final 3 ch to top of 1st sc with ss.

Round 19: Join colour C (yellow on my bag), ch 5, *sc in top of 2 dc tog, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, repeat from * all round, until you are back to the start,  where you join with ss to ch 3 of the ch 5 that started this round.

Round 20: Still with colour C, ch 3, *2 dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next sc, 2dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next dc, repeat this pattern from the * all the way round until you are back to the start, join with ss to top of first ch 3.

Round 21: Join colour B (white)  and make sc in same place as ss, *ch3, sk 2 dc, 2 dc cluster in next dc, ch 3, sk 2 dc, 1 sc in next dc, repeat from * all round until you are back at the start where you join final 3 ch to top of 1st sc with ss.

Round 22: Join colour A (grey), ch 5, *sc in top of 2 dc tog, ch 2, dc in sc, ch 2, repeat from * all round, until you are back to the start,  where you join with ss to ch 3 of the ch 5 that started this round.

Round 23: Still with colour A, ch 3, *2 dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next sc, 2dc in 2 ch sp, 1 dc in next dc, repeat this pattern from the * all the way round until you are back to the start, join with ss to top of first ch 3.

Repeat the pattern of round 18-23, until you reach the end of row 58, which is the final row of the lacy pattern (a colour A (grey) row).

We are now going to make a band of 5 rows of sc, working in a spiral.

Round 59: This would normally be a Round 23 style row, but instead of the usual pattern, continuing with colour A, ch 1, 2 sc in 2 ch sp (place marker in 1st of these 2 sc to mark the beginning of the round), sk sc, 2 sc in s ch sp, sk 1 dc, then continue all round and on to round 60 without joining the round and remembering to move your marker.

Round 60-63: sc in each sc round.

Now on to the shoulder strap – we are getting there! We are going to work in rows rather than rounds from now on.

Row 64: sc 26 (you can dump the marker, you wont need it again), ch 1

Row 65: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 20, ch 1

Row 66: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 15,  ch 1(19 sc)

Row 67: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 14, ch 1 (18 sc)

Row 68: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 13, ch 1  (17 sc)

Row 69: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 12, ch 1  (16 sc)

Row 70: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 11, ch 1  (15 sc)

Row 71: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 10, ch 1  (14sc)

Row 72: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 9, ch 1  (13 sc)

Row 73: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 8, ch 1  (12 sc)

Row 74: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 7, ch 1  (11 sc)

Row 75: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 3, decrease 1 sc over next 2 sc, sc 6, ch 1  (10 sc)

Row 76: turn, sk 1 ch, sc 10, 1 ch

Row 77-85 (9 rows): repeat row 76

Row 86-90 (5 rows): repeat row 76 using colour B

Row 91-95 (5 rows): repeat row 76 using colour C

Row 96-111 (16 rows): repeat row 76 using colour A

Row 111-114 (4 rows): repeat row 76 using colour B

Row 115-118 (4 rows):  repeat row 76 using colour C

Row 119-122 (4 rows): repeat row 76 using colour B

Row 123-138 (16 rows): repeat row 76 using colour A

Row 139-143 (5 rows): repeat row 76 using colour C

Row 144-148 (5 rows): repeat row 76 using colour B

Row 149-158 (10 rows): repeat row 76 using colour A

Row 159: still using colour A, turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 6 sc, 1 ch (11 sc)

Row 160: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 7 sc, 1 ch (12 sc)

Row 161: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 8 sc, 1 ch (13 sc)

Row 162: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 9 sc, 1 ch (14 sc)

Row 163: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 10 sc, 1 ch (15 sc)

Row 164: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 11 sc, 1 ch (16 sc)

Row 165: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 12 sc, 1 ch (17 sc)

Row 166: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 13 sc, 1 ch (18 sc)

Row 167: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 14 sc, 1 ch (19 sc)

Row 168: turn, sk 1 ch, 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 15 sc,  (20 sc)

Fasten off, leaving tail, and use the tail to stitch shoulder strap to the other side of the bag, using a yarn needle. Here are some instructions on how to do this.

You can stop here if you like, and weave in all your ends.

Alternatively you can complete your bag by making a row of single crochet along each side of your bag handle – just crochet into the gaps between the rows. This gives a very neat finish and gives the shoulder strap a bit more firmness. Here’s a video on You Tube to show how this works (she’s working into double crochets but it’s the same principle). Then weave in all your ends and you’re done!

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I have tried to make the pattern as straightforward as possible so that beginners could have a go (although you will need some prior knowledge!), so I apologise if it seems a bit repetitive in places..  It hasn’t been tested by anyone other than me, so if you come across any problems do let me know so I can make the corrections. I intend to revisit this over the next couple of days and add a couple of stitch diagrams and a few more links to useful stitch instructions, and a pdf version to make it easy to print out, but right now I need to SLEEP….  Many thanks again to the lovely people at the ace Abakahn (I am lucky enough to have a real branch on my doorstep so I know they are fab from a lot of experience!) for providing me with the yarn for this project.

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40 Comments

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40 responses to “Crochet market bag

  1. Karen

    I have been crocheting for a month! I am gonna try this bag and see how it turns out! Thanks for writing this up, especially for a beginner

  2. Dallas Window

    Hello. I am about two thirds of the way through making this bag. And I have to say I love it! I am not using the same yarn as you did, but it is equal in every aspect, except for the metres it contains. Mine has 110 metres and yours has 130 metres. I will use more than the number of balls specified. This could be why some of the people in precious comments used more too,
    Cheers
    Dallas

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  4. Meg Wheeler

    Hello,

    The ladies at my church are making market bags to sell so that we can support the effort of the Lizotte family in Alberta, Canada, who are fostering as many native children as they can who have been removed from their homes on the reserve. These children have been removed due to abuse and neglect, and many of them are dealing with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome as well. All the money we get for our bags will go directly to the Lizotte family. NO MONEY will go to our church or our ladies who worked to make the bags. All our time and materials are our donation. The cost of living in northern Alberta, near the Indian reserves, is very high and they need many diapers and formula, etc.

    Would you be willing to let us use your pattern in the interest of helping the Lizottes also? We are more than willing to credit you for the pattern/design however you would desire. Thank you for your consideration.

    Hopefully,
    Meg Wheeler

    • My patterns are freely available and you are free to make use of them however you like. I appreciate you taking the time to ask.

      • Meg Wheeler

        Thank you very much for your generosity! “The generous man will be prosperous and he who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:23
        It is much appreciated!
        Grace and peace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
        Meg

  5. Love this pattern! Found it through Pinterest. Thank you so much for sharing! I just finished my purse/bag this evening. I like that it is bigger because I tend to shove everything in my purse! This will work out perfect for me : )

    • Hi – I’m so glad you like the pattern. It’s funny how some people get on well with it and others don’t! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment. :-)

  6. lisa

    Hi! I just completed my bag yesterday…..I love the colours I choose….but Im not sure where I went wrong….this bag is HUGE!!!
    It measures 19 inches tall (not including the base) and 16 inches wide.
    whenever I put something in the bag the base of the bag sags down….making it even longer… :(
    I realize that I didn’t use cotten yarn…I used regular worsted weight yarn….could that be the problem? It stretches easy…is there anyway to fix this?
    I am thinking of tacking the base up somehow so it isnt seen at all!
    Beautiful pattern and bag….easy to understand instructions even for a beginner like myself!
    thanks!
    lisa

    • Hi Lisa – am glad you like the bag and the pattern. I am sorry that your bag is so big! A couple of people have said the same, whereas other people have had no problem. I wonder if the issues are yarn choice and tension… I tend to crochet very tight! Also I think cotton is essential because other yarns are going to stretch. I wonder if you have thought of stitching a lining fabric into the bag? Then it wouldn’t stretch when you put things in it. Thanks for your feedback – it’s much appreciated.

  7. Ashley

    I love this pattern, just finished my bag this morning!

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  9. Hello, I am working on this bag now…. It is coming along great! I am just wondering if it will need a liner when it is done or if it is good to go as is? Thanks

  10. Of course I’m not hating you :) I just went on Ravelry when you said others had done this project as well, and the red white and blue one looks very similar to the size of mine. I’m just going to keep going. If I can’t find the exact yarn, well then it will just have another color in there :) I’ve gone too far now to not continue. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Thank you for always responding so quickly, that has been a huge help.

  11. In case this got lost in the ‘replies’… I’d love to work on this more this weekend… One more question before I continue on… Round 18, ch 3 was supposed to be inside the star (to repeat)? Same question for rounds 21 & 23. Just want to know if I am to make all those chain threes. I am enjoying this project. Thank you!

    • Good morning Dawn! You always catch me at the right time with your questions as I’ve just got up! Round 18 and 21 definitely need the the 3 chains, but you are right, on round 23 the chain 3 is just at the beginning of the row. If you look at the diagram (are you used to stitch diagrams?) you can see how it works. I will correct round 23, and we should be sorted! Look forward to seeing how you get on with handles, and I am beginning to think I need send you a little gift to say thank you for all this pattern testing!!

      • Hi! I’m so glad I was able to catch you at a good time. Thank you SO MUCH for getting back to me. I’m happy I can use some of my day today to work on this. No, I didn’t look at the diagram, but I have now. I’m not much of a diagram person, so I just didn’t pay attention to it. Looking at it though, what you are saying makes sense and it does help. I will reprint this page of the pattern with the new instructions. I’ll let you know if I run into anything else. Have a wonderful day. Thank you!!! :)

      • Hi! It’s me again :) I was wondering if you could give me the dimension of the completed bag, please? For mine, the base of the bag is 7.5-inches x 17.5-inches. Is that what yours is? I’m using the same weight yarn and same size hook. I’m asking because I’m getting a little concerned that I may run out of yarn. When I decided to take this project on with the yarn I had on hand (which I’ve had for a long time and can’t get again), I had the correct amount. It took me almost 100g just for the base of the bag. I am now about a third of the way through the second skein of 100g I have of that same color, and about a quarter of the way through the third skein of 100g I have, and am on round 27. My bag is only 2 colors (I had 3- 100g skeins). I don’t see how I’ll ever have enough of my main color to complete this bag. I’m not sure what I’ve done wrong, if anything, so maybe if I know the dimensions that will help. Thank you!

      • Good morning Dawn. Oh dear, I’m sorry to tell you that that sounds way too big, so something must have gone wrong somewhere. I can’t tell you exactly, because I gave my bag away as a gift, but from memory, I’d say the base was about 7″ by 12″, give or take an inch. I feel rotten to be the bearer of such bad news. I’ll have a check of my instructions to see if I can work out where you might have gone wrong.

      • Hello again Dawn, I’ve just been on to Ravelry and looked at the notes of the people who have made this bag, and as far as I can tell, both of them used more yarn than I did when I made the bag. I’m just not sure why this is and unfortunately I haven’t got time to make the bag again and work it out just now. But if you only have a limited amount of yarn, then I wouldn’t want you to try again and find that you run out again. Many apologies – I hope you aren’t hating me right now! I will put a note on my pattern to suggest that people check they have extra yarn available before they get started. And as soon as I have chance I will try and work out what went wrong.

  12. Hi! Lovely bag and can’t wait to make it! I am a beginner, so forgive me… It says at the beginning of the pattern to start by making an oval shape. Are the beginning instructions making that oval, or do I have to come up with one?

    • No problem! No, it’s all there in the pattern. Good luck with it, and do give me a shout again if you get stuck. :-)

      • Thank you for such a quick reply!! :)

      • Hi. I’m on round 21. I don’t see any reference to the chain threes I did in round 20. I’m a little confused how to count/skip the dc’s with all the chain threes in there. I hope this makes sense. Thank you!

      • Good morning Dawn – you are doing a fantastic job of testing out the pattern for me – thank you so much. You’ve misunderstood my instructions on round 20 (although can quite see why you did though – I’m sorry I was unclear!). The ch3 at the beginning of the row is just the turning chain and isn’t part of the repeated pattern of the round. I’ve now updated the pattern a bit to make this clearer – I hope it does. Round 20 should just be double crochets all the way round – can you see from the stitch diagram? Hope this helps – it’s always a bit tricky to explain these things.

    • Oh! So glad I asked :). Luckily I didn’t snip color from row 20 yet. I will go back and redo. Thank you again for such a quick response!

    • One more question before I continue on… Round 18, ch 3 was supposed to be inside the star (to repeat)? Same question for rounds 21 & 23. Just want to know if I am to make all those chain threes. I am enjoying this project. Thank you!

  13. Jordan

    Hello! I just wanted to say that I love this pattern! Also, I wanted to make a suggestion. I downloaded the pdf version without really looking at the version that you have here on the website. The pdf version says “dc 2 tog” while the version on here says cluster st. I figured this out because my bag started turning out wonky. I just wanted to give you a heads up! Thanks again for the pattern =)

    • Thank you so much for pointing that out! I must have forgotten to update the pdf when I changed the mistake in the pattern. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know. xx

  14. That a really nice looking bag!! Thanks for the pattern!

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  16. kuddles

    This is lovely! I think I’m going to try it!

  17. That’s a really lovely bag – very tempted to try it!

  18. stitchmelane

    That’s beautiful. I just learned to crochet and have added this one to my list. Thanks for posting;D

  19. Lovely! I love how the stripes alternate with the white, and it’s a great lace pattern :)

    Sleep well!

  20. Very pretty. Another thing to add to my ever expanding “to do” list!

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