Easy Market Tote – Free Crochet Pattern

Market bag on grass

The Easy Market Tote is the perfect bag to take with you to all of those fun markets going on at this time of year.  It’s also great for grocery shopping, carrying projects for crocheting on-the-go, going to the beach or pool, and just for carrying all of those odds and ends that you need to take with along with you!

This market tote works up so quickly and uses about 3/4 of a Cotton Cake. The combination of the shell stitches along with the double crochet stitches keeps this pattern quick and easy while also being flexible for holding items of all shapes and sizes. Not to mention it’s also super comfortable to wear on your shoulder.

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Materials:
  • Worsted-Weight Cotton Yarn – I used a Caron Cotton Cake in the Peach Blossom colorway. This bag took about 3/4 of the 485m/530yd skein. You can use another worsted-weight cotton yarn for this project, just be sure to check the gauge below to help you with your yarn substitutions so you aren’t surprised with a much smaller/larger bag.
  • Crochet hook – 5.0mm size
  • Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Market bag work in progress with a cup of coffee!
Stitches Used:
  • Ch – Chain
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch
  • SC – Single crochet
  • DC – Double crochet
  • Shell – 4 double crochet stitches made in the same stitch.
Gauge:
  • 2 inches square = 4 rows of 8 DC stitches
Finished Size:
  • When laying flat, this bag is approx. 15 inches wide and 13 inches tall (not including the handles).
Important Notes:
  • Joined Rounds – This bag is worked in joined rounds. At the end of each round, you will be joining the last stitch of the round to the first stitch with a slip stitch.
  • Starting Each Round – Start the first stitch of each round in the same stitch as the chain 1 or chain 2. Chain stitches do not count towards the stitch count of each round.
  • Changing Bag Size – You can easily make this bag wider by continuing the increases in groups of 12 in the DC rounds making the base of the bag, before you start the rounds making the height of the bag. To make the bag taller, you can repeat rounds 22-27 another time before starting on the rounds of SC at the top of the bag, or if that’s too many rounds taller, you can add a couple rounds of DC before starting on the SC rounds.
  • Video Tutorial – I made a video tutorial to help you with some of the stitches in this pattern. You can find it on this page or on YouTube HERE.

The Pattern

The base of the bag is worked in increasing rounds of double crochet. I made a quick video tutorial to show how to double crochet in increasing rounds.

Round 1: Magic Circle, ch 2, 12 DC into the circle. Join to first DC with a sl st, ch 2. (12)

Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2. (24)

Round 3: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next, repeat around, join, ch 2. (36)

Round 4: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 2 stitches, repeat around, join, ch 2. (48)

Round 5: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 3 stitches, repeat around, join, ch 2. (60)

Round 6: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 4 stitches, repeat around, join, ch 2. (72)

Round 7: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 5 stitches, repeat around, join, ch 2. (84)

Round 8: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 6 stitches, repeat around, join, ch 2. (96)

Round 9: 2 DC in first stitch, DC in next 7 stitches, repeat around, join, ch 2. (108)

*You are now finished the increases for the base of the bag. In the next rounds, you will be adding to the height of the bag.

base of market bag

Rounds 10-11: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2. (108)

Round 12: 4 DC (shell) in first stitch, skip 3 stitches, repeat around, join to first DC (do not chain 2). (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 13: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC (do not chain 2). (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 14: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC (do not chain 2). (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 15: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC, ch 2. (108 DC/27 Shells)

Rounds 16-17: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2. (108)

Round 18: 4 DC (shell) in first stitch, skip 3 stitches, repeat around, join to first DC (do not chain 2). (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 19: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC (do not chain 2).  (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 20: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC (do not chain 2). (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 21: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC, ch 2. (108 DC/27 Shells)

Rounds 22-23: DC in each stitch around, join, ch 2. (108)

Round 24: 4 DC (shell) in first stitch, skip 3 stitches, repeat around, join to first DC (do not chain 2).  (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 25: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC (do not chain 2).  (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 26: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC (do not chain 2). (108 DC/27 Shells)

Round 27: Slip stitch in the next 3 stitches, ch 2.  Make 4 DC stitches (shell) in the spaces between the “shells” from the previous round, continue around, join to the first DC, ch 1. (108 DC/27 Shells)

Rounds 28-31: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1. (108)

In the last few rounds below, you will be adding the handle and then making it thicker by crocheting around the bag and around the handle a few times. *Note – If you’d like your bag to have longer handles, just add more chain stitches in round 32. Just make sure you make each chain the same length so that both the handles are the same. 😊

handle of market bag

Round 32: SC in first 12, chain 70, skip 30 stitches, SC in next 24, chain 70, skip 30 stitches, SC in last 12, join, ch 1.

Round 33: SC in each stitch around and in each of the chain stitches (to form the handles), join, ch 1.

Rounds 34-37: SC in each stitch around, join, ch 1.

*after round 37, do not chain 1. Fasten off and weave in ends.  

*If you’d like a wider handle, you can add a couple more rounds before you fasten off.

You’re all finished! I hope you enjoyed making your Easy Market Tote!

market bag on grass
market bag hanging outside

If you love making bags, here are some of the other crochet bags patterns available on my blog!

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6 Comments

  1. Sandy Knapp says:

    Love this bag pattern and colors! It looks so perfect, I was wondering if you cut the yarn when starting the next round so each round was all one color?

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      Hi Sandy! Thank you so much for your kind words! I did not cut the yarn at all through the whole project. Some of the color changes are in the middle of the rounds, but it didn’t bother me. It’s kind of the nature of using self-striping yarn, but you could totally cut it when starting rounds too if you know the color is going to change mid-round and you would rather it be at the start of a round instead. I hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Sammie Evans says:

    Could you explain the continuing in groups of 12 to enlarge the base of the bag.

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      If you’d like to increase the size of the base, you can keep increasing in groups of 12 to make the base bigger. Just continue on in the same increasing pattern until you are happy with the base size and then move on to the rest of the pattern where you left off. I’m not sure how much bigger you are planning on making your bag base, but after you finish round 9 with 108 stitches, you can do another increase round where you do 2 DC in the first stitch, and then DC in the next 8 stitches, repeat around (for a total of 120 stitches) and then if you want it bigger still, you can do another increase round – this time 2 DC in the first stitch, and then DC in the next 9 stitches, repeat around (for a total of 132 stitches). When you are finished the increase rounds, move on to the 2 rounds of 1 DC in each stitch (written as rounds 10 and 11 in the pattern above) and then start the shell rounds and the rest of the pattern. I hope that makes sense. If you are not sure, feel free to send me an email loopsandlovecrochet@gmail.com and I’ll be happy to help. Thanks!!

  3. Charlotte Terry says:

    Hello! I love this pattern so much. I’m about finished with my second bag and I was wondering if there was a way I could make one this strap to go across the middle of the bag like a messenger bag. Thank you!

    1. Loops and Love Crochet says:

      Hi Charlotte! I’m so glad you love the pattern! That’s a neat idea to do one strap across the middle instead of the two straps/handles. What you could do is work the bag all the way up to before you start round where the handles are worked. Instead do a few more rounds of SC and then you can do a couple different things. 1) At the end of the last round of SC, you could work back and forth in short turning rows of 8-10ish stitches (depending on how wide you want the strap) until you are at the desired length and then slip stitch or sew it to the other side of the bag. OR 2) you could make the strap separately by chaining until your desired length and then work some rows of SC to make it wider, then using your yarn needle sew it to either side of the bag. Let me know if these make sense to you! Feel free to email me at loopsandlovecrochet@gmail.com if you need more explanation or help! Or you can also join the Loops and Love Crochet group on Facebook and share your photos, ask questions, etc. Happy crocheting!

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