Color Block Market Bag Pattern

String bags and mesh shopping bags are popping up everywhere, which probably feels like déjà vu for people who grew up in a time or place where they were the norm.

For those who enjoy the occasional nugget of history, you might be surprised to know that Wikipedia actually has an entire (albeit brief) page devoted to string bags.

“The classic East German Einkaufsnetz (shopping net) has leather handles and multicoloured netting made from Eisengarn, a strong, starched and waxed cotton thread. Due to shortages of many types of raw materials in the GDR, recycling and reusing were the norm; plastic one-use shopping bags were rarely available in shops.” (Wikipedia: String bag)

Well, if that doesn’t thrill you, I don’t know what will.

I love reusable bags for shopping, and wanted to create my own design with more heft to it as well as a pop of color. The Color Block Market Bag is one step up from a string bag — a little stronger and a little more stylish.

collage_market bag

An additional bonus? My market bag is made from 100% cotton yarn, so no worries about synthetic fibers ending up in the ocean. It’s washable, durable, and not made from petroleum products!

Color Block Market Bag – Crochet Pattern

Color Block Market bag all colors

Pattern PDF location: Ravelry (FREE!)

Difficulty Level: Easy/Intermediate

Materials:

  • Lily Sugar n’ Cream Solids (2.5 oz, 120 yds)
    • 2 skeins Ecru
    • 1 skein accent color
  • 5.00mm (H) crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch marker

Abbreviations (USA):
ch          chain
dc          double crochet
ea          each
rep(s)   repetition(s)
rnd(s)   round(s)
sc           single crochet
sk           skip
sl st        slip stitch
sp           space
st(s)       stitch(es)

Gauge: 14 sts and 16 rows in sc = 4”

Finished Measurements:
13” tall x 16” wide (not including straps)

About the Pattern:
This bright, contemporary-but-classic market bag is great for trips to the farmers’ market, the beach, the library, or for a sunny downtown stroll!

Constructed with sturdy worsted-weight cotton, it uses basic chains and double crochet stitches to form a simple square mesh pattern. The solid single crochet bottom creates a sturdy base, and the straps can be altered to the crocheter’s preferred length.

As always, please contact me via Ravelry if you ever have questions about the pattern!

***INSTRUCTIONS***

BASE

Using preferred color for the bottom of the bag, ch 45.

Row 1: Sc into 2nd ch from hook. Sc in all stitches across. Turn. (44 st)
Row 2: Ch 1, sk first st, sc in all sts across. Turn. (44 st)
Rows 3-13: Repeat instructions from Row 2.

Do not turn after completing Row 13. Subsequent rows will be worked in the round.

Rnd 14: Sc along the short edge of the bag bottom, placing a total of 12 sc sts. Sc in ea st across the long edge. Place 11 sc sts along the next short edge. Sc in ea st across the next long edge. (111 sts)
Rnds 15-18: Working in a continuous spiral, sc in all sts around, placing a st marker at the beginning of ea rnd. (111 sts)

Color block market bag diagram of base

MESH

Switch colors roughly halfway through the mesh section of the bag, or wherever desired. To switch colors seamlessly, wait until you have almost completed a mesh row, but instead of slip stitching into the previous row’s starting chain with your current yarn color, pull a loop of the new color through the 3rd ch to form a slip stitch. Continue with pattern as written. Tie ends of new and old yarn colors together.

Rnd 19: Ch 5, sk 2 sts, dc in next st. *Ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next st* until last 2 sts. Ch 2, sl st into 3rd ch of starting ch from previous round. (37 reps of ch mesh)
Rnds 20-32: Ch 5, sk 2 sts, dc in next st. *Ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next st* around. Ch 2, sl st into 3rd ch of previous round.

TOP EDGE AND HANDLES

Rnd 33: Ch 1, place 2 sc into ch sp, *sk next st, make 2 sc into ch sp* around. Sl st into first sc from previous round. (74 sts)
Rnd 34-35: Ch 1, sk next st, sc into ea st around. Sl st into first sc from previous round. (74 sts)
Rnd 36: (Note: during the chain portion of this row, take care not to twist the chain before reattaching it to the top of the bag). Ch 1, sk next st, sc into ea of next 7 sts. Ch 70, sk next 21 sts, sc into ea of next 16 sts. Ch 70, sk next 21 sts, sc into ea of next 8 sts. Sl st into first sc from previous round. (172 sts)
Rnds 27-28: Ch 1, sk next st, sc in all sts around.

FINISHING

Using a tapestry needle, weave in all ends.

Pattern written in 2017 by Jenn Fox for Mushrump.com. This pattern may not be reproduced or copied without written permission of the author.

Advertisements

6 Comments

  1. Hello there , I am trying to crochet your color block market bag , but am stumped at round 14 how do I get 111 stitches , I only have 67 . What am I doing wrong ? Your help would be greatly appreciated Thank You Kind Regards Jeannette

    Like

    1. Hello Jeannette – I’m going to take a peek at the pattern and see what might be up. I’ll get back to you by the end of today!

      Like

    2. Hi again, Jeannette — I’ve created a diagram of the base rectangle for the bag, which will hopefully be helpful! It’s now up on the pattern page on the blog. Perhaps it will illuminate a problem or lack of clarity in the instructions that I’ve missed.

      If you’ve ended up with only 67 stitches, I’m wondering if you don’t have 13 rows of sc for the bottom rectangle yet, or if you aren’t working in the round. Once you have 13 rows (with 44 sc in each row), you’ll start working in the round and put 12 sc into the sides of those rows (you can skip one stitch on one side to give 11 stitches, which will give you the exact # of sts for the mesh section. Or you can skip one in the first row of mesh). The long edges of the rectangle will get one sc into each sc (44 on each side). This will give you a total of 111 stitches (44+12+44+11).

      If you’re still having trouble, please let me know!

      Kindly,
      Jenn

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s