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Interlocked Free Crochet Market Bag Pattern

Here is a free crochet market bag pattern to help save the environment. Plus, it is economical. With the price of grocery bags these days you’ll have your cost of yarn back in no time.

When I first crocheted this market bag I was a bit iffy on it because it stretched down to the ground when I used it to carry some fruits on one of my walks.

I was just going to rip it out and forget about it… but before I did that, I packed it full of boxes and realized it was the best market bag I ever carried around. It still stretches a lot, but when you pack it full with boxes it stretches out width-wise rather than length-wise. So that worked out well, and I decided it was a go after all.

It folds down nicely, making it easy to take along anywhere. And best of all, it holds about the same amount of groceries as a plastic grocery bag, yet it’s way more secure and durable!

Finished Size

It measures roughly 11″x11″ not counting handles.¬†You can increase or decrease the size by adjusting the diameter of the bag. See note within the pattern regarding stitch counts for adjusting the size.

The Yarn

I used an acrylic worsted weight yarn, called Impeccable by Loops and Threads. It’s a nice strong yarn, but a cotton yarn might make it even stronger.

I used two colors for a pretty color design, but choose more for stripes or even a solid color if you like.

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How It’s Made

This crochet bag pattern is worked in one piece from the bottom up. The bottom is worked in half double crochet stitches until you reach the diameter that you want.

Then you begin the body of the bag with interlocked stitches. It’s a unique technique, perfect for market bags.

Once you get to the height that you want you begin your handles. they are shown short on my bag, but you can easily adjust them if you need longer handles.

Leave the crochet tote bag as is if you plan on using it as a market bag or a beach bag. However, if you want to use it for other things you can easily add a lining on the inside to make it secure and even more durable. How to Line a Crochet Bag.

Interlocked Free Crochet Market Bag Pattern

This crochet market bag is the perfect alternative to plastic grocery bags. It is reusable, durable and easy enough to crochet.
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Materials

Measurements

  • Gauge: 2" over first 2 rnds
  • Finished Size: Bottom measures 10" in diameter. Width by height before stretch is 11"x11" not counting handles. Will stretch to a height of about 20" not counting the handles.

Abbreviations

Instructions

  • Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 8 hdc into 2nd ch from hk; join with sl st in first hdc. (8 sts)
  • Rnd 2: Ch 1 (does not count as st now and throughout), work 2 hdc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first hdc. (16 sts)
  • Rnd 3: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (24 sts)
  • Rnd 4: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next st, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (32 sts)
  • Rnd 5: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (40 sts)
  • Rnd 6: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (48 sts)
  • Rnd 7: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (56 sts)
  • Rnd 8: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next 5 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (64 sts)
  • Rnd 9: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next 6 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (72 sts)
  • Rnd 10: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next 7 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (80 sts)
  • Rnd 11: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next 8 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 9 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (88 sts)
  • Rnd 12: Ch 1, hdc in same st as join and into next 9 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 10 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in first hdc. (96 sts)
  • Note: Continue with more increase rounds for a larger size making sure to end with a multiple of 6 at last round: (120, 144, 168, etc).
  • Rnd 13: Ch 1, hdc in first 3 sts, *ch 3, sk next 3 sts, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * around; ch 3; join with sl st in first hdc. FO.
  • Rnd 14: With next color, ch 97 (or as many as you have sts in the round + 1), hdc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 2 chs, weave the chs in and out of the ch-3 sps as shown in the tutorial, ch 3, *sk next 3 chs, hdc in next 3 chs; rep from * across; ch 3, join with sl st in top of first hdc. Secure the tail end in bottom of first hdc.
  • Rnds 15-21: Rep rnd 14 until you have reached a desired height.
  • Note: For next two rounds work with single crochets instead of half double crochets.
  • Rnds 22-23: With next color, ch 97, sc in 2nd ch from hk and in next 2 chs, weave the chs in and out as pictured above, ch 3, *sk next 3 chs, sc in next 3 chs; rep from * across; ch 3, join with sl st in top of first sc. Secure the tail end in bottom of first sc.
  • Rnd 24: Continue with same color as last rnd, ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st and ch around; join with sl st in first sc. (96 sts)

Handles

  • Rnd 25: Ch 1, sc into same st as join and into next 14 sts, *ch 18 (or any number depending on how long or short you want the handles), sk next 15 sts*, sc in next 33 sts; rep from * to * once; sc in remaining 18 sts; join with sl st in first sc. (66 sts and 36 chs)
  • Rnd 26: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st and into each ch around; join with sl st in first sc. (102 sts)
  • Rnds 27-29: Ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st around; join with sl st in first sc. FO at last rnd.

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