Gen’s Market Bag – Free Crochet Pattern

Here it is, my second free crochet pattern!

I began working on another crochet bag while on vacation with my family.  As I was flying across the country I didn’t want to take anything big with me, such as a blanket, because I knew my space was limited and I was planning to visit local yarn shop if time allowed (unfortunately, the only day I could the shops were closed).  

I had bought some pretty yarn without anything in mind as to the kind of projects I wanted to do.  I had a couple of balls of dark blue, light blue and white.  I had been in the spirit of “nautical themes” lately (taking sailing classes, but that’s for another post), and that’s what I had in mind when I ordered that yarn.

So, as I began working the first few rounds in the dark blue, my sister came up to me and asked what I was doing.  I already had shown her another bag I made, and she was so impressed she told me she’s like me to make her one if I wanted.  I said I’d see if I could.  Little did she know that this future bag was going to be hers!

So, this pattern is in honour of my amazing older sister, Gen.  Hope she likes it!



Rowan Cotton Glace, 3 colors: 4 skeins of dark blue (829-Twilight), 3 skeins of light blue (749-Sky) and 3 skeins of white (726-Bleached).

Size E (3.5″) hook


Yarn needle to weave ends

Pattern is worked in joined rounds from bottom up. Then the handles are sewn and the finishing touches added.



Row 1: With color A (dark blue), start magic circle. 8dc.

Rows 2-9: increase normally in dc (16, 24, 32, 40, 48, etc.) Switch to color B (light blue).

Rows 10-15: With color B, continue the increase normally in DC.  Switch to color C (white).

Row 16-18: with color C, continue with the increase to obtain a flat circle.

Row 19-22: Stop increasing. Sc in each and every stitch with color C, creating a stiff border that will be the bottom of the bag.

Market Bag 3 


Row1: Switch to Color A (dark blue). Still working in joined rounds, start working V-stitch. *Ch3, skip 2 st, dc in next st, ch1, dc1 in same st, skip 2 st.  Repeat until last st, where you dc1, ch1 and join into the first ch3 to create last V.

Row 2-5 : With color A, work V-stitch (from * to end) in the space created by the ch1 below. Switch color.

Rows 6-12: With Color B, work V-stitch (from * to end) in the space created by the ch1 below. Switch color.

Rows 13-19: With Color C, work V-stitch (from * to end) in the space created by the ch1 below. Switch color.

Rows 20-25: Repeat row 2.

Rows 26-31: Repeat Row 6.

Rows 32-35: Repeat row 13.

Row 36-39: Still working with color C, Ch1.  Sc in each stitch across.

Row 40: Switch to color A. ch1, sc in each stitch across. Fasten off.

 Market Bag 2


Straps are worked in turned rows.

Row 1: With Color A,  work 15 st using sl st in the space where you want the strap on your bag, on the top row, about 1/3 from the side. Turn

Row 2-40: ch 1 (does not count as sc), sc in each st across. {15 st}

Join using sl st on the opposite side of the bag to create 1 strap.  Fasten off.

Repeat for second strap.


*You can make your straps longer or shorter, depending on your need by increasing or decreasing the number of rows worked.



With Color A, sl st across the length of the straps on both sides. This is to prevent the straps from stretching therefore rendering your straps too long to carry the bag.

With Color C, sl st along the circumference of the bottom of the bag, right where the pattern changes from dc to sc. This is to make sure the bottom will keep its shape.

You can also sl st along 4 sides of the bag, for the same reason mentioned above.  Since Cotton doesn’t keep its shape slip stitching is a really good idea.  If you’re working with a different fiber you can omit this step, although I suggest you do it anyway.


Market Bag


 Happy crocheting! 




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