Here you can find the free crochet pattern for an easy string market bag.
It’s actually crochet, but looks like string, and is the perfect shopping bag for all occasions!
I always think of French markets, and fresh produce when I think of a market bag, and this a proper retro design that is super easy to make.
What do you need to know to crochet an easy string market bag?
This bag is really easy, perfect for beginner crocheters to make.
It uses the following:
- Foundation Double crochet
- Single crochet
- Slip stitch
Don’t let the Foundation Double crochet put you off, this is really easy when you know how, and gives a lovely straight edge.
You could chain 80 and add 3 more chains, then work one double crochet in each stitch if you prefer – make sure you don’t twist that chain.
Yarn choice for a string market bag
I’ve used a 100% cotton for this bag that was kindly gifted by Wecrochet.
You’ll need 1 ball/ skein to make a bag, weighing 100g, which is 190 yards.
This yarn comes in 36 colours too!
This yarn is great, you’ll notice that I’ve chosen dark colours for this bag – this is completely intentional!
Lighter creams, pinks and blues look amazing, but as soon as you start using the bag it will become really dirty really quickly.
Another alternative for this yarn is Cotlin – this is a more premium yarn, as its a cotton and linen blend.
If you like this bag – you should also have a look at my other market bag patterns:
How long does it take to make a market bag?
This bag is surprisingly quick. The main body of the bag will work up in a couple of hours.
The handle will take about 30 minutes as single crochet to make sure it doesn’t stretch too much.
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Easy String Market Bag Pattern
SC Single crochet
pul pull through st or sp
SS Slip Stitch
st (s) stitch (es)
YO Yarn over
Foundation Double Crochet (FDC): ch3 (counts as first 1DC), YO, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook, [YO, pul, YO, draw through 1 loop on hook (ch made), YO, draw through 2 loops] twice (DC made)], insert hook in last ch made; rep [ ] for number of sts required.
Tension 6 pattern repeats x 6 rows = 10cm x 10cm (4 x 4 inches).
Finished bag measures 32cm high / 22cm width (empty- it will stretch massively – do not be tempted to make bigger!).
Round 1: With 6.0mm hook and yarn, leave a long tail of about 2ft/ 60cm and FDC 80. SS to join together ensuring your crochet is not twisted.
Round 2: Working in continuous rounds, * ch3, skip 2 sts, SC to the next st. Repeat from * all the way around. The final SC will join to the first ch3 sp.
Round 3: starts with SC of Round 2, continue working in spiral, ch3, SC in the next ch3 space for a total of 25 rounds in total.
Round 26: Ch3, 2DC in the first ch3 sp. 3DC in each ch3 space around. SS to top of ch3 to join.
SS the yarn over 3 sts to the left, ch1 (does not count as a st), 1SC in each of the next 6 sts. Turn.
Row 2: ch1, 6 SC, Turn.
Repeat row 2 a further 46 times (47 rows).
Fold the bag in half, and join the handle directly opposite where the other end meets the bag. SC together, then use the tail to secure in place.
Fold the bottom of the bag so the seam is flat, use the long tail left at the beginning to sew the bottom seam together using whip stitch.
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