This easy and free crochet pattern uses simple color work to create a modern crochet gingham market bag with bright or neutral colors. This project is an easy stash buster pattern and uses less than one skein of each color. Attach a farmhouse-inspired rope handle or crochet your own for a finishing touch!
Free Crochet Gingham Market Bag Pattern
This bright, gingham print market tote is a versatile size and can be used as a grocery bag, library bag or even as a summer purse! The gingham print is a great stash buster using less than one skein of each color. If you prefer classic buffalo plaid to gingham - just switch up the colors 😉
It may sound strange, but one of my favorite things about crocheting is that I can make things that are “eco-friendly”. I have a background in Ecology, and I have had a strong love of reusable shopping bags ever since I studied abroad in Australia in 2005 where they were already routinely used.
A Crochet Market Bag with a Purse Strap
I decided to use a purse strap on this bag for several reasons. First, I love the rope look, especially when it’s paired with the gingham print. Second, it was a lot faster to attach a pre-made strap than it was to crochet one. Third, it won’t stretch! That all being said, I do love crocheted straps as well and think this bag would look lovely with one if you want to go that route 🙂
To Weave in Ends or Not To Weave in Ends?
Since I knew I was making this bag for myself, I decided to carry my yarn throughout the project. With the MANY color changes in gingham print, it just works better that way. I also decided to carry the yarn behind the stitches instead of worked within. This was a personal preference. I would rather have the yarn visible on the inside of the bag than have the colors peeking through if I carried it within the stitches.
If you are planning on gifting or selling this bag, you may want to do it differently that I did (pictured below). You could also consider lining the finished bag with fabric if you are friendly with sewing machines!
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Gingham Print Market Bag - Free Crochet Pattern
- Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors. Less than 170 yards of each color are needed. I used a combination of Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice and Loops and Threads Impeccable
- H/5.0 mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Purse strap (I found mine at Joann, but Amazon has similar here)
- 1 1/2” Button (optional)
Abbreviations (written in U.S. terms):
- YO: yarn over
- ch: chain
- sl st: slip stitch
- SC: single crochet
- HDC: half double crochet
Video Tutorials To Help You Get Started:
How to Crochet Gingham Print (please note: the stitches used in this video tutorial are different, but the technique for carrying the yarn throughout your work is the same! - Click here to see the left handed version
9 sts x 6 rows = 2” square in HDC
- Width = 10.5"
- Length (without strap) = 12"
- Chain stitches at the beginning of rounds do not count as a stitch
- The end of each round is joined to the first stitch of the round with a sl st.
- Color A = white; Color B = lt. green; Color C = dk. green
- For color changes I recommend that you carry the yarn to minimize ends to weave in at the end.
Starting with Color A
Round 1: (Front side of ch) SC in second ch from the hook, SC in 41, 2 SC in last ch. (Back side of ch) SC in 42, 2 SC in the last st of the back (this will be the first st you worked into on the front). Join to first SC of the round with a sl st (88)
Round 2: ch 1, *SC in 43, 2 SC in next st. Repeat from *, join to first SC of the round with a sl st. (90)
Round 3-10: ch 1, SC around, join to first SC with a sl st. (90)
Round 11-12 (Starting with Color B): ch 1, *HDC in 3 sts using Color B, HDC in next 3 sts using Color C, repeat from * 14 more times. Join to the first HDC of the round with a sl st. (90).
Round 13-14: ch 1, *HDC in 3 sts using Color A, HDC in next 3 sts using Color B, repeat from * 14 more times. Join to the first HDC of the round with a sl st. (90).
Round 15-16: Repeat Rounds 11-12
Round 17-18: Repeat Rounds 13-14
Round 19-20: Repeat Rounds 11-12
Round 21-22: Repeat Rounds 13-14
Round 23-24: Repeat Rounds 11-12
Round 25-26: Repeat Rounds 13-14
Round 27-28: Repeat Rounds 11-12
Round 29-30: Repeat Rounds 13-14
Round 31-32: Repeat Rounds 11-12
Round 33-34: Repeat Rounds 13-14
Round 35-36: Repeat Rounds 11-12
Round 37-39 (Color A): ch 1, SC around, join to first SC with a sl st. (90)
Round 40: ch 1, SC in 20, SC over handle loop for next 8 sts (Figure 1), SC in 37, SC over handle loop for the 8 sts, SC in 17, join to the first SC of the round with a sl st. Tight ch 10, skip 2 sts and attach with a sl st to create a button loop.
*Note: button loop is optional. If you don’t want a button closure, just finish the round of SC as usual. Tie off yarn, weave in all ends, attach button if desired.
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