I love market bags! I really do! I love the reusable bag concept that has finally made its way to the U.S. In college, I studied abroad in Australia-when they were already using reusable shopping bags almost exclusively. I remember bringing about 15 bags back home with me after my 6 months there, and I will always remember the strange looks I got when I tried to use them while shopping! Fortunately, a few years later, the US jumped on the bandwagon and I was no longer the "strange" girl who uses those crazy bags.
I do have a confession to make. I don't normally love crocheting market bags. I think all the patterns are amazing and adorable, but they often take longer than I would like for a functional piece that I will inevitably use and abuse.
Enter the Open-Air Market Bag: This bag was mostly inspired by my curiosity in using the newer Red Heart Cordial yarn. It is 100% polyester, and from what I can tell so far, very durable! I envision using this bag to harvest my garden. I think it will hold up to a lot of abuse!
For those of you who scored the AWESOME deals there have been on cotton yarn lately, I also worked this pattern up using double strands of Lily Sugar n Cream. This will probably turn into a summer library book bag for my daughter. Yep...my one year old is a total book worm...
This bag works up quickly, so work up one or many in preparation for spring!
· Yarn needle
· CH: Chain
· SC: Single crochet
· HDC: Half-double crochet
· DC: Double crochet
· Sl St: Slip Stitch
This pattern took me almost exactly 4 skeins of Red Heart Cordial. Make sure you have access to a fifth skein just in case!
This pattern can also be made with two strands of cotton yarn.
The handle length can be adjusted to whatever suits your needs. I recommend working 5 extra SC into the ch space (eg. if you chain 40, SC 45)
Open-Air Market Bag
Round 1:SC in second ch from the hook, SC 36, 2 SC in last ch. 37 sc along the back side of the ch, 2 sc in first ch st. Join to first SC of the round with a sl st (78)
Round 2: Ch 1 (not a stitch), *SC 38, 2 SC in next st. Repeat from * Join to first SC of the round with a sl st. (80)
Round 3: Ch 1(not a stitch), SC around, Join to first SC with a sl st. (80)
Rounds 4-7: Ch 2 (not a stitch). HDC around. Join to first HDC with a sl st. (80)
Round 8: Ch 4 (counts as first DC and ch 1), skip 1, *DC, Ch 1, skip 1. Repeat from * around (you will have 40 ch 1 spaces). Sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch 4.
Round 9: Sl st into the first ch space. Ch 4 (counts as first DC and ch 1), skip 1, *DC, Ch 1, skip 1. Repeat from * around (you will have 40 ch 1 spaces). Sl st to the 3rd ch of the beginning ch 4
Round 10: Ch 2 (does NOT count as a stitch). HDC around. Join to first HDC with a sl st (80)
Rounds 11-25: Repeat rounds 8-10
Round 26: Ch 2 (not a stitch). HDC around. Join to first HDC with a sl st. (80)
Round 27: Ch 2 (not a stitch). HDC 15, Ch 50, skip 10, HDC 30, Ch 50, skip 10, HDC 15. Join to first HDC with a sl st
Round 28: Ch 1 (not a stitch). SC around, working 55 SC into the ch space for the handle. Join to first SC with a sl st (170).
Round 29-30: Ch 1 (not a stitch). SC around. Join to first SC with a sl st (170). At the end of round 30, fasten off and weave in ends.
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