I love the look of this market bag and I was able to put the pattern together and whip it up in a matter of hours. I took bits and pieces of patterns from other bags I have attempted in order to make this come together. I think it’s quite lovely. Working in double crochet gave it amazing flexibility and stretchability (is that even a word?). See the pattern below. The completed bag is available for sale in my Etsy store, just click on the picture or the Etsy link on your right! Happy hooking!
1 skein any color worsted weight yarn (and a 2nd accent color if you wish for the handles, as you can see I used a shade darker for the handles)
Size I Hook
Needle for weaving
Rd 1: Ch2 (counts as first dc) . 11dc in a magic ring. Join at top of ch2 sp (12 dc)
Rd 2: Ch2. 2dc in each st around. Join at top of ch2 sp. (24dc)
Rd 3: Ch2, dc in same st. *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st* around. Join at top of first dc (36dc)
Rd 4: Ch2, dc in next st. *2dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st* around. Join at top of first DC (48DC)
Rd 5: Ch3. *dc, ch1 in next st* around (DO NOT JOIN – place marker on first st. You will move the marker up every 2 rows)
Rd 6-30: dc, ch1 in each ch1 space (you may continue past round 30 for a longer bag).
Join to first dc
Rd 31: Ch2. Dc in every ch1 space
Rd 32: Ch2. Dc between each dc. Join with 1st dc (DO NOT FASTEN OFF)
Row 1: Ch2, dc in next 9 sts (10dc)
Row 2: Ch2, turn. Dc decrease next 2 sts. Dc in next 5 sts. Dc decrease in last st (8 dc)
Row 3: Ch2, turn. Dc decrease next 2 st. Dc in next 3 sts. Dc decrease in last st (6dc)
Row 4-18: Ch2, turn. Dc in next 5 sts (you may continue past row 18 for a longer strap)
Fasten off and sew in ends. In order to determine where to place the other half of your strap, fold and lay bag flat and find the starting point for the opposite side. repeat pattern above and single crochet ends together.
I found a great tutorial (with pictures) for the rose applique here.
If you make the bag, send me pics so I can place it on the blog!