Familiar stitches are constructed in a new way to build the perfect market bag, the Fresh Market Tote!
Three cheers to my friends at JOANN Stores for inspiring this fun summer project. I’m a huge fan of farmer’s markets and love using reusable bags. So, why not make one? I’m excited to share this FREE pattern as well as the accompanying video tutorial for the Fresh Market Tote.
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It just wouldn’t be summer in the Midwest without an abundance of farmer’s markets. I like to spend my Saturday mornings strolling the aisles of fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables from local farmers. I also tend to go overboard on the flavored honey and hand-poured candles that the vendors bring. By the end of my trip, my bags are overflowing with goodies to take home.
The Fresh Market Tote was inspired by those Saturday morning visits, when I always bring my own bags to go shopping. I wanted to design a sturdy crochet market bag that was also pretty and easy to care for. My friends at JOANN Stores were kind enough to provide yarn support for this project, and I landed on using two Lion Brand products: Cupcake and 24/7 Cotton. The yarns are held together throughout the project to take advantage of the color changes in Cupcake and the strength of 24/7 Cotton.
The Fresh Market Tote is simply constructed using a combination of slip stitches chain stitches, single crochet, and double crochet. Experienced makers may recognize that the body of the bag is made with a modified granny stitch. Instead of placing 3 double crochet in one space, I went with two. This adds a lightness to the bag while also reinforcing its strength.
The entire bag is made flat and seamed along the sides. Then straps are added. To keep the straps from stretching, I reinforced them with some additional single crochet stitches. The overall effect is cute yet practical, and perfect for gifting.
Follow along while I make the Fresh Market Tote in this step-by-step video in this YouTube video:
Fresh Market Tote Pattern
FINISHED SIZE: 16.75″ wide x 16.5″ tall
-1 ball of Lion Brand Cupcake yarn. Samples made with colors Sand Castle and Gelato.
-3 balls of Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton yarn. Samples made with the color Ecru.
-5.0mm crochet hook
GAUGE: 4″ = 10dc + 4 ch sps x 6.5 rows
- Ch(s) = chain(s)
- Dc = double crochet
- Sc = single crochet
- Sl St = slip stitch
- Sp = space
- Sk = skip
- St(s) = stitches
- Rep = repeat
- Rem = remaining
- Tch = turning chain
- Tog = together
NOTE: Beginning ch 3 counts as a dc and beginning ch 4 counts as dc + ch 1.
STEP 1: Holding one strand of each yarn tog, ch 122. Dc in 4th ch from hook. Dc in the next ch, (ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in the next 2 chs) across to last 3 chs. Ch 1, sk 1 ch, dc in the last ch.
STEP 2: Turn. Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout). 2 dc in the first ch 1 sp. Ch 1, (2 dc in the next ch 1 sp, ch 1) across to tch. 3 dc in tch sp.
STEP 3: Turn. Ch 4 (counts as dc + ch 1 here and throughout). (2dc in next ch 1 sp, ch 1) across to last 3 sts. Dc in the space between the dc and tch.
STEP 4: Rep Steps 2 and 3, 12 more times. You will have 27 total rows.
STEP 5: Ch 1. Rotate panel clockwise and bring short sides together to begin a sc seam. Sc 2 sts in the ends of the first row, sc 1 st in the ends of the next row. Rep this pattern along short edge. Ch 1. Rotate panel clockwise to begin a sc seam along the bottom. Sc evenly across bottom edge. Cut yarn.
STEP 6: Turn bag right side out. Returning to the top of the bag, attach yarn in the st directly left of the seam. Ch 1. Sc in the same st and each ch 1 and dc around. Join with a sl st in the first sc of round. (118 sc)
STEP 7: Ch 1. Sc in the same st as join and each sc around. Join with a sl st in the first sc of round.
STEP 8: Ch 1. Sc in the same st as join and the next 18 sc. Ch 85, sk 21 sts, sc 38, ch 85, sk 21 sts, sc 19. Join with a sl st in the first sc of round.
STEP 9: Ch 1. Sc in the same st as join. Sc to chs. Sc in each ch. Sc to chs. Sc in each ch. Sc in rem sts. Join with a sl st in the first sc of round. Cut yarn and weave in all rem ends.
Purchase the printable PDF Fresh Market Tote pattern HERE!
Could you use single strand Caron cake 80% acrylic and receive same results or at least similar?
Toni L. says
Hi Raquel! Thanks for your question. If you were planning to use a Caron Cake instead, I’d still hold it double with a strand of cotton. The cotton adds integrity and prevents the bag from stretching too much. If you still want to use the Caron Cake along, I’d go way down on the hook size, maybe to a 3.75mm.
Tiffany R. says
I have to say I love your blogs and your videos. I picked up crocheting and knitting again after taking a decade or so off to live life (have kids, get divorced move across the country, have a couple love affairs, start new jobs, etc.) Jumped on youtube to pick it back up and I’m In Love and cant fathum why I ever stopped. Anyway I recently had to buy all new undergarments because over the last couple months I gained about 20lbs or so, on purpose and I’m loving it 🙂 Was thinking after purchasing all these new items…I could use a bag to put them in so that when its time to wash them I don’t have to sort through all the other clothes, I can just grab the bag dump everything in the wash and toss the bag in there too. THIS bag or a variation of it will be perfect. So I said all that to say Thank You for helping spark in me something that I have fallen in love with all over again. Keep up the great work!!
L K E says
I really enjoyed your video (you made me laugh a couple times, ha!) and I can’t wait to try out this pattern. Thanks for much!
Fiona Haynes says
Thank you very much. I’m also glad that I read the comments about the cotton yarn. I’m going to make a few of these as gifts.
Sara H-B says
This bag was so fun to make!! I’ve never made a bag before — should I block it before I use it?
Toni L. says
I’m so glad you enjoyed it! No need to block it before you use it, unless it’s especially wrinkled. Regular use should relax the fibers into place just fine.
Love this bag! Thanks for sharing.
Do you know how many yards of the cupcake yarn is needed?
Toni L. says
Hi Katy! I’m so glad you love it. If you’re looking for exact yardage, the low-cost paid version of this pattern spells that all out. You can find it in my shop, TLYarnCrafts.com.
Hi Toni! Just started crocheting as a 2022 new year’s resolution. I’ve gotten significantly better over the last couple weeks, so I thought I’d finally try my hand(s) at bigger projects. I will be making this as soon as today, but in the meantime, I wanted to ask if you have an idea of the maximum weight this bag can carry? All I’m thinking is if it’s strong enough to carry a 500ml water bottle that’s full along with smaller things, e.g. wallet, book/ereader, etc. Thank you so much!
Toni L. says
Hi Isabelle – great question! I didn’t strength test this bag, but it’s come with me to plenty of farmer’s markets and it’s held up beautifully.