FREE crochet market tote bag pattern – Key West Market Tote
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Looking for an easy crochet market tote bag pattern? The Key West Market Tote is a beginner market tote bag pattern that works up quickly using multiple strands of yarn. Read on to find out more about the design and how to access the free crochet market tote bag pattern.
Crochet market tote bag pattern inspiration
Recently, I find myself buying more and more fresh produce and needing a variety of market bags. While making myself a second Key West Pullover I decided to try and make a crochet market tote bag from some odd balls / ends of cotton that I had lying around.
Key West Market Tote yarn & materials
To make my easy crochet market tote bag pattern I used King Cole Cottonsoft DK and worked holding two strands of yarn together. This may seem a little fiddly at first, but it’s a great way to use up some odd balls of your stash, and create a firmer/more durable fabric for your market tote bag.
King Cole Cottonsoft DK is a 100% cotton yarn. Available in 39 shades, it comes in 100g 210m/229yds balls, for £3.99. I am a fan of this dk weight yarn and have used it to make a couple of different projects.
For more makes using King Cole Cottonsoft DK, check out the Marian Bay Bag and the On The Bias Tote.
For a review on King Cole Cottonsoft DK, check out the blog post here.
Easy crochet market tote bag pattern info & tips
Graded beginner, this bag pattern is worked from the bottom up in the ‘round’. It is seamless, is worked holding two strands of yarn together, and uses standing stitches to start some rows in place of chains. This may make this seem a little difficult to absolute beginners, but I urge you to try. Alternatively, you can substitute the first stitch of the round for a chain and achieve the same results in your easy crochet market tote bag.
I used 3 skeins of yarn to make my crochet market tote, and a 4.5mm crochet hook. I did this so that I could have tight uniform stitches for my bag, and I wanted to try and ensure it didn’t stretch too much. This may result in some yarn splitting – I didn’t experience any in my make, depending on your tension and the yarn in which you use to make your Key West Market Tote.
Skill Level: Beginner – some experience will help
Terms: US crochet terms
Type: written pattern
Yarn: 3 x King Cole Cottonsoft DK, 100% Cotton, 100g 210m/229yds – 2 x Orchid, 1 x White, or a similar amount of any DK or 3 weight yarn
Hook: 4.5mm – I used my Clover Amour hook
Scissors, darning needle, stitch marker
Gauge: 15dc x 7 rows = 4in
Size: 12 in x 14 in
- Single Crochet
- Double Crochet
- Cluster Stitch
- Half Double Crochet
- Back Loop Only Half Double Crochet
- Double Crochet Two Together
Many thanks to Christopher for helping me with the test for this easy crochet market tote bag crochet pattern.
Key West Market Tote Bag Pattern
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FREE crochet market tote bag pattern
Skill Level: Beginner – Easy
Terms: US Terms
Yarn: 3 x King Cole Cottonsoft DK, 100% Cotton, 100g 210m/229yds,
2 x Orchid, 1 White, or a similar amount of any DK or 3 weight yarn
Scissors, darning needle, stitch marker
Gauge: 15dc x 7 rows = 4inSize: 12in x 14in
- Pattern is worked holding two strands of yarn together
- Pattern is written in the round.
- Please pay close attention to the ends of rounds – you will NOT turn in every round and this is highlighted in BOLD TEXT
- Ch 4 – counts as a dc, ch1
Stitches & Abbreviations
- Chain – ch
- Single Crochet – sc
- Double Crochet – dc
- Half Double Crochet – hdc
- Half double crochet Back Loop Only – hdc BLO
- Skip – sk
- Space – sp
- Turning Chain – tch
- Double Crochet Two Together – dc2tog
- Cluster Stitch – cl* see special stitches
Cluster Stitch (cl) – dc2tog in the next sp
The base of this pattern is worked around the chain without turning.
Colour A – Orchid
Colour B – White
Using Colour A
Hdc into the 2nd ch from the hook (sk ch does not count as a st), hdc in the next 47 sts, 3hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 47 sts (in the base of the sts already worked), 2hdc in the base of the beg hdc. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg hdc. (100)
Hdc BLO in the same st, hdc BLO in every st around. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg hdc. (100)
Now we will work the body area of the bag and will turn in SOME rounds, marked at the end in BOLD
Dc in the same st, dc into every st around. (100 dc)
Ch4, sk1, dc in the next st, (ch1, sk1, dc in the next st) around. Join with a sl-st into the 3rd ch of the tch. (50 dc, 50 ch-sps)
Sl-st into the next ch1 sp, cl, ch1, (sk1, cl, ch1), around. Join with a sl-st into the top of the beg cl. (50cl, 50 ch-sps)
Sl-st into the next ch1 sp, ch4, sk1, dc in the next sp, ch1, (sk1, dc in the next sp, ch1), around. Join with a sl-st into the 3rd ch of the beg ch4. Turn (50 dc, 50 ch-sps)
Rounds 7 – 8:
Repeat rounds 5 – 6
Ch3, dc in every st and sp around. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg ch3. Turn (100 dc)
Rounds 10 – 27:
Repeat rounds 4 – 9 3 times
*To create the same striping effect as in the original bag, change colours at the start of the following rows. (B-10, A -16, B – 22).*
Ch3, dc in every st around. Turn (100 dc)
Hdc in the same st, hdc in every st around. (100 hdc)
We will now create the top edge and strap/handle of the bag.
To make a longer handle/strap – increase the length of your chain until the desired length.
Sc in the same st, sc in the next 7 sts, ch80, sk the next 34 sts, sc in the next 16 sts, ch 80, sk the next 34 sts, sc in the next 8 sts. Join with a sl-st to the top of the beg sc. (192 sc)
Hdc in the same st, hdc in the next 7 sts, 2hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 78 chs, 2hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 16 sts, 2hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 78 chs, 2hdc in the next st, hdc in the next 8 sts. (196 hdc)
Rounds 32 – 33:
Hdc in the same st, hdc in every st around. (196 hdc)
Tie off and secure your ends.
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I hope you enjoyed the post and look forward to seeing your Key West Market Totes!
Love Bags? Check out the Granny Merge Market Bag and the Houndstooth Bucket Bag patterns.
For alternative patterns using this stitch pattern, check out the Key West Pullover and Key West Summer Dress.
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Bye for now,
Thank you so much for this pattern for your market tote. I LOVE the colors you made yours in.
Thank you again!!🙂