Compact String Market Bag for a Sustainable Shopping Trip

Updated: Jan 24, 2021


Market bag opened up

I am starting my content posts with a pattern that I made a while ago, but it is a pattern that I make a lot, so I thought it was a good place to start.

The reason why I still make so many of these is that I can't get enough of bags and I had had enough of the seemingly endless supply of plastic bags from the supermarket, and New Zealand finally banned single use plastic bags. This was the perfect solution to that situation. I put a false bottom on the bag so that it can be tucked into itself. This is super useful as it means that you can have it in your bag and it won't get caught up in all the other things you may have in there.

I keep a stash in my car, one that is opened up with the handles over the gear lever with a few more bags all tucked up in there.



Market bag all tucked up

The bag may seem small but it does stretch and can carry a fair weight. If you make it out of cotton it can also go through the washing machine if the bag gets dirty.

This is also a great project if you want to use your cotton odds and ends. It gives a rustic look and it's a great way to be sustainable.

Go forth and make a collection and save the planet one shopping trip at a time.



Compact String Market Bag


What You Will Need:



1 ball of cotton (50g) in a colour of your choice


4.00mm crochet hook


Stitch marker

Tapestry needle (to weave in ends)






The Bag:



To begin ch 4



Round 1: make 11 dc in the first chain made and join with a slst in the 4th chain of beginning chains. (12 dc)




Round 2: ch3, dc into the same stitch. 2dc into each remaining dc and join in 3rd ch with slst. (24 dc)




Round 3: ch 3, dc in the same stitch as join (from previous round). dc in the next dc, *2dc in the next dc, dc into the next dc*. Repeat from * to * for remaining stitches. Join in 3rd ch with slst. (36 dc)




Round 4: ch 3, dc in the same stitch as join (from previous round). dc in the next 2 dc, *2dc in the next dc, dc into the next 2 dc*. Repeat from * to * for remaining stitches. Join in 3rd ch with slst. (48 dc)




Round 5: ch1, sc in the same st as join (from previous round). *ch 7, skip 1 dc, sc into next dc*. Repeat from * to * until there are 23 ch 7 loops. ch3, tr into beginning sc. Use stitch marker in this loop. (24 loops)




Round 6 - 20: *ch7, sc into the next loop*. Repeat from * to * until last loop. ch3, tr into tr of previous round (24 loops)




Round 21: ch1, 2 sc over tr (used to make last loop). 4 sc in all remaining ch7 loops. 2 sc over ch3 of last loop of previous round. Join with slst in first sc made. (96 sc)




Round 22: ch1, sc in the next 22 sc. fsc 36 or ch36, skip 24 sc and join with sc in next sc. sc in the next 24 sc. fsc 36 or ch36, skip 24 sc and join with sc in next sc. Sc in next sc, join with slst in first sc made. (48 sc and two fsc 36 or ch36 loops)


Round 23: ch1, sc in the next 22 sc. hdc in each ch of the fsc 36 or ch36. sc in next 24 sc. hdc in each ch of the fsc 36 or ch36. sc in remaining 2 sc, join with slst in first sc made. (48 sc and 72 hdc)




Fasten off and weave in ends.


To make the pocket for the bag to tuck into we need a second bottom.


Round 1: make 11 dc in the first chain made and join with a slst in the 4th chain of beginning chains. (12 dc)




Round 2: ch3, dc into the same stitch. 2dc into each remaining dc and join in 3rd ch with slst. (24 dc)




Round 3: ch 3, dc in the same stitch as join (from previous round). dc in the next dc, *2dc in the next dc, dc into the next dc*. Repeat from * to * for remaining stitches. Join in 3rd ch with slst. (36 dc)


Round 4: ch 3, dc in the same stitch as join (from previous round). dc in the next 2 dc, *2dc in the next dc, dc into the next 2 dc*. Repeat from * to * for remaining stitches. Join in 3rd ch with slst. (48 dc)

Round 5: do not fasten off. Join to other bottom holding wrong sides together, slst (through both layers) into every dc around leaving a four stitch gap.




Fasten off and weave in ends.


Market bag half pulled out

I hope you enjoyed this pattern as much as I do. I can't stop making them, perhaps I need a counter keep track of all the ones I make?


If you would like to buy a PDF copy of this pattern click here.


I hope you enjoy this pattern and if you make them I would love to see your pictures. You can email me or post them on instagram @ribhuslughdiscovercrochet


Copyright:

© 2020 - RibhusLugh Discover Crochet - Charlie van de Graaf

If you make this item and sell it, please link to my website (ribhuslugh.com) and credit me (Charlie van de Graaf) as the designer. If you wish to post this pattern, please link back to the website.

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