Free Pattern – Tropical Stripes Market Bag

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Whether you’re visiting a farmers market, or spending the day at the beach, take this cheerful bag with you! A solid, rectangular bottom and Jacob’s ladder reinforced corners make it sturdy enough for even those heavier veggies. It’s made with 2 varieties of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, so it’s washable too! The linen stitch texture adds extra dimension to the subtle color changes of the Ombre yarn, and the tropical colors of the Stripes yarn really pop against the blue.

Tropical Stripes Market Bag - a free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

This pattern was designed for the 2017 Summer Activities Crochet Along, and my theme was “Farmer’s Market.”  Check out the main CAL post for more information, and great summer themed patterns!


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Tropical Stripes Market Bag

4-medium 
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Materials:

 

Difficulty:

Intermediate: Worked in the round, Jacob’s ladders, and front post single crochet

Size:

About 12″ x 13″ not including handle.

Gauge:

 13 sc x  15 rows = 4 inches. Exact gauge is not critical.

Abbreviations used:

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • fpsc = front post single crochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sp(s) = space(s)
  • sk = skip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • RS = Right side
  • WS = Wrong side

Recommended Resources:

 

Instructions:

Bottom:

With A, ch 32

Rnd 1 (WS): Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across to last ch, (sc, ch 2, sc, ch 2, sc) in last ch, working across opposite side of chains, sc in next ch and in each ch  across to last ch, (sc, ch 2, sc, ch 2) in last ch, join with sl st to first st. (64 sc, 4 sps).

Note: You should now have a rectangle with 31 sc on each long side, 1 sc on each short side, and a ch 2 sp in each corner. 

Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sp, *sc in next sc, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sp, sc in next 31 sc,** (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sp, repeat from * to **, (sc, ch 2) in first sp, join with sl st to first sc. (72 sc, 4 sps)

Rnds 3-7: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sp, [sc in each st across to next sp, (sc, ch 2, sc) in next sp] 3 times, sc in each st across to next sp, (sc, ch 2) in first sp, join with sl st to first sc. (112 sc, 4 sps)

Rnd 8: Ch 1, turn, sc in first sp, [sc in each st across to next sp, (sc, ch 7, sc) in next sp] 3 times, sc in each st across to next sp, (sc, ch 7) in first sp, join with sl st to first sc. ( 120 sc, 4 loops)

Note: You should now have a rectangle with 45 sc on each long side, 15 sc on each short side, and a ch 7 loop in each corner. 

bottom of bag - Tropical Stripes Market Bag - a free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Sides:

Rnd 9 (WS): Ch 2, turn, sk loop, [fpsc around each st across to next loop, ch 1, sk loop] 3 times, fpsc around each st across, join with sl st in starting ch 2 sp. (120 fpsc, 4 sps)

Rnd 10: Ch 1, turn, [sc in next st, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) 7 times, ch 7, sk next sp, sc in next st, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next st) 22 times, ch 7, sk next sp] twice, join with sl st to first st. (62 sc, 58 sps, 4 ch-7 loops)

Rnd 11:Ch 2, turn, sk loop, [sc in next st, sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next sp) across to last st before next loop, sc in next st, ch 1, sk loop] 3 times, sc in next st, sc in next sp, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next sp) across to last st, sc in last st, join with sl st to starting ch 2 sp. (66 sc, 58 sps)

Rnd 12: Ch 1, turn, [sc in next st, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next sp) 7 times, ch 7, sk next sp, sc in next st, (ch 1, sk next st, sc in next sp) 22 times, ch 7, sk next sp] twice, join with sl st to first st, changing to B. (62 sc, 58 sps, 4 ch-7 loops).

Rnd 13: With B, repeat row 11

Rnd 14: Repeat rnd 12 without changing color.

Rnds 15-52: Repeat rnds 13-14 nineteen times

Rnd 53: Repeat rnd 13, changing to A at the end of the rnd.

Rnds 54-56: With A, repeat rnd14, then repeat rnds 13-14 once more.

Handles:

Rnd 57 (WS): Ch 2, turn, sk loop, (sc in each st and in each sp across to next corner loop, ch 1, sk loop) 3 times, sc in each st and sp across, join with sl st to starting ch 2 sp. (120 sc, 4 sps)

Rnd 58: Ch 1, turn, (sc in each st across to next sp, ch 7, sk next sp) 4 times, join with sl st to first st. (120 sc, 4 loops)

Rnd 59: Ch 2, turn, [sk loop, sc in next 10 sts, ch 40, sk next 25 sts, sc in next 10 sts, ch 1, sk loop, sc in next 15 sts], ch 1, repeat between [ ], join with sl st to starting ch 2 sp . (90 sc, two ch-40 handles, 4  ch-1 sps)

Rnd 60: Ch 1, turn, [sc in next 15 sts, ch 7, sk next sp, sc in next 10 sts, sc in back bump of next 40 chs, sc in next 10 sts, ch 7, sk next sp] twice, join with sl st to first st. (170 sc, 4 loops)

Rnd 61: Ch 2, turn, [sk loop, sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 18 sts, 2 sc in each of next 2 sts, sc in next 18 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts, ch 1, sk loop, sc in next 15 sts], ch 1, repeat between [ ], join with sl st to starting ch 2 sp. (170 sts, 4 sps)

Rnd 62: Ch 1, turn, [sc in next 15 sts, ch 7, sk next sp, sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 17 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts, ch 7, sk next sp] twice, join with sl st to first st. (170 sts, 4 loops)

Rnd 63: Ch 2, turn, [sk loop, sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 16 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 16 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts, ch 1, sk loop, sc in next 15 sts], ch 1, repeat between [ ], join with sl st to starting ch 2 sp. (170 sts, 4 sps)

Pull the working loop on your hook up or secure it with a marker or scrap yarn, so that it does not pull out during the next step.

Form Ladders:

At any corner, pick up the loop from rnd 8 and twist it 1/2 twist.

twist first loop - Tropical Stripes Market Bag - a free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Using a hook or your fingers, pull the next loop through the current one, without twisting it.

2nd loop - Tropical Stripes Market Bag - a free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Repeat for remaining loops (do not twist any loops except the first one).

Jacob's ladder - Tropical Stripes Market Bag - a free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Secure the last loop temporarily with a stitch marker (or scrap yarn).

 secure top loop - Tropical Stripes Market Bag - a free pattern on StitchesNScraps.com

Return working loop from rnd 63 to your hook.

Rnd 64: Ch 1, turn, [sc in next 15 sts, remove marker from top loop of next ladder and sl st into that loop, sk sp behind ladder, sc in next 9 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 17 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in next 17 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 9 sts, ch 7, sk next sp] twice, join with sl st to first st.

Finishing:

Fasten off. Weave in all ends.

The bag can be used as-is, and I didn’t line mine. If you would like to line it, see the Recommended Resources section above for a couple of helpful tutorials.

The reusable, canvas bags from my grocery store come with a removable plastic insert that helps keep the bottom flat. I took an insert from a torn bag, and trimmed it to fit the bottom of this one. You can do the same with a piece of cardboard or plastic canvas if desired, just be sure to remove it before washing the bag!


I hope you enjoy the pattern. Thanks to Red Heart for providing the wonderful Super Saver Yarns!

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