March Market Bag—Free Crochet Pattern

My first Spring free crochet pattern of the year…the March Market Bag!

march market bag—free crochet pattern

This light Spring market bag, made out of cotton, is the perfect way to carry your fruits and vegetables, “go green” by avoiding plastic bags, and yet stay stylish at the same time!

This pattern is also the PERFECT way to put the stitches in the Desert Blossom Stitch Along to practical use! This stitch sampler bag uses 4 of the stitches from March! Read on to see which stitches are used.

march market bag—free crochet pattern

As always, you can grab the inexpensive, ad-free version of this pattern on Etsy HERE. A big thanks ahead of time to all who purchase! It’s such a huge support to me & my small business. 🙂

Also, can we take a minute and just admire my tester’s version of this bag? The colors are gorgeous, don’t you think?

march market bag—free crochet pattern

Here are the stitches used in this bag:

#1: The Foliage Stitch (will be released next Saturday!)

#2: The Fir Stitch (aka the V-Stitch

#3: The Sprout Stitch

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March Market Bag

BY DESERT BLOSSOM CRAFTS

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Notes:

  1. Ch 2 at beginning of rounds does NOT count as st
  2. Ch 1 at beginning of rounds does NOT count as st
  3. Ch 3 at beginning of rounds does count as st
  4. Bag is worked in joined rounds from the bottom up.

Materials:

  • Approximately 300 yards of sport weight cotton yarn
  • Sample yarn: Patons Grace, 2 skeins  
  • F/3.75mm Hook
  • Yarn needle

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march market bag—free crochet pattern

Measurements:

Approximately 14” tall (not including strap) and 13” wide.  

Special Stitches:

Double Crochet 4 Together (Dc4tog): *YO, insert hook into next st, YO, pull up loop. YO, draw through 2 loops. Rep from * 3 times more. YO, pull through last 5 loops on hook.

Beginning Double Crochet 4 Together (Beg Dc4tog): Ch 2. YO, insert hook into next st, pull up loop. YO, draw through 2 loops. Rep from * 2 times more. YO, pull through last 4 loops on hook.

Abbreviations/Stitches Used:

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – sl st

Single crochet – sc

Single crochet 2 together – sc2tog

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Half Double Crochet 2 Together – hdc2tog

Double crochet – dc

Triple crochet – tr

Repeat – rep

Round(s) – rnd(s)

Skip – sk

Stitch(es) – st(s)

Instructions:

Ch 3.

Rnd 1: 10 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with a sl st to beg hdc (NOT the ch 2).  

Rnd 2: Ch 2 (does NOT count as hdc, here and throughout) 2 hdc in ea st around. Join with a sl st to first hdc. (20 hdc)

Rnd 3: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st. Rep from * around. Join with a sl st to first hdc. (30 hdc)

Rnd 4: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (40 hdc)

Rnd 5: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (50 hdc)

Rnd 6: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (60 hdc)

Rnd 7: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (70 hdc)

Rnd 8: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 6 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (80 hdc)

Rnd 9: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 7 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (90 hdc)

Rnd 10: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 8 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (100 hdc)

Rnd 11: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 9 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (110 hdc)

Rnd 12: Ch 2, *2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 10 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (120 hdc)

Rnd 13: Ch 2, hdc in ea st around. Join with sl st to first hdc. (120 hdc)

Rnd 14: Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc in same st as sl st. *Ch 1, sk 2 hdc, 2 dc in next hdc. Rep from * until 2 sts left. Ch 1, sk last 2 sts, join with sl st to beg ch 3. (40 2 dc clusters).

Rnd 15: Ch 3, dc in same st as sl st. 2 dc in next dc, sk next ch-1. *2 dc in next dc. 2 dc in next dc. Sk next ch 1, Rep from * around. Join with sl st to beg ch 3. (160 dc).

Rnd 16: Beg dc4tog over first 4 sts. *Ch 2, dc4tog over next 4 sts. Rep from * around. Ch 2, join with sl st to beg dc4tog. (40 dc4tog).

Rnd 17: Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc in same st as sl st. *Ch 1, sk ch-2 sp, 2 dc in next dc4tog. Rep from * around. Ch 1, sl st to beg ch 3. (40 2 dc clusters).

Rnd 18-19: Rep rnds 15-16.

Rnd 20: Ch 1 (does NOT count as st) hdc in same st as sl st. 2 hdc in next ch-2 sp. *Hdc in next dc4tog, 2 hdc in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to beg hdc. (120 hdc)

Rnd 21: Ch 1 (does NOT count as st) hdc in same st as sl st. Hdc in ea st around. Join with sl st to beg hdc. (120 hdc)

Rnd 22: Ch 5 (counts as a dc, ch 2) dc in same st as sl st. *Sk 2 hdc. (Dc, ch 2, dc) in next hdc. Rep from * until 2 sts left. Sk last 2 sts, sl st to beg ch 3. (40 V-Stitches)

Rnd 23: Sl st in next ch-2 sp. Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2) dc in same ch-2 sp. *(Dc, ch 2, dc) in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * around all ch-2 spaces. Join with sl st to beg ch 3. (40 v-stitches)

Rnd 24: Ch 1 (does NOT count as st) hdc in same st as sl st. Hdc in next ch-2 sp. *Hdc in next 2 dc, hdc in next ch-2 sp. Rep from * until 1 dc left. Hdc in last dc. Join with sl st to beg hdc. (40 hdc)

Rnd 25: Ch 4 (counts as tr) 3 tr in same st as sl st. Sk 3 hdc. *4 tr in next hdc, sk 3 hdc. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to beg ch 4. (30 4 tr clusters)

Rnd 26: Ch 1 (does NOT count as st) hdc in same st as sl st and in each tr around. Join with sl st to beg hdc. (120 hdc)

Rnd 27-29: Rep rows 22-24

Rnd 30: Ch 1 (does NOT count as hdc) hdc in same st as sl st. Hdc in next 5 sts, Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. *Hdc in next 6 sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to beg hdc. (105 hdc)

Rnd 31: Ch 1 (does NOT count as hdc) hdc in same st as sl st. Hdc in next 4 sts. Hdc2tog over next 2 sts. *Hdc in next 5 sts, hdc2tog over next 2 sts. Rep from * around. Join with sl st to beg hdc. (90 hdc) Do not fasten off.

STRAP:

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc) dc in same st as sl st. *Ch 1, sk 2 hdc, 2 dc in next hdc. Rep from * 9 times more. (11 2-dc clusters) TURN.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout strap) dc in next dc. Sk next ch, 2 dc in next dc. 2 dc in next dc. *Sk next ch, dc in between next 2 dc. Sk next ch, 2 dc in next dc. 2 dc in next dc. Rep from * 3 times more. Sk last ch, dc in last 2 dc. TURN.

Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next dc. Ch 1, dc4tog over next 4 dc. *Ch 2, sk next dc, dc4tog over next 4 dc. Rep from * until 2 sts left. Ch 1, dc in last 2 dc. TURN.

Row 4: Ch 1 (does NOT count as sc, here and throughout strap) sc in first 2 sts. Sc in next ch sp. *Sc in next dc4tog, sc in next ch sp. Rep from * until 2 dc left. Sc in last 2 dc. TURN. (15 sc)

Row 5: Ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sts. Sc in next 11 sts. Sc2tog over last 2 sts. TURN. (13 sc)

Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog over next 2 sts. Sc in next 9 sts. Sc2tog over last 2 sts. TURN. (11 sc)

Row 7-33: Ch 1, sc in next 11 sts. TURN. (11 sc)

Go back to the beginning of the strap—Rnd 31. Sk 14 sts. Join yarn with a sl st in next st. Then repeat rows 1-33 for the other side of the strap.

Finishing: Sew the 2 ends of the strap together. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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