With summer right around the corner, weekend markets are in full swing, bringing with them lots of opportunities to purchase local produce and products! Not only are you supporting the local economy, locally sourced produce involves a lot less energy consumption (and pollution) from farm to table! As an environmentally conscious consumer, I try to limit waste (especially with single-use plastics) as much as possible by turning down plastic bags and using reusable bags instead. I hope this one-skein market tote inspires you to say ‘no’ to unnecessary plastics, and yes to cute reusable alternatives! This tote also makes a great beach bag- perfect for tossing in your towel and flip-flops for a day by the water! Want to save even more energy? Wash the bag using cold water and hang it outside to dry when it needs to be freshened up!
A quick disclaimer: This pattern uses the new version of Caron Cotton Cakes, which has a lot more yarn than it’s predecessor. This is a one skein project (I used just over 3/4 of a skein to make my bag) using the new larger cake size. If you are using the smaller sized cakes from your yarn stash, you’ll need more than one to complete the project.
Difficulty: Advanced Beginner
- Hook: H/ 5.0 mm
- Yarn: Worsted Weight- (1 skein of Caron Cotton Cakes in Amethyst Sky– 250 g/8.8 oz, 485 m / 530 yds)
- Stitch Markers
- Embroidery Needle
18 DC and 8 rows=4 inch square
- Length: 18 inches
- Width: 14 inches
- Strap length- 22.5 inches
Stitches and Abbreviations:
- CH- Chain
- SC-Single Crochet
- DC-Double Crochet
- INC DC- 2 DC in each stitch
- SL ST- Slip Stitch
- MR- Magic Ring
- ( ) x…- repeat everything within the brackets
- CH 1, CH 3 do NOT count as a stitch
- This pattern is worked in rows, connected with a SL ST (does not count as a stitch).
- To make a wider bag, add more stitches in multiples of 5. To make a longer bag, repeat R13/14 until it is the length you desire.
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R1: MR, CH 3, 10 DC (10 st)
R2: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. INC DC around (20 st)
R3: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (DC, INC DC) x 10 (30 st)
R4: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (2 DC, INC DC) x 10 (40 st)
R5: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (3 DC, INC DC) x 10 (50 st)
R6: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (4 DC, INC DC) x 10 (60 st)
R7: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (5 DC, INC DC) x 10 (70 st)
R8: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (6 DC, INC DC) x 10 (80 st)
R9: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (7 DC, INC DC) x 10 (90 st)
R10: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (8 DC, INC DC) x 10 (100 st)
R11: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (9 DC, INC DC) x 10 (110 st)
R12: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 3. (10 DC, INC DC) x 10 (120 st)
R13: SL ST to 1st ST, turn, CH 3. (DC, CH 3, skip 3 st, DC) x 24 (120 st-48 DC, 72 CH)
R14: SL ST to 1st ST, turn, CH 3. (skip 1 st, 5 DC around CH 3 of previous row, skip 1 st) x 24 (120 st)
Repeat R13 & 14 until you finish R32 (ends on R 14)
Do not turn from this point forward
R33- 37: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 1. SC around (120 st)
R38: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 1. 12 SC, CH 90, skip 36 st, 24 SC, CH 90, skip 26 st, 12 SC. (228 st)
R39: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 1. SC in each st and ch around (228 st)
R40-43: SL ST to 1st ST, CH 1. SC in each st around (228 st)
SL ST to 1st ST and finish off. Weave in the ends. Go and enjoy your new market tote!
Thank you so much for making this pattern! If you run into any problems or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me through Facebook or Instagram! Please remember to tag me @thecozychipmunk #thecozychipmunk so I can see your completed creation!