I love the look of a French Market Bag, but the patterns I found resulted in a bag that was much too large for our small kitchen garden. So I worked up a much smaller design, that would be perfect for myself or my kids to use to collect our garden harvest, and I decided to share it with you all as well!
Some of you know that I sell patterns on Etsy and Ravelry as well as finished items, but today I'm giving y'all this one for free with a photo heavy tutorial.
The pattern is available in pdf form as a download in my Ravelry Store Here, or read on for the pattern and tutorial.
This bag is simple and easy crochet project for a lazy summer afternoon. An effortless looking bag to collect your harvest from your kitchen garden or to bring with you to the market. This bag is small but mighty. It stretches to accommodate ample produce without being overly large like many other bags we tried that didn’t work for our small garden.
Finished dimensions (when laying flat) approx 11” wide x 9” tall (without handles, 13” with handles)
Gauge: Not essential for this project
100-150 yds Cotton Yarn in Worsted or DK weight ( DK will result in more dainty look, worsted is shown in sample) [I used Sugar n’ Cream Cotton in Ecru]
3.5mm Crochet Hook
Stitch Marker (optional)
Abbreviations (all terms are US)
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
sl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
sts - stitches
This bag is made in the round, starting at the bottom and working towards the top of the bag.
This is a confident beginner project! Simple stitches and only a few hours to complete make it a great project to tackle as you're learning, or a fun one to knock out as an experienced crocheter.
To begin: ch 6, sl st in first ch (or make a magic loop)
Rnd 1: 1 sc 6 times in loop (do not join rounds)
Rnd 2: 2 sc sts in each sc around (8 sts)
Rnd 3: 2 sc sts in each sc around (16 sts)
Rnd 4: 2 sc sts in each sc around (32 sts)
This project begins much like a doily but will change into basket/bag shape as we go along! We are not joining rounds each time, and will only join the final round at the top of the bag.
Rnd 5: *ch 2, sc in each stitch* repeat until end of round
Rnd 6: *ch 2, sc in each ch 2 space from previous round* repeat until end of round
Rnd 7-8: *ch 4, sc in each ch space* repeat until end of round
As we add ch stitches our doily like creation grows wider each time, but it will start to take bag shape when we stop increasing stitches later on.
Rnd 9-10: *ch 6, sc in each ch space* repeat until end of round
Rnd 11-12: *ch 8, sc in each ch space* repeat until end of round
Rnd 13-14: *ch 6, sc in each ch space* repeat until end of round
Rnd 15-20: *ch 4, sc in each ch space* repeat until end of round
So we increased the chain stitches to 8 and then gradually decreased back to 4. We stayed with 4 stitches for 6 rounds which gave our bag it's height and shape. You should have a basic bucket or floppy basket shape by now.
Rnd 21: ch 1, 2 dc in first ch 4 space, *3 dc in each ch4 space* repeat until end of round, sl st into first sc to join round
Now we've made the foundation around the top of the bag the we will use to create the handles.
Rnd 22: ch 30 (for handle), skip 15 sts, sl st in each sc for next 30 sts, ch 30, skip 15 sts, sl st in each sc to end of round
Your handle is started now, and we will go back over to make it more sturdy on the next round.
Rnd 23: sc 25 sts around chain handle, sc in each st for 30 sts, sc 25 sts around chain handle, sc in each st 30 sts, sl st to first sc, break yarn, weave in ends.
We single crochet around the foundation chain of the handles and we also create a sweet little detail by single crocheting into the same stitches that we slip stitched into around the top of the bag. This creates a horizontal knit like stitch that adds a little something extra to the top of the bag.
Be sure to share pictures of your projects and tag @beanplantco on instagram! Happy Crocheting!
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