Primrose Crochet Market Bag Pattern

Primrose Crochet Market Bag Pattern
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Primrose Market Bag Crochet Pattern

Primrose Market Bag Crochet Pattern

The Primrose Market Bag crochet pattern was made while Sara was preparing to do the Stitch of the Week video for the staggered double crochet.  She was inspired and challenged me to design a market bag with that stitch, and IT HAD TO BE A MARKET BAG.

Our Granny Square

A day or two before this we had been discussing granny squares. We are thinking about starting to create a collection of them.

Who doesn’t have a fondness for a little granny square every now and then? The Primrose granny square was born halfway through designing this bag and I just knew it had to be added to the design and how it was going to be incorporated! …. So I frogged my design and started again just to get the stitch counts right to fit the squares perfectly across the top of the bag.

Sara loves it! I love it! Our testers love it! Even our graphic designer loves it! It gets comments and compliments wherever I go.

Economical and Versatile

Another reason I love this bag so much is its versatility – it doesn’t just have to be a market bag. You can use it as a beach bag, an overnight bag, a WIP (work in progress) bag for your current project. It’s the bag you pick up with all of the kiddies’ paraphernalia in when you leave the house. It really will just slot into your everyday life.

There is oodles of room inside – I can go to the beach with towels, bathers, sunscreen, hats, some beach toys, a book and a picnic for three of us, all in this one bag! As its 100% cotton it is also very durable and easy to take care of.

Primrose Market Bag

Pattern Notes:

My bag measures approximated 32” in circumference and 17” from the top of the bag to the middle of the base.

This pattern has been tested thoroughly and is a big hit with everyone who has been involved. We hope that you love it as much as we do!

 

Materials Needed:

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To get you started you will need:

Special Stitches

The special stitches needed for this are the staggered double crochet and the dc2tog.

Both the video tutorial and the pdf  have instructions on how to do them and links to the stitch of the week video explaining the staggered double crochet.

There are also comprehensive photographs showing you exactly what to do where needed throughout the pattern.  When you buy the ad-free PDF pattern, all the necessary pictures are included, as well as more details.

Where To Get the Ad-Free PDF:

The pdf contains additional photos to take you through some of the steps such as attaching the granny squares and the handles.

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Pattern:

Starting at the base of the bag and working upwards :

Round 1: magic ring or ch4 and join.  Ch3, 11 dc in the ring, ss to join and then pull closed tightly.

Round 2: ch1, *5 dc in the NEXT st, ss to the next st*, repeat around. Ss to join to ch1.

For Round 3: ch3, *sc in 3rd dc from the previous round, ch3, ss to ss from previous round* around, ss to join to bottom of first ch3.

Round 4: ch3, *sc in first ch3 sp, ch3, sc in next ch3 sp*, repeat around stopping in the last ch3 sp, don’t join.

For Round 5: ch3, 3dc in next ch3 sp, 4dc in each of the remaining 11 ch3 spaces, ss to join (48 stitches)

Round 6: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 2 stitches, *2dc in next st, dc in next 2 stitches* around ss to join (64 stitches)

For Round 7: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 3 stitches, *2dc in next st, dc in next 3 stitches* around ss to join (80 stitches)

Round 8: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 4 stitches, *2dc in next st, dc in next 4 stitches* around ss to join (96 stitches)

Round 9: ch3, dc in same st, dc in next 5 stitches, *2dc in next st, dc in next 5 stitches* around ss to join (112 stitches)

Rounds 10-13: CH3, DC in next st and each st around ss to join (112 stitches)

Rounds 14-29: ch1, sc, wrap yarn around hook twice, work into next stitch and pull yarn through, yarn through two loops, yarn over and pull through all three loops left on hook. *Ch1, dc2tog* rep around, ss to first stitch FO and weave in ends.

Granny square border:

Make 8:
Round 1: magic ring or ch4 and join. ch3, 11 dc in the ring, ss to join and then pull closed tightly.

Round 2: ch1, *5 dc in the NEXT st, ss to the next st*, repeat around. Ss to join to ch1.

For Round 3: ch3, *sc in 3 rd dc from the previous round, ch3, ss to ss from previous round* around, ss to join to bottom of first ch3.

Next, Round 4: ch3, *sc in first ch3 sp, ch3, sc in next ch3 sp*, repeat around stopping in the last ch3 sp, don’t join.

Round 5: 3dc into next ch3 sp, (3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch3 sp, 3dc in each of the next two ch3 spaces, rep 3 times until you have created three corners and then do 3dc in the final ch3 sp. Ss to join to top of first dc made of the round.

Leave a long tail for sewing the squares together. FO, weave in ends

Assembly:

Sew the granny squares together in a long line using a whip stitch.

Don’t worry they will pull straight once attached and the edging is put round! Take a look one side of each granny square – you will find that there is 14 stitches (inc the ch2 sp) that need to be attached to the bag. I used stitch markers and marked every 14th st around the top of the bag.  You should have the right amount of stitches for this. If you have a couple short or too many don’t worry – just make sure you account for that when you stitch the squares on. We don’t mind a bit of fudging to make it fit if you have made a booboo somewhere.  You can either use a whip stitch to sew the squares onto the main body of the bag or ss around. I chose to ss.

If you didn’t join your granny squares completely to make a circle before sewing then sew the last side now. (I just find it easier to do it this way).

Brim:

Rounds 1-2: ch2, hdc in next stitch and each st around. SS to top of the ch2 at the start of the round.

Straps:

There is a couple of minutes of prep in this section but I promise it will save you time in the long run!

Lie your bag flat with four complete flowers facing you. Looking directly up from between the first two granny squares mark five stitches (less if you want a thinner handle) either side with stitch markers. (I used bits of thread from weaving inn my ends because I have temporarily misplaced my stitch markers!) Do the same with the third and fourth square.

Turn the bag around and do exactly the same on the other side. Now, we start crocheting again.

Row 1 : attach yarn to the stitch with the second stitch marker in it (or first if you are left handed). Ch1 and sc in each stitch up to and including the one with the first stitch marker in it.

Row 2-115: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across.

Attach the strap to the corresponding markers on the reverse side of the bag with either a whip stitch or ss.

Repeat for the other strap.

FO and weave in ends.

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Reminder of Where To Get the Ad-Free PDF:

The pdf contains additional photos to take you through some of the steps such as attaching the granny squares and the handles.

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The Etsy Store

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