Everyday Market Bag


Look stylish while you tote around your groceries or pack away the essentials for a group picnic with this Everyday Market Bag. This crochet pattern is easy to make and perfect for the person on the go. You can make this adorable crocheted bag in any color you'd like so you always have a fun purse to take with you.

Learn how to crochet a bag that's great for beachgoers and anyone who is heading off to the farmers market on a warm summer day. This simple crochet bag pattern is also great for new mommies - you can throw in all of your baby's essentials and carry them in style.

Everyday Market Bag

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  • 4 balls Bernat® Handicrafter Cotton (50 g/1.75 oz; 73 m/80 yds) yarn in Hot Green
  • 5 mm (U.S. H or 8) crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge


Measurements:  Approx 20 ins [51 cm] long excluding handles.


Gauge:  13 sc and 14 rows = 4 ins [10 cm].



  • Ch(s) = Chain(s)
  • rep = repeat
  • sc = single crochet
  • Sl st = Slip stitch
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • tr = treble crochet
  • tr3tog = Treble crochet 3 together - *(Yarn over) twice, insert hook in next stitch and draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice; repeat from * 2 more times, yarn over and draw through all 4 loops on hook.
  • Yoh = yarn over the hook




Ch 39.

1st row: (RS). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. 38 sc. Turn.

2nd to 4th rows: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.


1st row: Ch 7 (counts as tr and ch 3). (Yoh) twice. Draw up a loop in next st. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook. *Ch 5. [(Yoh) twice. Draw up a loop in next st. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice] twice. Yoh and draw through all 3 loops on hook – tr2tog made. Rep from * to last sc. Ch 3. 1 tr in last sc. Turn.

2nd row: Ch 5 (counts as tr and ch 1). Miss next 3 ch. Tr in next st. *Ch 5. (Yoh) twice. Draw up a loop in same st as before. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Miss next 5-ch sp. (Yoh)  twice. Draw up a loop in next st. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice. Yoh and draw through all 3 loops on hook – tr2tog over 2 sts made. Rep from * to last tr. Tr2tog over last st worked and next tr. Turn.

3rd row: Ch 7 (counts as tr and ch 3). Tr2tog over first st and next tr2tog. *Ch 5. Tr2tog over st just worked and next tr2tog. Rep from * to last tr. Ch 3. 1 tr in 4th ch of ch 5. Turn.

Rep 2nd and 3rd rows until work from beg measures approx 20 ins [51 cm], ending with 3rd row.

Next row: Ch 1. 1 sc in first st. *2 sc in next ch-5 sp. Rep from * to turning ch 7. 1 sc in ch-7 sp. 1 sc in 4th ch of ch 7. Turn.

Next 3 rows: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn. Fasten off at end of last row.


With RS of work facing join yarn with sl st to top left corner of Bag. Ch 1. Work 30 sc evenly across side of Bag. Turn.

Next row: Ch 57 (handle). 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each of next 55 ch. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn. 86 sc in total.

Next 2 rows: Ch 1. 1 sc in each sc to end of row. Turn.

Fasten off at end of last row, leaving a long end. Sew end of handle in position.

Rep for other side.


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I adore this bag. Took less than one skein of Bernat Maker Home Dec. Plan on making more.

@bethsweesull 72453 98 thanks for sharing your photo! It looks great. Let us know if you have any tips and tricks for completing this project. I'd love to add them to the page. -Kaylee, Editor of FaveCrafts

I really like the picture of your bag. Did you use just one strand of the Bernat at one time? I am wondering if the original pattern calls for using a double strand. Maybe that is why it says that it requires 4 balls of yarn. In any case, how sturdy is the bag? Enough for heavy fruits like apples and bananas? I'd like to get to making one of these right away!

The patten at bernat site is better. For additional help, see https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110 == 806195104AApBAA3. There's a great explanation about bernat pattern and how to interpret the () and [ ]. I was ready to give up on this till I found yahoo answers.

I have attempted to follow the directions and it is impossible. I have modified the pattern to "look" the same as the picture still using the triple stitch and trip 2 together. But instead of the ch5 I have done ch3 to make the bag pattern work with the triangle effect. Also, I added a dbl decker look. If I can I will post a picture.

Did you know you can make these bag out of the plastic bags you get. Just cut them into 1inch strips tie ends together and crochet. No yarn needed, they are very strong, last along time, don't stretch out and environmental friendly. Can be used with most patterns.

I have made several "plarn" shopping bags and I love them, get lots of compliments and it's a good way to make people aware of the plastic problem. But if anyone wants to make plarn they should look up a tutorial online. If you just try to cut the plastic into strips you will go nuts. There are 3 methods for making plarn and they go pretty fast.

Is this the full pattern or only half the pattern because a lot of people are having issues and I am also having issues. Does anyone have the full correct pattern thank you so much

There is definitely something wrong with these instructions. Does the author mean for the project to be FOLDED after fastening off and before starting handle? From the starting of the handle the instructions do not make sense. However, the mesh portion is very stable because the design makes little triangles. I have taken this part of the instruction, and used it with instructions for a String Bag. The String Bag instructions originally came from Lily. The mesh resulting from that pattern was not stable unless the yarn was used double-strand. My updated string bag with the "triangle" mesh seems to work well.

I have figured out what this person meant by the tr2tog. Try this. Chain 7, (which counts as 1 tr and ch 3. YO twice (as you would any other tr stitch) and draw up a loop in next stitch. (4 loops on hook now) YO, work two loops. (3 loops on hook now.) YO, DRAW UP LOOP IN NEXT STITCH (5 loops on hook) YO, work off two loops, YO work off two loops, YO work off last 3 loops. What is in capitals is what is missing from the pattern.

I am also working on developing an easier pattern that will produce the same bag.

Thank you for figuring it out for the rest of us. I'd love to have your reworked instructions when you complete them. I'll attempt this one now that I have your corrections to work with. I was disappointed to see other reviewers problems so didn't even try before.

You are brilliant!!! Exactly the fix needed!!!

I love this bag but I'm having a problem with the instruction. Can any one help please. aksantiago203@yahoo.com

I have done a huge amount of crochet stitches and projects and this is the worst one yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bernat your patterns suck.

Need video instruction on everyday market tote bag

I made some of these a few years ago in white then my 11 year old and I tie dyed them. Great project, and these bags expand to hold so much stuff. I get a lot of compliments!

This pattern is not working for me either. It would be helpful to know if I should have the same number of loops after 20 inches as when I started. It keeps getting wider.

Kan je mij soms zeggen hoe je dat maakt in het Nederlands ik kan geen Engels

These instructions are terrible! Find yourself another pattern to follow!

I must be making this harder than it is. If I understand correctly - the pattern goes from the top of one side to the top of the other side. ? My apologies, I am on a mission - I have to conquer this. I refuse to be beaten by an everyday market bag! lol

Is anyone ever going to correct the instructions for the Everyday Marketbag?

this is an amazing pattern BUT you need the right yarn take a good look at the picture this pattern starts from the top of the one side (back or front) right around and end with the top of the other side (back or front)

Also if you contact Bernat, they never get back to you. I wrote them 2 weeks ago and they never got back to me. I had trouble with their Trapper Hat pattern and the worst thing about it was the fact that you're supposed to get the whole project done w/ 2 balls of yarn. Not! I would think 3 or 4 balls would do it.

You've got to watch those Bernat patterns

This pattern really does seem to be missing some critical information. This is the first Bernat pattern I've come accross that is so confusing and they have it rated as an easy! I've given up and will look for a pattern that makes some sense.

I have years of crochet experience and I found this pattern to be quite confusing. The cotton loops looked sloppy and it was very difficult to maintain proper tension. I gave up after 3 good hearted attemps

I need help with this pattern. The first four rows are the bottom of the bag. br Then the insructions start again with Rows 1, 2, 3. The end of each row says to "turn". So this is my question, is the bag crocheted one side at a time and then stitched together, or is it crochet in the round?br Thank you,br

hello abrown the first 4 rows are the top of the bag (front or back side)

please sho video.

check out Bernat's site for pattern or contact them for assistance. They are very helpful. Good luck

I really don't understand this pattern. In row 1 (after the first 4 rows) it states "(Yoh) twice. Draw up a loop in next st. (Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) twice." this is not clear (but i figured this part out) then, at the end of row 2, it states "Tr2tog over last st worked and next tr. " but there is no chain before this, so it does not look like the other end. Please let me know if I am just not getting this or if there is a correction needed. thanks

hi brisny the pattern is correct you just have to make 100% certain that your your stitch count is correct from the very beginning it does look a bit 'not right' until your second repitition fo the pattern

Perhaps this could be added to "Go Green" sites. Save your plastic bags, cut them in strips to use instead of yarn. Adjust pattern as needed.


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