Lightweight Shopping Bag

Lightweight Shopping Bag

Crochet a lightweight and reusable shopping bag for trips to the supermarket or other stores. These bags from Lily Sugar n' Cream are comfortable to carry and keep you from wasting plastic bags.

Crochet Shopping Bag



  • Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream (Solids: 70.9 g/2.5 oz/ Ombres: 56.7 g/2 oz) Solids or Ombres 3 balls  or Lily Sugar’n Cream Super Size (Solids: 113 g/4 oz/ Ombres: 85 g/3 oz) Solids 2 balls or Ombres 3 balls
  • Crochet Hook: Size 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

Size: Bag measures 11½ ins [29 cm] wide x 18 ins [45.5 cm] long.

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


Ch 43.
1st rnd: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook. 1 sc in each ch to end of ch. Do not turn. Working into other side of ch, work 1 sc in each rem loop of ch. Join with sl st to first sc. 84 sc.
2nd rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sc as last sl st. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd 6 times more.

Mesh Section: 1st rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sc as last sl st. *Ch 5. Miss next 3 sc. 1 sc in next sc. Rep from * around, ending with ch 2. Miss last 3 sc. 1 dc in first sc.
2nd rnd: *Ch 5. 1 sc in next ch-5 loop. Rep from * around, ending with ch 2. 1 dc in last dc of previous rnd.
Rep last rnd until work from base when folded flat measures 12 ins [30.5 cm].
Next rnd: Sl st in next ch 5 loop. Ch 1. 3 sc in same sp. *1 sc in next sc. 3 sc in next ch-5 loop. Rep from * around, ending with 1 sc in last dc. Join with sl st to first sc. 84 sc.
Next rnd: Ch 1. 1 sc in same sc as last sl st. 1 sc in each sc around. Join with sl st to first sc.
Rep last rnd once more. Fasten off.

Strap: Lay bag on a flat surface. Mark centre 12 sts on upper edge of one side. Join yarn with sl st to first of these 12 sts.
1st row: Ch 1. 1 sc in same st as last sl st. 1 sc in each of next 11 sts. Ch 1. Turn.
2nd row: Draw up a loop in each of first 2 sts. Yoh and draw through all loops on hook - sc2tog made. 1 sc in each of next 8 sts. Sc2tog over last 2 sts. Ch 1. Turn.
3rd row: 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1. Turn.
4th row: Sc2tog over first 2 sts. 1 sc in each st to last 2 sts. Sc2tog over last 2 sts. 8 sts. Ch 1. Turn.
5th row: 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1. Turn.
Rep last row until strap measures 18 ins [45.5 cm] ending with WS facing for next row.
Next row: 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each sc to last st. 2 sc in last st. Ch 1. Turn.
Next row: 1 sc in each st across. Ch 1. Turn.
Next row: 2 sc in first sc. 1 sc in each sc to last st. 2 sc in last st. 12 sts. Join strap to other side of bag working 1 sl st through corresponding centre 12 sts of bag at same time working sl st through 12 sts of strap.

Strap and Upper Edging: With RS of work facing, join yarn with sl st to one side of strap and work 1 rnd sc evenly along strap edge and top edge of Bag. Join with sl st to first sc. Rep around other side of Bag.


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I love the look of this bag! There are so many things I can think of to use it for the beach, farmers market, grocery store, anything really! It would also make the perfect gift for anyone on your list! I cant wait to make a bunch of these! Thank you for the great pattern!

I made this bag for a friend of mine for her beach stuff and she says it work great! I used beach colored yarn from Red Heart and it worked well with the pattern. The single crochets took a while for me but the result looked good. I plan on using this pattern again for gifts for other friends. It's a versatile gift that you can use for many purposes. Thank you for posting this pattern.

I aggre with the previous comment. The straps going to strech if you put anything with weight. But, with smaller hook ,and with sl sc could be alright. Other wise will be great to have in a bag for every day use. I hate when I have to buy the platic bags because i forget my shopping bag at home.

Reusable shopping bags are the way to go. But you most likely are going to have a problem with the strap stretching out when there is any kind of weight inside your bag. I still haven't figured out the best, easiest solution to this. Perhaps use a smaller hook, thus tighter stitches, and shortening the length of the strap? I do love the looks of this pattern/design, though.

I am enjoying working on this shopping bag and attach a photo of a similar "string bag" made by my Great Aunt and I remember taking this to the shops as a seven year old to buy Our daily needs. My Aunt would be about 120 years old if still alive. Note the bag has ink stains and I have endeavoured to repair the handle. I'll now attempt a better repair.

This would be the perfect bag for me to take to the farmers market this summer. I could take this bag with me, it would save me from either taking plastic bags from the vendors or bringing plastic bags with me. When this bag got dirty, I could just throw it into the washer, and it would be as good as new. This would be a good green alternative.

Easy to follow as a beginner

This is a great bag, and is a wonderful beach bag. I used scrap yarn that I had laying around and it come out very nice. My daughter loves to use it for the pool and the beach.

Love it! Always get compliments on my bags when I pull them out. Our city is switching at the end of the year no more plastic so these will be great!

I love this pattern. I've wanted one of these bags for going shopping. Thanks a million!!

Loved making this bag. It is so easy, made it in a day. Now my friend wants one !

I made one of these up with my scrap yarn. I also wanted to make it a bit bigger. When I did and put things in it, it stretched out and nearly hit the floor when it was on my shoulder. I remade it according to the pattern and it was a nice sized bag. Specially when you filled it. I put my fresh vegetables and fruits in it. I love it!

You can use a larger hook.

If I wanted to make this bag a little bigger, what would the math be for the number of stitches for the base chain? Thanks!


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