Think Green Bag


Crochet an environmentally-friendly bag in Red Heart Eco-Cotton yarn with this free bag crochet pattern. Use this attractive, reusable bag for trips to the local farmer's market or shopping.  This is a great pattern for beginners and advanced crocheters, and it's great for all kinds of uses.  You can also use this bag to tote all your necessities as you head to the beach our out for a picnic.  Easy to make and fun to use, this simple crochet bag pattern is a must have for all us Earth-loving crochet fans!

Crochet Earth Bag


  • 2 skeins Red Heart® Eco-Cotton™ Blend yarn in Almond
  • 3.75 mm [US F-5] crochet hook
  • Stitch marker
  • Yarn needle


Gauge: Rounds 1-9 = 4” diameter.


Special Abbreviation:  Sc2tog = Single crochet decrease – insert hook in first st, draw up a loop; insert hook in next st, draw up a loop, yo, draw through all loops on hook.


Bag measures 12” wide x 14” tall, unstretched. Bag has considerable stretch.


  1. Round 1 (Right Side): Using adjustable loop technique, work 8 sc in ring – 8 sts. Mark beginning of round, moving marker up each round.
  2. Round 2: 2 sc in each st around – 16 sts.
  3. Round 3: *Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 24 sts.
  4. Round 4: *Sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 32 sts.
  5. Round 5: *Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 40 sts.
  6. Round 6: *Sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 48 sts.
  7. Round 7: *Sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 56 sts.
  8. Round 8: *Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 64 sts.
  9. Round 9: *Sc in next 7 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 72 sts.
  10. Round 10: *Sc in next 8 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 80 sts.
  11. Round 11: *Sc in each of next 9 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around – 88 sts.
  12. Round 12: *Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in next st; repeat from * around – 96 sts.

Mesh Section

  1. Round 1: Sc in first st, *ch 5, skip next 2 sts, sc in next st; repeat from * to last 2 sts, ch 2, skip 2 sts, dc in first st to join – 32 spaces.
  2. Round 2: (Dc just made is first st of rnd), *ch 5, sc in next ch-5 space; repeat from * around, end ch 2, dc in first st to join – 32 spaces.
  3. Rounds 3-30: Repeat Round 2.


  1. Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc around length of joining dc, hdc in same place, *3 hdc in next ch-space; hdc in next sc; repeat from * around, end hdc in last space, slip st in top of beginning ch to join – 128 sts.
  2. Round 2: Sc2tog, *sc in next st, sc2tog; repeat from * around – 85 sts.
  3. Rounds 3-5: Sc in each st around.

First Handle

  1. Row 1: Working in back loop only, sc in each of next 4 sts, turn – 4 sts.
  2. Row 2: Ch 1, working in back loop of previous row and unused loop of row below, sc in each st – 4 sts.
  3. Repeat Row 2 until 14” or desired length.
  4. Fasten off leaving a long tail. Skip next 8 sts. Sew short end of handle to next 4 sts.

Second Handle

  1. Skip next 26 sts. Working in back loop only, join with sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts – 4 sts.
  2. Work as for First Handle.
  3. Weave in ends.

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I love this pattern! It is nice that the stitch count is included for each round. I made this bag out of kitchen cotton yarn and it is very durable. Try out clothesline for a very sturdy bag. Use a little bigger hook size to get a larger size bag. This bag stretches out and can accommodate a lot of items.

I don't understand this: 'hdc around length of joining dc', on rd. 1 of the Top section. Help?? Thanks!

Love this pattern! Have made several bags already and plan to make more. Changed the pattern around a bit and used some nylon roping to get a different look, but this pattern is my fave so far. Thanks for sharing it!

Texasmom - you can find a tutorial for making the adjustable ring and working the next row on you tube: There are lots of crochet tutorials there and on another site: Hope this helps.

I love the handles on this bag and will use the technique for handles for other bags I make. They are reinforced with less stretch and look so uniform when crocheted! Thank you Darla, for another great pattern.

I am having trouble getting the base started. Can you help me with Rounds 1 and 2? Molly

the easy way to print patterns without all the extra information is to highlight what you want to print go to "print preview" choose "as highlighted on the screen" You only print what you want and this pattern minus the picture prints on one page. If you want the picture just choose the picture and print it on the back of the sheet the pattern is printed on.

Seazmom, I did a "copypaste to my notebook and only used 1 page.

Ladies and gentlemen First of all, thank you for your broad and deep collection of patterns and hints and for the attractive newsletters in which you distribute them. I chose this pattern for Christmas gifts and printed a copy to work from. I found it ironic that the pattern for an eco-friendly product took three pages to print one page worth of actual directions. In future, I will have to preview the process, eliminating this waste. It would be lovely if going forward you gave a thought to a print format that would reduce this waste.


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