How to Crochet a Bag: Market Tote

You can never have too many bags, right?! Iuliana, Creative Team, is here to show us how to crochet a bag. You’re going to love her crochet market tote tutorial! Super easy and great pictures! Enjoy! Linda

A crochet bag is a very simple and fairly fast project to make. It took me just one evening to make, while I was watching Arrested Development (forgive me, friends that have strongly recommended this show, I just can’t seem to get into it).  I love this bag because you can pretty much do your own thing and it’s hard to mess it up. If you use cotton yarn, it is machine washable and dryable.

It’s also pretty versatile in it’s use – take it for a stroll at the farmer’s market and it’ll fit right in with all those hipster/boho farmer’s market shopping people. It works really well as a beach bag, as all the sand can just seep through the mesh. Ok…ok…you caught me…I don’t go to the beach that often and actually use this bag for my daughter’s sand toys when we go to the play ground. Classy…I know.

How to Crochet a Bag

how to crochet a bag

To learn basic crochet stitches and for more ideas, head over to Hip2Thrift and check out all my crochet and other DIY goodness. Here’s how to crochet a bag!


  • worsted weight cotton yarn (you can use any cotton or acrylic yarn. I wouldn’t recommend wool, as it will shed and get all fuzzy)
  • Size H crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in

Crochet Bag Pattern

Step 1: Start with a magic loop. Ch 3 and work 11 DC into the loop.Ch 3 counts as first DC throughout. DO NOT TURN. Do not join. Use a stitch marker and work in the round.

crochet bag tutorial

Step 2: HDC in the ch3. DC in the same stitch. 2DC in next DC and all around.

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Step 3: *1 DC, 2DC* all around. Place stitch marker.
Step 4: *1 DC in next 2 DCs, 2DC in next DC* all around. Place stitch marker.
Step 5: *1 DC in next 2 DCs, 2DC in next DC* all around. Place stitch marker.

You can stop here or make the bottom as big as you want. I added a couple of more rows before working on the body.

Step 6: *1 DC in next 3 DCs, 2DC in next DC* all around. Place stitch marker.
Step 7: *1 DC in next 4 DCs, 2DC in next DC* all around. Place stitch marker.

Step 8:  Here I’m stopping the round work just for this row. To join, make a HDC, then a SC and then Sl St.

Step 9: Ch 5. Skip 2 stitches, SC in the third stitch from hook. Repeat Ch 5, sk 2st, SC in third stitch all around. (working in the round again)

free crochet bag pattern

Step 10: Join with a Sl St in the beginning Sl St.  * Ch 5, SC in previous Ch 5 space* repeat all around until your bag is the desired height.

crochet bag

Step 11:  CH 2;  HDC in next CH5 sp, HDC in next SC  * HDC in next CH 5 sp, HDC in next SC;  repeat from * around, join with a Sl ST to top of CH 4
Step 12: CH 2; HDC  in each HDC all around, join with SL St to top of  CH 2
Step 13:  CH 1; SC in each HDC around, join with Sl ST to first SC, CH 2

First Handle

Row 1: Ch 1, SC in each of first 2 sts leaving remaining sts unworked, turn (2 SC).
Row 2: Ch 1, SC in first st leaving last st unworked, turn (1).
Row 3: Ch 1, SC in next st, turn, until Handle measures 10″ or whatever length you like. Fasten off.
Skip next 38 sts on last rnd of  the Body, sew end of Handle to next 2 sts.

Second Handle

Row 1: Skip next 38 sts on last rnd of Body after beginning of First Handle, join with SC in next st, SC in next st leaving remaining sts unworked, turn (2 SC).
Row 2: Ch 1, SC in first st leaving last st unworked, turn (1).
Row 3: Ch 1, SC in next st, turn, until Handle measures 10″, fasten off.

Fasten off, leaving tail long enough for sewing.

crochet market bag

Make one of these and take it to the beach, since it looks like mine is getting the toddler treatment this summer.

What would you put in a crochet bag? How would you use it?

Hugs, Iuliana


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  1. 2

    Such a great bag, you could use it for so many things! If I made one, my daughter would probably steal it and use it for her dolls!

    1. 3.1

      I just checked yours out and really liked it! Love the wider handles and the multicolor yarn makes it look awesome. Always super happy when people try my patterns and they work!

  2. 5

    thanks very much for sharing.. easy to follow instructions.. enjoyed doing it.. will be putting a lot of different stuff in it..

  3. 6

    I loved your bag seems very simple to make I love the idea thanks for the instructions cant wait to try one crocheted.

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  5. 7


    Love this bag! In step two you write “HDC in the ch3”, however, the photo directly below shows a ch3 first. Should I ch3 at the beginning of steps 1-3?

    Thanks, Robin

    1. 7.1

      Oops…I figured it out :)

  6. 8

    The pictures do not match the words. At the end of round 2 it said not to join, but you did and ch 3… is that the easier method?

  7. 9
    Connie Springer

    How was the yellow medallion put on he 3 tone bag?

  8. 10
    C Lyons

    The bag (white) in the image I found on pinterest, is that your bag? I just wonder since it doesn’t look anything like the bag you made…I was looking for the instructions for the bag in the image, with the onion in it. There’s a big difference between the colorful bag and the white bag in overall stitch appearance. Sorry to be fussy, spent too long looking for the market bag and then the pattern (finished) isn’t the same as the image…

    1. 10.1

      Same here. If you find the pattern for the bag pictured let me know :)

  9. 11

    Love this design! Having problems on the handles though.

  10. 12

    Thank you so much for the pattern! I just started and completed the bag yesterday-was a nice, quick pattern that I was able to figure out (I am new to patterns!)
    I kept to the pattern exclusively except when it came to the handles. I decided to do one thick (10 sc) strap for a crossbody bag instead of the handles. Then I just sc the handle to the other side and then broke yarn to weave and tie ends in.

    Thank you again so much! I love my new bag!

  11. 13

    I LOVE this bag. I made a tiny one for my son to put his play groceries in and he loves it.

    Do you allow people to sell projects made from your patterns? I’d love to make some of these bags, but I don’t want to step on any toes.

    1. 13.1

      Hi Erin! Thanks for the email! Yes, you may make and sell as long as you give credit back to as the source for the pattern :) Thank you for asking!

  12. 14
    Glenda Rogers

    How much yarn did you need?

  13. 15

    I love the market tote so much! I was wondering if it’s possible to make the bag with fine weight yarn.

  14. 16

    I am really struggling following your directions for the handle. I feel like I am missing something or the instructions are missing something. Any help would be appreciated. The body of my bag so far looks fantastic ?

    1. 16.1

      I’m having the same problem. I wind up with a chain three and then a disconnected triangle shape held to the bag by a single stitch? Pictures of the handle process would be great.

      1. Kristina

        Did you ever figure out the handle?

  15. 17

    My only question was for round 8– it says you are stopping the joining for this row and then it foes on to how to join. Would i just duplicate round 7 for round 8???