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Market Tote Bag (Free Pattern)

Market Tote Bag Free Crochet Pattern | by Little Monkeys Crochet | crochet, free pattern, free crochet pattern, crochet purse pattern, market bag, summer crochet

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Even though temperatures here are still dipping below zero, it is March, which in my corner of the world means spring is coming. And while we’re left to keep on guessing as to when we’ll be graced with its presence, I’ve decided I’m ready to start crocheting for warm weather fun now.

One of the goals I’ve set for myself this year is to eat more healthy, whole foods, which starts with buying more healthy produce. And I want to make it a point to buy from local farmers. Not only is it better for you (you can make sure you’re buying real food that hasn’t been doused in chemicals); but supporting your local economy, especially farmers, is just a good thing to do.

I love all the market bags I’ve seen on Pinterest, and I wanted to make one for myself that I could take to the farmers’ markets this spring and summer. I’m hoping that having a cute bag will be motivating, kind of like how new running shoes can give you renewed excitement for exercising. Except this market bag is a whole lot cheaper than running shoes! (With yarn and buttons, plus sales and coupons, I probably put less than $4 into it!)

This bag is also very easy to make larger or smaller, if you’re comfortable with deviating from patterns. Just add a couple of rounds to the base for a bigger tote, or take a couple away for a smaller one!

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Market Tote Bag Crochet Pattern

Market Tote Bag Free Crochet Pattern | by Little Monkeys Crochet | crochet, free pattern, free crochet pattern, crochet purse pattern, market bag, summer crochetHooks: H (5.00mm) and I (5.50mm)
Yarn: Approx. 315 yards of worsted weight yarn in your favorite color (I used Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” in Midgreen)
Buttons (optional): Four. I used 1-1/8" wooden buttons by La Mode (style #3102)
Difficulty: Easy
Dimensions: The bag (not including straps) measures about 12" wide by 14" tall. The straps add another 13" or so.
Notes: For the base of the bag, you will join rounds. Once you get past the base, you'll start crocheting in a continuous spiral. This is noted within the pattern.

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With H hook, begin with a Magic Circle.

Round 1: Ch 2 (counts as first DC here and throughout); 11 DC in Magic Circle. Join. (12)

Round 2: Ch 2; 1 DC in same St. (2 DC in next St) around. Join. (24)

Round 3: Ch 2; 1 DC in same St, 1 DC in next. (2 DC in next; 1 DC in next) around. Join. (36)

Round 4: Ch 2; 1 DC in same St, 1 DC in each of the next 2 St. (2 DC in next; 1 DC in each of the next 2 St) around. Join. (48)

Round 5: Ch 2; 1 DC in same St, 1 DC in each of the next 3 St. (2 DC in next; 1 DC in each of the next 3 St) around. Join. (60)

Round 6: Ch 2; 1 DC in same St, 1 DC in each of the next 4 St. (2 DC in next; 1 DC in each of the next 4 St) around. Join. (72)

Switch to I hook. From this point on, you will no longer join rounds. I use a stitch marker (like a bobby pin) to mark the first stitch of the round I am working on.

Round 7: Ch 1 (does NOT count as first stitch). 1 SC + 1 DC in same St. Skip next St. (1 SC + 1 DC in next; skip next) around.

Round 8: 1 SC + 1 DC in first skipped space from previous round. (1 SC + 1 DC in next skipped space) around. (Note: If you separate the stitches to find the space, you may see two spaces: one to the left, and one a little down and to the right. You'll want to work your stitches in the space to the left.)

Rounds 9-29: Repeat Round 8.

Switch back to H hook.

Round 30: Working in top loops again, (1 SC in each St) around.

Rounds 31-36: Repeat Round 30.

Next you'll add the straps, still working in a continuous spiral.

Round 37: Ch 100. Skip 20 St; Sl St into the next St. 1 SC in each of the next 16 St. Ch 100. Skip next 20 St; Sl St into next. 1 SC in each of the next Sts until you reach the first chain.

Round 38: 1 SC in each St around. When you are working on the straps, put your SCs in the BACK LOOP only of each Ch. When working around the base, SC as you normally would, under both loops.

Round 39: 1 SC in each St around (including up and around the straps).

Rounds 40-41: Repeat Round 39.

Optional: Add more rows for thicker straps.

Finishing: Sl St to the next St (you should be at the bottom right base of the first strap you made). Fasten off and weave in ends.

Add your buttons to both sides of the bag, or embellish as desired.

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This is a FREE pattern, and by using it, you’re agreeing to the following legally-protected conditions.

You’re welcome to sell what you make with it; for online listings, please link back to my blog using something like this:

Pattern by
Little Monkeys Crochet

Here are the “do nots”:

  • Do not resell the pattern, altered or in its original form.
  • Do not copy and paste the pattern onto your own blog, in a Facebook group, or anywhere else. Simply link to this page instead. Anything beyond this is copyright theft. You are welcome to copy/paste it into a document for printing, for personal use only.
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  • Elizabeth Flores March 6, 2014, 9:47 am

    thank you, it is beautiful 🙂

    • Rebecca March 6, 2014, 6:33 pm

      You’re welcome, and thank you!

  • Carol Aldrich March 6, 2014, 10:36 am

    Thank you! It is beautiful!

    • Rebecca March 6, 2014, 6:33 pm

      My pleasure! I’m glad you like it!

  • coralie mcleod March 6, 2014, 9:12 pm

    Love to make it

    • Rebecca March 6, 2014, 10:05 pm


  • melissa cash March 6, 2014, 10:22 pm

    Love this tote and it’s in my favorite color too! Thanks for the pattern, I will add it to my looooong list of projects!

    • Rebecca March 10, 2014, 8:55 am

      Thanks Melissa! We crocheters always have a loooooong list of projects, don’t we? I think I must find a dozen things I want to try in the time it takes me to complete one item. 🙂

  • Karen Klimp March 7, 2014, 5:55 am

    This is a beautiful bag! I can’t wait to make one. Thank you so much for the pattern!

    • Rebecca March 10, 2014, 8:55 am

      You’re welcome!

  • Kate McIlreavy March 7, 2014, 5:43 pm

    I love this bag, but too good for groceries, much better to carry wool and hooks to classes.

    • Rebecca March 10, 2014, 8:56 am

      Haha perhaps! I definitely wouldn’t try to carry heavy groceries in it, but I think it will be nice to buy some fresh produce 🙂

  • Jackie March 8, 2014, 10:59 pm

    I can not find any information on what the magic circle is. Please let me know.

    • Rebecca March 10, 2014, 9:02 am

      Hi Jackie! I plan to do a tutorial on this, but until then, I found a nice one on Pinterest that may help you. The Magic Circle (or Magic Ring, or Adjustable Ring) is just a trick that you can use in place of the usual Ch2 or Ch3 at the beginning of hat patterns. It is a nice trick to know because unlike the Ch method, the MC doesn’t leave a hole in the top of the project.


  • Arlene March 12, 2014, 9:08 pm

    I Luv the mint tote thanx so much

    • Rebecca March 13, 2014, 10:33 am

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you like it!

  • Kristen March 21, 2014, 8:28 am

    I absolutely LOVE this bag!! The stitch pattern is so cool! I made mine in a light gray, with faded denim blue handmade ceramic buttons. So happy with how it turned out!! Pics on Ravelry; my username is crochetmommie. Let me know what you think!

    • Rebecca March 21, 2014, 12:12 pm

      It looks great, Kristen! I love those buttons, so cute. I’m so glad you like the pattern. Thanks for sharing your finished photos!!

  • Pattie March 25, 2014, 6:31 am

    Thank you so much for the beautiful bag pattern. I completed the project yesterday and am really pleased with the bag. Just wanted you to know that Round 37 was confusing to me. It would have made it more clear to state: Ch 100. Skip 20 st. Sl st in next stitch. [1 sc in same st as sl st and each of the next 15 sts (16).] Ch 100…….

    • Rebecca March 28, 2014, 9:29 am

      I’m glad you liked it Pattie! I’d have to go back and remake the bag to see what you mean, but I’m glad you were able to figure it out. 🙂

  • Britt April 17, 2014, 3:12 pm

    When you mention the skipped spaces in round 8 and onward, I am not sure which exactly is the “space.” It looks like, when you separate the stitches to find the space, that it could be one of two spaces between the stitches. The first is kind of toward the left, and the second is toward the right and down a little (sort of looks like an upside down triangle space). Can you tell me which of those two spaces I need to be going into? I’d be happy to provide pictures but the comment section won’t let me. My email is brittiami@yahoo.com.

    • Rebecca April 17, 2014, 4:28 pm

      Hi Britt! I know exactly what you’re referring to, and really you can get away with doing it either way as long as you’re consistent. I tried both and ended up going with the left side, mainly because it was easier to get to. 🙂

      • Britt April 17, 2014, 6:43 pm

        Great!! I think that looks better that way too. Maybe you should mention something in the pattern, like leave a note saying that because if you don’t realize it, your bag might start looking all mixed up like mine kind of did – you know?

      • Britt April 18, 2014, 1:18 am

        One last question!
        Are we crocheting in the BACK LOOP ONLY of the straps for each round? Or just the first one? Thanks.

        • Rebecca April 22, 2014, 9:19 am

          Just the first round!

  • Char April 17, 2014, 10:06 pm

    I’ve been looking for a pattern like this for AGES, thanks so much. But a question…is there a printable version? I don’t want to have to sit in front of the computer and crochet, I’d like to get comfy on the couch. lol TIA

    • Rebecca April 22, 2014, 9:19 am

      You’re welcome! Unfortunately I don’t have printable versions of my patterns (yet). Most people just copy and paste them into a Word document and print that way. 🙂

  • Cindy T May 1, 2014, 7:09 pm

    Love this pattern! I’ve been wanting to make a market bag since the season is starting for Farmer’s Markets!! I see you are in Marion, IN, I”m right down the road in Anderson!!

    • Rebecca May 6, 2014, 9:59 am

      Hello in Anderson! 😀 I’m looking forward to this farmer’s market season, too!

  • klimju May 7, 2014, 2:48 pm

    Thank you so much for the beautiful bag pattern. I completed the project and if you wish look please visit http://paperafterhours.blogspot.com/2014/05/torebka-tym-razem-szydekowa.html
    I have plan to make one more, but from zpagetti yarn. It will be recycling 🙂
    Thanks 🙂

    • Rebecca May 7, 2014, 3:14 pm

      It is lovely! I love the addition of the little fish. It gives it character. I would be grateful for a link back to this page on your blog post 🙂

      • klimju May 8, 2014, 3:29 pm

        I really sorry I forgot add link. I corrected it. Forgive me 🙂

  • Sue May 25, 2014, 2:09 pm

    Hi Rebecca! Love the look of this bag.
    I have a question about round 8, I’m just starting
    That round and seem to be developing a double row
    Of stitches. Is this how it should be starting out?

    • Rebecca May 26, 2014, 4:36 pm

      Hi Sue! When you say “double row”… do you mean that the height of the stitches suddenly increases and it seems like you’re covering the ground of two rows? If that’s the case, then yes, you are doing it right. It will work itself out. 🙂

  • Madhumati May 29, 2014, 7:36 am

    just to know…. can we make it with the cotton crochet thread too….its beautiful…. n i want to use it even in Summers too…thanx in advance…

    • Rebecca May 30, 2014, 4:11 pm

      Absolutely, you could follow the pattern with any yarn and appropriate hook size you want! It’s the size of the bag that will vary, but it will still work out fine. 🙂

  • Sue May 30, 2014, 1:17 pm

    I am cunfused with round 37, can you help please?

    • Rebecca May 30, 2014, 5:32 pm


      Without knowing exactly what is tripping you up, I’m not sure how much help I’ll be, but I’ll try to explain the concept of the round. 🙂

      Round 37:
      -Ch 100. (This is your first bag handle.)
      -Skip 20 St; Sl St into the next St. (Start from where the first Ch of your Ch 100 was; then count over 20 stitches, and that’s where you’ll re-join the opposite end of the strap back to the bag. So when you slip stitch into that 20th stitch, you should have a long “handle” that is attached to the bag in two places.)
      -1 SC in each of the next 16 St.
      -Ch 100. Skip next 20 St; Sl St into next. (Same thing you did before, but this will create a 2nd handle.)
      -1 SC in each of the next Sts until you reach the first chain. (In other words, complete the round by SCing around until you get to the base of the first handle again, where you started the round.)

      I hope that helps!

  • Debrah September 9, 2014, 6:43 pm

    Could you please provide the instruction’s for (the Magic Circle) in PDF? I am on dial-up and cannot get video’s. Maybe just send the instruction’s to me? I appreciate any help. Thank you.

  • Miriam Lozano September 23, 2014, 2:43 pm

    Can you do this on a round loom? And if so, do you have the pattern. I love it and don’t know how to crochet, but I can do round loom.

    • Rebecca September 24, 2014, 8:57 pm

      I have never used one, and I honestly couldn’t tell you the answer to that 🙂

  • Kristen January 1, 2015, 1:18 pm

    I love this pattern so much! I already have one on my Ravelry projects page (crochetmommie). Could you tell me the name of this stitch, or did you make it up? Thanks! 🙂

    • Rebecca January 2, 2015, 8:03 pm

      Hi Kristen! I didn’t know the name of it when I made this pattern (so in my head, I “made it up”) but I’ve since learned that it’s called the Grit Stitch. It’s my favorite stitch. 🙂 If you go to this page, I’ve listed all of the patterns I have published that use this stitch: http://littlemonkeyscrochet.com/grit-stitch-infinity-scarf/

  • Jen January 5, 2015, 11:27 am

    I am confused about row 9 and onwards. I got row 8 I think, but now I don’t have any place to put new stitches…I have a back row and a front row and there are no stitches I can crochet into in the skipped places and I have no idea what to do now. Do I put stitches through the front and into the row behind it? A video or photos would be awesome.

  • Christy January 24, 2015, 8:38 am

    Thank you for this pattern! It’s my first time making a bag and I love it!!

  • Deborah Cook March 24, 2015, 9:49 pm

    I love this pattern. I decided to make one the minute I saw it. I’m almost finished with it. I made it as a gift so I might have to make one for me. I am using cotton yarn which I got on sale. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kim Barclay May 3, 2015, 7:44 pm

    Thank you for the pattern 🙂 Cant wait to make it!!

  • Judy Ginther May 3, 2015, 10:19 pm

    Thank you!

  • Terri Trogdon May 13, 2015, 8:20 pm

    I joined a week or so ago but am still asked if I want to join, i received a nice email asking about me how i learned to crochet and have not heard anything else. Do I need to do anything else so that I will be a member and not always asked do I want to join I really enjoy your site.

  • Patty May 14, 2015, 8:03 am

    I’m making this now love the pattern

  • Judy May 14, 2015, 1:24 pm

    This is just beautiful!! Not full of holes for things to fall through, just gorgeous!!

  • Mandy May 18, 2015, 2:48 pm

    Would this pattern work with cotton yarn?

    • Rebecca June 9, 2015, 10:13 am

      I think cotton would be the best, actually. When I wrote this pattern I really wasn’t exploring different types of yarn yet, but if I made it again, I would choose cotton. 🙂

  • Alondra May 26, 2015, 9:27 pm

    I absolutely love this design and I started it few days ago. I’ve just started on the straps (step 37) and have already chained , but I’m confused on which 20 stitches to skip? Am I supposed to skip 20 from the base or 20 from the hook? Anyways, thank you for this amazing pattern, its so pretty!

    • Rebecca June 9, 2015, 10:15 am

      You’re skipping the next 20 stitches in the round you are on, not 20 from the 100 you just chained. 🙂

  • julie June 2, 2015, 2:58 pm


  • Karen June 8, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I really like a lot of the patterns that you offer but—- I can’t print them out and when I try to download, it says that I already have the “How to Simplified” on my computer so it stops right there. I don’t know how I’m supposed to download or print. I hope you can help.

    • Rebecca June 9, 2015, 10:12 am

      I don’t know what “How To Simplified” is, but I’m guessing you are clicking on an advertisement. There is a “print” button just above where the pattern begins that you can use — you can print, or save as a pdf. Be sure to read the instructions that come up when you click it, if you don’t also want to print out all the comments. 🙂

  • Tee Gee June 8, 2015, 8:02 pm

    I’m sorry, it’s a nice pattern and all, but worsted weight yarn just STREEEEEETCHES it out. The first one I made with your pattern, it was touching the ground because it stretched out so badly. The second one wasn’t as bad, but I had to alter it so it wasn’t dragging on the ground from being stretched out. All I put in there was my wallet, headphones, and a pack of smokes, so it wasn’t heavy at all. I’d like to recommend everyone to use COTTON instead. I’m going to try it with cotton next time, as cotton doesn’t stretch out.

    • Rebecca June 9, 2015, 10:07 am

      Thank you for the comment. To clarify, though, “worsted weight” does not refer to the fiber that the yarn is created from, it refers to the weight of the yarn. So you can have worsted weight acrylic, or worsted weight cotton. (You can also have sport weight acrylic, or sport weight cotton, etc.) You are correct that a cotton yarn would be the best for this bag, but I still recommend that the cotton yarn you choose be worsted weight if you want it to be a similarly sized bag. 🙂

    • Maya July 15, 2015, 3:07 am

      If you line the bag and maybe use leather straps ,it will definitely not stretch.

  • jaeran seo July 3, 2015, 7:24 pm

    thank you, it is beautiful 🙂

  • Patti July 7, 2015, 8:37 pm

    I made this with lavender cotton yarn for a new mom. I wish I could attach a picture, it’s beautiful!

  • Maya July 15, 2015, 3:03 am

    I made this bag using garden twine in neutral and green. It’s very sturdy and perfect for grocery shopping. .

    Thanks for the pattern

  • cindy August 2, 2015, 7:14 pm

    Love your market tote bag but I am a little confused once I start straps. Icompleted row 38 and now I am not sure what to do.
    How do I SC in each ST around when the chains for the straps are joined on?
    Not sure of 38 or 39. Can u help me?

    • Rebecca August 17, 2015, 9:29 am

      The CHs count as stitches. So when it tells you to SC in each ST around, that includes going up and down the straps, putting one SC in each CH.

  • Estelle Hill November 16, 2015, 2:12 am

    Very beautiful. I am looking for the pattern of your GREY totebag please. Asked several times

  • anne January 5, 2016, 10:25 pm

    Hello there. Thanks so much for generously sharing your patterns. may i ask for some clarification pls:
    1. “Round 30: Working in top loops again, (1 SC in each St) around.”
    why “again”? with top loop, are you referring to front loops only or both front and back as is usual?
    2. I only have 2 sizes of hook (one on each end) . one end indicates the number 7 while the other end is 8. I neglected to fully understand the instruction before i started so i used the 8 for my base. can i use it too for the body of the bag?
    3. i added two more rounds to my base because i want it bigger. will that be okay? thanks so much. i hope you dont find my questions silly as Im a beginner. hoping to hear from you. Happy New Year!

    • Rebecca January 7, 2016, 9:17 am

      Hi Anne! This pattern was one of my earliest and needs some serious updating, so I’m sorry for any confusion 🙂

      1. In the pattern I recommended working in the spaces created by the SC/DC combos. That’s why I directed you specifically to begin working in the top loops (meaning both loops… instead of the space below them). When I rewrite the pattern I will probably take that whole first part out and just direct people to work in the top loops as normal because it’s less confusing and doesn’t make that much difference visually.
      2. You’ll be fine, this pattern will work with any size hook as long as the yarn is an appropriate match for it.
      3. You’ll be fine!

      • Anne January 12, 2016, 11:12 am

        Thank you. i added two more rounds to my base. can i still follow the pattern for the strap as is? Thanks

        • Rebecca January 13, 2016, 10:28 am

          Yes, you’ll be fine!

  • Katherine January 11, 2016, 10:15 am

    Love this pattern. Will be making it for my daughter to carry her Bible to church. Thank you for the pattern.

  • Tami Dowd January 11, 2016, 1:22 pm

    This was a fun and easy bag to make. I haven’t crocheted in years and this was the first one after a long break,

  • Mishka January 11, 2016, 6:50 pm

    Plan on making several of these for shipping.

  • Tannis January 22, 2016, 12:30 pm

    Just finished your market bag and I love it! I’m new to crocheting and your pattern was so easy to follow – thank you!

  • Amy Bennett June 5, 2016, 7:58 am

    Thank you for sharing your skills ,knowledge and experience with the world. It is very appreciated. Bless you and yours.

  • Katrina June 9, 2016, 12:39 am

    Thanx for this sweet pattern littlemonkey? I am not quite done with my first one and may make a couple alterations? The way the handles connect on the inside side makes me feel like I want to add more rows in between?? Looks like if u carry a lot it will stress them? Mine turns out beautifully and I can’t wait to add my appliqués ?

  • Cynthia Illingworth June 9, 2016, 10:26 am

    Hi Little Monkeys,

    Lovely of you to continue to make available your ‘free’ patterns and designs, with very few “strings attached”. Not everybody on FB is willing to do that.

    Thanks again for your kindness in sharing

  • Merle February September 17, 2016, 8:24 am

    Thanks for pattern. A learner to crochet and looking forward to many more articles that I can try. Thanks