Free Market Tote Crochet Pattern

Need a quick gift for a little girl in your life? This free market tote crochet pattern might be the perfect thing! Whip one up in a couple hours while listening to an ebook or spending time with your family, add a flower or other embellishment, and you’re good to go! How cute would it be to add some felt or crocheted food inside the bag? Riley has already spent a good deal of time enjoying this bag and I know she would absolutely love having items to go in it! It would also make a good yarn storage bag – it holds a good number of cotton skeins.

The finished dimensions of this crochet shopping tote pattern is approximately 12 inches deep by 11 inches wide with a 9 inch “deep” handle (though that’s easily adjustable).

Click here for the adult size version of this pattern. 

Before you get started, make sure you have the following:

  • About 250 yards of worsted weight yarn
  • An I hook
  • A safety pin for marking stitches.
  • A flower or other embellishment to spice it up!

NOTE: the chain 2 at the beginning of the first four rounds does NOT count as the first stitch – you will need to work in that stitch you would normally skip. You will be joining rounds in the first true DC stitch rather than the top of the turning chain.

Ch 3.

Round 1: Work 12 DC in the first chain from hook. Join in the top of the first DC. (12)

Round 2: ch 2. 2 DC in each stitch around. Join to the top of the first DC. (24)

Round 3: ch 2. *DC in the next stitch, 2 DC in the next* around. Join in the top of the first DC. (36)

Round 4: ch 2. *DC in the next 2 stitches, 2 DC in the next* around. Join in the top of the first DC.(48)

Market Tote Tutorial

Round 5: Ch 3. *DC, ch 1* in each stitch. Do not slip stitch to the top of the starting chain. Instead, insert your hook in the first ch1 space of round 5 and continue with round 6 (see photo above).

NOTE: Please understand that since you’re working in spiral, there will be a gap when you first transition to working in spiral. If you’d like to minimize this gap, make the last stitch of round 5 and the first stitch of round 6 a hdc.

Rounds 6-23: DC, ch 1 in each ch 1 space.

At the end of round 23, join with a slip stitch to the first DC of the previous round.

Round 24: Ch 2. DC in each ch 1 space.

Round 25: ch 2. DC BETWEEN each DC of the previous round.

market tote pattern

Handles will be worked in rows. The Ch 2 does count as a stitch here. I work between stitches, but you could work in the stitches, too.

Row 1: Ch 2. DC in the next 9 stitches. (10)

Row 2: ch 2, turn. DC decrease in the next two stitches. DC in the next 5. DC decrease in the last two stitches. (8)

Row 3: ch 2, turn. DC decrease in the next two stitches. DC in the next 3. DC decrease in the last two stitches. (6)

Rows 4-15: ch 2, turn. DC in the next 5 stitches (6). (Continue on if you’d like longer straps)

Cut yarn and weave ends. Fold your bag in half as evenly as possible to determine where to start the other side of the handle (I skipped 15 stitches) and work the handle on the other side of the bag. Single crochet the two sides of the handle together on the wrong side.

I hope you enjoy the pattern. Feel free to use it (and even sell the items you’ve made), but please remember to link back to this post so others can give it a try as well. And, as always, please use your own photos when selling items made from this pattern.


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  1. Great little pattern, thanks for sharing :)

  2. I love this bag. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It is open until Sunday night.<br /><br />I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.<br />Debi Bolocofsky<br />Adorned From Above<br />

    • I just linked up! Thanks so much for the invite.

    • Sorry this is late, but better late then never. Thanks so much for sharing with last weeks with Wednesday&#39;s Adorned From Above. The link party is open now for this week.<br />Debi Bolocofsky<br />

  3. Adorable. We love to crochet in my house!! I would love for you to link up to my linky party at The Mandatory Mooch. Still open for another day!!<br /><br /><br /><br />Thanks, Nichi

  4. I love this bag, and I especially love the yarn you used. Can you please share with me the names of the colors you used for the bag and flower? Thanks so much :)

    • Hi, Sandy! I used robin&#39;s egg from Lily Sugar&#39;n Cream (there&#39;s also a similar one with Peaches and Cream) and Dark Taupe Peaches and Cream. They&#39;re both 100% cotton.

    • Thank you, I can&#39;t wait to make this!

  5. Wow, I love that bag! It&#39;s just so cute :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  6. Beautiful tote!

  7. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party just went live at<br />Thanks, Nichi

  8. Hi, I was wondering if you have an easy suggestion, to make this bigger, for an adult sized &quot;Market&quot; bag, perhaps? <br />I&#39;d love to make these for some friends for personalized Christmas presents. : )

  9. Thank you for your generosity to share the pattern. I love you site. Just tried linking up but got message saying to try later. I am also a born again Christian…May you have a lovely weekend.<br />Kay

  10. Hi! I just wanted to let you know I got your message! Thank you sooo much!

  11. I too was wondering if you have the bigger sizes. If so would you mind sharing with me. Thank you :)<br />

  12. I have been sick in bed for three days. I came across this after a friend sent me a link for your owl hats. It was so fullfilling to begin and finish a project. It made me feel useful and gave me something to do besides watch tv and lay around. Thanks for the great pattern!

  13. thanks for sharing! cute bag!

  14. Thank you for this pattern!! I made one up last night and it was really quick and easy!! My oldest daughter now would love for me to make her one. So looks like there will be 2 more in my future. I&#39;ve included my blog link if you would like to see how mine came out.<br />

  15. Hi there, <br />Beginner fiber artist here…my rounds from 6-up are curly curly. I&#39;m reluctant to keep going–am I misuderstanding the instructions for rows 6-23? I&#39;m making a dc, then adding an extra chain before yarning over to start the next dc in the next space. <br />I&#39;m very excited to make this tote (thank you so much for sharing).<br />kate<br />

  16. Thanks for sharing, great bag.

  17. Just found your blog and I love it! Just have a quick question. If I wanted to make the bag bigger would I just make the bottom bigger?

  18. Help…I am stuck on rounds 6-23. I am new at this and Im only 12 so I dont understand it that well.

  19. Is it like the handles are done on each side then joined together at the top?

  20. How do I make it larger for adults? I see others have asked but I don&#39;t see where you&#39;ve answered (unless I&#39;m just plain blind!) Thanks!

  21. How do I make it larger for adults? I see others have asked but I don&#39;t see where you&#39;ve answered (unless I&#39;m just plain blind!) Thanks!

  22. Did you make any larger sizes of this pattern?

  23. Hi there! Just having the same problem that others seem to have had… On rounds 6-23, I&#39;m just not quite sure what you mean. I am a fairly new beginer to crocheting so I would really appreciate the help! Also, how do you finish up round 5 to go into the next? Thanks:)<br /><br /><br />

  24. Hello! I was also interested in the adult version of this pattern. CDould you email thos instructions to me or post them? I am making this for my own personal use because I thought the bag was so adorable! <br />Thx!<br />[email protected]

  25. can this bag be lined

  26. and I would alsolike to know if you have a pattern for larger version of this bag

  27. Hi! Like others I am confused about rows 6-23. Do you DC ch 1 and then do the next DC or do you DC and do a sc in the ch 1 space from the previous row? Also do you have a pattern made to make it a bigger size? I love the bag and would love to do one for myself! Thanks

  28. HI – any chance you have available the pattern for the larger bag? Thank you.

  29. I&#39;m SO excited…I just made this!! I JUST learned to crochet, and it is the FIRST THING I have ever made. I love it! :) <br /><br />You can see my attempt here if you are interested:<br /><br />Thank you SO much for the free pattern!

  30. Can someone please explain the dc ch1 in next stitch. Do you dc and sc in the same stitch or dc and do a ch1 seperate before the next dc?? Thanks!

  31. Do you have any pictures of the handles? I&#39;m confused how to finish them? Love this bag and would love to make a matching on for myself! Mother daughter farmers market bags would be really cute! Maybe do mine in the color of her flower and my flower the color of her bag!! Please post a bigger bag :-)<br />

  32. Hi there! this bag is awesome…trying out this bag but would luv to see a post for a bigger bag…

  33. Thanks so much for posting this! It&#39;s so cute and simple! I made mine and used your flower pattern to add a flower to my bag as well. :) Thanks again!

  34. OMG i just love this pattern! I made one for a little girl that saw me crocheting one day and asked if i coul make her a bag. I know she will love it cant wait to give it to her ;) Thank you very much!<br />

  35. Can this be made larger for an adult. Very cute!!!

  36. Is there a suggestion from anyone on how to make this larger??

  37. Not sure if I&#39;ve done something wrong or if its normal but my first 5 rounds have turned out very &quot;curly&quot; or &quot;wavy&quot;. Help?? :)

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  39. In round 5, does your chain 3 count as your first stitch? I am not positive how to switch from working in the round and connecting with a slip stitch to working as a spiral

  40. I love this pattern! Unfortunately I also have the same question as Kira Cannon above. Can you please help me?! I really love this pattern and would love to finish it! <br />Thank You for sharing!<br />

  41. Thank you so much for this pattern, I sure will post my finished bag on facebook and will link it to your blog.<br /><br />

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  43. If I continue adding rows from row 3 adding 12 stitches each time will this be the correct way to make the bag larger?

  44. I just loved your bag. Simple to follow pattern. I applied this patten with few changes like increased the bottom rows, made a band on top with handles on both sides. I have pinned yours and my finished bag in my board<br /><br /><br /><br />

  45. If I wanted to make this bigger could I just double the instructions? And what pattern did you use for the flower?

  46. Thanks, Lauren! I love this bag!!! It&#39;s adorable! To save a little time.. I&#39;m wondering if the ladies that want an &#39;adult size&#39; pattern, have tried using a larger hook… It does make it a little looser, although it gives it more stretch as well. :) <br />Thank you again, Lauren! I look forward to trying more of your patterns.

  47. I love this bag and I love the flower too! Do you have a pattern for the flower? Thanks! =)

  48. I, like so many others, am having trouble transitioning from making circles to crocheting in the spiral at row 5 to 6. I cannot find a tutorial on how to do this and it doesn&#39;t seem like the author of this pattern is providing any answers. I guess I&#39;ll have to abandon this project and seek out another tote pattern to make but I would really appreciate a mini-tutorial here to show how to

  49. Hi, Cheryl. I just replied to you via email like I&#39;ve done the other commenters. <br />

  50. How do you make it larger love it but need bigger one

  51. Lauren, being a beginner I am a visual person. Have you ever made a tutorial for this project? If you have how can I view it?

  52. Hermoso bolso, muchas gracias por compartir el patrón :)

  53. Thank you! I think this is the tote that I want to make – very nice. I appreciate you sharing the pattern.

  54. Great tote. Thanks for sharing. I made it the other day and also the prettiest 8 petal three layer flower. I made the tote again and now can&#39;t find that flower. Is there a way to get it again? I am assuming you took it off of the free pattern page?

  55. Thanks for the great pattern and easy to follow instructions! Whipped one up last night using a J hook and 2 strands of yarn. LOVE how you can play around with hook sizes and yarn to customize it to your liking!! THANKS!!

  56. Love this bag! Can you email me as well? Thank you!

  57. Hi Lauren! I have 260 m of some yarn that was available here in the UAE called Super Incident by Nako. It&#39;s a 75% acrylic and rest wool. Would I be able to make the bag with this yarn and the amount I have? And also which hook size would give me the best result? Would be grateful if you could reply to my queries at [email protected] <br />Thanks for the pattern and also request you for the

  58. Hi Lauren! I have 260 m of some yarn that was available here in the UAE called Super Incident by Nako. It&#39;s a 75% acrylic and rest wool. Would I be able to make the bag with this yarn and the amount I have? And also which hook size would give me the best result? Would be grateful if you could reply to my queries at [email protected] <br />Thanks for the pattern and also request you for the

  59. Hello I just made this bag fallowed pattern used an I hook with 14oz 100% acrylic chunky and its perfect for an adult size!!! Love it thanks for the pattern :)

  60. How many dcs should there be at the end of round 5?

  61. I&#39;ve just finished my tote; and it turned out lovely. Thank you so much for sharing talent.

  62. Hi! lauren I love this beautiful bag, but havent problem with the handle. Is there anyway you can explain it a little better. Thank you, Cynthia

  63. Great FREE pattern! Thank you so much for sharing this. I found it was very easy to follow, even for a beginner like me. I made this for &#39;tween girl, used Peaches &#39;n Cream Psychedelic print yarn and a slightly larger hook. The size came out perfect. I did have to go to youtube for a video tutorial on decreasing stitches for the handle because I am new to this. I&#39;m planning on making

  64. I&#39;d love to know how I could make this for an adult?

  65. Think the pattern is beautiful….just what I&#39;ve been looking for. Can you tell me how to make a larger one. Thanks for posting. I would also like to know how to make the flower. Thank you!<br />

  66. Hi! I love this pattern very much. can you me help me on the bigger pattern?

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  68. Hi Lauren.. Thank you for the pattern! I don&#39;t know how to make it adult size. Would you please post it or email me? Thank you!

  69. Hi Lauren.. Thank you for the pattern! I don&#39;t know how to make it adult size. Would you please post it or email me? Thank you!

  70. Would love this pattern in adult size! Super cute.. thanks

  71. Lauren – this is a really cute tote. Thank you for sharing. I, too, would like to make it in a larger size. Thanks again!

  72. Thank you for posting this pattern! I came across it while looking for a beach tote. Not only is this pattern super easy, but just perfect for my purpose! And I made it all in one afternoon. Now I don&#39;t have to use a walmart bag when going to the pool! Thanks again!

  73. This is so cute. It makes me wish I could crochet. I&#39;m going to share it on my Facebook page for those who are more crafty than I am. Thanks!

  74. Should the pattern read for the first round to do 12 DC in the THIRD chain from hook? <br /><br />Can&#39;t Wait to get started on this!<br /><br />Thanks for sharing!

  75. I&#39;ve made the bigger one and have gotten to the handle and can&#39;t figure it out. Could you please send me an email explaining?<br /><br />[email protected]

  76. Valerie says:

    I’m having the same problem as others and my bag is curling. Please help. I love this bag and would love to finish it

  77. Heather says:

    I would also like the instructions for adult size bag please.

  78. susan says:

    this is an awesome pattern. i made one in purple and red and love it.. thank you. I would love to show you a picture but i am unsure how to get it to this post

    • Lauren says:

      Hi, Susan! I don’t know if there’s a way to embed a photo in a comment… you’re welcome to email it to me, though. Lauren (at)!

  79. Joanne says:

    I just finished mine last night! Love it! Thank you for sharing this pattern! Definitely making more for Christmas gifts! I too was confused on 6-23, and did row 24 wrong and had to pull it out and re-do. Then I realized that rows 6-23 it says DC, (comma) chain one in each space. So it is DC AND chain 1 in EACH space. Row 24 says Chain one. (period) then DC in each space, so chain one… then DC (only) in each space. Awesome bag! Thanks again!

  80. Hannah M says:

    Hello Lauren! pls help I’m lost on starting round 7 not sure if I’m supposed to chain 2 or 3 before starting a DC in that round ,I’m so excited about finishing the bag but can’t get passed this part I have tried several times TY..

  81. Summer says:

    I noticed something that’s in your other pattern isn’t on this one. At the end of round, before you begin the handle, it doesn’t state to slip stitch, but in the other pattern it says to slip stitch here. Just wondering if it should be the same here and if so maybe it can be updated above?
    Thanks so much for this pattern and all of the other patterns you have offered!

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks so much for pointing this out. I’ll double check and fix it if I need to! :)

  82. Cherie says:

    Hi! Beautiful bag! I have a question, same as the others :) in round 6 when I start and connect my round is it to the 3 chain from the beginning of round 5? And then I dc in the chain 3 then ch1. And from here on out I am dc in the ch1 spots? My ch1 spots are tight so not sure if that’s normal! Thanks again!!

    • Lauren says:

      Sounds like you’re on the right track! Your ch 1 spaces may be a little tight, but that doesn’t matter. It will keep your bag from having too much stretch.

  83. I *just* read that this was for a little girl and I made one for my grown up sister in law … ha ha … oops! Hopefully I’ll have time to make a new one!

    • Lauren says:

      Uh oh. I would definitely use my daughter’s bag for myself. It’s a little smaller, but it’s not a bad size for us either :)

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