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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Comments

  1. 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?

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

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

  4. 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't find that flower. Is there a way to get it again? I am assuming you took it off of the free pattern page?

  5. 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!!

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

  7. 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

    • Im the bag now almost done. Im actually using the acrylic yarn. And its turning out like it should with the other.

  8. 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

  9. 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 :)

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

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

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

  15. 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 />

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

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  18. 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!

  19. 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!

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

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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]

  26. 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

  27. Heather says:

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

  28. 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..

  29. Summer says:

    Hi,
    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! :)

  30. 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.

  31. 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 :)