These Little Tote Bags Went to the Market: 3 Fun and Easy Market Bags to Crochet

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It's been a looooong Spring/Summer for us at home. I still can't believe all that has taken place in 2020! The upside to my quarantine has been lots and lots of crochet and sewing projects while I was preparing for baby #2 to arrive in July. Now that we've entered phase three here in Virginia some of the local farmer's markets have started opening up. While I still haven't been out to the farmer's markets, we've been able to visit some of the local farms and pick up some fresh meat, produce and baked goods!


These crocheted tote bags were perfect for carrying my goodies home or even just using as a large purse. I actually made one of these tote bags last year and found the other two this year. Below, I will share my experience making these three beautiful tote bags as well as offer some tips on constructing these bags and what you'll need to make them. Whether you are a beginner or experienced crocheter there is a bag here for you.


The first bag I made was this Wildrose Market Bag by Stephanie Lau. This was a fun market bag made from granny squares. I used a larger yarn than the pattern called for so this made for a larger bag overall.


A few things I learned making this bag was how to block my squares. I hadn't done this before but it's helpful in flattening your granny squares and making sure they're all about the same size. You can see how I did this in the photo below - though I did not have a proper foam mat to use so I used cardboard which worked okay. In the future I will use a proper blocking mat.

I like this BLOCKING MAT as it is affordable and ships very quickly. We know shipping times have been a pain lately with Covid!

The materials you will want to purchase for making the Wildrose Market Bag are:


Pattern - All of Stephanie's patterns can be found HERE

4 skeins of 24/7 - worsted weight level 4 yarn; ~320 grams or 600 yards used

2.75 mm Clover Amour crochet hook

3.75 mm Clover Amour crochet hook Tapestry Needle

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The Market Tote Bag was one of my favorites because it literally took me 2 days to make! It came together so fast. Make and Do Crew has a free pattern available or you can purchase one. This pattern makes a simple rectangle and then you simply fold it, stitch it and then add the shoulder strap. This is made with Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn which I had never used before. I love the feel of this yarn. It is also a larger yarn than my other two tote bags are made with so the stitches go much faster.


If I made this bag again I would probably make a thicker strap at the top. If you plan to do this you will want to purchase an additional skein of yarn. I literally used every inch of this yarn, having nothing left over.





The materials needed for this tote bag are:

Pattern - found HERE

3 skeins of Lion Brand Rewind Tape Yarn - weight - 5/bulky (242 yards)

5 mm crochet hook

Tapestry Needle

Stitch Markers


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The final tote bag I made for the year is the Camellia Tote Bag which was another pattern by Stephanie Lau at AllAboutAmi. I can't get enough of the patterns she creates and I love the yarn she carefully chooses for each project. This yarn was TINY, but it totally brings out the detail in the bag.



I feel that this is for more of an intermediate level crocheter, but if you're a beginner and looking for a good challenge, Stephanie's patterns are definitely easy to understand and because she offers a Crochet-Along on Facebook where you can get a lot of assistance not just from Stephanie herself but also through other people working on the same pattern. To give you an idea of how long this bag takes the Crochet-Along was 4 weeks long and we worked on a certain section of the bag each week. It took me a little longer since I gave birth to a child during the Crochet-Along - Like twice as long!


One of the things I came across while making this bag was a purse insert that was recommended by Stephanie. It will fit into any of these tote bags and you can just move it from purse to purse without making a mess of all the items in it.




The materials needed for this tote bag are:

Pattern - found HERE

6 skeins of 24/7 Cotton yarn 

2 mm, 2.75 mm and 3.5 mm Clover Amour crochet hooks

Tapestry Needle

Stitch Markers


Check out my personal picks below!


I hope this has inspired you to crochet more or maybe even for the first time! Thanks for stopping by!


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