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Wave Market Bag Free Crochet Pattern

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When life gives you lemons… first you make fancy market bags, then you take those lemons home and make lemonade, am I right? This NEW and free Wave Market Bag crochet pattern is perfect for carrying all those lemons – and whatever other produce suits your fancy. 😉

Market bag crochet pattern

Market Bag Crochet Pattern

I have been eyeballing this stitch set for months, trying to decide on the perfect pattern in which to use it. I wanted to really show off the “wave” aspect while also sticking to my roots and making it a useful and elegant project. (See more useful crochet patterns here.) I do believe this Market Bag is the perfect adaptation!

free market bag pattern

For this market bag crochet pattern, I decided to use Patons Hempster yarn (discontinued). There are a plethora of gorgeous colorways, and this yarn was very nice to work with. It is a 55% hemp/45% cotton blend. You could substitute regular cotton if needed, but note that the Hempster is labeled as a 3 (lightweight) so if you use a 100% cotton that is a size 4/worsted weight, your bag will come out larger and you may need to go up a hook size for the fabric not to be too stiff.

how to make a market bag crochet

Materials:

Patons Hempster Yarn (discontinued)
-approx. 380 yards (2 skeins)

Crochet hook in size G/4mm

Crochet hook in size D/3.25mm

Stitch marker

Gauge:

18 hdc sts x 13 rows = 4” square

Pattern Notes:

Pattern written using US terms.

Pay attention to whether or not the beginning chain of each round counts as a stitch.

Need help with the Wave Stitch? Watch this video tutorial for guidance.

Finished Dimensions:

Approx. 14” wide (flat) and 15” tall (not including straps)

Bag base:

With G/4mm hook…

Round 1: Ch-43, 3hdc in 2nd ch from hook. (mark first stitch with stitch marker) hdc in each to end. 6hdc in last. Working up the opposite side of the chain, hdc in each st to end, 3hdc in beg st. (92) Do not join throughout base. Work in spiral using stitch markers to mark first st of row.

Round 2: 2hdc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 40 sts, 2hdc in next 6 sts, hdc in next 40 sts, 2hdc in each of last 3 sts. (104)

Round 3: * hdc in next, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * 2 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. Repeat between * * 6 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. Repeat between * * 3 more times. (116)

Round 4: * hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * 2 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. Repeat between * * 6 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. Repeat between * * 3 more times. (128)

Rounds 5 – 10: hdc in each st around. (128)

Bag body:

Before starting bag body, sl st to next st:

Round 11: Ch-2 (counts as sc + ch-1), turn, sk-2 sts. * sc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, dc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, tc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, Tc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, dc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, sc in next, ch-1, sk-next st * repeat between * * 6 more times. Sc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, dc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, tc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, tc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, dc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, join to top of ch-2. (128)

Round 12: Ch-1 (does not count), turn, sc in first ch-sp. Sc in each st/ch-sp around. Place 2sc around last ch-sp. Join to top of first sc. (128)

Round 13: Ch-1 (does not count), turn, sk first st, sc in each st around. Join to top of beg ch. (128)

Round 14: Ch-5 (counts as tc + ch-1), turn, sk first st, * dc in next. Ch-1, sk next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, sc in next. Ch-1, sk next st, sc in next, ch-1, sk next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, sk next st, dc in next, ch-1, sk next st, tc in next, Ch-1, sk next st, tc in next, ch-1 * repeat between * * 6 more times. Dc in next, ch-1, sk next st, hdc in next, ch-1, sk next st, sc in next. Ch-1, sk next st, sc in next, ch-1, sk next st, hdc in next, Ch-1, sk next st, dc in next, Ch-1, sk next st. tc in next, ch-1, join to 4th ch from beg ch. (128)

Round 15: Ch-5, turn, tc in next tc. Ch-1, * dc in next dc, ch-1, hdc in next hdc, ch-1, sc in next sc, ch-1, sc in next sc, ch-1, hdc in next hdc, ch-1, dc in next dc, ch-1, tc in next tc, ch-1, tc in next tc * repeat between * * 6 more times. Ch-1, dc in next dc, ch-1, hdc in next hdc, ch-1, sc in next sc, ch-1, sc in next sc, ch-1, hdc in next hdc, ch-1, dc in next dc, ch-1, join to 4th ch from beg. ch. (128)

Round 16: repeat row 12 (128)

Round 17: repeat row 13 (128)

Round 18: Ch-2 (counts as sc + ch-1), turn, sk-1 st. * hdc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, dc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, Tc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, Tc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, dc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, sc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, sc in next, ch-1. * repeat between * * 6 more times. Sk-next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, dc in next. Ch-1, sk-next st, Tc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, Tc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, dc in next, ch-1, sk-next st, hdc in next. Ch-1, sk next st, Sc in next. Ch-1, join to top of ch-2. (128)

Round 19: Ch-2 (counts as sc + ch-1), turn, * sc in next sc, ch-1, hdc in next hdc. Ch-1, dc in next dc. Ch-1, Tc in next tc, ch-1, Tc in next tc, ch-1, dc in next dc, ch-1, hdc in next hdc. Ch-1, sc in next sc, ch-1 * repeat between * * 6 more times. Sc in next sc, ch-1, hdc in next hdc. Ch-1, dc in next dc. Ch-1, Tc in next tc, ch-1, Tc in next tc, ch-1, dc in next dc, ch-1, hdc in next hdc. Ch-1, join to top of ch-2. (128)

market bag free crochet pattern

Rounds 20 – 35: repeat rounds 12 – 19 two more times.

Round 36: repeat row 12

Round 37: repeat row 13

Round 38: repeat row 14

Round 39: repeat row 15

Round 40: repeat row 16

Round 41: repeat row 17

Round 42: repeat row 18

Bag top:

Switch to D/3.25mm hook…

Round 43: Ch-1, do NOT turn, hdc in each st around. Do not join, work in a spiral for the remainder of pattern. (128)

Rounds 44 – 45: Hdc in each st around. (128)

Straps:

Round 46: Hdc in 32 sts. Ch-80, sk-30, hdc in next 34 sts. Ch-80, sk-30, hdc in remaining 2 sts.

Round 47: Hdc in each st to chain, hdc in each st across chain. Hdc in each st to next chain, hdc in each st across chain, hdc in remaining sts around.
*note that you could instead hdc 80 x around the chain, but I think it looks sloppier.

Rounds 48 – 49: Hdc in each st around, placing a hdc4tog at each corner where the strap meets the bag.

Sl st in final 3 sts. This helps to hide where you fastened off when working in the round not joining. Weave in all ends. You. Are. Done!

I loved making this Market Bag so much, and I hope you did too! Something fun and different, and a bit of a challenge at the start. Once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty fast! I liked this stitch set so much, I am contemplating using it in a more complicated design soon, so stay tuned!

free market bag crochet pattern

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46 Comments

  1. I love this bag! I’m finishing the handles now and have a newbie question. Could the wave stitch section be completed without turning/joining? I only used one color/yarn so wondering if the join/turn instructions are used for changing colors/yarns…
  2. Hi, thank you very much for sharing this beautiful pattern. I have the same question of GG Bocchino at this point, after the 3rd row. Your answer to her: I'm glad the video helped! For the rest of row 3, you will repeat the stitch sequence of *hdc in next, 2hdc in next* 6 times...hdc in the next 40, then repeat that same stitch sequence from before another 3 times. I couldn’t understand and I am doing something wrong. Could you explain a little more detailed? Thank you so so much
  3. I am struggling to find a printable version without all of the adds. I feel like I am missing something. Please help!
  4. I struggled with the joining and found once I got to the handles I had to subtract by 7 hdc and add by 7 hdc on round 46 for the handles to appear even. My joining got better towards the end but it was enough to skew the handles. So for anyone dissatisfied by the handles placement due to being a bit out of their depth on this pattern bear in mind you can tweak at this point to give it a more even appearance. This is completely not a problem with the pattern, this is a me problem with getting out ahead of my skis on a type of design I've never done before. I just hope someone else finds the tweak helpful if they run in to the same issue due to technical struggles.
    1. I guess I had the same issue with joining because I had the same problem on rnd 46. Thank you for your advice, it work out perfectly!
  5. Thank you for the pattern. I'm from the same town, recognize the place you are standing. Hello from a fellow Kansan! I love this stitch pattern and was looking to make some market bags for my granddaughter who shops at the downtown farmers market. Thought this was perfect!
  6. Hi there - thanks so much for the beautiful pattern. I'm in the midst of making a bag right now. My youngest daughter has asked me to make her a lunch tote, and I'm thinking this bag would be perfect if I could make it a bit smaller. I've never made a pattern or altered one, and I'm guessing I need a certain amount of stitches. Halving everything seems wrong because that would result in 3.5 waves. Do you have advice on how I could go about it? Thanks so much!
    1. Hi Lauren! I am so glad you are enjoying the pattern! The wave pattern is in multiples of 16, so after creating the base, you would want your total stitch count to be in that multiple. If you start with a chain of 26 and follow the increase pattern of the base, after row 4 you would have 96 sts...which would give you 6 wave repeats and your market bag would be about 10" wide. You could also go down a hook size to make it a bit smaller if desired. I hope this helps!
  7. Ashlea: I would love to make this bag, but a bit larger. Any advice for how I might go about that? I want to make it farmer's market size, so it can hold a lot more. BTW, I'm a complete crochet newbie. :-)
    1. Hello! I'm using worsted weight yarn (size 4) and following the pattern using a G hook has given me a 17 1/4" width so far, which is a couple inches wider than it says it should be (I should learn to check for gauge, but I'm excited it's a little larger too). I'd suggest going up a hook size (maybe H or I) to increase the size a bit, but am not sure by how much it would get bigger. Hope this helps! Happy crocheting!
  8. This is a beautiful bag and I loved working it. Not sure what I did wrong but I had to adjust the counts for the straps because they kept ending up all wonky, got it worked out though. Do you think that a half double foundation stitch would work in place of the chain stitches for the straps?? Thank you so much for the pattern! I will definitely be purchasing the printable version.
  9. I am stuck between rows 12 and 13. This is my second attempt to get the stitch count correct. On row 11 we have 128 sts. On row 12 we sc in each st and ch sp but add an extra sc in the last ch sp and still end up with 128 st because the first chain doesn't count. Then in row 13 we are supposed to sk the first st and crochet around and the first ch doesn't count so we end with 127. I have pulled it and counted over and over again and I'm so confused on how I'm supposed to end with 128 st on that row so the rest of the waves line up correctly. On my first attempt I got to row 19 and was off on st count and the waves didn't match up. Please help?
        1. I am stuck here too and getting so frustrated that I can’t figure out how this is supposed to work. Did any of you get an answer (I know your comments were a while ago) ?
          1. I never did get a response. I keep coming back hoping to make this bag and frustrated that I will end up stuck again. Glad to know I'm not the only one stuck here.
    1. I also sometimes got the cout off so out of frustration and laziness of re-doing all 128 stitches, i just increased or decreased to get the correct number of stitches ^^'. It's not the most delicate way but it got me out of the mess i created so i hope it could work for you as well.
  10. Hello, amazing pattern! Thank you :)on Round 12, I'm a bit confused about the chain places. It seems I just sc around all the stitches but that doesn't create holes or have chains like yours does. Do you have any tips? Perhaps I'm just reading it wrong. Thank you!
  11. Hi Ashlea, I have your pattern with the required materials. I am getting a bit confused on step 3 where it says, Repeat between * * 6 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. Repeat between * * 3 more times. (116) My base piece does not look like your sample. Then, Round 4: * hdc in next 2 sts, 2hdc in next * {OK I get this} repeat between * * 2 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. Repeat between * * 6 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. Repeat between * * 3 more times. (128) Is there another way to say what you mean? I am not a Newbie but not experienced either. Is there a video seeing the bag being made? {I saw your excellent video on the Wave Stitch itself}. Or can you recommend a site that helps with reading the pattern? Thanks so much, GG
    1. Hi! Sorry if that is a bit confusing! When I say "repeat between * *" that simply means to repeat the stitch sequence between the asterisks the directed number of times. I do have a video for the Life's a Beach Bag in which the base is similar that may help you. Hope this helps!
      1. Thank you so much for the suggestion to watch the video for the Life's a Beach Bag. It did really explain the base set up. Plus the teacher was quite good! I do have to have something else explained-hope it is OK? I am midway in Round 3 & completed the first part: * hdc in next, 2hdc in next * repeat between * * 2 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. But now I am not sure with the next direction: (Repeat between * * 6 more times, hdc in next 40 sts. Repeat between * * 3 more times)- Repeat exactly what? I appreciate your help SO much.
        1. I'm glad the video helped! For the rest of row 3, you will repeat the stitch sequence of *hdc in next, 2hdc in next* 6 times...hdc in the next 40, then repeat that same stitch sequence from before another 3 times.
          1. Hi! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful pattern. I have the same question of GG Bocchino, and I am stuck in this point You answered: I'm glad the video helped! For the rest of row 3, you will repeat the stitch sequence of *hdc in next, 2hdc in next* 6 times...hdc in the next 40, then repeat that same stitch sequence from before another 3 times. But I am not understanding. Could you, please, explain again more detailed. Thank you very much
  12. I have gotten as far as round 11, but I am still on the opposite side of the project. I did the first part, repeated it 6 times, then started the 2nd part, but I am nowhere near being able to join to beginning ch-2. Am I supposed to repeat the 2nd pattern on round 11, 6 times as well?? If so, please put it on the written pattern!
    1. I am afraid I mis-read the pattern... I feel foolish now. I missed the TCs in the 1st part of round 11, so I will re-do and see if it comes out correctly. Please delete my comment if you can...
  13. Do you send out email newsletters? If so, where can I sign up? I found this article through a blog round up and absolutely love your work and would like to see more of your creations!
    1. Hi Siera! I am so glad you enjoy my patterns and blog! In the sidebar of any page on my blog, is a sign-up for my email newsletter =)
    1. Hi Sarah! Yes, you can find it on Ravelry here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wave-market-bag
  14. Hi from the UK! I love this new market bag - is there somewhere to download and print the pattern from? thanks Sarah
    1. Hi Sarah! You can purchase the ad-free pdf version on Ravelry here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wave-market-bag
  15. I found your site. nice work that you are doing. I like it very much. I hope everyone will love it. I want to say thanks for the helpful work. keep it up.
    1. Hi Ruth! You will be placing a sc in every stitch and chain space for that row. Hope this helps!