The Everygirl Bag | Crochet Market Bag Free Pattern
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I might be biased, but I think this is the perfect little bag! It features mesh throughout the body without being too ‘meshy’ like others can be. It uses a combination of rows of extended single crochet and single crochet. The extended single crochet rows are what give it the mesh look and the single crochet rows give a bit of stability so as not to overstretch or let anything fall through.
Usage and Techniques Used
It’s perfect for taking to the market for produce, those summery beach days, or just as an everyday bag! The unique construction makes it fun to work up. First, you’ll work a mesh hexagon and then the border and handles are worked around the edges, making strategic decreases to get the bag shape. The mesh works up very quickly, as well. It’s made using a combination of single crochet rows and extended single crochet rows. You’ll be wanting to make one in every color!
About The Yarn
I used Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton for my bag but you can use any worsted weight cotton you like as gauge is not very important for this project. I have included my gauge and finished measurements below for reference. A few other cotton yarns I would recommend for this project are Premier Rodeo, Lily Sugar N’ Cream, or Bernat Handicrafter Cotton.
16 sts and 16 rows of sc with a 4mm hook is 4″ x 4″ (10x10cm)
Laid flat and before stretch:
18” (46cm) at the widest point
12” (30cm) from base of handles to bottom of bag
360 yards/195g (2 balls) Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (or any worsted weight yarn, see above for other yarn recommendations)
US Size G/6/4mm crochet hook (I use these!)
US Size J/10/6mm crochet hook (I use these!)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends (I use these!)
2 stitch markers (I use these!)
Scissors (These Fiskars are my fav!)
-When working an esc into a previous esc, you should work the st into the wide open space of the previous esc.
-I use invisible decreases throughout the pattern unless specified otherwise.
-* * indicates a repeat
-(xx) at the end of a row/round indicates how many total stitches for that row/round
fsc-foundation single crochet
sl st-slip stitch
sc2tog-single crochet 2 stitches together
sc3tog-single crochet 3 stitches together
esc-extended single crochet (insert hook in indicated stitch, yo, pull through loop [2 loops on hook], yo, pull through 1 loop [2 loops on hook], yo, pull through 2 loops [esc made])
hdc-half double crochet
Foundation/R1: (with 4mm hook) fsc 51, switch to 6mm hook after the last st is complete and before you ch 3 (counts as esc and ch 1), turn (51)
R2 sk 1st and 2nd sts, *esc in next st, ch 1, sk 1* until 2 sts remain, esc in last st, ch 3, turn
R3 sk 1st esc and 1st ch-sp, *esc in next esc, ch 1, sk 1* until all previous esc sts are worked, esc in 2nd ch of the turning ch 3 from the previous row, ch 1, turn
R4 sc in 1st esc, 2sc in 1st ch-sp (inc), sc in each esc and each ch-sp until 1 ch-sp and the turning ch 3 is left, 2sc in ch-sp (inc), sc in the 2nd ch of the turning ch 3 from the previous row, ch 3, turn (53)
R5-28 repeat R2-4 (69)
R29-30 repeat R2-3 once more
R31 sc in 1st esc, sc in 2nd esc (dec), sc in each ch-sp and esc across, sk last ch-sp (turning ch 3 from the previous row) (dec), sc in 2nd ch of the turning ch 3 from the previous row, ch 3, turn (67)
R32 sk 1st and 2nd sts, *esc in next st, ch 1, sk 1* until 2 sts remain, esc in last st, ch 3, turn
R33 sk 1st esc and 1st ch-sp, *esc in next esc, ch 1, sk 1* until all previous esc sts are worked, esc in 2nd ch of the turning ch 3 from the previous row, ch 1, turn
R34-55 repeat R31-33 ending on a sc row (51)
R56-57 repeat R32-33 once more
R58 switch to 4mm hook after the ch 1, hdc in 1st esc, hdc in each ch-sp and esc across, hdc in 2nd ch of the turning ch 3 from the previous row, ch 1 (51)
You should now have a panel shaped like a hexagon as seen in the photo below.
At this point, my hexagon measures 20″ (51cm) at the widest point and 21″ (53cm) long from the beginning foundation row to the last worked row. It is stretched slightly to lay flat.
Building the end panels:
Turn your work 90° to work into the raw edge of your hexagon as seen in the photo below:
R1 (WS) sc into the end of the hdc row, *sc2tog over 2 esc rows, sc into sc row*, place your last sc into the base of the fsc at the end, ch 1, turn (39)
R2 (RS) sc in each st across, ch 1, turn (39)
R3 sc in 1st st, sc2tog, *sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog* 5 times, sc in last st, ch 1, turn (33)
R4 repeat R2, ch 1, turn (33)
R5 sc in 1st st, *sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts, sc2tog*, sc in each st until 10 sts remain, repeat from * to *, sc in last st, ch 1, turn (29)
R6 repeat R2, ch 1, turn (29)
R7-10 repeat R5-6, break yarn (21)
With the WS facing and the raw edge at the top, attach yarn with a sc in the corner st at the top right
ch 1, turn your work 90° so you’re now working on the long edge to the left
Establishing your handles and building/shaping the border:
R1 *10 sc (1 sc at the end of each sc row), sc 22, sc2tog (place marker in this st), sc3tog, sc2tog, sc 22, 10 sc (1 sc at the end of each sc row), LOOSELY ch 50, sk 21 sc (handle made)*, repeat from * to * once, join with a sl st to the 1st sc of the row, ch 1, do not turn
R2 *sc until 2 sts remain before the marker, sc2tog (replace marker in this st), sc3tog, sc2tog*, repeat from * to * once, sc to the end of the row, join, ch 1, do not turn
R3-8 repeat R2
Finish off and weave in ends!
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Happy making friend!