This month’s X Stitch Challenge crochet pattern is a Market Bag.
I designed this crochet pattern with two versions of the X stitch. I love the texture that these two different X stitches create when offset with basic single and half double crochet. The straps wrap around the bottom of the bag for extra strength and can handle even the heaviest trips to the grocery store.
I love rainbows and when I first designed this bag I wanted it to be fun, bright and happy, well what’s happier than a rainbow right?
But I always like to experiment with different yarns and see how they change the look of a project. Using a neutral color palette I think the bag has a level of sophisticated charm that lends itself to more than grocery shopping, don’t you?
I used Sugar ‘n Cream worsted weight cotton yarn but there are so many fabulous options, the possibilities are endless.
Made with worsted weight cotton yarn such as Sugar ‘n Cream ~450 yards in total. For the rainbow bag I used about ½ skein of each color except the blue which was a total of 2 skeins.
Stitch marker to mark the sides of the tote for the Top Band.
Gauge: Hook US H/5.00mm; 8 XSt x 9 Rows = 4”
Medium: 13” wide x 14” tall without straps
Large: 16” wide x 17” tall without straps
ch – chain
hdc – half double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
tr – treble crochet
Special Stitches (see tutorial at end)
• XSt – X Stitch – skip next st, dc in next stitch, working behind stitch just made, work dc in skipped stitch
• Tr XSt – Treble X Stitch – skip next st, tr in next st, working in front of stitch just made, work tr in skipped stitch
• Weave ends as you work
• Chain 1 at beginning of round does not count as stitch
• Numbers in ( ) at end of the round are the number of stitches in that round.
• Work instructions in* as designated
• Start each round in the same stitch as the join
The pattern provides instructions for two bag sizes, Medium and Large
First work the base, then work the desired number of Motifs, finish with a Top Band and Straps.
To work the rainbow colors as pictured, work color changes as follows:
• Work Base and Rounds 1 to 4 of Sides in one color.
• Work each Motif in a different color.
• Work Top Band and Straps in another color.
• Fasten off at each color change.
For Medium Bag:
Row 1: Ch33, sc in 2nd st from hook and each remaining ch to end. (32)
Rows 2 to 8: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end. (32)
For Large Bag:
Row 1: Ch41, sc in 2nd st from hook and each remaining ch to end. (40)
Rows 2 to 10: Ch1, turn, sc in each st to end. (40)
Each round is joined with a slip stitch to the first st of the round.
Each round will have 80 stitches for the Medium Bag and 100 stitches for the Large Bag.
Round 1: Ch1, *sl st in each st, turn to work down short end of base side, sl st in side of each row*, repeat between * one more time.
Round 2: Ch1, working over the sl st in Round 1, work hdc in each st around, join.
Rounds 3 & 4: Ch1, hdc in each st around, join.
Motif 1 – Made up of Rounds 5 to 8:
Round 5: Ch1, hdc in each st around, join.
Round 6: Ch1, turn, sc in each st around, join.
Round 7: Turn, ch3, work dc in st directly to the right (beg X St made), continue to work in normal direction, work X St around, join to top of beg ch3.
Round 8: Ch3, work dc in st directly to the right (beg X St made), continue to work in normal direction, work X St around, join to top of beg ch3.
Motif 2 – Made up of Rounds 9 to 11:
Round 9: Ch1, hdc in each st around, join.
Round 10: Ch4, work tc in st directly to the right (beg Tr X St made), continue to work in normal direction, work Tr X St around, join to top of beg ch4.
Round 11: Ch1, hdc in each st around, join.
Repeat Motif 1 and Motif 2 as follows:
• For Medium Bag: 2 more times
• For Large Bag: 3 more times
Fasten off after last repeat. Lay bag flat, mark sides of bag.
Instructions written for Small Bag, changes for Large Bag in ( ).
Rounds 1 – 3: Join yarn in one of the side markers, ch1, sc in each st around, join.
Round 4: Ch1, *sc 8 (11) sts, ch5, skip 5, sc next 14 (18), ch5, skip 5, sc next 8 (11) sts*, repeat between * one more time, join.
Round 5: Ch1, *sc in each st to ch, working behind the ch, hdc in the 5 skipped sts from previous round*, repeat between * 3 more times; sc to end, join. The chain forms a slot for the handles.
Row 1: Ch6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch. (5)
Row 2: Ch1, turn, sc in each st. (5)
Repeat Row 2 until strap measures 100” (or desired strap length). Fasten off.
Note: You can also make the straps using Tunisian simple stitch for a different textured look.
The Straps are woven through the slots at the Top Band and around the bottom of the bag in one continuous piece. They are then joined at the ends and tacked down along the sides for added strength.
Follow picture tutorial to attach Straps to bag.
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