This crochet mesh market bag is the right amount of durability while still being lightweight and breezy. Use the sweet Forêt Market Bag as a sustainable way to shop! Made with bulky yarn this bag works up extremely quickly and it is so much fun to crochet!
Spend a Saturday morning strolling by the stalls at a farmers market with the Forêt Market Bag. Intentionally made with a sturdy base, confidently store your purchases of fresh produce and handmade items with no fear of the bag giving way!
This market bag is a unique take on the traditional crochet mesh market bag. The lovely, mesh-inspired stitch pattern is just a 2 row repeat and it’s so addicting to crochet! The Forêt Bag is made with bulky weight yarn to ensure stability, but also too add statement element to this bag. The bulky yarn creates large, dramatic stitches that creates a fresh, modern look.
I think I may have found my newest obsession with designing crochet bags (see here and here). Crochet bags are truly so much fun to make and they are so practical! The styles and stitch patterns for a crochet bag are endless and you can make a crochet bag that perfectly matches your style.
I intentionally made the Summer Harvest bag to not have an excessive amount of holes so that you can comfortably put small items in the bag, without them falling out. However, with the Forêt Market Bag, I wanted it to be a little more meshy. If you are wanting to put small items in this bag, I definitely recommend putting them in a small pouch and then putting the pouch into the bag.
Along with my crochet bag obsession, I must also have an obsession with using Lion Brand Rewind yarn for bags since this is my third bag made from this yarn! This yarn is my absolute favorite yarn for crochet bags! It is so soft to touch, making it really enjoyable to work with! But when crocheted, this yarn becomes really durable, great for the pressure that will be placed on the yarn as a bag! Rewind comes in some lovely colors and some of my favorites colors in this line include Olive you (what I made this bag out of!), Greige, and Mahogany Rose.
Do you prefer using stitch charts to understand a stitch pattern? Included in the ad-free, PDF of the Forêt Market Bag is a stitch chart for the mesh pattern! You can only access this useful chart through the pattern PDF. Below is a link to purchase the PDF!
Yarn: 540 yards of bulky weight (category 5) yarn held together. I 3 skeins of Lion Brand Rewind in Olive You
Hook: US J/6.00mm crochet hook
You will also need: Tapestry needle
- The pattern is worked in US crochet terms.
- The bag is worked flat in rows. Then it’s seamed together to form a tube. The top of the bag with the handles are worked in rounds. Lastly, the bottom is seamed to form a sturdy base.
- Remember to hold two strands of yarn together throughout the whole pattern.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Measurements: When laid flat:
Length: 13 inches
Width: 13.5 inches
Gauge: Approximately 6 rows of 6 sc = 2 inches
Sl st: Slip stitch
Sc: Single crochet
Hdc: Half double crochet
Dc Cl: Double crochet cluster
*Yarn over, insert hook in st, yarn over and pull back through st. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook* repeat two more times working into the same st. Yarn over pull through all loops on hook.
Ch 87 (Alternative is to foundation sc 86 and skip to round 2)
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in every ch (86). Ch 1, turn.
Row 2-3: 1 sc in every st (86). Ch 1, turn.
After row 3, ch 2.
Row 4: 1 sc in third st. *ch 3, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in next st* repeat across. (29) scs. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5: 1 sc in first arch, ch 3. *1 dc cl in next arch, ch 3, 1 sc in next arch, ch 3* repeat to end of row. Work 1 sc into the top of the ch from the previous row. (14) dc cl. Ch 2, turn.
Row 6: 1 sc in first arch. *ch 3, 1 sc in next arch* repeat across. (29) scs. Ch 2, turn.
Row 7: Dc cl in first ch3 arch. *ch 3, 1 sc in next arch, ch 3, dc cl in next arch* repeat to end of row. (14) dc cl. Ch 2, turn.
Row 8: 1 sc in first arch. *ch 3, 1 sc in next arch* repeat across. (29) scs. Ch 2, turn.
Rows 9-28: Repeat rows 5-8
Seam the two ends together (along the line) to form a tube. Attach yarn at the top. Ch 1.
Row 1: *1 sc in sc, 2 sc in ch 3 space* repeat around (86) sc. Sl st into first st, ch 1.
In the next row, you will begin making the handles
Row 2: 1 sc in 21 sts, ch 56, skip 22 sts, 1 sc in next st. 1 sc in 20 sts, ch 56, skip 22 sts, sl st into first sc. (42) sc. Ch 1
Row 3: 1 sc in same st, 1 sc in every st around, working 56 sc in each ch space. (154) sc. Sl st into first st, ch 1.
Row 4-6: 1 sc in every st. (154) sc. Sl st into first st, ch 1.
Flip the bag inside out and lay flat so that the handles are aligned. Sew on the line to close the bottom of the bag.
On one side of the bottom fold to create a point. Sew on the line (approximately 2 inches from the point).
Fold the triangle back to the inside of the bag and seam on the lines to secure the triangle down.
Repeat on the other side.
Weave in all loose ends.
I hope you enjoy this crochet mesh market bag! Be sure to tag me on Instagram with your bag, I would love to see it!
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