Rainbow Pocket Market Bag

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Inspiration is a funny thing. The Rainbow Pocket Market Bag was brewed up in my brain as a crazy combination of Earth Day, the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, my constant struggle with getting organized, and the desire for a little color in a cloudy rainy week! And the result is a free crochet market bag pattern that’s useful all year long!

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3

To make this fun reusable bag I used a couple of specific crochet techniques, and I’ve included links to them in the bullet points of the pattern. I also borrowed the mesh pattern from the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf – though worked in rounds, not spirals. I’ve also learned from all of you that both short and long handles are popular – and included directions for two different types of handles! So let’s get to that crochet pattern!

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3Add this pattern to your Ravelry Queue

Sateenkaarilaukku.pdf – (Finnish) courtesy of Laura Rankonen – thank you Laura!

  • US – I, 5.5 mm hook
  • US – F, 3.75 mm hook (optional, for making button)
  • 200 yards Worsted weight yarn: 120 yards Color A, 10-40 yds each of Colors B-G (As shown: Color A  is Bernat Handicrafter in Lemon Swirl Ombre; Colors B – G are Lily Sugar’n Cream in Hot Purple, Hot Blue, Hot Green, Tangerine, Hot Pink, and Red)
  • Button (optional, if you choose not to make your own)
  • Special techniques (click for tutorials): Magic circle; Standing dc; Seamless join; Back loop only – BLO (for all other sts used, please see the Video Tutorials page)

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Color A Circle Instructions:

Round 1: Starting with a Magic circle, ch 2, work 12 dc into the circle. Join to the first dc with a sl st. (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in each st around. Join to the first dc with a sl st. (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 2, dc in the first st, 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join to the first dc with a sl st. (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 2, dc in the first 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join to the first dc with a sl st. (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 2, dc in the first 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Join to the first dc with a sl st. (60 sts)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in the first 4 sts, 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next 4 sts, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end.This circle should be approximately 7 1/2″ across. Break yarn and use the Seamless join to join to the 2nd dc of the round. Weave in ends. (72 sts)

Colors B – G Circle Instructions:

Round 1: With Color B, start with a Magic circle, ch 2, work 12 dc into the circle. Break yarn and use Seamless join to join to the 2nd dc of the round. Weave in ends. (12 sts)

Round 2: With Color C, use the Standing dc to join to any st. Dc in the same st, then work 2 dc in each remaining st around. Break yarn and use Seamless join to join to the 2nd dc of the round. Weave in ends. (24 sts)

Round 3: With Color D, use the Standing dc to join to any st, then work 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and use Seamless join to join to the 2nd dc of the round. Weave in ends. (36 sts)

Round 4: With Color E, use the Standing dc to join to any st. Dc in the next st, then work 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and use Seamless join to join to the 2nd dc of the round. Weave in ends. (48 sts)

Round 5: With Color F, use the Standing dc to join to any st. Dc in the next 2 sts, then work 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and use Seamless join to join to the 2nd dc of the round. Weave in ends. (60 sts)

Round 6: With Color G, use the Standing dc to join to any st. Dc in the next 3 sts, then work 2 dc in the next st. *Dc in the next 4 sts, 2 dc in the next st. Repeat from * to end. Break yarn and use Seamless join to join to the 2nd dc of the round. Weave in ends. This circle should be the same size as the Color A circle, though very slight differences are okay. (72 sts)

Assemble the Pocket Bottom of the Bag:

Place the two circles Right Side together, with the Color A circle on the bottom, as shown below.

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3

Insert hook through a st of both circles, and using Color A yarn, sc through both layers for 56 sts. Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3

Then, sc through the remaining 16 sts of Color A’s circle ONLY. Join to the first sc with a sl st. (72 sts)

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3

Make the Mesh Sides of the Bag:

Round 1: Ch 3, and dc in the next st. Ch 5, skip 4 sts. *Dc in the next 2 sts. Ch 5, skip 4 sts. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to the top of the first dc (skipping the ch 3).

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3

Round 2 – 15: Ch 3, dc in the next ch sp. Ch 5, skip the rest of the ch sp and the next dc. *Dc in the next dc, dc in the next ch sp. Ch 5, skip the rest of the ch sp and the next dc. Repeat from * to end. Join with a sl st to the top of the first dc (skipping the ch 3).

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3

Round 16: Ch 1, work 2 sc in first st. Work 4 sc in each ch sp and 1 sc in the top of each dc st around (skipping the ch 3). Break yarn and Seamless join to the 2nd sc of the round. (72 sts)

Make the Handles:

(I used only 5 colors for the handles, so use the 5 you like best – or add another round!)

Round 17: With Color B, join to any st of Round 16 and sc in each st around. Break yarn and Seamless join to the 2nd sc of the round. Weave in ends. (72 sts)

Round 18: With Color C, join to any st of Round 17 and sc in each st around. Break yarn and Seamless join to the 2nd sc of the round. Weave in ends. (72 sts)

Round 19: With Color D, join to any st of Round 18 and sc in the first 12 sts. For Short Handles, ch 14; for Long Handles, ch 50 (or longer if desired). Skip the next 12 sts, sc in the next 24 sts, ch same amount for second handle (14 or 50), skip the next 12 sts, sc in the last 12 sts. Break yarn and Seamless join to the 2nd sc of the round. Weave in ends.

Round 20: With Color E, join to any sc st of Round 19. Sc in each sc, and sc in the BLO of each ch around. Break yarn and Seamless join to the 2nd sc of the round. Weave in ends. (76 or 148 sts)

Round 21: With Color G, join to any st of Round 20 and sc in each st around. Break yarn and Seamless join to the 2nd sc of the round. Weave in ends. (76 or 148 sts)

Make the Button and Loop:

To make your own button:

Use the F hook and any color of yarn.

Round 1: Starting with a Magic circle, work 6 sc into the circle. Join with a sl st.

Round 2: Ch 1, and work 2 sc in each st around. (12 sc) Break yarn and use Seamless join to finish off.  Embellish with Surface Crochet or embroidery sts if desired. Sew to multicolored circle at opening, as shown.

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3

To make the loop:

With Color A, ch 15 or long enough to get loop around the button of your choice. Sew both ends to the Color A circle opposite the button, as shown.

Rainbow Pocket Market Bag - folds up to go anywhere! Free crochet pattern on Moogly <3Now you can take a little rainbow everywhere – and never be without a bag when you need one! Reusable bags are definitely the way to go, and I never head to the store without them! I hope you’ve enjoyed the pattern for the Rainbow Pocket Market Bag – I look forward to seeing your photos on Facebook and Ravelry!

Written pattern copyright Tamara Kelly 2013. Please do not reprint or repost this pattern, but please do link to this page to share this pattern with others. If you wish to make baskets for sale from this pattern, please visit the About page for details.

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Comments

  1. 10

    says

    I love this bag! This would make a great beach bag as well. You could put a pair of sandals, a towel, sunglasses, and sunscreen inside and it would fit perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  2. 11

    Susan H says

    I am half way thru my bag and my brain is already planning the next. Going to attach a clip to the finished project, so someone could clip it to their belt loop/or purse. When my MIL went in to care I inherited a lot of yarn… including lots of bits of cotton as she used to knit dishrags.. this will be the perfect way to use them up.. Thanks <3

  3. 15

    Alwin says

    Hi I loved the wonderful things you make the colours are so cheerful. I am thinking of making the soap pouch holder for my grand daughters christening. It will be an exciting project as the pattern comes from you it will be made Cyprus (europe) and the be taken to England where my grand daughter lives.. Thank you and I will put a note in each bag where the pattern came from. I will be making around 60 bags… Regards Alwin

    • 16

      Tamara Kelly says

      Congratulations on the new grand daughter! And that IS exciting! 😀 Thanks so much for telling me about it!

  4. 18

    Susan M J says

    I Thankslove this Bag and its not hard like I thought I stared it in ecru will add red, yellow or/and green

  5. 19

    Anke from Germany says

    At first: sorry for my Bad english!
    I love this, but something went wrong with my first try. It’s hard to understand what kind of yarn you used for german people… Can you explain me? In Germany we don’t have the name “worsted weight”. My bag was really small and it seams like the mesh Side was to small for the bottom… Will try it again! Thank you for sharing this beautifull Pattern! Will Be a great gift!

    • 20

      Tamara Kelly says

      From About.com: “The phrase “worsted weight yarn” refers to medium-weight yarn which is heavier than dk yarn / double knitting yarn, sport weight yarn, baby weight yarn, fingering weight yarn or crochet thread; it is lighter than chunky yarn or bulky yarn.”

      The kind of yarn I used is what is also known here as kitchen cotton. Most worsted weight yarns are 10 ply. I hope this helps!

  6. 24

    judy bee says

    I love this idea, my bag is always folded up in my purse, but this is tres cool. You could add a short strap and have it be a fashion accent or statement on your handbag or in my case tote bag. And anything that combines Earth Day and Yellow Submarine…well is something for me. Can’t wait to try this, thanks for sharing.

    • 27

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Jennifer! The sts are pretty simple, what part is tripping you up? The mesh is actually the same stitch pattern seen in the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf, and there’s a video for that. :)

  7. 30

    Tina says

    Thank you so much for your patterns! I love every one that I have tried. This one has got to be one of my favorites, and I can’t wait for Saturday Market to start up again next month! I just started with this pattern 3 days ago, and I just started my third one!

  8. 32

    Bridgette says

    It’s probably just me, but I can’t see how it works with the button. Is it just for looks or is it required to be on the bag? I don’t see how a button works on the button of this bag.

    • 33

      Tamara Kelly says

      The button is just to close the pouch when it’s all folded up. It’s certainly optional if you want to leave it off!

  9. 34

    Carrie Anderson says

    I’m just a bit confused about the mesh part chains 2-15. As I get to the end of one round am I making 2 DC’s then skipping the chain three and then chaining another 3 to begin another round?

    • 35

      Tamara Kelly says

      At the end of the round, you make the 2 dc sts, ch 5, and join to the first dc, skipping over the ch 3 that started the round. Then to start the next round you ch 3 again. Does that help?

  10. 38

    Jessica says

    Love love love this pattern! Just finished my first one and I’m out to buy more cotton in colors to have one for everyday of the week and to give to family.

  11. 40

    Joan Dunn says

    I love this pattern and have the bottom two circles made. Now I am wondering: is the purpose of the buttoned bottom to put the entire bag in for storage? I don’t see how this works,. Do you turn the bag inside out? I was also wondering why you put the two circles Right side together.

    • 41

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Joan! Yes, the circles will turn right side out and “pull” the bag into the space between them, for storage. The circles are right side together so that when the bag is in the pouch they are the ones that show.

  12. 42

    Madelaine T. Hetrick says

    Thank you so much for this lovely pattern. My mother in law made me one like this in the 70’s and someone stole it from me! I have been looking for a similar one and always going to work one up but other projects came first. I rarely knit or crochet for myself. Again many thanks and keep up the great work.
    Madelaine (Knitnjunky).

  13. 47

    kathjane says

    Thank you so much for this! All my friends are getting these for birthday presents this year! It’s perfect!

  14. 49

    Cindy says

    You are a freaking genius!!! I’m going to make a bunch of these. Thanks so much for the free pattern.

  15. 51

    Grace Willsher says

    I needed a quick birthday present and this did the trick. Such a clever design! Thanks for sharing.

  16. 53

    Liz says

    Oh no! I was having a great time, and now I’m stuck. On round 16 instead of 72 stitches I have 61. I began with 12 ch 5 spaces at the bottom. I’m really lost. Can you help?

  17. 56

    Amy says

    I love this bag so much. I’m planning to make one that look like a watermelon! I just had one question: For double crochet circles I’ve used patterns that count the chain 3 at the beginning of each round as the first DC. In this pattern for the solid color circle does the chain 2 at the beginning of each round just get hidden between the first and last DC of each round ? I hope that makes sense.

    Thanks!!

    • 57

      Tamara Kelly says

      Thank you Amy! The ch-3 vs ch-2 thing is just a matter of personal preference. I like to use the ch-2 and yes, just hide it between the first and last sts of each round. It avoids the gaps than can happen with a ch-3. :)

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