The Perfect Day Market Tote was inspired by all my trips to the local farmer's market this season - the start to a perfect summer day! But you don't have to take it to the market - it's handy wherever you go. And it's a free crochet pattern here on Moogly!
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This is a big, big market bag - but the clever thing about this pattern is that you can actually make it any size! Just stop increasing in circles when you've got the base size you like, and then crochet on up the sides (starting with Rnd 9).
You might want to add or subtract a few more rows, depending on the overall size you like, but that's easy enough too, with a simple two-row repeat. Then it's just a matter of figuring out your handle placement (and I have a tutorial for that linked below).
I made the Perfect Day Market Tote in three lovely neutral shades of Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie - it's the perfect yarn for this project! And it comes in tons of colors - so I can't wait to see which ones you choose for your Perfect Bag!
Perfect Day Market Tote
US - K, 6.5mm hook - Furls Crochet
450 yds Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie (100% Cotton; “4”/Medium/Worsted/UK: 10-12 ply; 153 yd/140 m; 3.5 oz/100 g)
Color A: Grey (1 ball)
Color B: Loofa (1 ball)
Color C: White (1 ball)
Gauge: 11 sts x 6 rows = 4"/10cm in dc
Size (laid flat): 17.5" wide x 20 long (excluding handles)
Helpful Links and Tutorials:
If preferred, substitute a Chainless Starting Double Crochet for the "Ch 3" beginning Rnds 1-30.
If preferred substitute a Standing Double Crochet for the "Join with sl st and ch 3" at the beginning of Rnds 16 and 24.
Rnd 1: With Color A, make a magic circle, ch 3 (counts as first dc, here and throughout), dc 11 in the ring; join. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in the first st, 2 dc in each rem ch around; join. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st; rep from * around, join. (36 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in the next st, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next 2 sts, 2 dc in the next st; rep from * around, join. (48 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in the first st, dc in the next 3 sts, *2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 3 sts; rep from * around, join. (60 dc)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in the next 3 sts, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next 4 sts, 2 dc in the next st; rep from * around, join. (72 dc)
Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in the first st, dc in the next 5 sts, *2 dc in the next st, dc in the next 5 sts; rep from * around, join. (84 dc)
Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in the next 5 sts, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next 6 sts, 2 dc in the next st; rep from * around, join. (96 dc)
Rnd 9 and 10: Ch 3, dc in each st around; join. (96 sts)
Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in the next st, dc around posts of last 2 dc made, skip next st, *dc in the next 2 sts, dc around posts of last 2 dc made, skip next st; rep from * around, join. (96 sts)
Rnd 12 - 15: Rep Rnds 10 and 11 twice; break Color A.
Rnd 16: With Color B, join with sl st and ch 3 in first st of previous rnd, dc in each rem st around; join.
Rnd 17: Repeat Rnd 11.
Rnd 18 - 23: Rep Rnds 10 and 11 three times; break Color B.
Rnd 24: With Color C, join with sl st and ch 3 in first st of previous rnd, dc in each rem st around; join.
Rnd 25: Rep Rnd 11.
Rnd 26 - 29: Rep Rnds 10 and 11 twice.
Rnd 30: Repeat Rnd 10.
Rnd 31: Ch 1, sc in each st around; join. Place stitch markers in sts # 11, 33, 59, 81.
Rnd 32: Ch 1, sc to first marked st, ch 3, skip marked st, *sc to next marked st, ch 3, skip marked st; rep from * twice, then sc in each rem st, join. (92 sc, 4 ch-3 loops)
Rnd 33: Ch 1, sc in each st around, working 3 sc in each ch-3 sp; join and break Color C. (104 sc)
Handles (Make 2):
Step 1: Holding Colors B and C together, tightly chain to 112" inches, break yarn, leaving a long tail on each end.
Step 2: Tightly chain each row of chains as if it were a strand of yarn. Check to make sure the handles are now the same length, removing chains if needed.
Step 3: Insert the end of each handle into a ch-3 sp in Rnd 32 from RS to WS. Using the long tails, sew the end to the 8th chain from the end, burying your tails inside the handles. One handle should be inserted through the spaces at sts #11 and 33, and the other at sts #59 and 81.
And that's how to make the Perfect Day Market Tote! It's pretty, practical, and ready for customizing - I hope you enjoy making it your own!
I can’t wait to see what colors of Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie you choose! So if you make the Perfect Day Market Tote and share it on social media, be sure to tag me @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog – and happy crocheting!
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