The Winter Market Bag is a textured, checkered, one skein, free crochet pattern on Moogly! Featuring Bernat Blanket Perfect Phasing and an optional (and removeable!) snowflake decoration, this pattern is perfect for holiday gift-giving - and stash-busting. Get the supplies and the crochet pattern below!
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Make the Winter Market Bag as Part of the 2023 Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along!
How the 2023 Holiday Stashdown CAL Works
Every Monday and Thursday from October 2 through December 14, 2023, CLICK HERE to find a new free crochet pattern by a different designer. Each pattern will be a one-skein project, or a stashbuster/scrappy project, so you can work from your own existing yarn stash to make a great winter holiday gift, decoration, or wrap. If you’d like to go ahead and buy some yarn just for the project, we won’t stop you! We love yarn as much as you do.
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Grab your favorite shades of Bernat Blanket Perfect Phasing
One of the rules for the Holiday Stashdown is that we could only use 1 skein of yarn (or less than 100 yards). And that seems like the perfect opportunity to try out Bernat Blanket Perfect Phasing! Each cake of this chenille yarn is carefully constructed to ensure a seamless transition from one shade to another - amazing!
One cake of this fab yarn will make you a fun and fluffy bag perfect for making, gifting, and wearing to explore your local shops this season! There is even a bit left over for yet another stash-busting opportunity. I really loved using Bernat Blanket Perfect Phasing for this free crochet pattern!
Prefer a solid color look? One skein of standard Bernat Blanket should do it. Prefer more color variety? Grab all your leftover bits of Bernat Blanket and mix and match! No matter your color, your 8mm crochet hook and stitch markers are the only crochet tools you need. (Do scissors and a yarn needle count - them too!)
Prefer a Bigger "Squares" Bag?
There are patterns out there calling for more - or fewer - squares to make up a bag. This crochet bag uses 17 squares, but I've seen bags using anywhere from 10 to 32! There is enough yarn left over to make about 8-10 more squares, if you'd like to follow a different plan for joining. Just be sure to leave enough to make the handle of your choice! And remember, the Snowflake Dangle is completely optional, so you can leave it off or add something else to personalize it just for you!
Winter Market Bag
US-L, 8.0 mm crochet hook, Susan Bates
150 yds Bernat Blanket Perfect Phasing yarn (#6 Super Bulky; 100% Polyester; 300g/10.58 oz; 201 m/220 yds)
Colorway Shown: Dark Blue (less than 1 skein)
Gauge: Each square measures approx 3"
Size: Approx 13" across x 10" tall laid flat, excluding handles
HELPFUL LINKS AND TUTORIALS
You can choose to make all the squares and then assemble them, or sew them together as you go. If you make them all before assembly, be sure to keep them in order as they come off the skein.
The numbers of the squares shown in the schematic below (in the assembly instructions) represent the order they were made in (e.g., square 1 is the first square made from the center of the cake, and square 17 is the last one made).
SPECIAL ABBREVIATION: pm - place stitch marker in indicated st
Winter Market Bag Instructions
Make 17 as follows, starting from the dark end of the skein:
Rnd 1: Make a magic circle, CSDC in the ring, 2 dc in the ring, [ch 2, 3 dc in the ring] 3 times, ch 1, join to CSDC with hdc. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, *hdc in the ch-2 sp, (hdc, fpdc) in next dc, bpdc around next dc, (fpdc, hdc) in next dc, hdc in the ch-2 sp, ch 2; rep from * around, break yarn leaving an 18" tail and seamless join to first hdc of rnd. Move this end to the previous ch to prep for sewing. Weave in the center end but not the 18" end. (28 sts)
Arrange the squares as shown in the schematic below. The dotted line represents where the fold of the bottom of the bag will be.
Use the long tails left on each square to sew them together using the whip stitch or your preferred seaming method.
Seam up the sides as follows:
Left side of 13 to the top of 2.
Left side of 2 to the top of 11.
Bottom of 10 to the side of 3.
Bottom of 3 to the side of 12.
Top of 13 to side of 11.
Side of 10 to bottom of 12.
Add Top Edging and Handles:
Rnd 1: Join to ch-2 sp at top point of bag with sc, pm in this st, *sc in next 7 sts, sc2tog in next 2 ch-2 sps, sc in next 7 sts,** sc in next ch-2 sp, pm in this st; rep from * around finishing last rep at **, join to first sc of rnd with loose sl st. (64 sts)
Rnd 2: *Ch 20, loosely sl st in next marked st, sc in next 6 sts, sc2tog (working first half in next st, skip sc2tog, and work second half in next st), sc in next 6 sts,** loosely sl st in next marked st; rep from * around finishing last rep at **. DO NOT JOIN. (40 chs, 26 sc)
Rnd 3: Sc in each ch and sl st and st around; break yarn and seamless join to first st of rnd.
Snowflake Dangle (Optional), pulling from the white or lightest end of the skein:
Rnd 1: Make a magic circle, CSDC in the ring, ch 1, [dc in ring, ch 1] 5 times, join to top of CSDC. (6 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 4, sl st in same dc, sl st in next ch sp, [sl st in next dc, ch 4, sl st in same dc, sl st in next ch sp] 4 times, sl st in next dc, ch 12, sl st in 3rd ch made, ch 1, sl st in same dc, break yarn and seamless join in first st of rnd. Attach to bag by pulling snowflake through the ch-9 loop.
And Now You Have More Room for Yarn!
If the Winter Market Bag pattern inspires you to make your own project, and you post a photo on social media, be sure to tag #CALCentralCrochet and #HolidayStashdownCAL, and @mooglyblog or #mooglyblog so I can check it out too!
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