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Eco Grab Bag…… Market Tote

A slight change from the Geoboho Cal, with a crochet bag. This one has been on my list to publish for about 6 months…… better late than never hey?

I am a bit of a crochet bag fanatic.

They are my goto project for a holiday for a few reasons.

Not much yarn to carry in my ever full suitcase.

Not much thinking involved when you get started.

And a cotton yarn for when its hot by the pool! (No sweaty sweaky fingers here!)

Yep, I always tend to crochet a bag on holiday!

Crochet bags are great. Very retro! I always get lots of comments when I turn up at the supermarket with my crochet bags full of crochet bags!

They start off really little, so easily fit in your handbag.

But, and this is the big but, can expand absolutely hugely when you fill them up, and this bag is no exception to this!

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My mission however for this little bag was to create it, using one ONE ball of yarn! Thats fine I hear you say, but a one ball of yarn bag still needs to fit in your shopping!

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Anyone could make a bag with one ball of yarn, but if it’s too small to actually put anything in it – its a bit of a waste of time!

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Yep – one little ball of yarn

5og of yarn

Just 110m or 120yards of cotton.

So did I manage it?

Of course I did!

Being slightly vertically challenged (i.e. short), one thing to bear in mind when designing a bag is how long it will be once you’ve stuff is with your shopping.

I have made the mistake many a time making a bag thinking it looked too small so adding a few more rows.

Then as you know crochet can

STRETCH………… and STRETCH

And before long I was dragging my shopping along the floor – you will not have that problem with this bag.

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Yep, It looks tiny, but let me tell you, it holds loads and loads of shopping!

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So what do you need to know?

It’s a 4.5mm hook,

One ball of Sublime organic cotton yarn, yep, one little ball of yarn = 1 reusable shopping bag.

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A bag for life, that you make – and it only takes 1 ball of yarn – what’s not to like about that!

Finished bag measures 22cm x 24 cm (Height x Width) – but will expand to a lot more when you start adding your shopping.

If you don’t want to see the adverts, you can purchase a downloadable copy from Wool Warehouse

Abbreviations

Terms – US crochet terms

CH – Chain

DC – Double Crochet

FDC – Foundation double crochet

FHDC – Foundation Half double crochet – check out the video here

HDC – Half Double crochet

SC- Single crochet

SS – Slip stitch

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HINTS

  • The bag is worked from the bottom up, working in the round.
  • When you start with your slip knot, leave a long tail of approximately 30 inches, this can then be used to sew the bottom of the bag together
  • Ch at the beginning of the first and last row counts as a stitch.
  • Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the row.

Pattern

Row 1: FDC 69. SS to join. [69]

R2:  CH5, SC to join on 3rd DC from the previous round.   * CH5, skip 2 st, and SC to 3rd st along *. Repeat *- * all the way around.

R3: CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R4: CH3, SC to join in previous CH5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

This is what it looks like in written pattern form for the first 4 rows.

NOTE: From R5 onwards, 3 rounds of CH5 are made, before the CH3 round (see below)

R5:CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R6:CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R7:CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R8:Ch3, SC to join in previous CH5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R9: CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R10: CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R11: CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R12:CH3, SC to join in previous CH5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R13: CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R14:CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R15:CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R16:CH3, SC to join in previous CH5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

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R17:CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R18: CH5, SC to join in previous CH 5 gap.  Repeat all the way around.

R19: SS over to the CH5 Gap, CH3 (To get to the height), Make 2 DC in the same Ch5 gap, DC in the top of the SC of the previous round.   Make 3 DC in every CH5 gap from the previous round, and 1 DC in the top of each SC. SS to Join. [ 92HDC] Fasten off – weave in ends.

Making up:

Using the long end from where you first started, Fold the bag in half, and sew the bottom seam together.

Finish off, weave in ends.

Handles:

Fold the bag in half so the seam at the bottom is straight.  

Join yarn on stitch number 12 when counting from the left on any side (we are just trying to get the handles in the centre).  

Using stitch markers, and making sure you are choosing the HDC in the SC of the previous round,  mark the space where you will join the handles. This should be 16 stitches apart.

Turn the bag over, and mark the same on the other side – using the stitch markers from the other side to guide you.  

Handle 1: Join to the closest DC in a SC from the previous round.  

CH2, and FHDC 20, join to the body of the bag with a SC, then make another SC in the next DC to the left of where you have joined.  

Now working in the back of the FHDC.

make 1 HDC in each chain (to give you a double thickness handle).  SC to join to the DC next to where you started, catching the top of the chain 2 to join it to the bag.  Make a SS in the next stitch across the other side (we are just trying to secure the handle, so it sounds complicated, but isn’t).

Repeat on the other side for handle 2.

Foundation Double Crochet

Used instead of chaining as you get a nice straight line, and the chain doesn’t twist.

Slip knot and chain 3.

In the last chain (one closest the hook), YO, through the chain, and pull yarn back through. (3 loops)

 YO, pull through one loop.

This gives you the working chain for the NEXT stitch.

YO, Pull through 2, YO pull through 2 (just like a normal DC).

Now YO, and insert your hook in the next chain (as above).

Work the next Foundation DC in the chain marked above.


Foundation Half Double Crochet

As above, but on Bold Step, YO pull through all 3 loops.

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