I love a good tote and these 12 beautiful market bag crochet patterns are perfect for making my shopping trips (or toting needs) fun!
If you love to crochet but are tired of making the same old granny squares and throws for your couch, then why not make your next crochet project a gorgeous handmade market bag?
The market bag, or tote bag as it is otherwise known, lends itself to crochet beautifully because the wide weave allows the bag to have lots of volume and capacity when necessary, then lie flat or indeed fold up entirely when it is empty.
What is more, you can see inside a crocheted market bag so you don’t lose track of what you have bought.
As crochet projects go, a market bag is both practical and fashionable and will make an awesome gift to give to a loved one for their birthday or any other special occasion.
There are plenty of great market bag patterns online to choose from and we have put together a list of our favorites for your enjoyment.
These patterns range in skill level and style so there should be something for everyone, and if you still want to shop around then there are many more wonderful options.
12 Beautiful Market Bag Crochet Patterns
Color Block Crochet Bag Pattern
Crochet bag patterns always seem so difficult to create. They look daunting and like a project only an advanced crocheter. The truth is, they are very very simple! A color block crochet bag is a great choice for keeping your hands busy and creating something new and beautiful on cold winter nights. This bag is ideal for use with daily carrying, but makes a lovely homemade gift!
Aluren Crochet Bag
This easy crochet pattern is filled with fun puff stitches to match with a beautiful blue sky, puffy white clouds and poolside relaxing.
Red Clover Crochet Tote Bag Pattern
It’s never too early (or late) to start a summer crochet tote bag. The Red Clover Tote Bag pattern and matching mini-tote designs are inspired by the waves of beautiful blooms of red clover in our summer meadows. This pattern uses simple single crochet and puff stitches to create a beautiful design you will be happy to carry around all summer long.
Eligere Crochet Bag
The Eligere Bag is super simple – the base is made entirely out of half double crochet stitches and the accent pockets are made with puff stitches for extra fun.
This design includes three different size pockets for you to choose from – great for making sure you know where to find your sunglasses, keys, or phone.
Easy Crochet Market Bag Pattern
Let’s kick off with something very simple for anyone starting out on their crocheting journey. This basic market bag pattern is beginner friendly and easy to follow, so you won’t find yourself lost and confused.
The bag comes together surprisingly quickly so you can always make multiples and take them with you when doing a big shop to save you from resorting to plastic alternatives.
The weave is close enough that it is strong and durable, so this bag will last a long time and will be able to cope with a considerably weighty load.
The shoulder strap is quite short which means it won’t slip off all the time and the opening is nice and wide so you can easily drop items in and get them out without having to fiddle about with clasps or toggles.
What is more, this design is so simple that it is classic and will be a safe option if making a gift for someone whose tastes are picky. A good all-rounder!
Circle-ish Crochet Market Bag Pattern
If you are looking for something a little more distinctive then this circular (sort of) market bag may be the answer. The pattern is actually very simple and easy to follow and, believe it or not, is made from a rectangular central section, however the way that the bag comes together results in a really cool circular effect.
The wide striped pattern accentuates this circular feel and gives the bag its bold and eye-catching design. The fact that the bag is a gathered rectangle means that the opening is very wide when loosened so be careful not to let it fall open all the way!
It is great in terms of capacity and you will be able to buy as many groceries as you like. What is more, the tight weave is sturdy enough to withstand a good deal of weight so you can fill it up without worrying about it tearing.
This bag really is great as a handmade present because it is eye-catching without being ostentatious and it won’t take you too long to complete.
Mesh Market Sack Crochet Pattern
This next pattern is the simplest on our list and really is a great project for beginners. The extremely loose weave results in a net effect that is really cool and allows you to see what you have put inside your bag.
This makes it great for large fruits and veg, as well as for displaying items if hung from a wall hook in your home. In fact, this crochet bag is perfect for keeping your yarn balls in when you are busy crocheting with them!
The netted nature makes it very easy to roll up and keep inside another bag if you aren’t using it, and it also means that it has loads of capacity and can hold big items like beach towels with no problem. The design is minimalist and cool and goes well with any boho outfit – just don’t put anything small inside!
Caldwell Crochet Market Bag Pattern
Looking for something slightly more ornate? This Caldwell market bag uses the technique of joining simple granny squares together to form the body of a handy and beautiful bag, so if you can crochet a granny square then you will be able to make this bag!
The addition of the rope handles makes it lovely and strong, and the depth of the finished article is perfect if you need to carry a laptop around. Because the design is more densely woven, this bag is suitable for smaller items like lipsticks and wallets, making it much more than just a grocery bag.
The design is beautiful and decorative and makes a wonderful gift for a deserving friend.
Counting Daisies Crochet Market Bag Pattern
What we love about this next pattern is the punchy daisy design on the bottom of the bag.
The skill level for this pattern is intermediate, and you need to have some knowledge of the magic ring technique in order to complete it, but the pattern comes with excellent instructions and lots of progress photos so you will be able to see what it is you are aiming for at each stage.
The daisy bottom makes this bag fun and very unique and would suit a quirky friend with a boho spirit. What is more, the deep cylindrical shape of the bag means it can hold plenty of items, so it is practical as well as being very pretty!
This is a sun-shiny bag for sun-shiny days and will bring whoever wears it lots of joy.
Sunflower Granny Square Tote Bag Crochet Pattern
For a bit of 1970s flower power, this fun and fabulous sunflower tote bag is perfect. The design is so bold and zany and will make you stand out in any crowd, but better still, it is actually very simple to achieve and any confident crocheter will be able to whip one of these up in a weekend!
The pattern offers a range of strap lengths so that you can adapt the design to best suit your purpose. Just be prepared to make multiples for all your friends after they see you wearing it!
Easy Crochet Bag Pattern
This last pattern is really earthy and natural and would make a great gift for any boho friend. The brilliant thing about this pattern is that it includes a flap that can be laid over the opening of the bag to protect whatever you have inside.
For this reason this design works as well as a handbag or purse as it does as a market bag for groceries. The long plaited strap is very delicate and feminine yet, because it is made of strong yarn, it also has surprising strength and durability.
This bag would finish off any day or evening outfit perfectly and really is as desirable for its fashion appeal as it is for its practical purpose. The pattern itself is very simple because it centres around two large crocheted circles, yet the finished effect is dramatic and very unique.