Pattern: Wildrose Market Bag

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Wildrose Market Bag

Pattern Description: Crochet this beautiful Wildrose Market Bag that is composed of 13 granny squares seamed together in a special way! This eye-catching bag uses a variety of crochet stitches and is very sturdy using strong mercerized cotton and a dense strap using the waistcoat stitch. This bag is the perfect way to carry around your groceries, beach, and travel items!

Skill Level: Level 2 – Easy

Materials:

Gauge:

  • Granny square: 5.75” (14.6 cm) x 5.75” (14.6 cm)

Dimensions: 

  • Width: 16”/40.6 cm
  • Height: 16.5”/42 cm
  • Straps: 20″/50.8 cm

Abbreviations:

  • Magic Ring (MR):  Make a loop.  Hold yarn where ends cross.  Insert hook into loop and pull up working yarn.  Yarn over and work beginning chains.  Work subsequent stitches in magic ring and then pull tight to close.
  • Puff stitch (puff st): [YO, insert hook in next st, YO, pull up a loop], repeat 3 times in same st, YO, draw yarn through 7 loops on hook.
  • Beginning cluster: Ch 3, [YO, insert hook in st or sp, YO, pull up a loop, YO, draw through 2 loops], rep 2 times in same st or sp, YO, draw through 3 loops on hook.
  • Cluster: [YO, insert hook in st or sp, YO, draw up a loop, YO, draw through 2 loops on hook], rep 3 times in same st or sp, YO, draw through 4 loops on hook.
  • Waistcoat stitch or center single crochet (Csc): Insert hook in the middle of the V from previous row (rather than front and back loops), YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through 2 loops.

Notes:

  • This bag is constructed of 13 granny squares that are seamed together in a special way.
  • The granny square design used in this market bag is the Wildrose Granny Square with one additional round (Round 7).
  • The first four rounds of the granny square may curl/puff out, but the last couple of rounds and blocking will help flatten the granny square. If you want the granny square to be very flat, you could try using a 3.25 mm hook for those initial four rounds.
  • Do not worry if your granny square dimensions vary slightly from the gauge given: your overall bag will just turn out a little bit larger/smaller.
  • Once all 13 granny squares have been crocheted, they are laid out in a special arrangement and seamed together using the whip stitch.
  • Stitches are then picked up along the top edge of the bag to form the top edging and strap worked in rounds. Subsequent rounds are worked in the waistcoat stitch for a dense edge and strap with less stretch.
  • Stitches are then picked up along the inner edge of the strap and top edging of the dip of the V to form a wider and more secure strap.
  • Blocking helps to relax the fibres and ensures the squares lay flat.
Wildrose Market Bag

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS

Granny Square (worked in rounds)

Using 3.75 mm hook,

Round 1: Make Magic Ring.  Chain 4 (counts as 1st double crochet and chain 1). *1 dc, ch 1*, rep 11 times in ring.  Join with slip stitch to 3rd chain of beginning chain 4. (12 ch-1 spaces and 12 dc).

Round 2: Slip stitch into ch-1 space, Chain 3.  *Puff st, chain 1* in each ch-1 space around.  Join with slip stitch to 3rdchain of beginning ch-3. (12 puffs)

Round 3: Slip stitch 2 to get to ch-1 space.  Work beginning cluster in space.  [*Ch 1, cluster* in next 2 ch-1 spaces, Ch 3.  Cluster in next ch-1 sp].  Repeat everything between brackets [ ] 2 more times.  *Ch1, cluster* in next 2 ch-1 spaces.  Ch 3, slip stitch to 3rd chain of beg ch-3. (12 clusters).

Round 4: Slip stitch 2 to get to ch-1 space.  Work beginning cluster in space.  Ch 1, work cluster in next space, ch 1.  In ch-3 space, work *cluster, ch 3, cluster*.  [In  next 2 ch-1 sps, work *ch 1, cluster*, Ch 1.  In Ch-3 sp, work *cluster, ch 3, cluster*].  Repeat everything between brackets [ ] 2 more times.  Ch 1, slip stitch to 3rd chain of beg ch-3. (16 clusters)

Round 5: Slip stitch 2 to get to ch-1 space, ch 3.  Work 2 dc in same space.  3 dc in next ch-1 sp.  [In next ch-3 sp, *3 dc, ch 3, 3dc*.  3 dc in next 3 ch-1 sp.].  Repeat everything between brackets [ ] 2 more times.  In next ch-3 sp, *3 dc, ch 3, 3dc*. 3 dc in last chain space.  Slip stitch to 3rd chain of beg ch-3. (60 dc)

Round 6: Ch 3 (counts as dc).  Dc in each dc until you reach dc before Ch 3 (7 dc).  Skip next dc, *3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc* in Ch-3 corner.  [Skip next dc, dc across until reach dc before Ch 3 (13 dc).  Skip next dc, *3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc* in ch-3 corner.].  Repeat everything between brackets [ ] 2 more times.  Skip next dc, dc 5.  Slip stitch to top of Ch 3. [76 dc]. 

Round 7: Ch 4 (counts as dc and chain 1). Sk 1, dc 1. *Ch 1, sk 1, dc 1* until Ch 3 space. *Dc 2, Ch 3, dc 2* in ch-3 sp. [*Dc 1, ch 1, sk 1* until last st before ch-3 sp. Dc in last stitch. *Dc 2, Ch 3, dc 2* in ch-3 sp]. Repeat everything between brackets [ ] 2 more times. *Dc 1, ch 1, sk 1* until end. Sl st to 3rd chain of beg ch-4. [56 dc interspersed with chain-1 gaps]. Fasten off. Weave in end.

Crochet 13 granny squares in total and block them to ensure they lay flat. This makes it easier when you seam them together.

Seaming Granny Squares Together

Arrange 13 granny squares as shown below.

Wildrose Market Bag

Seam on diagonal edges using whip stitch, going through both the front and back loops of both sides (see HERE for more details and pictures). Flip granny squares upside down when whip stitching them together. Line up the stitches so that the chain gaps and double crochets of one square line up with the chain gaps and double crochets of the other granny square. Leave long ends so you can continue seaming the opposite diagonal edges.

After the 13 squares have been seamed together, fold the piece upwards (10 moves upwards towards 2 and 13 moves upwards towards 5) so that the top tips of the granny squares are lined up. Next, fold the side granny squares (1 and 9) in half inwards upon themselves so that the side tips are pointing towards the granny square in the middle. The resultant shape should look like this with the squares ontop of each other as indicated below:

Whip stitch the remaining edges to help the piece keep its shape: whip stitch the diagonal edges of Granny Square 1 and 9 and the outer diagonal edges of Granny Squares 3/6 and 8/12. s

Top Edging & Strap

We will now be crocheting the top edging and straps of the bag that are worked along the top edges of the granny squares. We will be working in joined rounds. Please reference the detailed step-by-step blog post HERE for more pictures.

Using 2.75 mm hook,

Round 1: Starting in right corner of top edge, sc in each stitch around top edges of both granny squares of one side, and then the top edges of both granny squares of the other side. To do so, make a slip knot. Insert your crochet hook into right corner. Add the slip knot and pull through. Yarn over and chain 1. Work a sc in same st and continue single crocheting around. At the end of the round, sl st to first sc.

During this next round, we will be crocheting two straps that emerge from the top tips of the granny squares.

Round 2: Chain 1, sc in same stitch. Waistcoat stitch/center single crochet along edge of first granny square. When you reach the top tip, it is time to work the strap. Chain 85 for the strap. Being careful not to twist the chain, sc to top tip of second granny square. Continue working waistcoat st around until top tip of next granny square. It is time to work the second strap: chain 85 (be careful not to twist the chain) and sc to last top tip. Waistcoat st until end. At the end of the round, sl st to first sc.

Round 3: Chain 1, sc in same stitch. Work waistcoat st around and work sc in chains. At the end of the round, sl st to first sc.

Round 4: Chain 1, sc in same stitch. Work waistcoat st around, including in stitches of strap. At the end of the round, sl st to first sc. Fasten off and weave in end.

Inner Strap and Dip of V

We will now be building up the top edging in the dip of the V and increasing the width of the strap. We will repeat the steps written below for each side. Choose any side and begin (does not matter which side).

Using 2.75 mm hook,

Round 1: Make a slip knot and insert your crochet hook into dip of V. Add the slip knot and pull through. Yarn over, chain 1, work a sc in same st. Waistcoat st around and work single crochets along sides of the top edging. Continue working along underside of strap by inserting hook into upside down V underneath horizontal bars. When you are approaching the end of the round, skip last sc, slip st to first sc.

Round 2: Chain 1, sc in same st. Waistcoat st around, along dip of V and along straps. When you are approaching the end of the round, skip last sc, slip st to first sc. Fasten off and weave in end.

Repeat above steps for the other side.

Optional: Sew on garment tag. You can block the final bag and strap to smooth everything down.

***Please view this VIDEO BELOW in which I demonstrate how to whip stitch the granny squares together, work the waistcoat stitch, and crochet in the upside down V’s of the strap!

Here is a handy tip if you want to use the Wildrose Market Bag as an everyday purse: use a purse organizer! This Periea handbag organizer (large size) is lightweight and fits perfectly into the market bag – it contains many different compartments and pockets and helps keep your items organized and prevents smaller items from falling out. You can easily remove and insert the purse organizer so that your bag can switch from a Market Bag to your everyday purse! This is a great option if you wanted an easy no-sew way to line the bag and instantly add some zipper closure!

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The Wildrose Market Bag is such a sophisticated and eye-catching design that puts a modern twist on the classic granny square!

Wildrose Market Bag

I love how the granny squares are all placed on a diagonal so that they are elegant diamonds framed by beautiful lacy edging.

Wildrose Market Bag

This Wildrose Market Bag is so practical as you can see use it at the grocery story, market, beach, and anywhere you go! The mercerized cotton gives it so much durability, and the way that the granny squares are seamed together means that it will not stretch out of shape. The open spaces are small enough that the bag can hold a wide range of items without the worry of items falling through!

Wildrose Market Bag

I am already itching to make more of these market bags as it is such a fun puzzle putting all the pieces together and seeing this gorgeous design take shape. This beautiful and practical market bag can accompany you wherever you go, and you can put it to use for many years to come! Once again, you can purchase the convenient kit containing all the 24/7 Cotton you need HERE with 8 beautiful shades available!

Wildrose Market Bag

Both the Wildrose Market Bag and Wildrose Backpack are such fun, modern crochet designs centering around the Wildrose Granny Square using durable 24/7 Cotton. I hope you enjoy making these two bags and putting them to great use throughout the year and on your travels! The free pattern for the Wildrose Backpack can be found HERE! Subscribe to my e-mail newsletter HERE to stay up to date with all my latest designs! Happy crocheting, everyone!

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