Easy Crochet Grocery Bag Pattern for Beginners

Learn how to craft a reusable market bag with my crochet grocery bag pattern! This is a great project for beginners. Embrace the eco-friendly trend of reusable bags with style and simplicity. 

Whether you’re off to the beach, shopping at the farmers market, or tackling your grocery store run, these reusable shopping bags will be your trusty companions. The free crochet pattern is below.

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gray crochet grocery bag with three red apples

Free Crochet Grocery Bag Pattern

I designed this market bag crochet pattern using basic crochet stitches. Choose your favorite colors of yarn to make your own bag unique. This free pattern is both easy and eco-friendly. Join me on a journey towards a greener world and crochet your own unique and easy crochet market bag. These tote bags will have you bid farewell to the use of plastic bags forever.

Melissa Hassler holding her grocery bag crochet design

This is a Beginner Pattern

I designed this free crochet bag pattern for beginners. I hope it will become one of your favorite crochet projects!

PDF Version

Many of my easy crochet patterns are also available as ad-free PDF patterns in my Etsy Shop.

Materials Needed

  • Crochet Hook Size: This project will use a I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook. 
  • Yarn: For this project, choose a worsted weight yarn. I recommend using cotton yarn.
  • Tapestry needle: You will need this to weave in your ends.  
  • Scissors: Use scissors to fasten off your yarn.
  • Stitch marker: I always use these when designing my patterns. They help me keep track of where to make increases.  

Best Yarn for Grocery Bags

Cotton yarn is my favorite choice for grocery bags because it is strong and durable. It is also breathable, which is important for fresh fruits and veggies. If you want a natural look, jute yarn is also a good option. It is sturdy and has a rustic feel. But I must warn you, it can be a bit rough on your hands while you crochet. Trust me, I learned this lesson the hard way. 

gray crochet grocery bag with three red apples

Crochet Grocery Bag Pattern

Skill Level

Beginner

Finished Measurements

Grocery bag measures 13.5 inches wide and 17 inches long, excluding straps.

Straps measure 23 inches long. 

Gauge

5 tr + 5 ch 3 spaces = 4 inches

6 rounds = 4 inches

Supplies

  • Hook: I-9 (5.5) mm
  • Yarn: worsted weight
  • Notions: stitch markers & tapestry needle

Crochet Terms

  • ch = chain
  • tr = treble crochet 
  • sc = single crochet
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • sl st = slip stitch

Pattern Notes

  • Repeat instructions between the asterisks (*) for the rest of that round.
  • The bag is worked in the round from the bottom up. 
  • Straps are worked flat.

Instructions

Crochet the Bottom of the Bag

At the end of rounds 1-7, you’ll join your yarn with a slip stitch (sl st) to the 1st tr stitch made in that round. 

Round 1: Magic ring, ch 3, 12 tr, join with sl st (12 sts)

Round 2: Ch 3, 2 tr in each stitch, join (24 sts)

Round 3: Ch 3, *2 tr, tr in next stitch *, join (36 sts)

Round 4: Ch 3, *2 tr, tr in next 2 sts *, join (48 sts)

Round 5: Ch 3, *2 tr, tr in next 3 sts *, join (60 sts)

Round 6: Ch 3, *2 tr, tr in next 4 sts *, join (72 sts)

Round 7: Ch 3, *2 tr, tr in next 5 sts *, join (84 sts)

Crochet the Body of the Bag

At the end of rounds 8-22, you’ll join with a slip stitch (sl st) to the chain 6 space made at the beginning of the round. 

crochet grocery bag pattern
crochet grocery bag pattern

Rnd 8: Ch 6, *skip 2 sts, tr in next st, ch 3*, join 

Rnd 9: Ch 6, *tr in next ch 3 sp from last round, ch 3*, join 

Rnds 10-22: Repeat round 9

Crochet the Top of the Bag

At the end of rounds 23-25, you’ll join your yarn with a slip stitch (sl st) to the 1st sc stitch made in that round.

Rnd 23: Ch 1, work 3 sc in each ch 3 sp from last round and make 1 sc in each tr st from last round, join (120 sts)

Rnd 24: Ch 1, sc in each st, join (120 sts)

Rnd 25: Ch 1, sc in each st, join (120 sts)

Do not fasten off. You will begin the first strap where you left off for round 25.

Adding the Straps

First Strap:

Begin where you left off for round 25.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 6, turn (6 sts)

Rows 2- 94: Repeat row 1 (6 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. 

Skip the next 24 sts and then sew the other end of the first strap to the next 6 sts on the bag with a  tapestry needle.

Second Strap:

After sewing the first strap, skip the next 24 sts on the bag and then join your yarn to the 25th st.

Row 1: Ch 1, sc 6, turn (6 sts)

Rows 2- 94: Repeat row 1 (6 sts)

Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. 

Skip the next 24 sts and sew the other end of the second strap to the next 6 sts on the bag.

crochet grocery bag pattern

Finishing

Weave in all of your ends with a tapestry needle.

Melissa Hassler holding her grocery bag crochet design

Looking for more Free Patterns?

Are you looking for more free crochet market bag patterns? If you like this crochet grocery bag pattern, you may also like my Pocket ScarfRibbed Mens Scarf, and Crochet Tote Bag free crochet accessories patterns.

Let’s Connect!

I’d love to hear from you. You can find me on social media- Instagram, FacebookPinterest, and my YouTube channel. Until then, happy crocheting! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best crochet stitch for a market bag?

The treble crochet stitch is the best stitch for a farmer’s market bag. This stitch is great because it’s the tallest basic crochet stitch. When you use tall stitches and chain spaces together, you get the mesh bag look.

What is a French market bag?

A French market bag, also called a French market tote or filet bag, is a type of reusable bag from France. It’s made of a lightweight, net-like material, often crocheted or knitted. The bag has a pattern with big holes between the stitches, making it look airy and unique.

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