Crochet Market Bag Pattern. Eco-Friendly Solution

Crochet french market bag

Crochet market bags are a wonderful option for a reusable grocery bag that is a little more stylish than a traditional cloth bag. Sometimes we call them mesh, net or french bags.

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The market bag is very practical, with the wide opening and straps on the sides.

Before we go into written instructions, I would want you to look at the market bag’s schematics.

Crochet market bag
1. Crochet Market Bag’s Schematics
crohet bag ready size
2. Ready Size

Eco-Friendly Crochet Market Bag Instructions


How much yarn do I need for a market bag?

Cotton crochet thread, length: 150 meters per 50 gr.

I used 4 balls (600meters – 656 yards).

Crochet hook 2.25 mm (US B-1).

Other materials

Scissors for snipping threads and stitch marker.

Gauge. 7 single crochet/10 rows per 1 inch (2.5cm)

Stitch Abbreviations

Slip Stitch – sl st

Chain Stitch – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Stitch (-es) – st, sts


Crochet Market Bag Pattern YouTube Instructions


If you are a visual learner, I made a separate video instructions for crochet French market bag where I show all the key moments!

Written Crochet Instructions

Crochet Market Bag Base

Step A.

Single Crochet (sc) edge strip

In short – we need to make a single crochet strip 1 inch by 6.3 inch (2.5cm by 16cm). If you need detailed description on how to do that – read below. Otherwise, move to forward to the mesh pattern.

  1. Make a slip knot and a foundation chain of 46 stitches. (45 foundation + 1 turning chain).
  2. Look at the chain – it looks different from both sides. One side is a nice braid, but on the other – slight bumps. We need to work into these bumps.
  3. Insert the hook into the second bump from the hook. You made your first sc. 44 sc more. (45 in total). Be sure to work in the very last bump. Ch1. Turn the work.
  4. Insert the hook into the second chain from the hook and make sc. (We don’t count the chain that is around the hook). 44 sc more. (45 sts in total).
  5. Repeat step 4. six times (8 rows altogether or less if needed (1 inch wide – depends on your gauge).
single crochet chart
Single crochet diagram

crochet chain

Step B.

Simple Crochet Mesh Pattern.

Once we have made the strip, start with a net (mesh) pattern immediately. It is a 4 repeat row pattern. 1st row is identical to 3rd and 2nd row to 4th.

  1. Ch 1, *sc in next stitch, chain 7, sc right in the next stitch (don’t skip)*, rep from * 43 times. Turn the work. (44 mesh arches in total).
  2. Ch 7, sc in the last arch of previous row, *chain 7, sc in next arch of previous row*, repeat from * 42 times (44 mesh arches in total). Turn the work.
  3. Ch 7, sc in the last arch of previous row, *ch 7, sc in next arch of previous row*, repeat from * 42 times (44 mesh arches in total). Turn the work.
  4. Ch 7, sc in the last arch of previous row, *ch 7, sc in next arch of previous row*, repeat from * 42 times (44 mesh arches in total). Turn the work.
  5. Repeat rows 1-4 15 more times. 64 rows in total or until you get 64 cm (25 inches).

You can make fewer or more rows – bag will be smaller or bigger.

crochet Net Pattern
Crochet mesh pattern

beginning of crochet mesh bag


Important note!

Do not get confused if mesh looks squeezed in the beginning. It is how it should be because we are crocheting in every stitch of the previous row. Once you continue, it will even out and look straight.


Step C.

Second strip.

We need to collect all mesh stitches and create second single crochet strip.

  1. Ch 1, sc, sc in the arch (45 sc).
  2. Ch1, 44 sc in every arch. (45 sts in total).
  3. Repeat step 2. six more times (8 rows in total)

Making the Handles

Step D.

Handles and Edges

From this point we start crochet in the round. Prepare stitch marker to mark the start of the round only using single crochet and chain stitches.

You are at the edge of second strip.

  1. Ch 1, sc, ch 150, sc.
  2. 8 sc evenly over the strip edge.
  3. *Ch 1, sc in the arch* repeat all over the side.
  4. 8 sc evenly over the strip edge.
  5. ch 150, sc
  6. 8 sc evenly over the strip edge, sc. Place the marker. We finished our first round. From now only single crochet in every stitch for 8 rows. Don’t forget to work into crochet chain bumps.

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