Apricot String Bag: Free Crochet Pattern

crochet net bag

This is a free crochet pattern for a small string bag, market bag or produce bag.

Lately I have become tired of buying plastic bags every time I buy something at the supermarket. So I sat down and crocheted a small cotton net bag. It is made with one skein of cotton yarn, so it doesn’t fill up much space.

Materials

Yarn  One skein Sandnes Garn, Mandarin Petit in apricot #4007. 100% Egyptian cotton, 50 g/178 m  1,76 ounces/195 yards.

Hook    3 mm     US: 2/C

Tapestry Needle

Finished Size   Width: 23 cm/9 inches   Length: 28 cm/11 inches

As you can see on the photos, the market bag stretches considerably, when you carry items with it.

The pattern is made with simple crochet stitches like chains, trebles, single crochets, double crochets and slip stitches.

Explanation for Puff Stitch: *Yarn over hook, insert hook  into stitch and pull a loop through*.  Repeat ** 3  times more into same stitch, so there are 9 loops on the hook. Yarn over again and draw the yarn through all the loops on the hook.

 

Pattern

Foundation Row

Crochet 52 chains.

Round 1

Ch 3, 1 dc into 4th  chain from hook. 50 dc into chain. 7 dc into the last chain. Do not turn the work, but work in the round by continuing working into the foundation chain from the other side now. Crochet 51 dc into the chain. Crochet 5 dc into the ‘3 chain’ stitch of the beginning of the row. 1 sl st into this ‘3 chain stitch’. (115 stitches including first 3 chain stitches)

Round 2

Ch 3, 51 dc, 2 dc into each of next 7 stitches, 51 dc, 2 dc into each of next 5 stitches, 1 sl st on top into 3rd chain stitch. (127 stitches including first 3 chain stitch).

Round 3

Ch 7, skip 4, 1 treble, *chain 5, skip 5, 1 treble*. Repeat between ** 20 times. Chain 5, 1 sl st in this rows beginning chain.

Round 4 – 7

Ch 7, 1 treble into next chain space. *Chain 5, 1 treble into next chain space*. Repeat between ** 20 times. Chain 5, 1 sl st in this row’s first chain.

Round 8

Ch 7 , 1 puff stitch worked into treble stitch of previous row, ch 3, 1 puff stitch worked into same stitch as first puff stitch. *Ch 5, 1 puff stitch worked into next treble, ch 3, 1 puff stitch worked into same treble*. Repeat  21 times between **. Ch 5, 1 puff stitch worked in 1st chain of this rows beginning chain: Ch 3, 1 sl st worked into this rows beginning chain.

Round 9

As row 8, except puff stitches are worked into chain spaces between puff stitches of previous row.

Round 10 – 12

As row 4. Trebles are worked into chain space between puff stitches of row 9.

Round 13

Ch 6, 1 treble into next chain space. * Ch 4, 1 treble into next chain space* Repeat between ** 21 times.  Ch 4, 1 sl st into beginning chain of this row.

Round 14

Ch 6, 1 puff stitch worked into treble of previous row, chain 3, 1 puff stitch worked into same treble as previous puff stitch. *Ch 4, 1 puff stitch into next treble, ch 3, 1 puff stitch into same treble*. Repeat 21 times between **.

Ch 4,1 puff stitch worked in 1st chain of this row’s beginning chain. Ch 3, 1 sl st into this row’s starting chain.

Round 15

Ch 6, 1 puff stitch into space of previous rows puff stitches, ch 3, 1 puff stitch worked into same space. *Ch 4, 1 puff stitch into next space between previous rows puff stitches, chain 3, 1 puff stitch into same space*. Repeat 21 times between**.

Ch 4, 1 puff stitch worked in 1st chain of this rows beginning chain. Ch 3, 1 sl st into 2nd chain of this row’s beginning chain.

Round 16

Ch 6, 1 treble into next space between previous rows puff stitches. * Ch 4, 1 treble into next space of previous rows puff stitches* Repeat 21 times between **.

Ch 4, 1 slip stitch into 3rd chain of this rows beginning chain.

Round 17 – 18

Ch 6, 1 treble into next chain space. * Ch 4, 1 treble into next chain space*. Repeat  21 times between **. Ch 4, 1 slip stitch into 2nd chain of this rows beginning chain.

Round 19

Ch 3, 4 dc into next chain space. * 1 dc into next treble, 4 dc into next chain space*. Repeat between ** 22 times. 1 sl st into 3rd chain of this rows beginning chain.

Round 20

Ch 3, skip 1, 1 dc, crochet 2 dc together. * 3 dc, crochet 2 dc together*. Repeat 22 times between **. 1 sl st into this rows 1st chain.

Round 21

Ch 3, skip 1. 12 dc, chain 20, skip 20, 26 dc, chain 20, skip 20, 12 dc, 1 sl st into this rows 1st chain.

Round 22

Ch 3, 12 dc, 20 dc into the chain, 26 dc, 20 dc into chain, 12 dc, 1 sl st into this rows 1st chain.

Round 23

Ch 3, skip 1, 90 dc, 1 sl st.

Cut yarn and weave in ends.

Abbreviations

dc   =   double crochet

sc   =   single crochet

sl st  =  slip stitch

ch   =   chain

Note: This pattern is written with US crochet terms.

If you are not familiar with these, see my conversion chart Crochet Terms in US, UK, German and Danish.

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