Free granny square crochet market bag pattern
Whether you use it as a crochet handbag, tote or market bag, your belongings will be safe with this granny square crochet bag pattern!
With Granny Square Day fast approaching, we thought this was the perfect pattern to celebrate the special day. You can use this crochet granny square bag as a crochet shopping bag, a stylish crochet handbag or maybe even just a bag to keep your crochet projects in. Whatever you use it for, this fab granny square crochet bag design by Debora Bradley is a quick and easy make that you will treasure! We've also included instructions on how to add an optional fabric lining too!
You will need
Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK (100% cotton, 50g/155m) -
- 2 balls of Paper White (401) - alternatively you could use the Vanilla Cream (408) shade is you're not a fan of the paper white.
1 ball of each
- Ballet Pink (453)
- Dusty Lilac (447)
- Lime Green (429)
- Kingfisher Blue (435)
- Raspberry Pink (444)
- Summer Sky Blue (463)
Please note - this granny square bag crochet pattern was originally designed in Sublime Egyptian Cotton DK, which has since been discontinued. We have substituted it for a similar yarn with the same length and weight, however you should still check your tension and the colours may appear different to those pictured.
38 x 50cm (15 x 19¾in) with handles 38 x 32cm (15 x 12½in) without handles
Each square measures 8.5cm (3¼in)
For all of the abbreviations used check out our full abbreviations and conversions guide. This crochet granny square bag pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using the guide.
Free granny square crochet bag pattern
Make 24 squares. Every square has the final round worked in White, and uses a different colour (referred to as Yarn A, B and C) for each of the first three rounds. You can use random colour combinations for the first 3 rounds until the yarn is used up.
With Yarn A, ch4, ss in first ch to form a ring.
Round 1 (RS) Ch5 (counts as tr and ch2), working into ring (3tr, ch2) 3 times, 2tr, ss in third ch of beg ch-5. [4 3-tr groups, 4 corner ch-2 sp] Fasten off.
Round 2 With Yarn B, ss into first corner ch-sp, ch5 (counts as tr and ch2), 3tr in same place as ss, *ch1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in next corner ch-sp; rep from * twice more, ch1, 2tr in same place as first ss, ss in third ch of beg ch-5. [8 3-tr groups, 4 corner ch-2 sp, 4 side ch-1 sp] Fasten off.
Round 3 With Yarn C, ss into first corner ch-sp, ch5 (counts as tr and ch2), 3tr in same place as ss, *ch1, 3tr in next side ch-sp, ch1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in corner ch-sp; rep from * twice more, ch1, 3tr in next side ch-sp, ch1, 2tr in corner ch-sp, ss in third ch of beg ch-5. [12 3-tr groups, 4 corner ch-2 sp, 8 side ch-1 sp] Fasten off.
Round 4 With White, ss in first corner ch-sp, ch5 (counts as tr and ch2), 3tr in same place as ss, *(ch1, 3tr in next side ch-sp) twice, ch1, (3tr, ch2, 3tr) in corner ch-sp; rep from * twice more, (ch1, 3tr in next side ch-sp) twice, ch1, 2tr in corner ch-sp, ss in third ch of beg ch-5. [16 3-tr groups, 4 corner ch-2 sp, 12 side ch-1 sp] Fasten off and weave in ends.
Following diagram below and using White, join motifs to form bag. To join motifs, hold them WS together and work a row of slip stitches along edges, working each through front loops only on both edges.
Dashed lines on diagram indicate motifs folded and joined to both front and back to form side and bottom seams. Before joining the side seams of the bag, use it to make a template for the lining – see instructions below.
Join the sides A and A to the corresponding edges B and B once the bag is folded in half. DO NOT join the outside edges of the top 4 motifs on both sides as this is the bag opening.
With RS facing and White, work a row of dc along the outside edges of the top motifs on the bag.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Place bag centrally onto the fabric and using bag as a template, draw around the shape. Cut out fabric for lining leaving a 1cm gap for seam allowance. Sew together the side and bottom edges. Place lining inside the bag and pin in place, making a double hem at the top. Sew in place, going through the lining fabric.
Fold the upholstery tape in half lengthways and sew up, close to the edge. Attach handles inside the bag by sewing approximately 4cm down from the point of the motif, then sew handles securely into position around top edge.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this free granny square crochet bag pattern, don’t forget if you need any help with your crochet stitches you can always check out our crochet for beginners guide. And if you’re looking to treat yourself, check out our list of the best crochet hooks and the best crochet kits for beginners.
Matt Spiers is a crochet artist and designer who has been overseeing Gathered's crochet articles for over 2 years. He previously worked as Digital Assistant for Simply Crochet magazine and is our in house video editing pro. What started as a hobby a decade ago led to Matt developing a passion (and then a career) with crochet. As well as still regularly writing and designing for Simply Crochet magazine, Matt is a crochet artist in his own right, having displayed and created crochet installations at festivals and fibre events across the UK. You can keep up to date with Matt at @onemancrochet on Instagram.
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