With Granny Square day fast approaching, we thought this was the perfect pattern to celebrate the special day. You can use it as a crochet market bag, a stylish handbag or maybe even just a bag to keep your crochet projects in. Whatever you use it for, this fab 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
Sublime Egyptian Cotton DK (100% cotton, 50g/105m), or alternative DK yarn
- 2 balls of Frothy (321)
1 ball of each
- Cornelia (329)
- Alessandra (325)
- Bud Pink (323)
- Peony (326)
- Rush Hour (324)
- Freya (328)
A 4mm (US G/6) hook
Fabric measuring at least 41x67cm (16×261⁄4in) for lining
1m (391⁄4in) upholstery tape, 5cm (2in) wide, for handles
38x50cm (15×193⁄4in) with handles 38x32cm (15×121⁄2in) without handles
Each square measures 8.5cm (31⁄4in)
For all of the abbreviations used check out our full abbreviations and conversions guide. This pattern is written in UK terminology but you can easily convert it to US terms using this handy chart.
Free granny square crochet market bag pattern
Make 24 squares. Every square has the final round worked in Frothy, 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 Frothy, 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 Frothy, 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 Frothy, 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.