Saturday, March 29, 2008

Free Reusable Crocheted Grocery Bag Pattern

ECO FRIENDLY SHOPPING BAG

Materials:
• Around 150 Yards of Lily Sugar'n Cream Yarn
• Size H or J Crochet Hook (Go with the J or larger if you crochet tightly)

Gauge:
The gauge of this pattern is not important because it will stretch.

Construction:
This bag is crocheted in the round from the top down. It might be helpful to use a paperclip or a stitch marker to define the start of the round.
Instructions:
CH- Chain
SL- Slip Stitch
SC- Single Crochet
DC- Double Crochet

Top & Handles:
1. CH 86.
2. SL 1 to join chain into a circle being careful not to twist the foundation row. SC the next 86 ST (row 1). SC two more rounds.
3. The next row you will be separating the handles from the body of the bag. SC 13, CH 11 (Skip 17 to create first handle), SC 26, CH 11 (Skip 17 to create second handle), SC 13.
4. SC 74 (one round)

Body
1. CH 4, {Skip 1, DC 1, CH 1} ←Repeat the bracketed stitches until you reach the end of the round.
2. DC into the opening created by the chain stitch openings of the previous round. {CH 1, DC 1} ← Repeat the bracketed stitches for three more rounds.
3. (CH 2, DC 1} ← Repeat for one round.
4. {CH 2, DC 1} ←Repeat for four more rounds.
5. {CH 1, DC 1} ← Repeat for one round.
6. {CH 1, DC 1} ← Repeat for one round.
7. Bag Bottom: At the end of the previous round, lay the bag flat so that the handles are lying on top of one another. While holding the front and the back of the bag together, SC through both sides to close up the bottom of the bag, and tie a knot at the end.
8. Weave in ends.

Use of Pattern:
If you would like to post about this pattern on your website or blog, please include a link to this entry. Copyright 2008 Cassiemarie - All Rights Reserved. You may use this pattern to crochet items for personal use or charity. You may not sell the pattern itself or any items made using this pattern under any circumstances, neither individually nor in any compilation of patterns. You may not copy this pattern and post it elsewhere, not on a web page, nor message board, nor via e-mail, nor via any other electronic means. If you make modifications to the pattern, please only post the modifications you made, not the entire modified pattern. Thanks! :)
Fun Facts:
--Every year, each person in this country uses about 1,000 plastic bags.
--Using reusable bags will lower your carbon footprint and also save about 1,000 bags over the lifetime of the bag.

89 comments:

  1. oh i am in love! i never seem to have enough of these and am to cheap to buy more... yippee now i'll just make a few! thanks!

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  2. Looks great! Now I just have to learn how to crochet correctly! lol.

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  3. It's been so long since I picked up a crochet hook. I'll have to try out your pattern as I never have enough reusable grocery bags around. Thanks for the pattern!

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  4. This looks great! I will have to give it a try! Thx!

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  5. I want to learn to crochet just so that I can make this bag.

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  6. How hard is this pattern? Do you think a beginner could do it?

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  7. Hey Carol,
    It is a pretty basic pattern.
    I would get a basic crochet book to learn the stitches, and then have at it. The great thing about this bag is that it is a grocery bag, so if you make a few mistakes it isn't going to be life altering or project destructive. :)
    --Cassie

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  8. Cassie,

    I LOVE this pattern. Thank you so much ;) You are so incredibly talented in so many venues. I love looking through your site.

    I hadn't crocheted in 25 years and I started this pattern one night about midnight and crocheted until nearly 4 AM and had to make myself stop.

    I've now made 4 bags! Two in hot lime green, one in ecru and just finished one in hot pink. They are great. The girls at the produce store where I shop love them :)

    I just started my own art club (been wanting to for about a decade.) This is the first project I started with. Two with experience in crocheting finished theirs. The others are diligently continuing :)

    I'm going to make one for my niece for Christmas. I'm going to line it, maybe with a batik print? She'll use it as a purse.

    Thanks for sharing ;))

    Sheila

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  9. I just wanted to thank you for sharing this pattern with everyone. I had been looking for just a bag & since I know how to crochet (self taught) I was determined to make my own and not buy one.

    I just finished my first one in a Lemon-Lime color by peaches& creme. It was easy to make. I admit when I finished it I had my doubts that this lil bag could stand up to my shopping. So I loaded it up with what I had in my pantree. Talk about shocked!

    My younger sister is the trendy eco-friendly fanatic in the family and she is also very hard to shop for, for Christmas. Guess who will be getting 4-6 of these this Christmas in eco-friendly yarn of course!

    It took me about 3 hours to do over the course of two nights. I started it last night at about 9 and after about an hour and a half I had to forcebly make myself stop to go to bed. I was forcing myself to keep from studying as that has become my most recent obsession and found that this bag did the trick. Then the chore became stopping the crocheting. LOL

    Thank you again for sharing. I am looking forward to making more; namely one to use to carry some of my gear in Oct when I run our local Susan G. Koeman Race for the cure 5K.

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  10. I have been looking for a really good pattern to be able to crochet my own grocery bags... I googled and found you!

    And to think, you are a fellow etsier!

    Thanks for the awesome pattern!

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  11. Love the bag! Will make my daughter one in hot lime, 2 for friends, 2 for relatives I'm visiting this summer, oh yes, & one for myself!

    Grammaof7

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  12. So I started on the pattern and I understood the beginning of it until I got stuck on #2 of the body part where it says:

    "2. DC into the opening created by the chain stitch openings of the previous round."

    I don't understand how to do that. Could you explain it better for me? Because I've tried to figure out on my own and it just looks messed up. Thank you!

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  13. Looks like a good pattern, I'm going to try it. I just finished one of my own design which worked out well but I'd like to have some other patterns to try too.

    Will try to make this one out of yarn made from plastic grocery bags.

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  14. thanks for posting a great pattern on your site! Here's a pic of mine if you are interested
    http://curiouslifeofautumn.blogspot.com/
    Thanks again, it worked up quickly and was a fun easy project :)

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  15. I just posted a link to your pattern on my blog I just started, I think the bag is very pretty and a useful item to have.

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  16. Why is my bag only nine inches long and not stretching? It's a pretty little purse for a nine year old girl, but I'm a 32 year old man who wanted a mesh grocery bag! LOL! I used super saver acrylic yarn, is that my problem? Is it not stretchable? I used the correct hook size and am an experienced crocheter ( meaning I can follow any pattern and do it if I've the patience). I guess next bag I'll just do every step twice?

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    1. Yeah. Mine is yeeny tiny. Im using one hook size up..... and i added an extra 20 chain originally..... but so darn small. Might fit a wine bottle. One. Wine bottle only

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  17. Hey! I'm in Chicago, too!

    I've got lots of cotton yarn, so I'm going to give your pattern a try. I'll let you know how it turns out. It really is beautiful!

    Would love a crochet-in-a-cafe buddy...

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  18. Has anyone tried making "yarn" out of plastic grocery bags? I plan to try this, and make the project even greener!

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  19. this is a great pattern! thank you for sharing. this was my very first crochet project that i actually finished. and your blog is lovely, by the way.

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  20. Hi. I just made one of these following your directions. Its the first thing I've ever crocheted. I got stitch instructions off the internet, then tried this bag. I had to take out and redo the top handle part four times before I figured out not to twist it. I think my stitches look okay, BUT my bag is way smaller than yours, about 8" wide and maybe 9" tall. I'm guessing I either did my stitches too tight or used the wrong size yarn. I used Lily Worsted 4-ply cotton. Is that too thick?

    I'd really appreciate any feedback. Thanks!!!!!

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  21. Thanks, Cassie. I've posted your site on my facebook page for my yarn shop, The Irresistible Ewe. I hope to try this pattern out with my resource kids at school today. Happy Earth Day and thanks again for sharing.
    Kathryn Jacoby

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  22. Love the pattern! It's taken me a while to find a bag pattern that I liked with two handles. I had to add a few extra rows on the bottom to make this the size I wanted. It was still very fun and easy to make! Thanks alot!

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  23. Hi! I found your blog through a search for a eco-friendly bag pattern and linked to it on my blog... I hope that is okay! Thanks I can't wait to make this for myself!

    http://mummasaidso.blogspot.com
    Patty

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  25. i made this bag, becuase i thought it was a wonderful idea! however, with the correct yarn, hook, and following these directions, the handles were way to short, and the bag looked no where near as big as the image displayed. I even had my mom whos been crocheting far longer then anyone i know, double check my work. Next time i make it i will have to add double the stitches for the handels, and a bunch of extra rows on the bottom becuase even when we filled it, it did not stretch to hold half of what the image showed. Great idea though!

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  27. I love crocheted shopping bags! I've mentioned your project here http://crossxmyxhooks.blogspot.com/2010/08/fan-fridays-eco-crafts.html and would love if you'd pop by :)

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  28. I made a bunch of your bags for myself, my sister and my mother. Everyone loves them and they were super fast and easy to make! Thanks for posting the pattern for it!

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  29. Lovely! Diy Gifts Studio loved the photo so much that we've published it on our web page talking about Mother's Day Gifts. We hope you like the way we've used your work. Incase something should bother your eye or heart, please, let us know. It's of high importance for us that the author of a sweet image that we've used is happy with it.

    Many thanks and good luck!

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  30. cassie,
    fantastic pattern, easy to follow and quick to turn out!! I found you via google and I am glad I did!!
    now off to make more!!

    callie

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  31. I'm working on making one with cut up plastic shopping bags right now. I've only got the top done so far, but I think it's going to turn out well (although I'm going to have to reinforce the corners of the handles if it's going to carry anything heavy). Thanks for the great pattern!

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  32. The gauge of this pattern is not important because it will stretch...

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  33. Thanks for the free pattern! I loved making this bag on a snowy Saturday afternoon.

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  34. I love the pattern, but have a few comments. I don't think the pattern as it is written is exactly the pattern that was used to make the bag in the photos. I noticed that in the photo, the top few rows that form the handles are crocheted up and down and then when the bag section is started, the first row is crocheted across the end of the rows. In other words, the handle and the bag is not made in one continuous piece as the pattern was written. This would account for the fact that the handles do not come out as long as they appear in the pictures. I, too, have noticed that the bag does not end up as large as it appears in the photo. I have crocheted 12 rows, which is what I count in the picture, and is not nearly as deep as the one in the picture appears. I haven't figured out why this happened. It doesn't appear that the one in the photos is actually done in treble crochet, but that would make the finished bag deeper. Also, after beginning mine, I thought it was looking too narrow, so I switched to a larger hook. I have searched and searched to find a bag that I like, so I am going to keep trying to make this one turn out just right!

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  35. Great tutorial! I've featured it on our blog.

    http://www.significantlysimple.com/2011/02/reusable-shopping-bag.html

    (I've also emailed you, just in case!) :)

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  36. I have had the same problem with the bag not being the size of the one in the picture. It should be much bigger. I am going to try it with a bigger hook but not sure how much that would help. Anyone solved this problem yet. Please post if you have . Thanks !

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  37. Could you..(I know this is asking a ton) but I'm not the most accomplished crocheter... is it possible to make this into a youtube tutorial? :) :)

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  38. Hi Cassie,

    I see that you said this bag could be made by a beginner....I know the basic stitches, I just never crochet anything other than an afghan. How can I learn how to crochet "around"? Thanks. I am also glad I found your site. I am going to have to visit more often.

    Donna
    donnanickol@yahoo.com

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  39. I'm going to be making this WITH Plarn (plastic yarn) to recycle the plastic grocery sacks from my store. My friends and family give me all their bags so I can make purses and bags as gifts.
    I think these bags will be helpful for the other members of our community garden.

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  40. i mad my shopping bag when i was 10 and it was pretty easy. I maded with a recycle plastic. If you think is not deep enough just add few more lines, i think it will be ok.I am going to use few old tapes to make my grocery bag.

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  41. I love this bag and started working on it but am confused. When I worked the Top & Handles, it was going fine until I realized it was way too small! I did chain 86 and missed joining the chain the first go round. By the time I got to step 4, it was a single handle and not enough room to get anything in. I tried again but am still confused. I did the chain 86 and joined it into a cicle. When I finished the second step, I had a little circle. Can you clarify a bit cause I really do want to make this bag! Thanks Pat

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  42. I'm currently working on this cute bag from memory. (Misplaced the pattern.) I have one suggestion and that will be done on my bag. Add a few rows of single crochets at the bottom to give it a good base. I bought two balls of Peaches 'N Cream, and will use whatever is necessary to get the size I want. I like the basic pattern and will enlarge the next one. I may use your handles on a bag I started from the bottom a while back which is supposed to have handles as separate strips. It starts at the bottom and is done in singles, then chains and singles to form a net.

    I altered my copy of your pattern to include row or round numbers. It's easier for me to follow.

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  43. I started this bag a couple of days ago, and had the same problem as many others where the bag was nowhere near the size of the one in the picture.

    So I had to re-calculate the figures in the pattern, and pull the bag apart to re-use the yarn.

    I am using a 5.5mm hook with bamboo/cotton yarn. Here are my instructions for the top and handles:

    1. Ch 120
    2. SL1 to join chain. SC all around for 3 rows.
    3. To separate handles from bag. SC 20, CH 20 (skip 20 to create first handle), SC 40, CH 20, (skip 20 to create second handle), SC 20.
    4. SC 120 (one row).

    You can follow the rest of the instructions for the body, and just keep doing rows until it is as long as you would like.

    I have used those figures and the bag is 15 inches wide, lots of room for all of my shopping :)

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    1. I am trying your pattern, think it is a good option.

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    2. Thanks. I made mine with an extra 20 but still way too small. Ill try yours..... so sad to waste my work. I might just finish it anyway as a wine bottle holder. Thats about all the original pattern fits! Lol. Thanks!!

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  44. Cassie,
    Can I use your patterns to make items to sell at local farmers market. I love the market bag and soap holder.
    Thanks.
    Grace

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  45. I made a few of these bags in regular worsted yarn, Red heart actually. I even embellished them with some fringe and beads and filled them a few toiletries for my niece as a birthday gift. She loved it and now I'm making them for the other 7 nieces!

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  46. Thanks for sharing this! I hope I can do them to use instead of buying gift bags for Christmas gifts!

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  47. <3 Wonderful tutorial; awesome Earth friendly bag <3 Everyone I know will get one for Christmas. Thank you!

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  48. To all those having problems, if you use cotton yarn, it will stretch. and the pattern is correst even if it does "appear" that the handle is a different peice. I have made several. I do usually add one more row, just because i have enough yarn left on the ball, then I put 8 cans of food in it and shake it hard to make sure the knot will not come apart. It stretches out wonderfully Thanks much for this pattern!

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  49. I am not good at reading patterns.........am I starting at the top of this or the bottom with a circle....like a spiral on the bottom

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  50. The first time I made this, I used a hook that was too small. However, the end result is the cutest little bag that I carry my lunch and various smaller items back and forth to the office. I made a second with the bigger hook and really like the finished product. Thanks.

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  51. I followed this pattern exactly, and it was WAY too small. I ended up adding quite a few rounds to make it big enough for any sort of groceries to be able to fit in.

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  52. I saw this pattern and thought about making these bags for friends. As I checked out the photo I thought maybe I would use macrame cord instead of yarn. I think it would last longer and be stronger.

    It is a great idea.......Thanks

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  53. nice thanks. im thinking of going to hardware store and buying a large spool of some cotton twine or thread like and make a few for friends we can use at the local farmers market !! very much appreciated

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  54. I am a brand new crocheter...this is only the second thing I made. Mine looks like you could fit two wooden shoes it in. I definitely made a few mistakes...not sure how. Mine is wide and not long...I will try again.

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  55. Going on a trip in June and I want to make these bags for my friends.
    Is there a way to print the patterns without all of te comments. I don't need 17 pages for a two page pattern Thanks
    Rosalie

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  56. Very nice pattern, and such a useable bag!
    ~Sheila~

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  57. I think the problem may be that the pattern uses UK terminology, rather than US.

    So for sc, read dc
    for dc, read tc, etc.

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  58. thank you so much for the pattern! I have been itching to crochet something with the fall weather coming here in VA. God bless!
    Rebecca

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  59. Thank you for this pattern! I've just learned to crochet and wanted to make a grocery bag. I think I can do this!

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  60. Will someone explain the 1. CH 4 {skip 1 DC 1 CH 1}. How do you skip 1? Do you make the 4 a ring then do the bracketed part or am I missing something?

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    1. Please disregard my question. It was a moment of insanity. I figured it out.

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  61. my husband and I have finally decided it's time to get rid of our old VHS collection and this project looks like it would be the perfect use for all that old tape! I can't wait to give it a try :)

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  62. Great, easy pattern for a grocery bag! I'm using used plastic bags cut into strips and tied together as my yarn and so far so good!

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  63. I am so excited to find this pattern! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :D I am going to crochet this grocery bag this week! Much Love!

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  64. This is what I have been looking for, and I am going to make it out of plarn.

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  65. Great bag. Took me 3.5 hours but I added 5 more rows after reading comments that it was small. I used cotton yarn and it turned out great. Thank you!

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  66. Please help. I failed three times in the first row. How can I ensure that I didn't twist the foundation row.....??

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  67. I made some slight changes to your pattern to make a bag for myself and I love it! I use it as my daily purse and I've had so many people ask where I got it that I'd like permission to start making my edition of your bag and sell them.

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  68. Sorry, Katie again - here is my google account info so you can get back to me about selling my version of your pattern.

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  69. I'll have to try the pattern it looks great. I'm planning on using plastic bags instead of yarn!
    You can cut the bags into loops and link them together to make a very sturdy yarn. Just a thought for anyone else out there with dozens of saved up plastic bags.

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  70. To everyone who has left a comment on this post in the past four years: There is a notice on the blog's main page that the blog moved to a new address: http://cassiemarieedwards.blogspot.ca/
    Maybe that's why Cassie hasn't answered any of the multiple questions about the scale of this bag.

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  71. I have no idea why people had issues with this pattern. I picked up a hook for the first time 2 weeks ago and taught myself how to crochet. This pattern was super easy and turned out perfect. I used worsted weight and J hook. Maybe people are doing it to tightly or not reading the pattern fully as far as how many times to repeat the row. I'm making many of these for my daughter who is off to an eco friendly college in WA next fall. Thanks!

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  72. Thank for the pattern , I made one last night. I love it , I used it to keep my onion in it outside. Perfect so the raccoons don't get to it.
    Easy pattern

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  73. I'm thinking about crocheting this, but what are the measurements of it?

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  74. i enjoy doing market bags since im still fairly new to crochet. I saw this one and wanted to try it i thought it was crazy to work backwards and do the handles first but since i always mess up mine id thought id try and LOVE this version. THANK YOU

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  75. Love love love it! Thanks!

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  76. I too,love this grocery bag.its a nice size,fun t make. Will make many more! Thank you!

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  77. Valuable information ..I am delighted to read this article..thank you for giving us this useful information.
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  78. How may I get in touch with the creater of this pattern please?

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  80. Hi..great pattern! It works up quickly. I thought it needed a few more rows, so added them, but it stretches nicely. Will be making the next few exactly to the pattern. Love this!

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  81. Fantastic bag, many thanks for this pattern! It's my favourite market bag so far. It is super stretchy and fits a ton of stuff.

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  82. Even though I have been crocheting for 48 years and have been designing my own patterns and books professionally for 11 years, I wanted to find a pattern for a quick market bag because my daughter asked me to make some items for a craft show. I crochet loose and decided to use a size I hook rather than the size J. I'm not finished and have worked 10 rows, but my handles are also very short. I'm using "With Love" yarn by Red Heart, a # 4 worsted wt because it's nice and sturdy. It's true cotton will stretch, but if you use a larger hook, it will stretch even more.
    When I saw that my handles were much shorter than the ones in the picture, I too, thought this had to be a different pattern from what is showing. At first I thought she used dc instead of SC for her handles because the stitches look linger than mine. And i thought this would make it longer, but thats only if she worked short rows for the handles. Thats not what she did.
    I didn't see anywhere she said which hook she actually used, but it looks like she may have used the larger J hook, because the stitches are really big. I was even wondering if her terms were the British terms which would make her DC a triple/treble crochet in US terms, but it looks like she lives in the US. After looking at her stitches close up, it just looks like she has really big stitches. I like what one person said which was to chain 20 for the handles instead of 11. I agree, no matter how loose you crochet or how big your hook is, 11 chains make the handles way too short.
    Another suggestion would be to work triple crochet in place of the dc. I do that a lot if I want taller stitches, and it goes faster too!

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    1. I found the handles stretched out to a comfortable length once I started using the bag, pulled by the items I carried. Repeat efforts produced same result.

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  83. Dear Cassie,

    Thank you :) I am using this pattern as an entry point to get folks interested in making their own grocery bags. I posted a link to this page on my Facebook feed, and I can't tel if that is OK with you, or not.
    Happy stitching!

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