I hate plastic bags from the grocery store or other retail shops! I try my best to recycle and reuse, but they still drive me crazy. I have started carrying a bigger purse and if I make a small purchase, I just stuff it in there rather than take another bag. Then I started losing small items in the bottom of my purse, so I decided to make myself a crochet reusable shopping bag that I could put in my purse or car and not have to get yet another plastic bag!
This crochet reusable shopping bag is smaller than most and meant for quick trips to the drugstore or to just pick up a few things. It isn’t meant for gallons of milk or cartons of eggs! Just the few little items we have to run in and get on our way home or at lunch. This bag will keep them separate and allow you to say “No, thank you” when they start to stick your stuff in a plastic bag. It is made in all cotton yarn, so it will handle being washed and still look great. It is easy to fold or scrunch up and stick in your purse or glove box. You can take it to the library to pick up a few books too!
I decided to use two colors just to make it cuter for me! You can use all one color or even a mix of colors. Really, whatever you have on hand in cotton will work great.
Crochet Reusable Shopping Bag Materials
- cotton yarns of choice – 2 colors
- G hook
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- The middle open section is the Trellis Stitch
Crochet Reusable Shopping Bag Pattern
Row 1 – 2 – Hdc in each st, ch 2, turn
Row 3 – hdc in each st, ch 5, turn
Row 4 – sc into 4th st, skipping 3, ch 5, skip 3 st, sc into 4th stitch from sc, repeat across, ending on a sc
Row 5 – ch 3, 1 sc into ch 5 from below, ch 5, sc into ch 5 below, continue across, at the end, ch 3 and then sc in last st below
Row 6 – ch 3, 1 sc into ch 5 from below, ch 5, sc into ch 5 below, continue across, at the end, ch 3 and then ch 5 at end
Row 7 – 12 – repeat rows 5 and 6 to make the trellis stitch
Row 13 – Sc in first st, then 3 sc into ch 5 below, sc into next sc, continue across, ch 2, turn
Row 14 – 20 – Hdc in each st across, ch 2 turn
Row 21 – Sc in each stitch, front loop only, ch 1, turn
Row 22 – 25 – sc in each stitch, ch 1, turn (ch 2 at end of row 25)
Row 26 – 1 hdc in back loop only across row, ch 2, turn
Row 27 – 32 – Hdc in each st, ch 2, turn (ch 1 at end of row 32)
Row 33 – sc in each stitch across, ch 5, turn
Row 34 – 41 – repeat row 4 once, then repeat rows 5 and 6 ending on row 5
Row 42 – Ch 2, hdc in first st, then three hdc in ch 5 from below, hdc into sc, repeat across
Row 43 – 44 Ch 2, turn, 1 hdc in each stitch across
Finish and block this section
Handle – using second color
Row 1 – end – sc into 2nd ch from hook, work sc across, ch 1 and turn,
Work enough rows to close up both sides of the bag and give yourself a decent handle. Mine measured 36 inches long.
Join handle to bag front and back –
Hold handle against one side of the bag and work a sc through the bag side and the side of the handle. Work all around the sides to attach handle in the middle of the bag side. Repeat with the other side leaving the handle loose at the top.
Tips and Other Ideas:
- You can resize the bag as needed!
- If you don’t want the trellis section, just continue the hdc to the bottom.
- You can use one color or multiple colors. This is a great project to use up yarn!