If you’re looking for a beautiful crochet market bag with a video tutorial and a written pattern, you’ve come to the right place! I’m introducing my guest contributor, Tonya from Nana’s Crafty Home, and her Sea Shells by the Shore Market Bag. Tonya has made a video tutorial to help you through each step. And, the pattern uses a self-striping yarn to make the colorwork easy.
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About Nana’s Crafty Home
Tonya Bush is a crochet pattern designer sharing crochet patterns at Nana’s Crafty Home. Tonya grew up in Michigan and her family moved to Kansas while she was in high school and she still makes her home there today. She is married with 2 children, 9 grandchildren, 1 cat and 1 grand dog! On the weekends you will find her house bursting with children and animals! She previously worked in customer service and then primarily the healthcare field as office manager of Family Practice clinics.
Tonya learned to crochet 40 years ago and has spent the majority of her crochet life as a maker. In 2017, she made the leap to pattern designing and blogging and hasn’t looked back since! She is now a full-time blogger and designer at Nana’s Crafty Home.
She enjoys spending time in the kitchen, reading and watching period dramas and mysteries (while crocheting, of course!).
Tonya loves designing unique, colorful and creative patterns that are modern and fun! Her passion is making crochet accessible to anyone: teaching, encouraging and spreading crochet love!
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Sea Shells by the Shore Market Bag
Crochet Pattern by Nana’s Crafty Home
Hello all of you Underground Crafters! I am so excited and honored to be here with you and to share this fantastic and fun to make Sea Shells Market Bag!
I really do love to design bags and it might just be because I love to accessorize outfits and bags are the perfect way to do that.
One of the first designs on my website was the Boho Market Bag which has been very popular. And since Caron Cotton Cakes came back into stock at Michael’s this spring I knew I had to design another bag! This cotton blend yarn is really perfect for summer projects with fantastic stitch definition and lovely spring and summer colors!
Many of my designs focus on color and unique stitch combinations for texture with an emphasis on simplicity. I want everyone to be able to make and love my patterns!
The unique puff stitch I used for this bag reminds me of sea shells. Really unique and fun to make as they are worked over the previous double crochet made. This creates a unique looking puff stitch.
This pattern disguises the color changes of the self-striping yarn really well but you could certainly make this in a solid color or change colors manually if desired.
I know there are a lot of visual learners and even those that don’t read written patterns so most of my patterns have a complete video tutorial provided. I have created a complete video tutorial for this bag as well which you can find after the pattern.
The bag could easily be made larger by adding rounds of repeats — just go to the size desired!
I love to see what you make so please tag me with #nanascraftyhome or @nanascraftyhome so I can see your beautiful projects!
Sea Shells by the Sea Shore Market Bag Pattern
- Pattern written in US crochet terminology
- Caron Cotton Cakes Blush & Bloom 8.8 oz / 250 g / 530 yds
- Size H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry Needle
Approximate finished size
- 14” (35.5 cm) tall flat (without handles) x 15” (38 cm) wide
- 8 dc rows & 14 dc st = 4”
- blo = back loop only
- ch = chain
- dc = double crochet
- puff st = puff stitch (see special stitch section below)
- sc = single crochet
- sk = skip
- sl st = slip stitch
- sp = space
- st = stitch
- yo = yarn over
Notes about pattern
- ch 3 counts as st at beginning of each round
- The new 2019 Caron Cotton Cakes are over twice the size of the original Cakes. The pattern as written will use 2 of the old Caron Cotton Cakes — 7 oz / 422 yds total. If you make with 1 of the new Cakes you could make larger and add several rounds to the sides of the bag).
- A complete video tutorial for this project is available at the end of the pattern.
- Puff Stitch (puff st): *yo, insert hook around dc into ch 3 sp, yo, pull up a loop,* repeat between * * 6 more times, yo, pull through all loops on hook.
- Round 1: Make a magic circle, ch 3 (counts as 1st st), work 11 dc st into magic circle, sl st top of ch 3. (12)
- Round 2: ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each st around, sl st top of ch 3. (24)
- Round 3: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between * * to last st, dc in last st, sl st to top of ch 3. (36)
- Round 4: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between * * to last 2 st, dc in last 2 st, sl st to top of ch 3. (48)
- Round 5: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 3 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between * * to last 3 st, dc in last 3 st, sl st to top of ch 3. (60)
- Round 6: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 4 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between * * to last 4 st, dc in last 4 st, sl st to top of ch 3. (72)
- Round 7: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 5 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between * * to last 5 st, dc in last 5 st, sl st to top of ch 3. (84)
- Round 8: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 6 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between * * to last 6 st, dc in last 6 st, sl st to top of ch 3. (96)
- Round 9: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 7 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between * * to last 7 st, dc in last 7 st, sl st to top of ch 3. (108)
- Round 10: ch 3, dc in same st, *dc in next 8 st, 2 dc in next st* repeat between * * to last 8 st, dc in last 8 st, sl st to top of ch 3. (120)
Side of Bag
- Round 11: ch 3, working in blo, dc in each st around, sl st to top of ch 3. (120)
- Round 12: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 st, *ch 3, sk 3 st, dc in next st, puff st over dc just made, ch 3, sk 3 st, sc in next 5 st,* repeat between * * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st, sl st to 1st st.
- Round 13: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 2 st, *3 sc in ch 3 sp, sc in next st (dc post from previous round), 3 sc in ch 3 sp, sc in next 5 st,* repeat between * * to last 2 st, sc in last 2 st, sl st to 1st st.
- Round 14: ch 3, dc in same st, puff st over dc just made, ch 3, sk 3 st, *sc next 5 st, ch 3, sk 3 st, dc in next st, puff st over dc just made, ch 3, sk 3 st,* repeat between * * to end, sl st top of ch 3.
- Round 15: ch 1, *sc in next st (dc post from previous round), 3 sc in ch 3 sp, sc in next 5 st, 3 sc in ch 3 sp,* repeat between * * to end, sl st top of 1st st.
- Round 16 – 37: repeat rounds 12 – 15, ending on round 13.
- Round 38: ch 1, sc in same st and in each st to end, sl st to 1st st. (120)
- Round 39: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 19 st, ch 40, sk 20 st, sc in next 40 st, ch 40, sk 20 st, sc in next 20 st, sl st top of 1st st. (80 st + 80 ch)
- Round 40: ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 19 st, sc in next 40 ch, sc in next 40 st, sc in next 40 ch, sc in next 20 st, sl st top of 1st st. (160)
- Round 41 – 45: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st top of 1st st. (160)
- Fasten off.
- Weave in ends.
18 thoughts on “Crochet Market Bag Tutorial and Pattern: Sea Shells by The Shore Market Bag by Nana’s Crafty Home”
Love this pattern Tonya, Thankyou so very much for sharing. I am going to make this for myself ( first of the year , as I usually gift items )
So glad you like it Meryl — let me know how it goes! It makes me happy to know I inspired you to make something for yourself! 😊
My very very first project besides a couple of practice dolly’s blankets! Absolutely gorgeous and I cannot believe I made it! Thanks so much for the pattern! I’m so proud! Lol Lisa xx
It is so beautiful, Tonya! I bought one of the Caron Cotton Cakes in Rose Whisper and didn’t know what to make with it. The colors are very close to the ones you used and mine should look like pink Scallop shells on the sand just as yours does. I’ve been crocheting for less than a year, so your tutorial will be VERY helpful. Thank you for creating it!
btw, were you tempted to buy one of every color of the Caron Cotton Cakes as I was? They are such mellow color schemes. I loved all of them.
So glad you like the pattern Sherry — thank you! I think I stood in front of the Caron Cotton Cakes display for over 30 minutes trying to decide which colors I would take home! 😂. It was really hard to get down to a manageable number….I just love them! I love to hear from newer crocheters — let me know how the bag goes for you and if you have any questions let me know! 😊
I followed Facebook to your page because I saw this bag in a different color scheme. I’d really love to know the color and yarn that the aqua and peach version is done in.
I’m not too sure about the other color scheme. You may want to ask Tonya from Nana’s Crafty Home.
I saw this too and picked up the yarn for it. Caron Cotton Cakes in Peach Blossom.
I love this pattern. I made one in multi blue caron yarn and it turned out great. I will be making more of these. The pattern is simple and not complicated. Thank you for sharing it.
Love this pattern so much!! Can’t wait to make more!! I used Caron Cotton Cakes in Garden Path and the puffs really look like seashells!!! Love it!! Thanks for an amazing pattern!!!
Any suggestions on what to do on the handle so it doesn’t roll. Block it or any suggestions!!
Thank you for the pattern, do you think this would make a blanket, I think so
Oh My Gosh – This is certainly going to the ocean shore with me.
I love the yarn I usually buy it for other projects but now that I have your pattern I will make the bag I’m do exited, thank you very much.
Thank you for the pattern again, sea shell market bag, I really love it, it was very easy to crochet it took a couple of hours to finish the project.
Loved making this bag, super easy to follow. Thanks for a great pattern!
Whoa… this is a really pretty market tote. Love the waves and shells in the pattern…thanks for sharing your design! Hope you won’t mind seeing it on a beanie, as I am w/c, so..my husband does the shopping…lol.
Wonderful pattern. Very nice sharing your knowledge. Good job work. I like.