Crochet Market Bag Tutorial and Pattern: Sea Shells by The Shore Market Bag by Nana’s Crafty Home

Sea Shells by the Shore Market Bag, free crochet pattern with video tutorial by Nana's Crafty Home for Underground Crafter | striped, lacy, and textured market bag flat lay on wood with sunglasses and sea shells

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

Sea Shells by the Shore Market Bag, free crochet pattern with video tutorial by Nana's Crafty Home for Underground Crafter | Tonya Bush wearing Stained Glass Cowl

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

Sea Shells by the Shore Market Bag, free crochet pattern with video tutorial by Nana's Crafty Home for Underground Crafter | striped, lacy, and textured market bag flat lay on wood with sunglasses and sea shells

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!

Sea Shells by the Shore Market Bag, free crochet pattern with video tutorial by Nana's Crafty Home for Underground Crafter | striped, lacy, and textured market bag flat lay on wood with yarn and sea shells

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

Supplies

  • Caron Cotton Cakes Blush & Bloom 8.8 oz / 250 g / 530 yds
  • Size H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry Needle

Approximate finished size

  • 14” (35.5 cm) tall flat (without handles) x 15” (38 cm) wide

Gauge

  • 8 dc rows & 14 dc st = 4”

Abbreviations

  • 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.

Special stitch

  • 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.

Pattern Instructions

Bag Base

  • 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.
Sea Shells by the Shore Market Bag, free crochet pattern with video tutorial by Nana's Crafty Home for Underground Crafter | tutorial 1
Sea Shells by the Shore Market Bag, free crochet pattern with video tutorial by Nana's Crafty Home for Underground Crafter | tutorial 2
  • 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.
© 2019 by Tonya Bush (Nana’s Crafty Home) and published with permission by Underground Crafter. This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Tonya’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. if you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/06/05/crochet-market-bag-tutorial-pattern-sea-shells-by-shore-market-bag-by-nanas-crafty-home/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!