There are many other free crochet market bag patterns out there, but I decided to stick with the Crochet Grocery Bag pattern I used last time. (You will have to check out to download the pattern, but no payment is due since the cost is $0.00) This time I also used a single skein of Patons Kroy Socks FX in the colorway Cascade Colors (49 g, 163 yards) and size E (3.5 mm) crochet hook for the project. This yarn has been in my stash so long it is almost the foundation of my stash! I cannot wait to put this pretty yarn to good use.
There aren't that many non-toy/non-baby patterns that will use under 166 yards of sock yarn. There are some cute fingerless mitts patterns, but nothing I was enamored with. I am so happy to have found this market bag pattern. I was nervous that it was a little small for usefulness, but I polled my favorite crafting Facebook forum and everyone thought they would be perfect. Wahoo!
This time, I started with more yarn. The ball of yarn weighed 54 g. I love it when the yardage is underestimated on the label. A 10% difference is okay by industry standards, although I tend to be upset if a ball of yarn is short by 5 g. This yardage difference plus the mid-project weights I took last time mean that I can make this crochet market bag a little larger.
When it was time to start the decreases (9 complete rounds from previous instructions), I had 24 g of yarn left. I decided I would knit at least 3 more rounds before starting the decreases. After 12 rounds, 19 g remain. Again I will knit some more. After 15 rounds total in this last step I'm ready to start the decreases.
|Adding the handles|
Who doesn't need a bag that is strong enough to carry a gallon of milk around?