Today we will learn how to make this simple and elegant purse, inspired by the traditional French purse. This bag can be worked in the color of your preference, as for example was used the color “coal” of your cotton 24/7. The famous “French Market Bag” are not actually made in the round but rather in a large square that is then gathered closely on both sides where the straps go and slightly less on the other two sides. to form the shape of the bag. This allows a good expansion of the bag.
If you use it to put groceries or beach supplies, this beauty is perfect for the summer and fall days and you can be sure it will rock!! Although the work of the point is simple, the construction is not traditional, so it is considered an intermediate level standard. But if you crocheted for a while, you know the basics of Crochet and are familiar with the anatomy of a point, so I would definitely encourage you to give it a try! The techniques involved are simple crochet, simple crochet 2 and 3 stitches together, half high point, high point, lines and heels, working in current spaces, and working in queues from side to side as well as in the round.
I have that you will want one of these babies in all the colors of the rainbow, so stick to the tip: start as fast as possible!
MATERIALS FOR FRENCH MARKET BAG:
3 skeins Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton in Charcoal or approx. 558yds/510m of another worsted weight, cat. 4 yarn
Size US G/6 (4mm) crochet hook
15 sts = 4”/10cm in pattern
*All Two of Wands patterns are written in standard US terms*
Ch – chain
Hdc – half double crochet
Rep – repeat
Sc – single crochet
Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
Sc3tog – single crochet 3 together
Sk – skip
Sl st – slip stitch
Sp – space
St(s) – stitch(es)
Tr – treble
Note: Pattern is first worked in back and forth rows to form a square, which is then gathered with decrease rounds to cinch and create bag. Strap length can be adjusted.
Row 1: Starting in 11th ch from hook, tr 1, *ch 3, sk 3, tr 1 in next ch, rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: Ch 7 (counts as 1 tr and 1 ch-3 sp), tr 1 in top of next tr, *ch 3, tr 1 in top of next tr, rep from * with last tr going into 4th ch of turning ch from row below.
Rep row 2 until you have 34 vertical “squares” to match the number of horizontal “squares.”
Do not cut yarn. Block work. Begin working decrease rows to cinch top edge together.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc 1 in 1st tr, sc 2 in next ch sp, *sc 1 in next tr, sc 2 in next ch sp, rep from * across row. (102 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, sc3tog across row. (34 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1, *sc 1, sc2tog, rep from * to last st, sc 1. (23 sts)
Rows 4-9: Ch 2 (does not count as a st), hdc across row.
Cut yarn and reattach on opposite edge at beginning of foundation chain.
Row 1: Ch 1, sc 3 in 1st ch sp, *sc 1 in ch at bottom of next tr, sc 2 in next ch sp, rep from * across row. (102 sts)
Rep rows 2-9 above along this bottom edge.
Do not cut yarn. You will now work in rounds around all 4 edges of the work to join the bag and add the straps. Begin by working down the side edge instead of back over the row you just worked. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. Note that in round 1, the “ch 74” is what creates the straps, which are 20”/51cm – for longer or shorter straps, add or subtract ch sts.
Round 1: Ch 1, and working into side edge, sc 9 evenly down the side of hdc and sc decrease rows (until you reach the net portion), place marker, sc 3 in 1st ch sp, *sc 1 in side of ch 3, sc 2 in next ch sp, rep from * to end of net portion (102 sc along net portion), place marker, sc 9 evenly up side of hdc and sc decrease rows, ch 74, sc 9 evenly down other side of hdc and sc decrease rows (until you reach the net portion), place marker, sc 3 in 1st ch sp, *sc 1 in side of ch 3, sc 2 in next ch sp, rep from * to end of net portion (102 sc along net portion), place marker, sc 9 evenly up side of hdc and sc decrease rows, ch 74, sl st to 1st sc at beginning of round.
Round 2: Sc to marker at beginning of net portion, sc 1, sc2tog to 1 st before next marker, sc 1 (52 sts along net portion between markers), sc up side, into each chain, and down other side to next marker, sc 1, sc2tog to 1 st before next marker, sc 1 (52 sts along net portion between markers), sc up side and into each chain.
Rounds 3 and 4: Sc all the way around. Sl st to close off at end of round 4.
Secure and weave in all ends.
Make your beautiful French Market Bag and then show us how it went!
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