Berries and Sunshine Mini Market Tote

Berries and Sunshine Mini Market Tote www.thestitchinmommy.com

With the weather getting nice, the farmer’s market has come back to town, which means super fresh produce! I love going to the farmer’s market to see all of the fruits and vegetables that are in season. This year, since Kaylee is old enough, I will be able to walk her down the street to pick up some produce with me. I planned on making myself a market tote for all of my fresh produce but ended up making one for her instead. She picked out this yarn herself from Michael’s and it reminded me of berries and sunshine. So here’s Kaylee’s Berries and Sunshine Mini Market tote! It’s a fairly easy pattern and took me a couple of hours to work up (while I was sick in bed watching tv) Happy crocheting!

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Berries and Sunshine Mini Market Tote

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Skill Level:

Intermediate

Abbrevations:

ch – chain
dc
– double crochet
hdc – half-double crochet
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sc dec – single crochet decrease
t-ch – turning chain
() – indicates stitch counts
[] – indicates instructions to be worked in one stitch
* – indicates instructions to be repeated

Finished Size:

Approximately 9″ wide x 15″ long (from top to bottom, not including handle).
Handle measures 12″ long.

Instructions:

With Color A, magic circle, ch 2, ch 2
Round 1: 12 dc into the magic circle, join in beginning dc with a sl st. (12 sts)
Round 2: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc here and throughout), 1 dc into the first st, 2 dc into each remaining st around, join in beginning dc with a sl st. (24 sts)
Round 3: Ch 3,  2 dc into the next st, *1 dc into the next st, 2 dc into the next st;  Repeat from * around, join in beginning dc with a sl st. (36 sts)
Round 4: Ch 3, 1 dc into the next st, 2 dc into the next st, *1 dc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc into the next st; Repeat from * around, join in beginning dc with a sl st. (48 sts)
Round 5: Ch 3, 1 dc into each of the next 2 sts, 2 dc into the next st, *1 dc into each of the next 3 sts, 2 dc into the next st;  Repeat from * around, join in beginning dc with a sl st. (60 sts)
Round 6: Ch 3, sk the first st, 1 dc in each st around, join in beginning dc with a sl st. (60 sts)

Change to Color B

Now you will be working in the round. Use your stitch marker to keep track of your rounds.

Round 7: *Ch 5,  sk 3 dc, 1 sc into the top of next dc; Repeat from * around.
Round 8-19: *Ch 5, 1 sc in the next ch 5 sp; Repeat from * around.
Round 20: *Ch 5, 1 sc into the next ch 5 sp; Repeat from * around ending with a ch 5, sl st into the 2nd ch in the beginning ch-5 st from the previous round.
Round 21-22: Ch 1, 1 hdc into each ch st around (skipping the sc sts), join into the beginning hdc with a sl st. (85 sts)

Handle:

Row 1-4: Ch 1, 1 sc into the next 8 sts, turn. (8 sts)
Row 5: Ch 1, 1 sc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 sc into each of the next 4 sts, 1 sc dec over the last 2 sts, turn. (6 sts)
Row 6-36: Ch 1, 1 sc in each st across, turn. (6 sts)
Row 37: Ch 1, 1 sc dec over the next 2 sts, 1 sc into each of the next 2 sts, 1 sc dec over the last 2 sts, turn. (4 sts)
Row 38-41: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st across, turn. (4 sts)
Row 42: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st across, fasten off, leave a long tail for sewing. (4 sts)
**For the second part of the handle, leave a long tail to sew to halves together.

Fold your tote in half to determine where the other side of the handle should start. Join your yarn on the other side and repeat handle instructions above. Join the two sides in the center with your tapestry needle, using a whip stitch (see photo tutorial here)

Finish:

  • Join Color C in any stitch on one side of your tote.
  • Sc in each st around, making sure to continue up the side of your handle and back down.
  • Join into the beginning sc with a sl st.
  • Fasten off and weave ends.
  • Repeat for the other side of the tote.

For flower tutorial, please see this post.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will try to help you the best I can.

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17 Comments

  1. I made this bag for my 3yr . grandaughter Micaela she carries it on stroller with toys to play with.thank you for the patterns.

  2. Can this be made in a larger size? If I add to the bottom and then add a few more rounds before I start the handles, do you think it would work out?

    1. Hi Tammy! You can definitely made this larger. You would have to make the base circle larger. You can try starting out with the base from this tote since it it much larger. Work up to round 8 and then continue on with the instructions for this tote. You will probably have to add about 2 or 3 more rounds to this one to make it taller. Does that make sense?

  3. So pretty! One of the first things I ever crocheted was a string shopping bag, (I still have it now) it is so drab and bring next to thing little beauty, maybe I need to make another, brighter one for this summer. Thanks

    1. It’s funny to think that a color can make such a difference. I made one for my mom and she wanted it to be navy blue. It didn’t even come close to looking as cute as this one haha. Enjoy the pattern!! 🙂

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