The Explorer Crochet Market Bag is ready for a day out and about. Fill this with treasures from your local farmer’s market, or pack it for a picnic on a hike for an adventurous day. Keep reading to learn about the details of the Explorer Market Bag.

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This market bag came from a few different angles of inspiration. As much as I like what I crochet to be pretty, I also need it to be useful. If we’re going to spend the time, money, and energy creating, then it needs to check some boxes. When I brainstormed this crochet market bag, the list of must haves narrowed down to…

  • Easy + simple to crochet
  • Large enough to be useful on various adventures
  • Fun to work up

The Explorer Crochet Market Bag turned into a bag that quickly packs for a day hike with my kids, a bike ride to check the mail, or a bag deep enough for to hold a summer harvest from the garden. I’m already planning the summer adventures this market bag will accompany me on! My favorite part — this bag is deep enough to fit a bouquet of flowers without cutting the stems down. Can you imagine the farmer’s market haul that could fit in it?!

explorer market bag high desert yarn crochet pattern


Remember that list of must haves? One must have was easy and simple to crochet. The Explorer Crochet Market Bag uses one of the foundational crochet stitches — the Half Double Crochet. However, this crochet pattern keeps it fun and lively by experimenting with different versions of this stitch. Beginner crocheters who are ready for the next level can stretch their skills with this market bag.

Let’s talk about color options. There are three main colors used in this crochet market bag, but it can also be made in one color. Alternatively, if you wanted to accentuate the Spike Stitch row.. you could use one color for the whole bag with a contrasting color just for the Spike Stitch. My best advice.. play around with your color options to create an Explorer Market Bag you’re in love with.

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Yarn + Substitutes

Paintbox Yarn Cotton Aran is becoming one of my favorite cotton yarns. It’s easy to work with, and comes in wide variety of colors. Plus, the people at LoveCrafts are wonderful to work with if you need anything about an order. You can browse all the colors here.

Substitutes — any other cotton, worsted weight yarn will work. Be sure to check your gauge when you change yarn, or hook size.

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  • Yarn
    • Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran, worsted/category 4 (93yds/50g), 100% Cotton
      • You will need three colors total
        • MC (Vintage Pink) = 120yds
        • CC1 (Peach Orange) = 105yds
        • CC2 (Light Champagne) = 105yds
      • Substitutes : Any other worsted/category 4 yarn will work, preferably cotton so the bag doesn’t stretch when you pack it.
  • Crochet Hook
    • G/6 (4.25mm) or correct hook to meet gauge
  • Scissors 
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Tape Measure
  • Bag Stap
  • D Rings

Skill Level

Level 2 – Advanced Beginner

You will need to know how to Half Double Crochet (and a few variations of it), and how to Mattress Stitch the bottom together.

Gauge + Finished Size

15 STS x 11 Rows = 4″ x 4″ square

  • Create gauge using the Half Double Crochet Stitch.
  • Gauge is measured BEFORE blocking

Finished Size

  • Height – 13 inches
  • Width – 12 inches
explorer crochet market bag crochet pattern high desert yarn

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