Colorful Crocheted Reusable Grocery Bags

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About: I'm a designer, writer, and artist based in upstate NY.

I've been crocheting these colorful, mesh bags for the past few days. They're perfect to use as reusable grocery bags or even just for produce. You can alter the pattern to meet your own needs too.

The only things you'll need to make one of these reusable bags is a skein of yarn (although you'll use far less than the whole skein), a J-sized crochet hook, and a pair of scissors.

Step 1: First Row

1. Slip stitch, then chain stitch 36

2. Double crochet in 3rd stitch from hook.

3. Chain stitch 2.

4. Double crochet in second stitch from hook.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the end of the row.

Step 2: Second Row and Beyond

6. Chain stitch 2, and turn the work around to start on the next row.

7. Repeat steps 4, 5, and 6 until 44 rows have been completed.

Step 3: Connect the Sides

8. Fold work in half length-wise.

9. Single crochet down one side, making sure both halves get stitched together in the process.

10. Repeat on the other side.

Step 4: Add Some Handles

11. Turn your work right side out.

12. Begin half double crocheting around the top edge of the bag, two half-double crochets in six holes.

13. Chain stitch 12.

14. Skip five holes and half-double crochet twice in the sixth hole.

15. Continue half-double crocheting twice in each hole until you reach the opposite side.

16. Chain 12 once you reach the spot for the second handle and half-double crochet twice in the sixth hole.

17. Once you go all the way around, continue crocheting in the round with half-double crochet stitches.

18. When you get to the handles, half-double crochet 12 stitches around each handle.

19. Keep going in the round with half-double crochets until you've completed a total of four rows of half-double crochets.

20. Cut off work and weave in ends.

Step 5: Completed!

It's a pretty easy pattern once you get the hang of it, although it's probably more suitable for middle-level crocheters. It's also easily alterable so you can change it to get dimensions you desire. Keep in mind, even with these smaller dimensions (approximately 12" x 12" or so), the bag is incredibly stretchy, so many items will be able to fit inside.

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CathyNoyb

Question 16 days ago

What kind of yarn did you use? What is the weight rating for it?

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elewis03CathyNoyb

Answer 15 days ago

Just a medium, worsted weight yarn. I used what I had on hand, which were skeins of red heart.

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CathyNoybelewis03

Reply 15 days ago

Was it acrylic, cotton, or some other material? Also, approximately how much did you use for each bag? Exact length or weight isn't important, but yarn comes in so many different skein sizes that the skein weight or length would be helpful. Thanks.

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elewis03CathyNoyb

Reply 14 days ago

I just used acrylic yarn. I probably used 1/4 or so (that's a guess) of a standard skein of Red Heart. But you can use whatever you already have; cotton yarn would work really well. That's the beauty of this and utilitarian crocheting in general — it's adaptable and very forgiving.

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rosie.maybee.31

Tip 15 days ago

Cotton yarn is the best. Easy to wash out stains if something would leak or spill.

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elewis03rosie.maybee.31

Reply 15 days ago

Sure. I just used what I had on hand, which was just the normal, worsted weight stuff. It works just fine.

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barmaid56

19 days ago

As a previous commentator ask : How much to they stretch out? Would it unravel or break with heavy items?

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elewis03barmaid56

Reply 18 days ago

The third picture at the top shows the bag with grocery items in it. I've made several of these and they've never unraveled or broken. That being said, I have never put like 30 cans of soup in them at a time either, but I wouldn't recommend that in a plastic bag either.

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mooster

19 days ago on Step 2

It looks great. Could you add a picture of one stuffed with groceries so that we can see how much stretch it has? Thanks!

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elewis03mooster

Answer 19 days ago

The third picture at the top has some groceries in it.

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Italiankiwiblog

19 days ago

This is such a wonderful idea! These are nice clear instructions.

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ProfessorPi

20 days ago

Nice instructable! It looks really cool and really useful!

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katvanlew

21 days ago on Step 5

Your instructions are clear and the photos are great! This is such a useful item!