DIY Mesh Bags

We love a mesh market bag. It’s just the right tool for toting so many things, from fresh vegetables to yarn (of course!) to vacation miscellany. But sometimes, it’s not quite the right size, or the handles require more hands than we have. Here we present patterns for three totes: a tote with shoulder straps for hands-free toting, a beach tote styled after the classic market tote, and a water bottle bag with cross-body strap. All the bags share a mesh stitch pattern. Each bag is a different size, and if you’re not quite content with the sizes given, each pattern includes directions for altering the size to suit you. Crochet your bag your way!

DESIGNER Jennifer E. Ryan

Backpack Tote

FINISHED SIZE 12″ wide and 131/2″ long, laying flat; straps: 1″ wide and 22″ long.

YARN Omega Sinfonia (distributed by Creative Yarn Source) (100% cotton; 218 yd [199 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #869 gold (A); #886 gray (B), 1 skein each.

HOOK Size H/8 (5mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Yarn needle; 2 beads (with large holes); 1/3 yd cotton lining fabric (optional).

GAUGE Two 4-dc groups and ch-5 sps and 10 rows = 4″ in patt.

 

Beach Tote

FINISHED SIZE 12 1/2″ wide and 16″ tall; 9″ bottom diameter; handle: 1 1/4″ wide and 25″ long.

YARN Omega Sinfonia (distributed by Creative Yarn Source) (100% cotton; 218 yd [199 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #886 gray (A), 2 skeins; #864 lt rose (B), 1 skein.

HOOK Sizes H/8 (5 mm) and J/10 (6 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Yarn needle; large jewelry pendant for embellishment.

GAUGE Rnds 1-5 = 41/2″ diameter with smaller hook.

 

Water Bottle Cozy

FINISHED SIZE 73/4″ tall and 10″ around; 31/2″ bottom diameter; strap: 44″ long.

YARN Omega Sinfonia (distributed by Creative Yarn Source) (100% cotton; 218 yd [199 m]/3 1/2 oz [100 g]): #886 gray (A); #864 lt rose (B); #869 gold (C), 1 skein each.

HOOK Size G/6 (4 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Yarn needle.

GAUGE Rnds 1-3 = 23/4″ diameter.

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Water Bottle Cozy
Backpack Tote
Beach Tote

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