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FREE Crochet Pattern – Sundown Market Bag

Updated June 28, 2023
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Crochet your own market bag with this free Sundown Market Bag pattern, the perfect addition to your wardrobe. The bag comprises of basic crochet stitches, so it’s suitable for all skills levels, even advanced beginners who are looking to improve on your shaping skills. Assisting tutorials are also available at the base of this blog.

Crochet market bag
Sundown Market Bag

sundown market bag

I’m so happy to bring you the SUNDOWN MARKET BAG! This is my first market bag design and I LOVE it! I’m one of those people who carries around ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ so the fact that this bag can stretch to a substantial size as well as roll up small when it’s not being used is great! It’s super eco too, as a result of using this bag you’ll be cutting down on buying plastic carrier bags.


I actually crocheted a lot of this bag when we were off out on a day trip to ‘Sundown Adventure Land’ and therefore I chose to call it the Sundown Market Bag. It’s a nice little reminder of our day out!

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MATERIALS and tools

crochet market bag tutorial

You can purchase a low cost ad free, printable copy of this pattern HERE. Not only does it mean you get your own copy of the pattern to print, you also support a small business and help me to keep making free patterns!

pattern notes

  • Written in UK terms
  • Gauge = 5cm x 5cm = 7 stitches, 8 rows

crochet terms and abbreviations

  • Chain(s): ch(s):Yarn over, pull through
  • Slip Stitch(s): ss(s): Insert hook, yarn over pull through stitch and loop on hook
  • Double Crochet(s): dc(s):  Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have two loops on the hook. Yarn over and then pull through remaining two loops.
How to Crochet: A Handy Reference Guide EBook

Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. Learn more about the eBook here.


sundown market bag PATTERN

Main Bag

  • Foundation: Chain 31
  • Row 1: Working into the spine of the chain dc in 2nd chain from hook and in each st across. 30 stitches.
  • Row 2-6: Ch 1 (does not class as a st here and throughout), turn, dc in first st and in each st across.
  • Row 7 (see images on page 6): Ch 6, turn, *dc in next st, ch 6; repeat from * to the end. Dc in last st.
  • Row 8-52: Ch 6, turn, dc in first ch-6 sp, *ch 6, dc in next ch-6 sp; repeat from * to the last ch-6. Dc in last ch-6 sp.
  • Row 53: Ch 1, turn. Dc in base of ch-1 and in each ch-6 sp to form 30 dc in total.
  • Row 54-58: Ch 1, turn. Dc in first st and across.

Working the edges

  • Rotate work so that you are working along the edge of Opening B of the main bag. 
  • Row 1a: Ch 1, dc around post of rows 54-58, *dc in ch-6 sp, dc around post of dc; repeat from * until you reach Opening A. Dc around the post of rows 1-6 of Opening A.
  • Row 2a: Ch 1 and turn, dc in each st across.
  • Tie off yarn and then sew in the ends.
  • Attach yarn to Row 1 of Opening A on the opposite side of the bag.
  • Rotate work so then you are working along the edge of the main bag.
  • Row 1b: Ch 1, dc around post of rows 1-6 of main bag, *dc in ch-6 sp, dc around post of dc; repeat from * until you reach Opening B. Dc around posts of 54-58 Opening B.
  • Row 2b: Ch 1 and turn, dc in each st across.
  • Finally, tie off yarn and sew in ends

I wanted to say a huge thank you to my pattern testers for this bag! They certainly chose some gorgeous colours!

crochet market bags in different colours

@sweetnstitches  @allymakesthings  @confessionsofayarnaholic  @lj_fibrearts  @sewhooky

corded handles

You will need 2 of these.

  1. Handle attachment (a)
  • Leaving a long tail end of around 30 cm long, ch 7
  • Row 1: Working into the spine of the ch, dc in 2nd ch from hook andin each st across.
  • Row 2-8: Ch 1 and turn, dc in each st across. Do not tie off your yarn
  • We will now start working in continuous rounds. No need to count rounds here.

2. Handle Cord: ss in first dc to form a circle. Dc in each st around until your tube reaches 66cm. Do not tie off your yarn.

3. Handle attachment (b)

  • Row 1: Ch 1 and turn. Dc in next 6 sts.
  • Row 2-8: Ch 1 and turn,  dc in each st across.
  • Tie off yarn leaving a long tail of around 30cm.
Lady out at a market with a crochet bag
Sundown Market Bag


  • Place handle attachment A on the outside of the bag over bag opening A (see diagram on page 5) and then sew on securely using back stitch.
  • Then place handle attachment B on the outside of the bag over bag opening B (see diagram on page 5) and sew on securely using back stitch.
  • Repeat for the other handle. Finally, sew in the ends.
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Video Tutorials

You can find the assisting video tutorials in both right and left handed versions below.

part one

part two

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If you love this market bag pattern why not make a matching crochet pouch perfect to fit your phone or sunglasses. CLICK HERE for the blog.

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  • Sarah Furlong
    May 19, 2020 at 8:13 pm

    Written pattern has a section missing!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 20, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Sarah can you please tell me what section you think is missing 🙂

      • Michele McChesney
        June 27, 2020 at 9:41 am

        The missing section in your written pattern above where you crochet twice along the sides cinching in the “bag” section.

        • BellaCocoTeam
          July 2, 2020 at 9:14 am

          This has now been updated 🙂

      • Amy Hughes
        July 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm

        It is the part after row 58, it jumps straight to the handles. The written pattern is missing the pattern for the stitches around the side of the bag that is shown in the video. 🙂

        • BellaCocoTeam
          July 2, 2020 at 9:14 am

          Thank you for bringing this to my attention this has now been updated 🙂

  • Amy
    June 23, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    It skips from row 58 to the handles, missing out the stitching around the edges of bag 🙂

    • BellaCocoTeam
      July 2, 2020 at 9:14 am

      This has now been updated 🙂

  • Jessica Lim
    June 26, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    The sides of the main bag is missing. The DC back and forth

    • BellaCocoTeam
      July 2, 2020 at 8:00 am

      Hi Jessica I’m not sure what your query is as their are no sides to the bag? Can you let me know exactly what it is you think is missing as we have checked the pattern and it all seems to be correct 🙂

  • Lauren Lesley
    March 3, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    I am struggling with doing the sides. Do I knot one side off to start the other? How do I go from one side to the other side?

    • BellaCocoTeam
      March 5, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      Hi Lauren When you are working the edges you should tie off your yarn once you have completed the first side and then attach it ready to begin the other side. I like to tie my yarn on and then secure it by pulling it through and making a slip stitch

  • Cammie Rodriguez
    July 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    What is the approximate, if not definite measurements, of one side of the bag in inches? I feel that mind is a bit short so far since I used a hook that’s a size smaller than the yarn recommended.

  • CandiceZ
    January 14, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    This has been on my list a long time of crochet adventures and I did it! I made it with the new rainbow yarn doughnuts that they sell and looks fun. Mine is just smaller because I apparently crochet in miniature. Maybe it’s hand size or tension lol. It was super approachable when I did it even though at first seemed really intimidating. Thanks!!!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      January 14, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      You are very welcome 🙂

  • Debbie
    June 2, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Amazing pattern and I love my bag but the handles have stretched so much when I used it! I am going to remake the handles and make them a lot shorter to accommodate this stretch.

    • BellaCocoTeam
      June 6, 2023 at 1:51 pm

      I’m glad that you like the pattern and sorry to hear that your handles have stretched 🙂


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