6 Free Knitting Patterns for a Quick, Super-Practical Market Bag

Looking for a cute tote bag for groceries or any other errands? Try one of the popular market bag knitting free patterns for market bagspatterns shown here.

Oklahoma summers are no joke. We moved here nearly 6 years ago — during the summer — and the first thing I knitted after we moved here was directly inspired by the Oklahoma summer heat.

I love living in Oklahoma, but I could definitely do without the summer heat!

Having said that, there is one thing I love about summer in Oklahoma: fruits and vegetables. Or, more specifically, the opportunity to enjoy fresh, succulent fruits and vegetables thanks to farmer’s markets and my own garden.

I’m not the most successful gardener in the world (the sun means I’m constantly fighting both drought and weeds), but we usually get a generous crop of tomatoes every summer. Oh, dear readers, do you agree with me that there’s nothing in the world like a fresh-from-the-garden tomato? Juicy, sweet, tangy… mmmmmmm.

My town also has both various produce stands and a downtown farmer’s market. Next best thing to growing them yourself, in my opinion. They’re often both cheaper and way better quality than what you’ll find at the grocery store.

Of course, you won’t find any shopping carts or baskets at farmer’s markets or produce stands. So you need a market bag. Sure, you could just grab an old plastic bag, but there’s a certain romance to a lovely handknit market bag. Don’t you think?

Sure you do. You’re a knitter!

As it turns out, many designers have created market bag patterns. If you’re itching to try out a market bag of your own, why not take a look at these popular online knitting patterns for market bags?

Most Popular Online Market Bag Knitting Patterns 

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Grrlfriend Market Bag
Photo: Laura Spradlin

Grrlfriend Market Bag: I love the story behind this pattern – a woman recycled the yarn from a friend’s ex-husband’s sweater to transform it into something completely different – and I would guess many others love it as well, making it the most popular market bag pattern available on the Internet!

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Ilene Bag
Photo: Hannah Mason

Ilene Bag: Here is a nice, stretchy market bag characterized by a wide, fairly short strap that won’t hurt your shoulders or hang somewhere by your knees.

Let’s Go Shopping Market Bag: This is a cute market bag with a stitch pattern slightly on the bias.

Everlasting Bagstopper: This bag was designed with three thoughts in mind: one, leave as little of a carbon footprint as possible in the knitting process; two, make it scrunch together easily enough to slip into a purse, so it’s always there when you need it; and three, make it stretch practically indefinitely so you can put whatever you need into it.

French Market Bag: Here we have the sole entrant that requires felting. It has a pleasant basket-like appearance and looks like a delight to carry and display anywhere.

Elisa’s Nest Tote: Finally, a cute, simple little tote bag that works perfectly for its purpose: a replacement for a plastic grocery bag.

If you’re interested in a tote for the beach or the library, or would like to help make our planet a little greener from the grocery store, why not try one of these pretty, popular, and practical market bag patterns?

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