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Mermeri Crochet

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By Meri

~ Embrace your whimsy ~

Materials

Hook –  5.5mm

Yarn – Caron Cotton Cakes – 380 yards

Color pictured here is Sunset Dreams

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

Ch- chain

Sc- single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Fpdc – front post double crochet

Fphdc – front post half double crochet

St – stitch

Sl st – slip stitch

Notes

Gauge is not extremely important for this project. You are certainly able to use any hook or yarn you wish, I do find cotton yarn to be the sturdiest when it comes to market bags. The pattern is easily altered to make a bigger or smaller bag. To alter the overall width, add or remove rows to the base.

Beginning Chains do not count as a stitch

Instructions

Ch 4 and join to make a circle.

Base of the bag:

Round 1: ch 2, 12dc into the ring, sl st to join [12]
Round 2: ch 2, 2dc into each st around, sl st to join [24]

Round 3: ch 2, *dc into first st, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [36]

Round 4: ch 2, *dc into first 2 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [48]

Round 5: ch 2, *dc into first 3 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [60]

Round 6: ch 2, *dc into first 4 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [72]

Round 7: ch 2, *dc into first 5 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [84]

Round 8: ch 2, *dc into first 6 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [96]

Round 9: ch 2, *dc into first 7 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [108] 

Body of the Bag:

Round 10: ch 2, dc into first st, * ch 3 skip 2 sts, dc in next * repeat * to * ch 3, sl st to join
Round 11: ch 2, fpdc around dc of previous row, * ch 3, fpdc * repeat * to * ch 3, sl st to join

Round 12 – 43: Repeat round 11

~Variation Alert!~ If you want a tighter finish to your bag, go down a hook size here!

To Finish:

Round 44: ch 1, fphdc first st, * 2 sc in the ch 3 space, fphdc * repeat * to * 2 sc in ch 3 space, sl st to join

Round 45 – 46: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join

Straps:

Round 47: ch 1, sc in the next 19 sts, ch 80. skip 17 sts, join with a sl st. sc in the next 36 sts, ch 80. skip 17 sts, join with a sl st. sc in each remain st, sl st to join.

Round 48 – 51: ch 1, sc in each st around, sl st to join

For those that would like to support me and obtain a pdf copy of this pattern, you can find it on ravelry here – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/keep-me-posted

Thank you so much for supporting Mermeri Crochet of Mermaid Treasures Fiber Arts! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information about the pattern. I’d love seeing your creations on Ravelry or Instagram, and I am always happy to offer pattern support for all of my crochet patterns as written.

You are more than welcome to sell any finished items made from this pattern. Please use your own photos and credit Meri Parko as the designer. Links back to my instagram, blog or ravelry are greatly appreciated! Please feel free to share this pattern by directing others to my blog or the Ravelry listing, NOT by distributing the pattern or photos as your own.

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Why do you do that?!

So with my Mermaid Market Bag pattern, the instructions say not to count the beginning chains as a stitch. Several people have asked why, from testers to those who’ve chosen to follow, I figured it was going to be an on going question as I continue to grow as a pattern designer.

And really, it boils down to personal preference. 

Roughly five years ago, I picked up my first crochet hook. I taught myself how to crochet using tutorials I found on YouTube. After YouTube, I progressed to diagrams before finally being able to read written patterns.

Somewhere along my journey of learning, someone else on the vast web of fiber knowledge had used 2 chains to start a row but didn’t count it as a stitch. I found that it made it much easier when trying to join rounds when making objects that weren’t flat like blankets and scarves.

Other than making it easier, I found the beginning chains also looked nicer to me. They sort of blend in and aren’t as noticeable. In my shells that consist of treble crochet stitches, because I used a chain 3 instead of 4, they sort of shift behind the trebles and sort of disappear.

So if you like one of my patterns but dislike my instructions of how to start a row using chains that don’t count as a stitch, I would encourage you to tweak that to suit your preferences! My desire for my patterns is to give you the knowledge of how to execute a look while also providing enough details to allow you to experiment and make it your own. Because I firmly believe it’s experimentation and building off one another that allows for new patterns to be dreamed up and then shared with the world!

So embrace your whimsy and create something beautiful.

Mermaid Market Bag

Mermeri Crochet

Mermaid Market Bag

By Meri

~ Embrace your whimsy ~

Materials

Hook –  G/4.25mm

Yarn – Any cotton or linen yarn – pattern as written uses 335 yards

I recommend Yarn Bee – Sugarwheel Cotton Yarn (colorway as shown is Sprinkles On Top)

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

Ch- chain

St – stitch

Sc- single crochet

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble crochet

Hdc – half double crochet

Sl st – slip stitch

Sk – skip

Notes

Gauge is not extremely important for this project. You are certainly able to use any hook or yarn you wish, I do find cotton yarn to be the sturdiest when it comes to market bags. The pattern is easily altered to make a bigger or smaller bag. To alter the overall width, add or remove rows to the base. To alter the length, add or remove as desired to the rows of shells. To jump back in to using the pattern as written when altering the length, make sure your rows of shells are an even number as you want to begin and end on the shell stitch.

Beginning chains do not count as a stitch

Instructions

Ch 4 and join to make a circle.

Base of the bag:

Round 1: ch 2, 12dc into the ring, sl st to join [12]
Round 2: ch 2, 2dc into each st around, sl st to join [24]

Round 3: ch 2, *dc into first st, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [36]

Round 4: ch 2, *dc into first 2 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [48]

Round 5: ch 2, *dc into first 3 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [60]

Round 6: ch 2, *dc into first 4 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [72]

Round 7: ch 2, *dc into first 5 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [84]

Round 8: ch 2, *dc into first 6 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [96]

Round 9: ch 2, *dc into first 7 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join [108]

Bag Body:

Round 10: ch 3, 3 tr in first st *sk 2 sts, dc in the next, sk 2 sts, 5tr* repeat * to * around. Complete row with 2tr to complete the beginning shell and sl st to join.
Round 11:  
ch 2, *dc in first stitch, sk 2 sts, 5tr in next st, sk 2* repeat * to* around, sl st to join

Round 12 – 24: Repeat round 10 and 11

To Finish: -2 options-

Option One:

Round 25 – 27: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join

Option Two:
For a brim that closes in a bit

Round 25: ch 1, hdc in next 2 sts, hdc2tog into the fifth tr and the next tr, skipping over the dc, repeat around, sl st to join

Round 26 – 27: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join

Strap:

Row 1: ch 1, hdc in next 9 sts, sl st into next

Row 2: ch 1 turn, hdc in each st

~ Repeat as necessary until you obtain the desired length. Once you reach your preferred length, sl st the last round to the last round of the bag. ~

For those that would like to support me and obtain a pdf copy of this pattern, you can find it on ravelry here –

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mermaid-market-bag

Thank you so much for supporting Mermeri Crochet of Mermaid Treasures Fiber Arts! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information about the pattern. I’d love seeing your creations on Ravelry or Instagram, and I am always happy to offer pattern support for all of my crochet patterns as written.

You are more than welcome to sell any finished items made from this pattern. Please use your own photos and credit Meri Parko as the designer. Links back to my pattern or ravelry are greatly appreciated! Please feel free to share this pattern by directing others to the blog post or Ravelry listing, NOT by distributing the pattern or photos as your own.

Want to connect? You can follow me on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MerMeriCrochet

Instagram: @Mermericrochet

Ravelry: AdelruneTisai

This pattern was inspired by Salty Pearl Crochet’s Venus Shell Slouch Hat. Permission was granted by the original creator to write up and distribute my bag pattern.

If you love this pattern, please show some love on Katie’s original pattern here – https://saltypearlcrochet.com/venus-shell-slouch-hat-crochet-pattern-free-crochet-beanie-pattern