Mermaid Market Bag
~ Embrace your whimsy ~
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)
St – stitch
Sc- single crochet
Dc – double crochet
Tr – treble crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
Sk – skip
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
Ch 4 and join to make a circle.
Base of the bag:
Round 1: ch 2, 12dc into the ring, sl st to join 
Round 2: ch 2, 2dc into each st around, sl st to join 
Round 3: ch 2, *dc into first st, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join 
Round 4: ch 2, *dc into first 2 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join 
Round 5: ch 2, *dc into first 3 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join 
Round 6: ch 2, *dc into first 4 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join 
Round 7: ch 2, *dc into first 5 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join 
Round 8: ch 2, *dc into first 6 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join 
Round 9: ch 2, *dc into first 7 sts, 2dc in the next st* repeat * to * around, sl st to join 
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-
Round 25 – 27: ch 1, hdc in each st around, sl st to join
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
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. ~
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33 thoughts on “Mermaid Market Bag”
I am confused about you saying to begin and end on a shell. after the base they are all shell rows, until row 25.
I think she means half the time you end with a DC and the other half you end attaching to the 5trb
Torrie is correct. As the body of the bag is a two row repeat, if you are adjusting how many rows you do, I recommend starting the hdc row after a row where you end on the treble shell stitch, not the singular double crochet.
Probably a silly question, but is this a one-skein pattern?
It is indeed a one skein pattern!
OK – I’ve got the cotton yarn – can you give me an idea of the finished dimensions of the body of the bag (width & length)? Thanks!
This may be a silly question, but is this pattern UK terms or us terms?
Thanks a lot for this free, pretty pattern !
Why does the first treble row start with ch 3 and 3 treble? Shouldn’t it be 4 treble?
The rows where you start with a shell are divided, so you create half the shell, work all the way around, and then finish the shell with two more treble stitches and the sl st into what is essentially the top of the shell.
Rather, the end is throwing me off. Do I do the DC before the final 2 TR and WHERE do the final 2 TR go exactly?
The final 2 treble stitches go in the same stitch the first 3 are in.
Hi! The pattern looks really cute. I just would like to know the dimensions of the finished product. Thanks so much!
I added loops at the top of mine and ran a piece of satin ribbon through them for a draw string, then put little shells at the ends! It’s beautiful!
If the shell rows are a 2-row repeat of rows 10 and 11, why does it end on row 24? Shouldn’t it end on row 25, the second row of the repeat??
I found that in option 2 for finishing that 3 HD worked out and not 2 hd
I’ve only just started on the bag and I’m a little nervous about how it’s turning out so far – I followed the pattern for the base and it’s looking much pointier than I expected it to look, almost like a beanie! Is this how it’s supposed to look, or did I mess up somewhere?
I’m a bit confused about the strap. It says to do 9 hdc, and then a slip stitch. wouldn’t you just do the 9 hdc and then ch1 and turn? and if you do the slip st, does it count as a st going back (making the strap 10 stitches wide instead of 9)
I love this pattern! However I’m (intermediate) beginner and the end of the 10th row is confusing me. If I do the chain 3 at the beginning + 3T in first stitch, then repeat (sk2 + dc + sk2 + 5T) 17 times that gets me up to 103 stitches. 5 stitches remaining in that row. This is where I’m not sure what to do. Should I sk2, dc, sk1 and 1Tr to complete the first shell? Instruction say to complete the row with 2Tr? Wouldn’t that make the first shell 6Tr? And no dc to separate the last shell from the first? Hope someone can show me the way, this is a beautiful bag.
Followed the pattern exactly as the instructions stated and my strap was shorter than the one in the picture