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Mercato Crossbody Tote a Free Crochet Pattern

Mercato Crossbody Tote a Free Crochet Pattern

The Mercato Crossbody Tote is ideal for traveling, a day at the mercato {market}, or a playdate at the park. It’s comfortable, and stays out of the way, but is there when you need it.

Market tote bags are such great summer makes. I gifted this one to my son’s teacher, and she just loved it. It’s fast, easy and doesn’t take much yarn-perfect for gift giving.

I’ve crocheted a bunch of these this year and gifted all of them. I definitely should make a few for myself. I always need a nice shopper ready to go in the car, or another bag to hold yarn!

The Mercato Crossbody Tote is worked from the bottom up, in the round. The lovely and versatile v-stitch makes it easy to hide the seam. The strap is worked in rows and can be easily customized for different heights or to be a shoulder bag instead.

More Free Tote Patterns

  1. The Library Tote
  2. La Via Bag
  3. The June Market Tote

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Materials

Notes

  1. Ch 1 does not count as a st. I prefer to ch 1 when working hdc in the round to keep my joins tight.

Stitches/Abbreviations

*ChristaCoDesign patterns use standard US terms

Mc-magic circle or ch 3 and sl st to 1st, work into the circle. 

hdc v-st- (hdc, ch 1, hdc) all in same st

hdc-half double crochet 

sk-skip the indicated stitch

rep-repeat

rnd(s)-round(s)

ch(s)-chain(s)

st(s)-stitch(es)

sl st-slip stitch

Level

Gauge

2” x 2” = 7 hdc x 4.5 rows 

Finished dimensions=when flat 12” wide x 13” tall, 30” long with strap.

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Pattern

Begin with a mc. 

Rnd 1. 8 hdc into mc, sl st to first st to join. (8 sts) 

Rnd 2. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, *{2 hdc in next st} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (16 sts) 

Rnd 3. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next st, *{2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (24 sts) 

Rnd 4. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, *{2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (32 sts) 

Rnd 5. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, *{2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (40 sts) 

Rnd 6. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 4 sts, *{2 dc in next st, hdc in next 4 sts} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (48 sts) 

Rnd 7. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 5 sts, *{2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 5 sts} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (56 sts) 

Rnd 8. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 6 sts, *{2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 6 sts} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (64 sts) 

Rnd 9. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 7 sts, *{2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 7 sts} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (72 sts) 

Rnd 10. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 8 sts, *{2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 8 sts} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (80 sts) 

Rnd 11. Ch 1, 2 hdc in same st, hdc in next 9 sts, *{2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 9 sts} rep from * around, sl st to first st to join. (88 sts) 

Rnd 12. Ch 1, hdc in same st and in each st around, sl st to first st to join. 

Rnds 13-16. Rep Round 12. 

Rnd 17. Ch 3 (counts as hdc + ch 1), hdc in same st (first hdc v-st formed), sk next st, *{(hdc, ch  1, hdc) all in next st, sk next 2 sts} rep from * around, sl st last st to ch sp of first hdc v-st. (30 hdc v-sts)

Rnd 18. Ch 3 (counts as hdc + ch 1), hdc in same ch sp (first hdc v-st formed), *{sk next 2 hdc, (hdc, ch 1, hdc) all in next ch 1 sp} rep from * around, sl st last st to ch sp of first hdc v-st.

Rnd 19. -26. Rep Row 18. Change to Color B.

Rnds 27. -33. Rep Row 18.

Rnd 34. Ch 1, sc in same st and in each ch sp and st around, sl st to first st to join. (90 sts)

Strap

  • Worked in rows. 

Row 1. Ch 1, hdc in next 5 sts, turn. (5 sts) 

Rows 2-66. Rep last row, or until desired length is reached. 36” as written.

Sl st strap end to opposite edge of bag. Cut yarn. Weave in ends.

I’d love to see your #mercatocrossbodybag tag me @christacodesign on Instagram if you post a pic. Or share it to my Facebook Group, I love to see your work! 

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