It’s that time of year again! The snow is melting (albeit more slowly than I’d like), the birds are starting to sing again, and the days are getting longer. All of these signs also mean that it’s time for spring cleaning! Time to clean up and organize the clutter that’s accumulated during the long winter months. There’s one particular space that I’m constantly having to de-clutter… the pantry. More specifically, the mountains of plastic grocery bags that seem to multiply on their own. The Moroccan Grocery Bag Holder is the perfect crochet solution!
As you can see, I desperately needed a crochet grocery bag holder. I may need to make 1 or 2 more, but I think I’ll come up with new tapestry design for each of them. After all, it’s more fun to make something new than to crochet the same thing over and over again, right? **Raise your hand if you also suffer from crochet two-itis! ** 😉
Alternate Uses: If you don’t use plastic grocery bags, this bag will also make a great bag to organize cleaning cloths. I cut up old towels and t-shirts and use them as cleaning cloths. This would make a great bag to keep the piles under control.
I chose Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, a 100% mercerized cotton, for this design. The mercerization process gives the yarn an incredible sheen and stitch definition (perfect for tapestry crochet). It is available in 24 wonderful colors that include brights (perfect for summer fun!) and neutrals (perfect for everyday). This yarn is great for a variety of projects ranging from various home decor items to accessories. It is classified as a worsted/4 weight yarn, but I feel it’s on the lighter side of a worsted / 4.
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This pattern is part of the 2019 Spring Cleaning Blog Hop Crochet Along!
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Ready to get started? Keep reading to make my Moroccan Grocery Bag Holder!
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- Yarn: Worsted Weight / 4; Lion Brand Yarns 24/7 Cotton was used for the sample. 100% Mercerized Cotton Yarn (186 yards / 170 m / 3.5 oz / 100 g). Available for purchase on the Lion Brand Website or AMAZON
- Crochet Hook: G/6/4.00mm, or size needed to obtain gauge (My favorite crochet hooks are the Clover Amour Hooks, I’ve never had an ache in my hand since switching)
- Yarn Needle
- Button (1) 3/4″ diameter
- Needle & Thread
- Scrap Piece of Yarn to use as a stitch marker
- Standard Size Hair Elastic
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Abbreviations (US Terms)
- ch(s): chain(s)
- sl st(s): slip stitch(es)
- sc: single crochet
- st(s): stitch(es)
- Rnd(s): round(s)
- yo: yarn over
- BLO: back loop only
- SM: stitch marker
- MC: Main Color (Jade)
- CC: Contrasting Color (White)
- One Size: 8″ W x 18-1/2″ L (laid flat)
- In sc, using a 4mm hook: 17 sts + 13 rows = 3″
- I tend to crochet on the tighter side. You may need to go down a hook size (or two) to meet gauge if you crochet on the looser side.
- Yarn Notes: Lion Brand Yarn 24/7 Cotton in White & Jade were used for the sample. (3.5oz / 100 g / 186 yards / 170 meters / 100% mercerized cotton). Another comparable worsted weight cotton yarn may be substituted.
- Yardage for MC: Jade (320 yards / 2 balls)
- Yardage for CC: White (130 yards / 1 ball)
Grocery Bag Holder Instructions
Note: The bag holder is worked in a spiral (continuous rounds). Do not join at the end of each round, instead use a scrap piece of yarn or a stitch marker to keep track of the beginning of each round. Move the scrap of yarn up as you complete each round.
Rnd 1 (RS): With MC, a hair elastic & a 4.00mm crochet hook, work 50 sts around the hair elastic. Do not join. (50 sts)
Rnd 2: BLO ( 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st ) around. (75 sts)
Rnd 3: BLO ( 2 sc in the next st, sc in each of the next 4 sts ) around. (90 sts)
Rnd 4: BLO Sc in each st around. (90 sts)
Colorwork begins in round 5. Follow the chart provided below to work the color changes. Read the color chart from right to left. Click HERE for a color change tutorial.
Note: Because this design is worked in a spiral (continuous rounds), the first and last stitches of each round will be offset a tad. As long as you work the correct number of stitches, the design will work out correctly.
Rnds 5 – 78: BLO Sc in each st around. (90 sts) Follow the color chart below. Work rounds 1 – 14, then work & repeat rounds 15 – 26 until your bag reaches a total of 78 rounds.
Rnds 79 – 80 (MC): Continue working over the CC (I chose to do this to make sure the bag was the same thickness all the way to the top), BLO sc in each st around. Fasten off CC. (90 sts)
Rnd 81 (MC): Sl st in each st around. Use the Special Join Technique to finish the round. (90 sts) Click HERE for tutorial.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Continue on to Bag Hanger.
Row 1: With a 4.00mm crochet hook & MC yarn, leave an 8″ tail of yarn, then ch 6, working in the back hump of the foundation chain, sc in the 2nd ch from your hook, sc in each ch across. Turn. (5 sts)
Rows 2 – 40: Ch 1, sc in each st across. Turn. (5 sts) *Note: You can work more or fewer repeat rows for a longer or shorter bag hanger.
Row 41: Ch 1, sc in the first st, ch 3, skip each of the next 3 sts, sc in the last st. Turn. (5 sts)
Row 42: Ch 1, sc in each st and ch across. (5 sts)
Do not fasten off. Continue on to Bag Hanger Edging.
Bag Hanger Edging
Tip! When working into the sides of the rows along the long edges of the hanger, if it starts to become wavy, go down a hook size for the edging.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 1, rotate hanger to work into the sides of the rows along the first long edge, work 1 sc into the side of each row, ch 1, rotate to work into the bottom of Row 1, sc in each st across, ch 1, rotate to work into the sides of the rows along the second long edge, work 1 sc into the side of each row, ch 1, rotate to work into the top of the last row, sc in each st across. Join w/ a sl st to the 1st st of the rnd. (stitch count isn’t crucial)
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Approximate Size: 1.5″ W x 8.5″ L. Continue on to Assembly.
Photo Above: Position your button on the inside of the bag holder, nearest the join, with the top edge of the button approximately 1/4″ down from the top edge of the bag holder. Using a needle and thread, sew the button on to the bag holder. Position the Bag Hanger on the outside of the bag, directly behind the button. Make sure not to use the buttonhole end of the bag hanger.
Photo B: Turn the bag holder over. Position the edge of the bag hanger approximately 1″ from the top edge of the bag holder. Using a yarn needle and yarn, sew the hanger onto the bag. I stitched in a square to secure it on four sides.
Photo C: This photo shows the bag turned over and the button through the buttonhole.
Your Moroccan Grocery Bag Holder is now ready to be stuffed with all of those plastic grocery bags you have piling up!
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