With a size H/8, 5.oo MM crochet hook, I chained 45 and worked several rounds in single crochet to form the base of my bag.
I added two rows of pink as I worked the rows of single crochet for a splash of contrast.
Once the base of the bag was finished, I started working a series of chain-5 mesh rows.You, too, can help save our environment by getting some green shopping bags of your own!
Thinking ahead to those big heads of leaf lettuce I love to buy at the market in the summer, I wanted a fairly deep bag so continued working the rows of mesh until that section was about 12" deep.
Next I worked several rows of single crochet to give stability to the top of the bag, again adding in a couple of rows of pink for contrast.
I wanted a sturdy strap that was long enough to wear over my shoulder when carrying groceries, so attached the main-color to the center of the bag top and worked 12 single crochet stitches. Continuing to work in single crochet back and forth, I chained one extra stitch each time I turned my work until the strap was 36 inches in length.
Once the strap was long enough, I joined it to the center of the other side of the bag by single crochet.
With the contrasting color, I worked one row of single crochet as edging around the top of the bag and on both sides of the carrying strap.
To test out my bag, I went to the store and did my shopping!
And now, so it hangs, ready to shop again!