Produce Bag and Scrubbers Free Crochet Pattern

The Produce Bag and Scrubbers is a crochet tote that also features two crocheted scrubbers – one in the form of a sponge and the other in a glove.

Clean the dirt and grime off of your fruits and vegetables with either of the two scrubbers made with Pima Cotton Yarn and Stitch Soak Scrub.

With bean stitch detailing, surface single crochet, and a pocket on the inside to store the scrubbers, it not only provides practicality but is also an engaging project!

FIVE video tutorials are included in this crochet design, so you can confidently make this intermediate crochet pattern.

You can view the videos below.

And guess what?!

This is another pattern made in collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn, but this is my first CROCHET kit with them, so I am very excited about this design!

 

If you want to see my other kits that I made in collaboration with Lion Brand Yarn, you can view them here.

And if you want to buy the Lion Brand crochet kit pattern HERE.

And the PDF pattern can be bought on my ETSYRAVELRY, and MY SHOP.

DESCRIPTION

The Produce Bag and Scrubbers crochet pattern is a crocheted market tote with 2 types of crochet scrubbers included in the pattern.

One scrubby is spongelike and made with Pima Cotton yarn and Stitch Soak Scrub yarn held together, so it is a little bit softer since the cotton is held with the scrubby yarn.

The bean crochet stitch is used to create little nubs that can help get into the grooves of produce and clean out the dirt.

This scrubber would be great for lemons, zuchinni, strawberries, or any other produce you want to be a little more gentle with.

The second scrubby is made with Stitch Soak Scrub yarn and is crocheted into a glove that fits over your fingers.

This scrubber would be good for more hardy produce like potatoes, carrots, etc. as it can really get the dirt and grime off well.

The bag is made from the bottom up while working in a continuous round of single crochets.

Once the bottom of the bag is tall enough, the bean detailing begins, so the project begins to be worked in rows and turned, which makes the crochet bean stitch staggered rather than stacked on top of one another.

Two handles are made at the top using Waistcoat Stitch, for a study, dense strap.

If you need help learning how to crochet the BEAN STITCH or the WAISTCOAT STITCH, you can view the Youtube tutorials HERE and HERE.

A pocket is sewn onto the inside the bag to conveniently store your two scrubbers or any other small items you’d like to store.

And for the finishing details, surface single crochet was done to picture frame border the bean stitch detailing.

For a video tutorial on how to do surface single crochet, see below.

YARN

The Produce Bag and Scrubbers is made using Pima Cotton and Stitch Soak Scrub yarn.

As soon as I saw Stitch Soak Scrub, I knew I wanted to make a produce scrubby.

I wanted a hardy scrubber and one that could be used for more delicate produce, so that’s why I chose Pima Cotton to pair with the second scrubby.

Stitch Soak Scrub is a 100% nylon yarn, but it surprisingly is soft on the hands.

I was prepared to only crochet with Stitch Soak Scrub when I had a bandaid on my guiding finger, but that is not needed at all! The yarn is gentle enough that it doesn’t irritate my hands.

The small individual nylon chain construction makes for a surprisingly non-abrasive yarn, and yet when tightly crocheted together, it is able to scrub dirt away well.

Pima Cotton yarn is a classic in my opinion, and was the perfect choice for this project.

Made of 100% cotton, I love the durability of the bag and how the scrubbers will hold up well continuously getting wet.

Pima Cotton also has a lot of colors to choose from, which was a big reason why I went with this Lion Brand Cotton yarn.

I wanted a shade that would compliment Stitch Soak Scrub well.

The two shades used above are:

“Blueprint” in Pima Cotton

“Blue Indigo” in Stitch Soak Scrub

I also think “Lilac” and “Rose Taupe” would look great together!

Can someone make it in these shades? Would be truly adorable, and I’d love to see!

DIFFICULTY

The Produce Bag and Scrubbers is considered an intermediate crochet pattern.

Single crochet, half double crochet, bean stitch, waistcoat stitch, and surface single crochet is used throughout the pattern, but I have 5 video aids to help and give you crochet tips to ensure you can do this pattern!

I have a simple tip to help make sure you do not have a gap in the bottom of the bag from the foundation chains.

Watch the video below to make sure you don’t make this simple mistake!

 

SPECIAL STITCHES

The bean stitch is used throughout the Produce Bag and Scrubbers. The bean stitch is similar to a puff stitch, but it uses less yarn and is a bit smaller.

The reason why I chose the bean stitch is because it creates a woven puff look, which is perfect for the nubs needed to get into the produce to scrub effectively. 

The bean stitch uses a slightly smaller puff than the puff stitch, so that’s why I chose the Bean Stitch instead – perfect for getting into the small spaces on produce!

It is also reversible, so both sides of the scrubber is the right side.

Worked in multiples of 2+1, you can easily make the scrubber bigger if that’s what you prefer.

*Tip working into the top of Bean Stitches- rotating the work towards you, place the bean stitch into the top “v” that is not the top of the Bean Stitch in the row/round below but the side of the st.

The waistcoat stitch is also used in the bag design at the top of the bag and for the handles.

This crochet stitch is worked as a single crochet, but just placed through the center of the post, which creates a very dence, sturdy fabric.

=perfect for handles!

Lastly, surface single crochet is used to create a picture frame border around the bean stitch on the front and back of the bag.

Surface single crochet is worked onto a piece of crochet fabric that has already been made.

You insert your hook from front to back to front around a post of a stitch, and work a regular single crochet.

The detailing it adds is a chef’s kiss.

MATERIALS

GAUGE

11 hdc sts and 9 rows = 4″

FINISHED SIZE

Bag – 14.5″ x 11.5″

Sponge – 5″ x 3.5″

Glove – 4.5″ x 4.5″

TERMINOLOGY

US Crochet Terms Used

  • b-st(s) – bean stitch(es)
  • beg – beginning
  • ch(s) – chain/chains
  • lp(s) – loop/loops
  • pm – place marker
  • RS – right side
  • rem – remaining
  • rnd(s) – round/rounds
  • sc – single crochet
  • sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
  • sk – skip
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st(s) – stitch/stitches
  • wc – waistcoat stitch
  • WS – wrong side
  • yo – yarn over

 NOTES

  • The chain 1 at beginning of round/row does not count as a stitch.
  • The chain 2 at beginning of round/row counts as a stitch.
  • The bag is worked from the bottom up.
  • The bottom portion of the bag is worked in continous rounds using single crochet. Use a stitch marker to indicate the beginning of the round.
  • For the top portion o fthe bag, you will slip stitch to join, chain 2, and turn. This creates a staggered half double crochet and bean stitch giving the fabric a woven-like material.
  • Surface single crochet is used to frame decorative bean motif.

SPECIAL STITCHES
Bean Stitch (b st) – Insert hook in st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, insert hook in same st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, insert hook in same st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through all 6 lps on hook, ch 1

Waistcoat Stitch (wc) – Insert hook in between the posts of st, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through both lps on hook

Surface Single Crochet (surface sc) – With RS facing, insert hook around post, draw up a lp, yo, pull through both lps

PATTERN

Bag

Using Pima Cotton, ch 25, pm in 25th ch

Rnd 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc 1 in each of the next 23 chs, sc 3 into last ch, turning your work to sc into other side of chs previously worked, sc 1 in each of the next 23 chs, sc 3 into marked st, do not join, pm (52 sts)

Click on the picture below to watch the video on how to avoid the gapping that can occur at the bottom of the bag when you’re working into the beginning chains.

Rnd 2: *sc 1 in each of the next 23 sts, [2 sc in same st] 3 times, rep from * (58 sts)

Rnd 3: *sc 1 in each of the next 23 sts, [2 sc in same st, sc 1 in next st, 2 sc in same st] 2 times, rep from * (66 sts)

Rnd 4: *sc 1 in each of the next 23 sts, [2 sc in same st, sc 1 in each of the next 2 sts] 3 times, 2 sc in same st, rep from * (74 sts) 

Rnd 5: *sc 1 in each of the next 23 sts, [sc 1 in each of the next 2 sts, 2 sc in same st, sc 1] 3 times, 2 sc in same st, sc 1, rep from * (82 sts)

Rnd 6: *sc 1 in each of the next 23 sts, [2 sc in same st, sc 1 in each of the next 4 sts] 3 times, 2 sc in same st, sc 1 in each of next 2 sts, rep from * (90 sts)

Rnds 7-14: sc around, without joining at end of each rnd (90 sts)

See picture of base below.

Rnd 15 (RS): ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join, turn (90 sts)

Rnd 16 (WS): ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join, turn, pm on st 8, 24, 53, and 69 

See Picture below that illustrates where to place the stitch markers

Rnd 17 (RS): ch 2, hdc 6, [b-st, ch 1**, sk 1] 9 times ending last rep at **, hdc 28, [b-st, ch 1**, sk 1] 9 times ending last rep at **, hdc 21, sl st to join, turn (56 hdc, 18 b-sts, 16 chs)

Rnd 18 (WS): ch 2, hdc 20, [b-st, ch 1**, sk 1] 9 times ending last rep at **, hdc 28, [b-st, ch 1**, sk 1] 9 times ending last rep at **, hdc 7, sl st to join, turn (56 hdc, 18 b-sts, 16 chs)

Rnds 19-28: Rep Rnds 17 & 18

Rnd 29 (RS): ch 2, hdc 6, [hdc in top of b-st, hdc in ch 1] 9 times, sk 1 ch, hdc 28,  [hdc in top of b-st, hdc in ch 1] 9 times, sk 1 ch, hdc 21, sl st to join, turn (90 sts)

Rnd 30 (WS): ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join, turn (90 sts)

Rnd 31 (RS):  ch 2, hdc around, sl st to join, turn (90 sts)

Rnd 32: rep Rnd 30

Rnd 33: ch 1, sc around, sl st to join, do not fasten off or turn (90 sts)

HANDLES

Rnd 34 (RS): ch 1, sc into same st, wc 5, ch 70 being careful not to twist chs, sk the next 22 sts on bag top, sc 1, wc 23, ch 70 being careful not to twist chs, sk 22 sts, sc 1, wc 18, sl st to join (46 wc, 140 chs)

Rnd 35: ch 1, sc into same st, wc 5, sc 1 in each ch, sk st, wc 23, sc 1 in each ch, sk st, wc 18, sl st to join (46 wc & 140 sc)

Rnds 36-37: ch 1, sc into same st, wc around including the sts in handles, sl st to join (186 wc)

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

INNER EDGING OF HANDLES

Rnd 1 (RS): make a sl knot and insert hook in st 5 of Rnd 43 (bottom right of handle), add sl knot to hook (see Picture below), pull through, ch 1, sc 1 in same st, wc 22, sc 1 in each of the next 70 sts, sl st to join (22 wc & 71 sc)

Rnds 2-3: ch 1, sc 1 in same st, wc 22, wc 70 around handle, sl st to join (93 wc)

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Rep on second handle.

SURFACE SINGLE CROCHET

Rnd 1 (RS): make a slip knot and surface sc around post of st 8 on rnd 2, continue surface sc around border of b-st motif, working up the side, top and back down the other side, sl st to join

Fasten off. Weave in ends. Rep on back.

For video aid help, click on the picture below to watch the YouTube video of how to surface single crochet.

INNER POCKET

ch 22

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across, turn (20 sts)

Row 2-10: ch 2, hdc across, turn (20 sts)

Row 11: ch 2, hdc across, do not fasten off

POCKET ASSEMBLY

Place pocket on right inside of bag with top of pocket lined up with Rnd 29, pin in place.

Sc through both thicknesses (pocket and inside of bag) around 3 edges of pocket. 

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

SCRUBBER GLOVE

Using Stitch Soak Scrub held double, ch 25 and join in beg ch. Be careful not to twist.

Watch video below for tip on how to not twist chs.

Rnds 1-11: sc 1 in each st around (25 sts)

Rnd 12: sc 4, *sc2tog, sc 5, rep from * around (22 sts)

Rnd 13: sc 4, *sc2tog, sc 4, rep from * around (19 sts)

Rnd 14: sc 4, *sc2tog, sc 3, rep from * around (16 sts)

Rnd 15: sc 4, *sc2tog, sc 2, rep from * around (13 sts)

Rnd 16: sc around (13 sts)

Cutting a 2′ tail, do not fasten off, flip pouch inside out, working through both thicknesses, sl st 5, fasten off.

Using Pima Cotton and held single, join yarn in found ch

Rnd 17: sc 1 in each ch around (25 sts)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

SCRUBBER SPONGE

Using Stitch Soak Scrub and Pima Cotton held together, ch 14

Row 1: sc 1 in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, turn (13 sts)

Row 2: ch 1, *b-st, sk next st, rep across, turn (7 b-sts)

Rows 3-9: ch 1, *sk first st, b-st, rep across, turn (7 b-sts)

Row 10: ch 1, sc in each st and ch across (14 sts)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

And that’s how you make the Produce Bag and Scrubbers!

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