Market Day by DROPS Design

Crochet DROPS bag with color pattern in 2 strands "Paris".

Keywords: bag, circle, colorwork
DROPS 170-1
DROPS design: Pattern no w-599
Yarn group C + C or E
Width: approx. 43 cm / 17''
Height: approx. 37 cm / 14 1/2''

DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio
200 g color no 24, dark gray
150 g color no 01, apricot
100 g color no 23, light gray
100 g color no 06, shocking pink
100 g color no 17, off white
50 g color no 41, mustard

NOTE: If the bag is made with one colour you will need 600 g

DROPS CROCHET Hook size 5.5 mm/US 9 – or size needed to get 13 dc x 7 rows with 2 strands = 4'' x 4'' (10 x 10 cm).


Alternative Yarn – See how to change yarns here
Yarn Groups A to F – Use the same pattern and change the yarn here
Yarn usage using an alternative yarn – Use our yarn converter here


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DROPS Paris uni colour DROPS Paris uni colour 1.45 $ /50g
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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in American English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from inches to cm - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in American and British English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in British English, please click here.
See diagrams A.1 and A.2. Diagrams show colors in pattern. 1 square = 1 dc.

Use yarn from both inside and outside of the ball. When switching to a new ball, try to avoid switching both strands at the same time - to avoid a thick yarn when fastening.

COLOR PATTERN (worked in the round):
When changing color work as follows: Work last dc with first color but wait with last pull through, switch to next color and work last pull through, then work next dc. When working with two color place strands for the color not worked over sts from previous round, work around the strands so that they are hidden and follows in the round.

Replace first dc at beg of every round with ch 3, finish round with 1 sl st in third ch.

Dec 1 dc by working 2 dc tog as follows:
Work 1 dc but wait with last pull through, (= 2 loops on hook), work next dc but on last pull through, pull yarn through all 3 loops on hook.

BAG: Work in the round with 2 strands of each color - READ DOUBLE YARN TIP.

Work 5 ch with 2 threads shocking pink on hook size 4.5 mm/US 7 and form a ring with one sl st in first ch. Then work in the round and according to A.1 (work 12 repetitions of A.1 in width) - READ COLOR PATTERN.
ROUND 1: Work 12 dc in ring – read CROCHET INFO.
ROUND 2: Work 2 dc in every dc = 24 dc.
ROUND 3: Work * 1 dc in first dc, 2 dc in the next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 36 dc.
ROUND 4: Work * 1 dc in each of the next 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc *, repeat from *-* the entire round = 48 dc. REMEMBER THE CROCHET GAUGE!
ROUND 5-10: Continue with inc and pattern as before, i.e. on every round work 1 more dc between inc = 120 dc.
ROUND 11: Work last round in A.1, AT THE SAME TIME dec 4 dc evenly, dec by working 2 and 2 dc tog = 116 dc.
ROUND 12: Continue working in the round, but without inc and work according to A.2 (= 7 repetitions in width), AT THE SAME TIME on 1st round in A.2 dec 4 dc evenly = 112 dc. Continue until A.2 has been worked, fasten off.

Cut 6 lengths of each color of 120 cm / 47'' = 36 strands. Place the strands tog and tie a loose knot, leave approx. 12 cm / 4¾'' after knot. Distribute strands in 3 piles with 12 strands in each pile. Plait the three piles tog until plait measures approx. 68 cm / 26 3/4''. Divide the end of the plait into 2. Thread the 2 halves through bag, 1 dc apart, in third round from edge. Tie them tog in a knot on the front of bag. Untie the knot in the beg of the plait and fasten it to bag the same way but in the opposite side. Make another plait the same way - see photo.


All measurements in charts are in cm.

symbols = light gray
symbols = shocking pink
symbols = mustard
symbols = apricot
symbols = dark gray
symbols = off white

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS 170-1) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

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Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

We have also step-by-step guides for different techniques which you'll find here.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder (usually closest to the neckline), and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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Comments / Questions (104)

country flag Jane Armstrong wrote:

People have asked but it doesn't seem to have been answered. Why is the written pattern different from the chart? As in, the chart says Rd 3 = two DC of pink and 1 DCof gray. However, the written pattern says 1 DC, then 2 DC. If we follow the Crochet Info and replace the DC with a 3CH, it doesn't work with the written pattern. It's a lovely design, but I would think with so many comments and questions clarification on this one particular issue would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

04.02.2023 - 19:19

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Jane, even if you work 1 dc and then increase and work 2 dc in the next stitch, it doesn't mean the 2 dc in the increase are worked in the same colour. The chart is only used to see the color on each stitch: it may happen that you work 2 dc in 1 dc and each of the dc are of a different color. Also, the 3ch at the beginning always substitute the first dc of the round. For example, in round 3, you would work: 3chain stitches in pink, (1dc in pink, 1dc in light grey) in the same dc, 1dc in pink, (1 dc in pink, 1 dc in light grey) in the same dc.... Happy crocheting!

06.02.2023 kl. 00:24

country flag Susan Middleton wrote:

In Round 1 - 11 and in looking at A.1, when in each round do you change colors? Is the first square = Round 1? The next round is the 2 squares and continues up? So in Round 3 you use light gray & shocking ink - 2 squares of shocking pink and one square of light gray. Would your work 1 dc and then the increase in the first 2 squares and then use gray in the third square as a dc and then repeat that sequence?

09.01.2023 - 00:50

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Mrs Middleton, correct - read even more about diagrams here - you have to increase as explain in the written pattern (see ROUND 3, ROUND 4...) following the colours as in A.1 at the same time. Happy crocheting!

09.01.2023 kl. 10:42

country flag Susan Middleton wrote:

I am trying to start the Market Day tote. I am trying to figure out how A.1 works with the rounds. Is round 1 starting from the top right of the chart? Which round goes to which part of the diagram?

09.01.2023 - 00:35

DROPS Design answered:

Hi Susan, The diagrams are worked from bottom right to left and upwards. So round 1 is the bottom row, then round 2 etc. Happy crocheting!

09.01.2023 kl. 06:54

country flag Leen wrote:

Zijn de knopen om de schouderbanden aan de zak te zetten enkele knopen of maak je een dubbele knoop zodat het niet loskomt?

14.12.2022 - 14:32

DROPS Design answered:

Dag Leen,

Volgens het patroon is het één knoop, maar je kunt natuurlijk gerust een dubbele knoop maken. Je kan de uiteinden eerst wat langer houden om te bekijken of je een enkele of een dubbele knoop wilt. Een dubbele knoop neemt namelijk wat meer garen.

15.12.2022 kl. 21:55

country flag Danny wrote:

Hi, so changing to Apricot color in A2, I couldn’t proceed . The row says 9DC in Apricot, 3DC in Gray, 1DC in Apricot, 3DC in Gray and goes on… this round doesn’t comes right from me. Finishing the round, I have only 5DC left from previous round.

30.07.2022 - 02:05

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Danny, you start with 4dc in apricot, then 3dc in gray, *1 dc in apricot, 3dc in gray, 9dc in apricot, 3 dc in gray*, continue working from * to * the whole round and finish with 5dc in apricot, not 9dc. Happy crocheting!

31.07.2022 kl. 17:54

country flag Mónica Patricia Castro wrote:

Gracias por tan buena explicación, hasta ahora no encontraba algo tan completo como su página, es de gran ayuda

22.05.2022 - 18:54

country flag Silvia wrote:

So I have started this one, instead of the shocking pink (100g) at the bottom, I am using Drops Paris Dark Wash, of which I have 100g too, but I am barely at the seventh round and I have finished the second ball??

27.05.2021 - 21:21

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Silvia, did you check and keep your tension? you should have 13 treble crochets x 6 rows with 2 strands held together =10x10 cm. Hope this can help.

28.05.2021 kl. 08:13

country flag Ericka wrote:

Is there a full video of making the entire bag anywhere. I’m not good at reading crochet patterns and get confused with lingo. Would love to know if anyone has made it and made video along the way. Thanks!😊

09.02.2021 - 02:29

DROPS Design answered:

Dear Ericka, you might get helped from this lesson explaining how to read crochet diagrams - remember to read the written pattern at the same time. Hope this will help. Happy crocheting!

09.02.2021 kl. 08:49

country flag Toñi wrote:

Muchas gracias por la aclaracion. Un saludo. Toñi

17.12.2020 - 23:41

country flag Toño wrote:

Hola, q tal? Una pregunta, cuando se empieza el circulo hay varias vueltas en el tono rosado antes de empezar el diagrama 1. Cuantas vueltas son, por favor? Muchas gracias y un saludo. Toñi.

16.12.2020 - 15:13

DROPS Design answered:

Hola Tono! Formas un anillo de color rosado . Después trabajas en redondo y de acuerdo al diagrama A.1., directamente. Dos primeras vueltas del diagrama son tambien de color rosado. Buen trabajo!

17.12.2020 kl. 11:35

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