As a fan of super stretchy reusable bags, this one tops them all! This is an easy Tunisian crochet project that you can whip-up while you watch your favorite shows, or listen to your favorite audio book. Use a #4 medium yarn (aka: worsted, aran, or 4-ply) to create a heavy duty market bag.
For a lighter bag, use a #3 DK yarn.
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Below are some some yarn recommendations for this project. The Super Saver yarn will make a thicker bag than the other two yarns, however, all three of the yarns below make for a thick, sturdy bag.
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You will need a Tunisian Crochet Hook in order to complete this pattern. The width of the bag is much too large to fit onto a regular crochet hook. If you are using a #4 medium yarn, I suggest using a 5.5 mm Tunisian hook. For a #3 DK yarn, you can use a 5.5 mm or a 5 mm hook.
Please note that your market bag will be a little smaller if you use a lighter yarn.
RP – Return Pass KS – Knit Stitch
SC – Single Crochet YS – Yarn Over Stitch
RP: Yarn over and pull through one loop on your hook (the first loop on the hook). Now yarn over, pull through two loops (loops 2 and 3 on your hook). Continue to yarn over, pull through two loops until you have only one loop on your hook.
KS: Insert your hook in between the front and back threads of the vertical stitch. Yarn over, and pull up a loop. Keep the loop on your hook and move onto the next stitch.
YS: Yarn over, and skip one vertical stitch.
Cast-on a Foundation Row:
Insert your hook into the second chain from hook. Yarn over, and pull the hook out of the stitch. You should now have two loops on your hook.
Go to the next stitch, insert your hook into the stitch and yarn over, then pull up a loop. You’ll now have three loops on your hook. Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop. You’ll now have four loops on your hook. Continue adding loops to your hook until you have cast on one loop for every stitch of your chain.
Complete a RP.
Row 1: KS into the second stitch of the row. YS into the third stitch of the row. Alternate between KS and YS until you complete the row.
Complete a RP.
Row 2: YS into the second stitch of the row. KS into the third stitch of the row. Alternate between YS and KS until you complete the row.
Complete a RP.
Repeat Row 1 and 2 until you complete a total of 63 rows. No bind-off row is necessary. Your bag length should measure approximately 22 x 18 inches (56 x 46 cm).
Sewing the Bag
Fold the bag in half so that the short sides line up, and the opening is at the top.
Sew along the left and right side of the bag, leaving the top part open (unsewn).
Insert your hook into the first stitch after one of the side seams, and CH 1. SC into the next stitch, and into every stitch of the round. Skip the CH 1, and SC into the following stitch. Crochet a total of 5 continuous rounds.
Row 1: Ch. 1, turn your work around. Beginning on the first stitch, SC into every stitch of the row.
Repeat Row 1 until you complete a total of 52 rows.
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Sewing the Straps
Line up the strap so that it lays over the bag border, about
1 inch (2.5 cm) from the side seam. Attach the strap to the bag by sewing 2-3 rows of stitches through the bag and the strap.
Repeat with the 3 remaining ends of the straps.
Weave in all of your ends, and you are finished!
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