Giganto-Bag

 

This is another market bag, of large size and with an improvement.

I’ve used thin rayon crochet yarn to give it thin, stretchy walls.

The improvement is that I doubled the yarn so that the bottom, top, and loops are made with a thicker, plusher fabric. This worked out well.

Pictures of bag, empty and loaded:

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Finished Another One

This time I left off the zipper, which seemed silly, and did it all in Tunisian crochet.

It does not stretch as long, without the knit part. On the other hand, I need to find a better-looking Tunisian lacy stitch.

Pictures:

I really like the mercerized cotton crochet yarn for this type of bag. The bright lime green yarn is something else and perhaps not as successful.

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Finished Zipper Bag

And I’m not thrilled with it. I think maybe zippers are silly.

Pictures…

I’ve started on a new and better one, that won’t have a zipper.:-)

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A better zipper bag

I hope…

After perusing the choices at the Walmart and the Hobby Lobby, I decided on mercerized cotton (size 3) crochet yarn this time. So far I’m using it with an H/8 hook and the bottom is working out well.

ZipBag

If you are a Ravelry person, you can see more details at Rav Project

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Prototype Zipper Bag

It’s not perfect, but at least it’s finally done.

I added a zipper to keep stuff in
and a twill strap to keep it off the ground…
Bag

And filled with heavy stuff…
FilledBag

I made it with baby yarn (acrylic/nylon), which was a pain and may have been a mistake.
I’m mulling over improvements before I start the next one.

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Market Bag Pattern Available

It’s finally done and it was way longer than I expected.

I’ve posted it at Ravelry as a freebie PDF.
You should be able to download it from:
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The Mark 2 is Better

Yes, I like this one…
Mark2

2ndMark2

The tricks:
1. I used a contrasting yarn for the return chain in the “in the round” Tunisian crochet.

2. I made the handles much shorter because they stretched a lot–more than I would have thought possible.

3. I also gave the handles a deliberate lean by skipping the first stitch of the forward pass then adding an extra stitch at the end of the forward pass. Otherwise the stitch I used (the chain-top simple stitch, which is often called the extended simple stitch) crochets up fairly square.

4. I’ve made the handles wider where they connect to the bag. This gives the bag a better shape.

5. The lacy part of the “in the round” knitting is: “purl 2 together” alternated with “yarn overs” for a full row, then two (2) rows of straight knit stitch (stockinette), and repeat.

If you have other questions, please ask.

Meanwhile I’m enjoying using this one:-)

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