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New Type of Market Bag

This one is all Tunisian crochet in the round.

full

I used my Denise hooks…

denisehooks

and a variety of sizes for the forward hook, to make the rows taller and the fabric thinner at the bag’s mid-height…

side

I also used a little starter square at the bottom,
then crocheted to its edges to start the in-the-round crochet…

bottom

This project turned out well.

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Last Market Bag

I’ve been spending too much time on these, so this is the last one.

It’s optimized, with a nice thick bottom.

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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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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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Market Bag for Exercise Stuff

I’ve been carrying my exercise stuff in one of my early market bags and I was pretty sure that I could do better.

Yup…
ExerciseBag

What the bottom looks like…
BagBott

It looks like I can successfully design these from scratch now, so I will probably write this up as a free PDF and offer it through Ravelry (maybe, if I get around to it).

The tricks…
1. Create a smallish square using traditional Tunisian Crochet
2. Add to all 4 edges using in-the-round TC with a 2-ended hook
3. Loop around several times with increases at each corner until the bottom is sort of round
4. From there, increase the number of chains for every other stitch on the return pass (this will gradually take you from a dense fabric to an open mesh, while increasing the bag’s diameter)
5. Once you have 3 chains between every stitch, stop expanding the bag (this is the cylindrical body of the bag)
6. At the top, turn the mesh back into a solid ribbon by doing 4 stitches about each chain, while binding off the top of the stitch
7. Add 2 rectangular handles to the solid ribbon at the top and you’re done!

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