This week, I would like to share with you another stash busting project, the Stripy Market Bag. As many of you will already know, I have made it a goal of mine to work through my stash and use it all up this year. This project was a great stash busting project, as it used loads of odd pieces of yarn I had laying around from the ends of other projects, as well as some that I had bought as extra to what was needed. In fact between this bag and the Tropical Fish Pattern I shared last week, all my In the Zone yarn has now been used up!
This pattern uses a little under 300g of yarn and works up quickly, I completed it within a few hours. I used the colours I happened to have at home; orange, denim, yellow, pink and turquoise as the accent colours, and the majority of the bag is in white as I had the most of that in my stash. You can however, use whichever colours you have in your stash. This yarn is super stretchy and it works really well for putting a load of stuff in when out shopping, in fact it easily handled 26 100g balls of cotton the other day! Since I used Knitcraft’s In the Zone yarn, which is know is only available at Hobbycraft in the UK, there are other comparable yarns which can be used too. Bernat’s Home Maker Dec yarn is similar, although a little thicker, and whilst I haven’t actually tried it, James C Brett’s Noodles yarn is also similar. This yarn is a tube like yarn made from 100% polyester so I imagine anything similar should work, you just may have a slightly different sized bag to mine.
The pattern for the Stripy Market Bag is available for FREE below.
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Stripy Market Bag
- Materials and Resources
Below is a list of everything you will need to make this bag;
- 300g of KnitCraft in the Zone yarn in any colours (I used left overs in denim, turquoise, orange, pink and yellow for half, and the other half in white.
- 6mm hook
- Tapestry needle
- Stitch List
Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern. All terms used are American.
- Ch – chain
- Hdc – half double crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.
- There is no specific gauge for this bag, different gauges will give a slightly different size, but it doesn’t really matter if it is slightly bigger or smaller as there is quite a bit of stretch in it.
- If you cannot get hold of knitcraft in the zone yarn, then comparable yarns are Bernat Home Maker Dec and James C Brett noodles.
- The bottom of the bag is worked in rows and then joined into a bag shape you will need to ch 1 and turn at the end of each round.
- The top of the bag is made in rounds; when working in the rounds you will not sl st to join, just keep working in continuous rounds.
- This bag was made up mostly of left over yarn from other projects, I will note the colour I change to, but you can change to any colour you have available.
- My finished bag measured 55cm high and 40cm wide after use. This bag has a lot of stretch in it.
Bag Base – start in white
|1||Ch 61, sk 1st ch and hdc across||60|
|5-8||Change to yellow, hdc across||60|
|9-12||Change to white, hdc across||60|
|13-16||Change to orange, hdc across||60|
|17-20||Change to white, hdc across||60|
|21-24||Change to pink, hdc across||60|
|25-28||Change to white, hdc across||60|
|29-32||Change to turquoise, hdc across||60|
|33-36||Change to white, hdc across||60|
|37-40||Change to denim, hdc across||60|
|41-44||Change to white, hdc across||60|
|Cast of and sew in ends|
|Fold the bag in half and sew both sides shut|
Bag top – start in white
|1||Attach yarn at any point around the bag and hdc around (put 1 hdc in each row and 1 in each side seam)||90|
|5-8||Change to yellow, hdc around||90|
|9-11||Change to orange, hdc around||90|
|12-14||Change to pink, hdc around||90|
|15-17||Change to turquoise, hdc around||90|
|18||12 hdc, ch 20, sk 20, 25 hdc, ch 20, sk 20, 13 hdc||90|
|19||Change to denim, 12 hdc, 30 hdc in ch 20 sp, 25 hdc, 30 hdc in ch 20 sp, 13 hdc||110|
|Sl st and cast off|
|Sew in ends|
Optional extra: use any leftover yarn from this project to make a tassel to add to the bag.
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