Stripy Market Bag

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.

Join me next week for the Humpback Whale Costume pattern.

Vicky x


Stripy Market Bag 

  1. 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
  • Scissors
  1. 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
  1. Notes

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.


  1. Pattern

Bag Base – start in white

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 61, sk 1st ch and hdc across 60
2-4 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

Row Instruction Stitches
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
2-4 Hdc around 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
20-21 Hdc around 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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