Tunisian Market Bag
This week I am excited to share with you all a Tunisian Market Bag I designed. This bag crosses off a couple of my 2019 goals, it is a Tunisian Crochet project, which has furthered my understanding of this craft, but also it has used up some of the smaller left overs in my stash. In addition to working towards the two goals above, this bag is perfect for putting in my handbag and fits a great amount of shopping in it, making it more environmentally friendly than buying another plastic one.
This pattern is great if you want to learn some more stitches in Tunisian crochet, as it uses 3 different types; the knit stitch, purl stitch and lace stitch. The Knit stitch is a dense stitch which is great for the base of the bag and the handles to ensure they are strong enough to keep everything in and not fall apart. The lace stitch is the stretchy part of the bag which expands to fit what you need it to, and the purl stitch creates a decoration in between the two other stitches. I used a different colour for each section as they were what I happened to have available, but the bag could be made in a solid colour or any combination you would like. Its a great way to use up some of that cotton in your stash.
The bag is created flat in two different panels which are sewn together, this makes it much easier as a beginner Tunisian project. I may adapt the pattern to work it in the round later in the summer, which is more challenging if you know a bit of Tunisian crochet already and it would also get rid of the bag seams. You can find the pattern for the Tunisian Market Bag for FREE below.
Join me next week for another crochet pattern, and until then I hope you enjoy making your Tunisian Market Bag.
Tunisian Market Bag
- Materials and Resources
Below is a list of everything you will need to make this bag
- Lily Sugar n Cream Cotton – 175g in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;
- Blue Stripe
- 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
- sl st – slip stitch
- TKS – Tunisian Knit Stitch
- TSS – Tunisian Simple Stitch
- TPS – Tunisian Purl Stitch
- FP – Forward Pass
- RP – Return Pass
Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.
- The gauge for this bag is 14 stitches and 16 rows in a 10cm square of Tunisian knit stitch.
- The bag is made in two panels which are sewn together at the end.
- Unless otherwise stated the RP will always be – yarn over, pull through 1 loop (once) and then yarn over, pull through 2 loops all the way across to the end when 1 loop remains.
- I used the single crochet method of cast off for this bag.
Bag Panel– Make 2 starting in purple
|1||Ch 45, FP – TSS, RP||45|
|2||FP – TKS across, RP||45|
|3-10||FP – TKS across, RP||45|
|Change to white|
|11-13||FP – TPS across, RP||45|
|Change to blue stripe|
|14||FP – TSS across, RP – (ch 4, yarn over and pull through 4 loops) x 11||11 shells|
|15||FP – TSS in ch st from row below (45 loops total), RP – as row 14||11 shells|
|16-28||Rep row 15||11 shells|
|Change to white|
|29-31||FP – TPS across, RP||45|
|Change to purple|
|32-33||FP – TKS across, RP||45|
|34||FP – 10 TKS, cast off 25 stitches using TKS, 10TKS, RP – as normal until you get to the cast off section, then ch 25, RP as normal at the end||45|
|35||FP – TKS, RP||45|
|36||FP- TKS cast off||45|
- Hold both pieces together with right sides facing each other (TKS pieces should face each other) and sew the panels together around all edges except the cast off row.
- Sew in all ends and then turn in the right way (so you can see the TKS on the outside) and your bag is ready for use.
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