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Tropical Stripes Market Bag

Tropical Stripes Market Bag
Tropical Stripes Market Bag

"Whether you’re visiting a farmers market, or spending the day at the beach, take this cheerful bag with you! A solid, rectangular bottom and Jacob’s ladder reinforced corners make it sturdy enough for even those heavier veggies. It’s made with 2 varieties of Red Heart Super Saver yarn, which I received for free to use for this pattern. The linen stitch texture adds extra dimension to the subtle color changes of the Ombre yarn, and the tropical colors of the Stripes yarn really pop against the blue."

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Crochet HookI/9 or 5.5 mm hook

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge13 sc x 15 rows = 4 inches. Exact gauge is not critical.

Finished SizeAbout 12″ x 13″ not including handle.

Materials List

  • Red Heart Super Saver Stripes – 175 yds #4968 – Parrot (A)
  • Red Heart Super Saver Ombre – 275 yds #3961 Scuba (B)
  • Size I (5.5 mm) hook or size needed to match gauge
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • 4 stitch markers or scraps of yarn.

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What a great idea to recycle your old black bottom inserts from your old shopping bags and use them for your crocheted bag instead! I also have read that plastic canvas cut to fit will give a great structure and tons of support not only on the bottom but on the sides, too. That is, IF your bag is designed that way. I feel like I need to get to the store to buy the Parrot and the Scuba just so I can drool over the colors! OMG, LOVE! The addition of the "Jacob's Ladder" effect along the sides is a pretty genius design idea. Have fun with this!

I have never used a crochet bag as a reusable market bag before. I have made many totes that I have used to just carry towels and a few lighter things to the beach. I am just curious about the stretch factor and how the bags hold up while carrying canned goods from the market? Anyone have any experience with that and can share?

The Jacobs ladders at the corners should keep the rest of the bag from stretching as much. If you put a plastic insert in the bottom, it should hold up pretty well to a few canned goods. I don't know that I'd necessarily put a bunch of 2-liter soda bottles in it or anything like that, but for medium duty it should be pretty good )

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