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Tunisian Crochet Market Bag Pattern

This exclusive free crochet farmer's market bag pattern uses the popular Tunisian crochet technique.

This Tunisian Crochet Market Bag is going to be your new travel companion. Whether you're hitting the farmer's market, grocery store, or picking up more yarn at your favorite craft shop, this amazing bag is a must to bring along.

Made using the Tunisian crochet technique, which does use a special hook. However, once you get used to the longer hook, it's an easy skill level type of crochet that anyone can master. This market bag is perfect for beginners!

This beautiful bag is worked in the round and uses a few unique stitches that result in a unique and beautiful textured bag with a sturdy bottom and stretchy straps that make this bag ultra comfortable to wear around.
 

Tunisian Crochet Market Bag Details

Size
Bag is 14 inches across and the length is 15 inches.
The strap is 24 inches long or preference.

Gauge
6 wst and 7 rows = 2 inches
6 tss and 5 rows = 2 inches
6 tks and 6 rows = 2 inches

Materials Needed
Size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook
Size I (5.5 mm) 6” double ended crochet hook
4 Balls of Sugar N Cream Yarn or worsted weight yarn of choice
Scissors
Darning needle
Stitch marker

Abbreviations (US Terminology)
yo: yarn over
ch: chain
ea: each
st(s): stitch(es)
wst: waistcoat stitch
2wst: waistcoat stitch increase
sc: single crochet
tss: Tunisian simple stitch
tks: Tunisian knit stitch
 

Market Bag Pattern Notes and Tips

The Bag:

  1. This pattern is worked in the round.
  2. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.
The Strap:
  1. This pattern is worked flat with the right side of the work facing.
  2. At the beginning of each row, the first stitch is on the hook and counts as a Tunisian knit stitch.
  3. Do not turn your work at the beginning of each row. Each row is worked from right to left (forward pass) and then from left to right (return pass).

Helpful Resources:
  1. How To Tunisian Crochet In The Round Video Tutorial
  2. Tunisian Crochet Guide: 5 Things You Need To Know
  3. How To Tunisian Crochet With The Tunisian Simple Stitch Video Tutorial
  4. How To Tunisian Knit Stitch Video Tutorial
  5. How To Waistcoat Stitch Video Tutorial

Tunisian Crochet Market Bag Pattern

Please read the notes before beginning this pattern.

Bag Pattern

This pattern is worked in a spiral, please mark the beginning of each round with a stitch marker.

With size K (6.5 mm) crochet hook:

R1: Make a magic circle or a loose slip knot and ch 1, put 6 sc (make the sc loose so that you will be able to work a wst into them) into the magic ring or loose slip knot. =6

R2: 2wst into ea st around. =12
Pull on the tail end to close the hole.

R3: *2wst into the next st, wst into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =18

R4: *wst into the next 2 sts, 2wst into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =24

R5: *2wst into the next st, wst into the next 3 sts. Repeat from the * around. =30

R6: *wst into the next 4 sts, 2wst into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =36

R7: *2wst into the next st, wst into the next 5 sts. Repeat from the * around. =42

R8: *wst into the next 6 sts, 2wst into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =48

R9: *2wst into the next st, wst into the next 7 sts. Repeat from the * around. =54

R10: *wst into the next 8 sts, 2wst into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =60

R11: wst into the next 4 sts, 2wst, *wst into the next 9 sts, 2wst. Repeat from the * around until 5 sts remain. wst into the next 5 sts. =66

R12: wst into ea st around. =66

R13: *2wst into the next st, wst into the next 10 sts. Repeat from the * around. =72

R14: *wst into the next 11 sts, 2wst into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =78

R15: wst into the next 6 sts, 2wst, *wst into the next 12 sts, 2wst into the next st. Repeat from the * around until 6 sts remain. wst into the next 6 sts. =84

R16: wst into ea st around. =84

R17: *2wst into the next st, wst into the next 13 sts. Repeat from the * around. =90

R18: wst into ea st around. =90

R19: *wst into the next 14 sts, 2wst into the next st. Repeat from the * around. =96

R20R21: wst into ea st around. =96
Should measure approximately 13 inches across.

Change hook to Size I (5.5 mm) double-ended crochet hook (shown below):

The number of loops to pick up each time is just a suggestion. Pick up as many loops as you can fit comfortably on your hook, making sure that each round has 96 stitches total.

R22: Forward Pass: With current yarn, insert the hook into the next st (like for a wst) and pull up a loop. Repeat 11 more times. =13 loops

Return Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work over and yo with new ball of yarn, pull through 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops until 2 loops remain on the hook. =11 sts and 2 loops

*Forward Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work back over, and with the first ball of yarn, insert the hook into the next st (like for a wst) and pull up a loop. Repeat 11 more times. =14 loops

Return Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work over and yo with the second ball of yarn, pull through 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops until 2 loops remain on the hook. =2 loops
Repeat from the * around. =95 sts and 2 loops

R23: Forward Pass: tss into the next 12 sts. =14 loops

Return Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work over and yo with the second ball of yarn, pull through 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops until 2 loops remain on the hook. =11 sts and 2 loops

*Forward Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work back over, and with the first ball of yarn, tss into the next 12 sts. =14 loops

Return Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work over and yo with the second ball of yarn, pull through 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops until 2 loops remain on the hook. =2 loops
Repeat from the * around. =95 sts and 2 loops

R24R40: Repeat R23

R41: Forward Pass: tks into the next 12 sts. =14 loops

Return Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work over and yo with the second ball of yarn, pull through 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops until 2 loops remain on the hook. =11 sts and 2 loops

*Forward Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work back over, and with the first ball of yarn, tks into the next 12 sts. =14 loops

Return Pass: Slide the work to the other side of the hook, turn work over and yo with the second ball of yarn, pull through 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops until 2 loops remain on the hook. =2 loops
Repeat from the * around. =95 sts and 2 loops

R42R46: Repeat R41

R47: yo and pull through the last 2 loops on the hook, sc into ea st around by inserting the hook into ea st like for a tks. =96

Cut the yarn, pull through the last stitch and make an invisible join.

Strap Pattern

R1: Forward Pass: ch 9 ( leave tail long enough to sew to the bag). Insert the hook into the 2nd ch from the hook, yo and pull up a loop. Repeat across. =9 loops

Return Pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. =9

R2: Forward Pass: tks across. =9

Return Pass: yo and draw through the first loop on the hook. *yo and draw through the next 2 loops on the hook; repeat from * until 1 loop remains on the hook. =9

Repeat R2 until the strap is 24" or the desired length.

Bind Off:

*Insert the hook into the next st like for a tks, yo and pull through both loops on the hook to make a slip stitch. Repeat from the * across. =8

Cut the yarn, pull through the last stitch and whip stitch both ends to the bag. Weave in any ends left.

About the Author:

Alexandra Halsey is a stay at home mommy who loves sharing her crochet designs and teaching others how to crochet, cook and be creative through her blogs and video tutorials. Visit her YouTube channel and her blog, With Alex, to learn more. Visit her designer profile on AllFreeCrochet to see everything she has shared with us here.

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