Tunisian Watermelon Bag

Watermelon Square Bag

Tunisian crochet has been a lot of fun to play with! I’ve been working small projects, so I can learn new stitches.

Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern for Watermelon Bag

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Last time, I made the Tunisian Sampler Bag, which featured 3 different stitch pattern all in one color. For this project, I wanted to do something with color changes, so why not make it a watermelon?


I love everything about Watermelons and with making my daughter some Watermelon Canvas Shoes, they have been on my mind a lot.


Want to make your own Watermelon Bag? Read below:

Tunisian Watermelon Bag

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Etsy 

Handbag using Tunisian Crochet

Materials

DK Weight Yarn (#3)

K/6.50mm Afghan Hook

10 – ½” Black Buttons

1 – ¾” White Button

Yarn Needle

Scissors

Optional Materials

K/10.5/6.5mm Crochet Hook

Gauge

Not important for this project

Size

Approximately 9” x 8.5”

Stitch Guide

arnd = around

ch(s) = chain(s)

sc = single crochet

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

tks = Tunisian Knit Stitch

tss = Tunisian simple stitch

YO = yarn over

YU = yarn under

Skill Level

Easy

WRITTEN IN U.S. TERMS

Notes

  • First loop on hook counts as the 1st stitch for every row.
  • Any weight yarn and any hook size can be used, but make sure the hook is at least 2 sizes larger than the hook size suggested on the yarn label.
  • Rows 2-7 are the Crossed Simple Stitch, Rows 9-30 are the Tunisian Smock Stitch, Rows 32-54 are the Tunisian Knit Stitch, and Rows 56-61 are the Crossed Simple Stitch.
  • In Tunisian crochet, only one side is the working side throughout (right side).
  • For a wider bag, chain an even number (40, 44…etc)

Stitches

Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss) – Insert hook from right to left under vertical bar and pull up a loop.

Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks) – Insert hook from right to left under vertical bar and through to the back, yarn over, pull up a loop.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/223983781453596937/
Watermelon Tunisian Crochet Free Bag Pattern from Blackstone Designs

Instructions

BASE

With Green,

Ch 36,

1. FWD: (Working in the back bump of the chain): Draw up a loop in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.

   RTN: YO, pull through one loop on hook, *YO, pull through 2 loops on hook* to end.

2. FWD: *skip one st, tss in next st, tss in skipped* across, tss in last st

   RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

3. FWD: Tss in 1st st, *skip next st, tss in next st, tss in skipped st* across, tss in last 2 sts

   RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

4-5. Repeat rows 2 & 3

6. FWD: Tss across

   RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

With Pink,

7. FWD: *YU, Tss2tog* across, YU, tss in last st

     RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

8. FWD: Tss in 1st st, *YU, Tss2tog* to last 2 sts, *YU, tss* in last 2 sts

     RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

9. FWD: YU, sk 1st st, tss2tog, *YU, tss2tog* across, *YU, tss* in last

     RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

10-28. Repeat rows 8 & 9

29. FWD: Tss across

     RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

30. FWD: Tks across

     RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

31-52. Repeat row 30

With Green,

53. FWD: Tss across

     RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

54. FWD: *skip one st, tss in next st, tss in skipped st* across, tss in last st

     RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

55. FWD: Tss in 1st st, *skip next st, tss in next st, tss in skipped st* across, tss in last 2 sts

   RTN: Work off loops as indicated in step one

56-58. Repeat rows 54 & 55; Fasten.

HANDLE

Cut 4 – 24” green pieces of yarn and 4 – 24” pink pieces of yarn

Hold green pieces together and fold in half. Hold pink pieces together, loop through folded end of green, and fold pink in half (so looped ends are ‘locked’ together). Tie ends of one color to something stationary and twist the yarn, until both colors are twisted up very tightly. Pinch the center, where the two colors meet, then untie opposite end, hold it together with the other loose end, then let go of the center and allow the colors to twist together. Knot both ends.

CLOSURE

Cut 2 – 11” green pieces of yarn and 2 – 10” pink pieces of yarn

Repeat handle instructions.

Finishing

  • Fold strip in half, right side together, and sew up the sides. The fold is the bottom.
  • Turn bag right side out, sc in each st arnd, then sl st in each st arnd; Fasten.
  • Attach handle to inside of bag, one end of handle to each side seam. Sew through the knot.
  • Sew both tails of closure to the top center of back panel (outside), through sc round, creating a loop.
  • Sew ¾” white button to front of bag over tunisian rows 1-4 approximately.
  • Sew ½” black buttons over front of pink (smock stitching) in desired locations.
  • Hide all strings. This is the Tunisian Sampler Bag, but the assembly is the same.
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