Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pattern for Cotton Market Bag


Pattern for knitted cotton market bag




For anyone trying to reduce the number of plastic bags that they bring home from the market, here is a pattern for a cotton knitted bag that works up very quickly and uses 2 skeins of cotton. I have had the directions written out on a scrap of paper that has been moved across the country numerous times. I don't remember where the pattern originated, but if someone recognizes the pattern, please let me know.


Materials: #10 1/2 needles in the following sizes: double pointed and 24"
#4 - 24" circular

Approximately 150 grams of cotton
(There will be plenty left over to make a knitted dishcloth!)

Abbreviations:
yo=yarn over
k2tog=knit 2 stitches together

Notes: Switch to circular needle when the stitches get too crowded on the double point needles.

Using double pointed needles, cast on 9 stitches and divide onto 3 needles.

Knit 1 round.

*yo,k1, repeat from * around (18 stitches)

Knit 1 round.

*yo, k2tog, repeat from * around (18 sts)

Knit 1 round .

*yo, k1, repeat from * around ( 36 sts)

Knit 1 round.

*yo, k2tog, repeat from * around (36 sts)

Knit 1 round.

*yo, k2tog, repeat from * around (36 sts)

Knit 1 round.

*yo, k1, repeat from * around (72 sts)

Knit 1 round.

*yo, k2tog, repeat from * around (72 sts)

Repeat these two purple rounds 5 more times.

Knit 1 round.

*(yo, k1)twice, yo, k2tog, repeat from * around (108 sts)

Knit 1 round.

*yo, k2tog, repeat from * around (108 sts)

Repeat these two purple rounds 14 more times.

Knit 1 round with # 4 needle (continue to use this needle)

*yo, k2tog, (yo, k1) 4 times, repeat from * around to last 6 stitches (yo,k2tog) 3 times (176 sts)

Knit 12 rounds.

With #10 1/2 - 24" needle finish the bag as follows:

(k2tog) four times, *(K2tog) twice,
(k2tog, k1) 4 times, repeat from * around until last 8 stitches, (k2tog) 4 times (108 stitches)


Handles:

Each half of the handles is worked back and forth.

Turn work inside out.

Purl 2 together, purl 50 sts, purl 2together.(52 sts)

Turn work.

**Knit 3 together, *yo, k2tog, repeat across from *, end knit 1.

Turn work and purl back**

Repeat from these two purple rows until only 10 stitches remain.

Place stitches on a holder.

Work across the other half of the bag as you did for the first half.

Place two sets of 10 stitches right sides together and graft together.

Weave in all ends.

Happy Knitting!

This is everything that easily fit into the bag in the photo at the top. It easily holds everything that would fit into a plastic bag at the market and probably more since the bag stretches.

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