Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Market Bag

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I learned about this reusable shopping bag from Debbie. It will work great for this purpose, but I can think of some other uses too. How about a poolside tote for carrying your towel, sunscreen, book, etc.? A bag for children's toys (as long as they are big enough not to fall through the holes)? Another container to store the overflow from the yarn stash? I bet you can think of more.

Pattern: Market Bag designed by Robyn
Yarn: Lily Sugar'n Cream, 100% cotton worsted weight
Needles: 16" circular in US 10 and straight needles in the same size

I used just barely over 2 ounces of yarn for this bag. The variegated colors of Sugar'n Cream come in 2 ounce balls. The solid colors come in 2.5 ounce balls. Each cost $1.27 per ball where I shop, so this is a very economical project to make.

The handles of this bag are knit in the round and the body is knit back and forth. I originally thought that I could use a circular needle for the whole project. However, the wraps always seemed to slide over the stitches when they were on the cable part of the needle and I spent a lot of time repositioning them. It was frustrating and time consuming. I changed to straight needles and it was smooth sailing from then on.

This pattern can be easily modified to suit your tastes.


  1. neat bag! i love it, and it is so economical!

  2. That would be great filled with groceries but even more perfect filled with YARN!

  3. Very cute bag! I had a friend that made a similar bag but she recycled all those plastic bags from WalMart, Target, etc., cut them into long strips and knit with those. Very fun. I think your bag will come in really handy!

  4. That's a great idea for TPP fund raiser. Cute, practical and easy to make!

  5. Hey Tracy! Robyn is a knitter in my local SNB group. She's opening a LYS in Lexington this fall too! Yippee!! I've been meaning to cast on for this bag, but haven't had a chance yet. Yours looks great! :o)

  6. That's a really neat bag. It does have a lot of different uses. Who wouldn't want one?

    You've been a very busy knitter lately with your socks, and a VERY CUTE watermelon set below. SO CUTE! Can't wait to see that one in person. :0)

    Hope that you're having a great summer. Sorry I haven't commented recently. I still read every entry on your blog!

  7. Tracy, I came to the same conclusion about the circular needles -- I switched to some ancient straight needles I had squirreled away and it was much more efficient that way. (I did the handles on a circular, though.)

    Hobby Lobby has the Sugar & Cream yarn for $0.99 this week, too.

  8. This is fabulous. I have to admit a deep seated envy for people who have cute poolside totes. I think it may be time soon to make myself a fabulously trendy tote bag!

  9. That is a cute and useful bag. I have one that was made by ? that I have been using for years. I take it with me every time I work for a client and carry my containers in it. If it gets too dirty, I toss it in the washing machine and it's good to go again. Can you wash yours like that?


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