My new knitting project - expandable shopping bag

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Jules's picture
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My new knitting project - expandable shopping bag

I'm almost finished with it -- one seam and some ends to work in. I *should* have done a better job reading the "finishing" instructions. I didn't allow 3:1 consistently between the white expandable and the smaller knitting, but I think it will be fine anyway. Next bag I'll pay attention. Smile Once it's finished and I have enough energy, I'll take pix and share.

It's a free lion brand pattern. You do have to register to view them though.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/BK4K-0702003.html

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KimPossible's picture
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Very cool! I was in Target not too long ago and they have this reusable shopping bags that fold up and zipper closed and immediately i thought "If I could invent a knitting pattern for something like this that would be awesome!"

Definitely share pics!

Jules's picture
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I used worsted weight cotton for this project - leftover raspberry swirl and white. Here it is empty:

And with groceries, although it could definitely hold more:

I've heard of knotting together your cotton yarn scraps and just leaving the knots as part of the pattern. That might be interesting for the bottom, sides and handles on this. It would truly be a recycled and "green" pattern then. Smile

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Jules, it came out great! Is it sturdy? How much weight do you think it can hold? Thats somethign I always worry about with knit bags, unless they are felted.

Have you ever seen the ones that are made from plastic grocery bags? THey are pretty neat too, i might try it someday:

This one is just a little gift bag

http://www.ladynthread.com/original/plarngiftbag/plarngiftbag.shtml


This link is to a bigger tote size:

http://marloscrochetcorner.com/Plastic%20Bag%20tote.html

They call it 'plarn' (plastic yarn I guess?) and if you google it, you can find lots of links to all sorts of plarn creations!