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knits_for_preemies Posted - 03/01/2013 : 8:16:20 PM
I am wanting to knit a market bag (never have tried this before--but I am an experienced knitter). The pattern I want to use is called Farmer's Market Bag (by Grace Akhrem). http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/farmers-market-bag/39765

On Raverly it calls for sock yarn (two strands held together). I am wanting to use something that won't be as expensive as that. Maybe a worsted weight of some kind.

I've been told that 100% cotton is going to stretch a lot. So I'm thinking I need to use a blend of some kind.

Any suggestions on the best yarn to use for a knitted market bag?

Also, any suggestions on making the bottom of the bag sturdy enough?

Thanks,
Barbara

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies
www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
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Gibson Girl Posted - 04/11/2013 : 10:40:05 AM
Just in time. I've been thinking of a market bag for some time but just haven't had a pattern. So thanks for that and all your good advice. Although I'm sure linen would make the best yarn I think I'll use up some of the stash.
knits_for_preemies Posted - 03/28/2013 : 3:52:41 PM
Update with pictures: Here is a link to my Ravelry page with pictures

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies/farmers-market-bag

Am happy with the bag...will probably make the handles a bit longer next time...they didn't stretch quite as much as I thought they would, due to my bind off being a bit rigid.

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies
www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
robinstephanie Posted - 03/23/2013 : 10:13:28 AM
Your color choices are great, and your thorough notes are super helpful. You're making me want to make this bag. Look forward to more updates, and I'd love to hear how it functions once it's done.

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Ceil Posted - 03/22/2013 : 10:49:24 PM
Looks good!

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
knits_for_preemies Posted - 03/20/2013 : 03:15:06 AM
Update on Market Bag: All is going extremely well. Have to tug on the yarn quite a bit to keep it tight enough...not a stretchy yarn. Love the color combination.

Pictures and details on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies/farmers-market-bag

Happy Knitting,
Barbara

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies
www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
knits_for_preemies Posted - 03/12/2013 : 1:14:46 PM
Thanks so much Ceil. Will save that link for my next bag!!!

So much yarn, so little time!

Barbara

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies
www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
Ceil Posted - 03/11/2013 : 10:48:40 PM
quote:
Originally posted by knits_for_preemies

Hi, Ceil.
Thanks for the info.

I looked for the Plymouth Fantasy bag pattern you referred to, but could not locate it. Could you steer me to the webpage where it might be found?

Thanks,
Barbara


It's FREE on Ravelry here:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/f208-fantasy-naturale-market-bag

If you don't want to carry it over your shoulder, knit the lace portion shorter. Further, I knit this seamless, starting with a provisional CO. It looks like the blue bag on the web page was started that way, too.

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
knits_for_preemies Posted - 03/09/2013 : 10:04:09 PM
I ended up buying this at the yarn shop today:http://www.creativeyarns.net/collections/all/products/yarn-knit-one-crochet-too-2nd-time-cotton

Colors are white tea and artichoke...soft green and green and cream blend...quietly pretty.

Love the pattern.Went to the class today and have a good start on the project.

Thanks to all. I will certainly check out the yarns everyone suggested as well for future bags.
I'll post the project on Ravelry.
Barbara

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies
www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
ikkivan Posted - 03/09/2013 : 2:26:07 PM
The two market bags I made from Lion Brand recycled cotton turned out nicely, and have held up well, too.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
knits_for_preemies Posted - 03/09/2013 : 04:27:59 AM
Hi, Ceil.
Thanks for the info.

I looked for the Plymouth Fantasy bag pattern you referred to, but could not locate it. Could you steer me to the webpage where it might be found?

Thanks,
Barbara

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies
www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
Ceil Posted - 03/08/2013 : 10:46:33 PM
quote:
Originally posted by jtamsn

Barbara, good to see you post again! I have used sugar and cream cotton and plymouth fantasy naturale with good success. The pattern I have used is on the Plymouth website. The cotton does stretch, but for the type of bag of I made it is ok. As far as making the bottom sturdier, what about making 2 bottoms and stitching them together? just a guess.
judy



I've made the same bag, and when I ran out of Plymouth Fantasy, I compared it to some perle cotton I have here and it's the same stuff, so I used FOUR strands. I made this bag shorter in height, because the first one I made dragged on the floor the second I put something in it at the market. (I don't carry it over my shoulder as shown in the photo.) I changed the handles and did I-cord for them, which is more comfortable to hold than the BO in the pattern.

The Plymouth pattern is not your bag , but at least it gives you some ideas. Our bag pattern has a garter-stitch bottom, and I've found that it holds up very well; no need to double it. We have three bags here and use them a lot. In fact, I don't use shopping carts much any more, just load up the bags and empty them at checkout.

Ceil
(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
knits_for_preemies Posted - 03/07/2013 : 9:47:54 PM
Thanks to all for you ideas. I'm sure I am over-thinking this whole thing.

I have some Berroco Comfort worsted yarn (baby multi)that I need to use. I think I will try to get some more of that in a contrasting color to do the bag. http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/knitting/yarn/Berroco/Comfort.asp

Unfortunately my local yarn shop does not carry Berroco. So will have to order some.

Barbara

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies
www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
kbshee Posted - 03/06/2013 : 12:07:11 PM
I've had good results using brown sheep cotton fleece--blend of cotton and wool.

kim in oregon
http://kbshee.blogspot.com
hillstreetmama Posted - 03/06/2013 : 06:28:50 AM
I've also used the Plymouth fantasy naturale, which is more of a heavy worsted. It's more pleasant to work with than the cheaper cottons. Then again, make one with Peaches & Creme (Walmart has lots of colors) and if you really like it, or see where you can tweak the pattern, THEN make it out of linen or sock yarn. I like to KNOW that I love the pattern before I make something with expensive yarn.

Jan
knits_for_preemies Posted - 03/06/2013 : 04:47:34 AM
Hi, Judy! Glad to "be back". Never really left, just too busy with things to post much. I always feel right at home here. The knitters who post here have taught me a lot over the years. It's great to share with folks from all over.

Thanks for your suggestions, especially about the bottom.

Happy knitting,
Barbara

Ravelry Name: KnitsForPreemies
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/KnitsforPreemies
www.southernfriedknittin.blogspot.com
jtamsn Posted - 03/05/2013 : 6:08:20 PM
Barbara, good to see you post again! I have used sugar and cream cotton and plymouth fantasy naturale with good success. The pattern I have used is on the Plymouth website. The cotton does stretch, but for the type of bag of I made it is ok. As far as making the bottom sturdier, what about making 2 bottoms and stitching them together? just a guess.
judy
Janettoo Posted - 03/02/2013 : 7:49:47 PM
I made a market bag with Euroflax linen. This may not be any cheaper than sock yarn, but it doesn't sag out of shape like cotton. The pattern I used had a solid, rectangular bottom and net sides.

Doubled sock yarn is double-knit size yarn. (aka not quite light worsted) Any inexpensive yarn you want can actually be used. It's not like you are making a sweater or sock and the size is critical. You can end up with a bag that's larger or smaller, depending on your yarn choice, but it will still be a useful bag.

Janet in TN

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