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dancingbarefoot
« on: June 25, 2007 06:21:26 PM »

I designed this shopping bag and knit it on my standard gauge knitting machine:



I'm calling it Susitna after Mt. Susitna, a mountain I see every day (also called Sleeping Lady). It's super stretchy and can hold a ton of stuff. I think I'll be making several of these for Christmas presents.

ETA: free pattern is available on my blog
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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2007 06:33:36 PM »

Beautiful work and I LOVE the color you chose!  Reminds me of a sunset.  That bag would be perfect grocery shopping at the local co-op and farmer's market.
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2007 06:38:18 PM »

what is a knitting machine? i'm intrigued...i have a knifty knitter loom (well several of them) but so far i can only make hats and scarves. i tried mittens but those were a hilarious disaster.

your bag is nice. and it does look perfect for farmers market shopping Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2007 07:16:17 PM »

love the bag.  i just recently knit one also for a swap I was in and was wondering what type of machine you used.   I knit mine on a bond.



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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2007 08:05:52 PM »

There are knitting machines?
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2007 08:30:30 PM »

Thanks, everyone! Smiley

The yarn is some nameless cotton I got by unraveling a $1 thrift store sweater. It's somewhere between fingering and sport weight. Half of the plies are orange and half are red, so it ends up a nice mottled color.

love the bag.  i just recently knit one also for a swap I was in and was wondering what type of machine you used.   I knit mine on a bond.

Cute bag!  Smiley

I used a standard-gauge (4.5 mm) knitting machine with a ribber attachment. Mine's a Brother KH-860 with KR-850 ribber. About 30 years old but still in pristine condition and a workhorse. Best $100 I ever spent at a garage sale.  Grin

There are knitting machines?

Sure are. The first knitting machine was invented 400 years ago in Europe, actually. Most are commercial - all those sweaters in stores certainly aren't knit on two needles - but there are various knitting machines for home use.
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2007 08:39:54 PM »

Love the bag! I have a Brother KX-350 (only used it once), any chance you're posting the pattern?

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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2007 09:00:54 PM »

wow.  i love this bag.  it's very striking.
i envy the ones getting these as christmas gifts!  heh.
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2007 09:02:22 PM »

Love the bag! I have a Brother KX-350 (only used it once), any chance you're posting the pattern?

Thanks!

I am, actually. Free pattern coming to blog sometime tonight when I finish proofing it is now on my blog. If you use it, please let me know if there are any mistakes.
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2007 07:33:58 AM »

Man, that is one eco-friendly bag. You should make a bunch of them and sell them--that would help keep more plastic out of landfills.
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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2007 07:47:12 AM »

Lovely, and so practical.
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2007 10:18:31 AM »

a) awesome! i love seeing machine knit stuff b) you're alaskan too! (i'm living in the desert right now but i'm from anchorage orginally.)

good job!
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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2007 07:25:11 PM »

a) awesome! i love seeing machine knit stuff b) you're alaskan too! (i'm living in the desert right now but i'm from anchorage orginally.)

good job!

Thanks! There are other bag patterns for machines, of course, but I wanted mine in the round so I wouldn't have to seam it. Boo to seaming!  Tongue

I'm from Anchorage, too (born & raised). Nice to see other Alaskans on the boards.  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2007 08:09:51 PM »

A picture of Susitna the Mountain

*grins* I took that picture in May during the Alaska Railroad Open House. They do these short (15 minute) free train trips.

Love the bag!
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2007 08:48:54 PM »

Great pic of Sleeping Lady! Smiley I tried to take one of the mountain for the pattern but the weather hasn't been cooperating - she's either been covered in clouds or smoke from forest fires.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2007 09:29:57 PM »

That's a great looking bag!  I really like the handle and the overall stitch pattern.  It looks very sturdy, too. 
D'you, uh, think the pattern for this bag can be converted to a hand-knit pattern?  If it's not a pipedream, then I'd like to try adapting it.  (I can't machine-knit and have been looking at bag patterns for a while--yours is one of my favorites.)   
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2007 10:36:56 PM »

D'you, uh, think the pattern for this bag can be converted to a hand-knit pattern?   

Absolutely! It's essentially stockinette knit in the round with dropped stitches, but if done by hand I'd just use sportweight cotton yarn and an enormous circular needle (at least size 12 US, probably). Then at the top, there are about twenty rows without dropped stitches, which would translate into stockinette with tighter gauge. Then you cast off all but twenty stitches. With those twenty stitches, you knit in a round on smaller needles, casting on twenty more so that you're knitting 40 st around. You knit the handle until it's as long as you want, then use three-needle bind-off to attach it to the other side of the bag.

Sorry if that's unclear. I can probably write up a hand knit version but won't have time to do it this week.
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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2007 10:49:34 PM »

No, that makes perfect sense!  Thank you for explaining it.
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« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2007 11:16:29 PM »

Yay, Alaskans!  I'm in the valley.  Smiley

I love that bag.  I've been trying really hard to remember to take bags with me when I go to the store... I need something more like this that could squash small and just hang out in my pocket so I don't have to remember to grab it when I'm heading out.
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« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2007 01:55:55 AM »

oohhh... I'd love to knit this by hand too. thanks for explaining!
 
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« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2007 08:20:07 AM »

Very neat, looks like it will work great.  I have never used a knitting machine and probably will never get the chance to.  Do you think you could post a pattern that could be knitted by hand?  They sure would make great Christmas gifts.
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« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2007 05:59:13 PM »

I can try to work up a hand knitting version, but like I said to someone else, it won't be this week because I'm swamped.

Really, the Turkish string bag is very similar to Susitna, except that Susitna's handle is knit in the round, too (makes it less stretchy). The Turkish string bag uses a stretchy two-row pattern, but I've found that loose stockinette is also very stretchy, which is why I just used that for the machine-knit bag.
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« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2007 07:26:27 PM »

Thanks for posting the pattern! I think I'll wait for the handknit version...I still have a lot to learn about my machine.

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« Reply #23 on: June 28, 2007 12:19:22 AM »

Yay! A machine knit pattern - this may inspire me to get out my ancient Toyota (am I the only one who has a Toyota knitting machine?).

I haven't used my machine for several years, so please excuse the dumb question. You said you used recycled yarn - I have only used yarn on cones specifically for machine knitting. Do you have to skein the yarn in a special way for it to work with the machine? My impression was that it had to be very neatly bound and on a cone. I would love it if I could start using my regular stash yarn on my machine.
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dancingbarefoot
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2007 12:41:30 AM »

Yay! A machine knit pattern - this may inspire me to get out my ancient Toyota (am I the only one who has a Toyota knitting machine?).

I wish I had a Toyota machine! I've got some attachments for one, but not the main machine itself.  Wink They're not as easy to come by as some of the other brands.

I haven't used my machine for several years, so please excuse the dumb question. You said you used recycled yarn - I have only used yarn on cones specifically for machine knitting. Do you have to skein the yarn in a special way for it to work with the machine? My impression was that it had to be very neatly bound and on a cone. I would love it if I could start using my regular stash yarn on my machine.

No, the yarn doesn't have to be coned. The main reason machine knitters use coned yarns is that it lessens the amount of weaving in ends you have to do, but cones aren't a requirement. You just need to have a center-pull skein that will lay flat on the table (or floor) while you knit. I use a ball winder for yarn that's not on cones and it works just fine. None of the superwash sock yarns come in cones as far as a I know (although if I'm wrong, I hope someone will point them out to me, 'cause I've looked high and low), but I just wind up the sock yarn into center-pull skeins and knit away.

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