I love, love, love handmade chunky funky art yarns that you can find on Etsy and at craft fairs, but alas, they are (understandably) way out of my budget. I've even bought a drop spindle to spin myself but don't have the patience after failing with it twice
So I decided to fake my own! I held several strands of yarn together and used some big fat needles. The result was soooo nice and thick that I didn't feel the need to line it
This project is a GREAT stash buster, especially if you're like me and can't resist rummaging the sales bin at Michael's.
The faux art yarn components:
Lion's Brand // Cottonease in Green
Red Heart // Super Saver Worsted Weight in Pale Green
Sugar 'n Cream // Rosewood
Sugar 'n Cream // Rose Pink
Moda Dea // Vixen in Green with Envy
Moda Dea // Fur Ever in Limeade
Bernat // Bling Bling in Twinkle ToesTutorial
Choose 6-8 yarns from your stash, preferably about 4 or 5 in worsted weight and 2-3 novelty or semi-bulky yarns. Put them together in a pile and slightly cross your eyes to get a blurry look at them, if needed, to help see what they'll look like when all together. Once you have your combination picked out, sit in a comfortable place where your skeins can move around freely as you knit because they will be tumbling all over the place.
Holding all strands together, CO 10 sts on US 17 needles
Rows 1-2: knit all sts.
Row 3: purl all sts.
Row 4: knit all sts.
*Continue repeating Rows 3-4 until desired length is reached, ending with a purl row (remember to fold in half when checking the length as you are knitting one long rectangle that will be folded in half to construct the bag). The one pictured perfectly holds two soda cans.
Last 2 rows: knit all sts.
Fold finished rectangle in half, with WS on the outside. Starting from the bottom of one side, take the strands and using a size Q crochet hook
stitch first side together. When you reach the top/opening of the bag, chain stitch until your desired strap length is reached (mine was around 3 feet). This creates a nice chunky braided look. Attach to the other corner of the bag. Stitch together the other side, starting from top to bottom, and tie off. Fold inside out.
This was my first time ever knitting a bag, so pardon the overly long tutorial