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« on: September 05, 2008 02:33:35 PM »

Alright... I've seen people crocheting some of those super nifty, stretchy, mesh-style grocery bags in a few different places.  And wouldn't you know it... as soon as I start looking for the patterns, they are no where to be found!  (Knit ones are also acceptable, but I think the ones I'm specifically looking for have been crocheted.)

So first off... does anyone have a really excellent pattern for crocheted grocery bags hanging around in their Favorites list?

Second off... I'm curious to know, what the best kind of yarn to use for them, is?  I would assume no wool, and I'm not so convinced about acrylic, so would cotton be the best way to go?

I'm thinking this is one of the many "handmade" ideas I'm going to use for Christmas gifts this season, so I should probably get started early.

Just in case there's confusion:  I'm not looking for the ones that are crocheted using plastic grocery bags or anything.  Just the ones made with yarn.

Thanks in advance for the help!
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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2008 03:00:03 PM »

Here is one that I have made... It is easy and works up fast...
I would say that cotton yarn is best. You can buy the large skeins of cotton yarn at walmart for pretty cheep and then you could dye the finished bags to whatever color your heart desires  Cheesy
http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/crochet/crocheted_eco_friendly_carryall.php
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008 03:05:33 PM »

Ooohhh, you're a smart one!  Fantastic idea.  Thanks a bunch!
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2008 09:28:09 AM »

This is a smart idea to make your own grocery bags... In Maryland they are thinking about charging people for the plastic grocery bags...
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2008 11:07:33 AM »

Here's another style from the Lion website:

http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/70221A.html

It's done in cotton, too.  Another good choice is the nylon cord made by Omega.  Hobby Lobby carries it or you can find it online.  It is super strong and comes in tons of colors.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008 03:56:17 PM »

Ohh, that one is a lovely one as well.  Thanks for the link.  And thank you for the extra yarn suggestion.  I'll keep it in my mind.   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008 05:01:35 PM »

My absolute favorite is called Rust goes Green.  You can find it here
http://jillsknit.blogspot.com/2008/06/rust-goes-green-directions.html

I have made a ton of them.  I make them out of acyrlic.  I don't know why, probably because I make them out of stash left overs.  It gives them some character and I don't have to buy anything!
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2008 08:53:14 AM »

I was actually going to suggest using plarn, since it's free, recycly, and durable, but since you specifically said no plarn I would go with the nylon chord suggested.
I love to make grocery bags out of grocery bags, it just feels right lol.
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2008 09:14:50 AM »

Thank you for the suggestions.   Kiss

I might play around with the plarn anyways... just for the sake of playing around with it.  But I think for the practicality and quick, easy stashability of something made of cotton or such, it will be more beneficial for gifts, is all.
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