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« on: May 11, 2009 06:03:32 PM »

This is my first completed project post on Crafster, yeah!  I've been thinking of making some cute market string bags for a while, but it seems like most of the patterns I've found are crocheted, which I don't know how to do.  Then I came across the Monteagle Bag from Mason-Dixon knitting (pattern can be downloaded for free from their blog here: http://www.masondixonknitting.com/archives/2008_09.html#002491).  I love it, it holds way more than you would imagine, and I think it will only get better the more it's used as the stitches stretch out.  I used Sugar & Cream cheap cotton washcloth yarn, but it seems like anything will work as long as it's pretty sturdy.  I like more natural colors (hence the brown), but my mom did hers in a crazy pink, yellow, orange variegated yarn and it's really pretty too.  I've got a couple funky spots, because there are some crazy stitches in it, but I've just started my second attempt, so hopefully it will come out even better! 

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009 08:15:38 PM »

cute Smiley congrats on your first project post, i've yet to post anything..plus my camera is pooched. I'd love to make this however, I only know how to crochet (barely lol) and not knit.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2009 08:23:54 PM »

Wow.... I don't know how you made this, but it's awesome!  I just read through the tutorial.....  Huh  Too complicated for me!  I have to do something while someone talks me through it to learn something like that!

Good Job!
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009 05:04:02 AM »

Wow.... I don't know how you made this, but it's awesome!  I just read through the tutorial.....  Huh  Too complicated for me!  I have to do something while someone talks me through it to learn something like that!

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I am in the same boat..I thought..wow awesome but way too complicated for me..haha

YOURS is awesome though..love it and how earth friendly..
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009 10:25:08 AM »

Thanks!  I'm partial to it, even though my mom thought brown was boring.  I wouldn't have been able to do it without help from my mommy, she's a champion knitter, and we had a marathon bag knitting visit last weekend.  I haven't knit anything in over a year, and wasn't even sure how to attach when you're knitting in the round anymore!  It's actually not that difficult once you figure out the stitches, it just seems to take forever, because even though it's less than 30 rows, some of the rows each stitch has three or four steps.  They also have videos on their blog showing how to do some of the more difficult stitches, which helped a ton.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2009 05:32:34 PM »

I've been wanting to knit some bags to take to the grocery store for awhile now. I have a few patterns saved on Ravelry but I haven't gotten around to making them yet. I love yours! It looks very pretty and I would love to have something like it. Hopefully I get around to making one soon.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2009 04:34:44 PM »

congrats on the great bag! I love the brown you used. brown and green have to be the most earth-friendly colors, hehe

I looked at the pattern and me, being a newbie knitter, managed to produce a bag too  Grin so don't be scared of those strange stitches... they are quite fun, once you frog for the bajillionth time and know how to make them!
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009 05:54:40 PM »

congrats on the great bag! I love the brown you used. brown and green have to be the most earth-friendly colors, hehe

I looked at the pattern and me, being a newbie knitter, managed to produce a bag too  Grin so don't be scared of those strange stitches... they are quite fun, once you frog for the bajillionth time and know how to make them!

Congrats on your bag too, you should post a picture!  And I agree!  It's looks a lot more intimidating than it really is, it's just that most stitches require more than one step, so one row takes a lot longer than usual.  The worst that can happen is you have to frog it (or if your super knitty mom is there, she can figure out how to unknit a row if you get it wrong).  I just finished my second one, and it went a lot faster now that I know the stitches.  I did it in two afternoons. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2009 06:39:04 AM »

my picture is not as pretty as yours (I love all the apples inside!), I took it as I came back from the supermarket. I should have casted off with a bigger needle so that the mouth of the bag was more elastic and bigger, but it fits so many things inside anyway!



I was thinking about starting a KAL for this bag, so we could help other people facing the stitches. hmmm, I'll think about it again when I start the next one
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2009 05:10:04 PM »

I love the blue you used, it looks like summer! Cheesy  I've never done a KAL, but let me know if you want to and I'll try it too.  I think I'm going to make these as Christmas gifts, so I'll be doing plenty!
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