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Topic: More pattern drafting - Garner Market Bag  (Read 2340 times)
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« on: June 13, 2012 07:40:25 AM »

Wool is alright, I guess, but I love knitting with unusual things.  Ive knit potholders with strips cut from old t-shirts, turned plastic grocery bags into plarn and the mason twine I had left-over from my rose project was just begging to be knit into something.

That something turned into a market bag because the nylon will stand up to major amounts of abuse, which is why masons, landscapers and construction workers can drag it all over their work sites.

The bag has a bottom-up, seamless construction and I used size 5 needles to knit the top band and handle of the prototype, but only because Im the family Sherpa and wanted a smaller opening so that I could smush jackets, mittens, scarves and other items of shucked clothing in without them popping out of the top.

To loosen the top band and opening of the bag, without adjusting stitch count, choose a larger needle.

There are more details about the yarn and needles in my blog post about it.  And, as always, I have gift copies of the pattern available, so just ask.

Hope you like it.
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« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2012 08:29:37 AM »

That is one amazing bag... I love the two colors and that went beyond yarn!

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2012 08:44:32 AM »

I love the colours and how you put them together

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2012 11:24:07 AM »

You knitted it? Incredible.
The bag looks good and strong, great idea.
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2012 12:27:24 PM »

Thanks everyone.  Whenever I'm designing something, it's not always a straight line from idea to finished product.  I could be the frog-Queen.  The stitch pattern I used was developed for purse I intended to felt, but hated the look.  The Black came about because the pink was so electric and thought a tight knit was the answer before switching to the biggest circs I had in my needle vase.   

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« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2012 12:45:16 PM »

that is a stunner.
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« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2012 02:27:10 PM »

Yeah--the way the colors work together is really striking.

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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2012 04:09:08 PM »

I bet you could even tone it down a bit by switching the pink band and strap for the black.  I only went with the pink because I used less of it in the bag and knew I'd have enough for a wide, long strap I could hang over my shoulder without digging in if it was full of heavy things. 

I view knitting patterns as a "guideline" anyway and love to see what other people do with the framework a pattern provides.

Like one knitter did with my Buttercup bag, I never would have thought to add ruffles and it is amazing. 

« Reply #8 on: June 30, 2012 09:14:49 PM »

I agree, I love how the colors work together. A black strap might make the pink pop more like you said, but it looks great this way too and still allows allows for some interesting contrast. It looks nice and sturdy, too. Smiley
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2012 06:58:25 AM »

What a gorgeous bag! I want to make one for myself in black and purple, now! :-D
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