On knitting a string bag

Just as I don’t follow recipes, its hard to follow patterns.  One of the things I wanted to do with my knitting was to create pretty string bags.  Yes, we all have those totes made from recycled bottles, but they are still made from plastic and will never completely disappear from the landscape. They just will become plastic molecules that will enter our food chain, until they are part of our DNA or something equally bizarre.

Most of the patterns I found for string bags were complex and actually created a pretty big bag!  But a string bag, by its nature, is roomy. it stretches and holds a lot.  So a big string bag will reallly hold a lot and could get uncomfortable.  Using a 50g ball of 100% cotton, Peaches and Cream, multi colors, was able to produce a smallish string bag that is comfortable to hold and holds enough.  My pattern was based on common sense.  There are two ways to start; one using straight needles and the other going right into the circular knit.  How many stitches depends on the size of your needles.   Start with, say, size 11.  c/o about 20 stitches and either (1) knit back and fourth 4 or 5 rows, then pick up edge stitches and start knitting in the round or (2) start in the round, knitting two rows and then switch to size 15 as you increase the number of stitches to about 40.  To do the open pattern, k1, yo and repeat. dropping the yo on the next round.  after a couple of rows, change to k1, yo twice, dropping the yo on the next round.   You can eventually get to doing a yo three times.  When your bag is about 11″ or so tall, go back to smaller needles, increasing the number of stitches  to about 60 as you drop down a size again in the needles.  Knit around twice, then figure out – based on guage and your hand size- how big an oppening you want for the handle.  next round, bo the appropriate amount of stitches twice, on opposite sides of the bag.  round after that c/o 1.5 times the number of stitches you bound off.  knit around until almost out of yarn and b/o loosely.  At the bottom of the bag, use the tail for closing the bottom opening if you started in the round.

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