I always carry several cotton or linen bags when I go the shops and they are, indeed, wonderful. They can carry so much weight and easily accommodate bottles, cans and pots of milk. But it is all the other items that end up being a problem. Large, awkwardly shaped items such as cereal boxes and packs of kitchen towels are difficult to fit into a linen bag – so that is where this bag comes in.
This is the BYOB – Bring Your Own Bag knitting pattern, first published in Knitty in Summer 2008 and then later updated to include four different sizes on my website here.
Thank you to everyone who has written to me about this pattern and I am so pleased to hear that the bags have proved so useful. I use them myself all the time and love the way they can accommodate all those big, bulky items at the shops!
Then there is a transition to a central mesh area which helps to keep the bags light and flexible. This area can be made longer or shorter as you require so you can make the bag just the length you prefer. The pattern here has four different bag sizes, but it is possible to make some height adjustments while you are working simply by changing the length of this mesh area.
You can also read about a Market Bag variation with long handles here.
Also click here to see patterns for other knitted bags available in my pattern store. These include a set of five fabric-lined bags, the Southampton Collection and a rucksack, the Westernesse Bag.
Until next time – Happy Bag Knitting!
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