Today, I want to look at some other changes you could make to the basic pattern to make some unique bags for your next shopping trip.
The original BYOB bag had a solid Seed Stitch base and a flexible mesh mid-section. However you could elect to delete the lace part of the pattern and work the bags completely in Seed Stitch instead. This would give a slightly smaller and firmer bag which would be a good choice for a visit to the Farmer’s Market.
Another key quality of Seed Stitch is that it lends itself to a wide variety of striped patterns. The bag in the photograph above, for example, has a 26-round pattern repeat with thick and thin stripes. I worked this in the autumn colourway that I wrote about here, but I could imagine this in a variety of different colours for some spectacular bags.
Changing to an all Seed Stitch fabric makes these into good, strong bags well-suited for moderately heavy loads of shopping. Indeed, I often use these bags when I am heading to the shopping mall and find them great for more general shopping.
It is also possible to line these bags with a light-weight cotton liner in the same way as the Weymouth Bag from the Southampton Collection. This would make a really useful shopping bag which would be perfect for most of your everyday grocery store visits.
By now we have come a long way from the original design, but with only subtle changes in the overall pattern. Next time I am going to look at another solid-sided bag, but this one worked in Basketweave.
As you can probably tell by now, I love knitted bags! If you would like to see some more of the patterns I have available for bags, then please click here, and if you would like to read more about our Reversible Knitting Stitches book, then please click here.
Until next time – Happy Knitting!