How often will you hear this? For this bag, gauge doesn’t matter! Not a bit! Pick whatever yarn you want and some fairly heavy needles, and go to! When I knit this bag I started on 4mm dpn, moved up to 10mm at about round six, and then back to 4 mm (circular needle) at round 36. I liked the smaller needles both for the security at the bottom and the tighter finish at the top, but they aren’t strictly necessary. The bag is best knit on larger needles, but if you wanted something with smaller holes you could just use smaller needles and then do the repeat rows (four rows repeat towards the end) a few more times until the depth looks right.

Cast on 8 st
divide onto 3 or 4 dpn

round 1: Knit
round 2: K1, make one, repeat to end of round
round 3: knit
round 4: K2, make one, repeat to end of round
round 5: knit
round 6: K3, make one, repeat to end of round
round 7: Knit
round 8: k4, make one, repeat to end of round
round 9: knit
round 10: k1, yo, repeat to end of round (end with k1)
round 11: knit
round 12: k1, yo, *k2 together, yo, repeat from *to last st, k1
round 13: knit
round 14: K2, yo, repeat to last st, k1
round 15: knit
round 16: yo, k2 together, repeat to end of round, ending with k2 together
round 17: Knit
round 18: knit
round 19: k2 together, yo, repeat to last st, k1
round 20: knit
round 21: yo, k2 together, repeat to last st, yo, k1
round 22: knit
round 23: k2 together, yo, repeat to end of round (end with k2 together)
round 24: knit
round 25: yo, k2 together, repeat to end of round
round 26: knit
rounds 27-34: repeat rounds 23-26 x2

round 36: k1, yo, repeat to end of round
rounds 37-41: knit
round 42: k1, k2 together, repeat to end of round
round 43: k2 together, k1, repeat to end of round
cast off

mark upper edge of bag into quarters. At one quarter, pick up 6 sts on edge of bag. Work 6 rows stockinette, then make cord (knit 6 st, slide along needle and bringing yarn up behind the ws, knit next row without turning) until length measures 9 inches. Knit another 6 rows stockinette, and join to edge of bag at the next quarter point. (I just picked up another six stitches and knit the two needles off together.)

Repeat for other bag handle at next two quarter-marks.

It looks small when unstretched, but look at all the stuff I got into it!

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One Response to “Knitted market bag”

  1. Sheryl Says:

    Thanks for creating and posting this pattern. What type of yarn would you suggest? cotton?

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