Mini Market Bag
Ann V. Gallentine
(This pattern was published in the 2013 “Knitting Pattern a Day Calendar”, dates January 25-27)
This small market bag is ideal when shopping for only a few small items and it folds nicely in one’s purse when not needed. Other uses include a wrapping for gift giving or an organizer for traveling. It works up quickly due to its small size and easily memorized two round pattern stitch. Because the wrong (private) side looks as nice as the right (public) side, it is reversible. The size can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the number of cast on stitches by a multiple of 4, or by increasing or decreasing the number of rounds worked.
Size: 8 ˝ inches high, 16 inches circumference
Materials: Yarn - 2 ounces acrylic worsted weight. Needles - size #9 U.S. (5.5mm) 4 or 5 double pointed needles OR 32 inch (or longer) circular needle if using magic loop method. Other- large eye sewing needle, stitch marker
Gauge: In st st 4 sts and 5 rows = 1 inch. Gauge is not critical for this pattern.
Notes: The bag is knitted in the round from the top down.
CO 32 sts. Join without twisting pm and work in k1, p1 ribbing for 2 rounds
Round 1: *Ssk, yo, yo, rep from * to end of round
Round 2: *K 1, knit into first yo, drop the second yo, rep from * to end of round
Round 1 (RS):*k1, yo, yo, rep from * to end of round
Round 2: *k1, knit into the first yo, knit into the back of the second yo, pass the first 2 sts over the last st made, rep from * to end of round
Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 for 30 rounds (15 pattern repeats), ending with Round 2.
Round 1: *(k1, yo, yo) two times, k2tog, yo, yo, rep from * to end of round
Round 2: *k1, knit into the first yo, knit into the back of the second yo, pass the first 2 knit sts over the last knit st, rep from * to end of round (24 sts)
Round 3: *k1, yo, yo, k2tog, yo, yo, rep from * to end of round
Round 4: Repeat Round 2. (16 sts)
Round 5: * k2 tog, yo, yo, rep from * to end of round
Round 6: Repeat Round 2. (8 sts)
Cut yarn, leaving 12 inch tail. Draw yarn through 8 sts on needle. Draw tight and knot. Weave in all ends.
Tie or Handle:
CO 5 sts. Work I-cord for 24 inches. BO
Weave I-cord though eyelets. Tie an overhand knot on each end of eye cord.
Alternate pattern: The ends of the I-cord can be sewed together resulting in a long circular handle.
Copyright ©August 2010 by Ann V. Gallentine