Monday, June 28, 2010

Another Market Bag

I decided to knit another market bag from the center out in stocking stitch instead of using garter stitch for the base of the bag.


Directions for bag: Peaches & Creme coned cotton; 1 set of 5 double pointed 10 1/2 needles; 16" 10  1/2 circular needle; 24" 10 1/2 circular needle. Cast 8 sts onto 4 double pointed needles, 2 sts on each needle, knit with the 5th needle. Join round being careful not to twist the stitches.
1. YO, K1 around.
2. Knit
3. YO, K2 around.
4. Knit
5. YO, K3 around.
6. Knit.
Continue  until you can get all the stitches on 16" needle and then 24" needle, increasing according to the pattern until you have 120 stitches on the needle (YO K14 x 8).
Begin mesh pattern:
1. YO, K2 tog around.
2. Knit
3. SSK, YO around.
4. Knit
Continue mesh for 12" ending on round 1 or 3, placing markers every 30 stitches.
Knit 2 tog across 1st 30 stitches, slip marker and knit across next 30 stitches, slip marker, knit 2 tog across next 30 stitches, slip marker, knit across next 30 stitches.

Using back loop cast on, cast 4 stitches onto the left needle. Knit 3, knit 4th stitch together with 1st stitch of bag. Slip those 4 stitches back onto the left needle and repeat the process of adding I-cord to the top edge of the 15 stitches in the 1st section.You have now cast off one side of the bag. Cut yarn leaving a 10" tail and slip the 4 stitches onto a stitch holder.

Continue in pattern across next section of 30 stitches.
Cast 4 stitches onto the left needle and repeat the I-cord cast off of the next 15 stitches, leaving a 10" tail and placing those 4 stitches onto a stitch holder.
Continue in pattern across next section of 30 stitches.

Slip the 30 stitches between the 2 cast off sections onto a stitch holder and continue in pattern, purling the wrong side rows. Work back and forth on the remaining 30 stitches, slipping the 1st stitch of each row, until you have 8 or 9 repeats of the 4 pattern rows. End with P 2 tog on the wrong side, and then do the I-cord cast off across as before leaving a 10" tail and place 4 stitches on holder.
Put the other section of 30 stitches on your needle and repeat the process for the opposite side.

To finish: Put the 4 stitches off the stitch holder, on the 1st section you cast off, onto a needle and work I-cord finish up the side to the top where the next I-cord section is. Pick up a couple of stitches from the beginning of the top section of I-cord and knit them together with the 4th stitch of the edge I-cord. Now you will be doing plain I-cord for a handle about 9" or 10" long, or however long you wish. Take the 4 stitches off the stitch holder on the left side of the top edge and knit them together with your I-cord and continue down the side of the bag until you get to the cast on edge of the bottom section of I-cord. Weave in the ends using kitchener stitch. Repeat the process with the other half of the bag and sew in your ends. What you have done is add an I-cord edge all the way around both sides of the bag, making loops for the handles at the top of opposite sides.

For more photos of the work in progress see my Ravelry page.

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