29 July, 2021
Slow down to see the signs of spring

How to Knit a Market String Bag

With more and more stores restricting the use of plastic bags, it only makes sense to think about what we can use as an alternative. I’ve made a couple of knit bags over the years, the Aspen Mountain Bag & The Farmers Market Bag, but not a bag that I could really use for groceries. Plastic is a real danger to our planet and I’ve seen some scary statistics about it lately! It’s nice to know that not only are we having fun knitting this project, but we’re also taking a small step to help our earth. It’s just a cute bag too, sooooo with it, let’s get to it!
For this project, I chose Lion Brand Yarn Re-Up (HERE), a recycled yarn that looks and feels really durable. I also love the colors available. It is a cotton blend with worsted weight. So you can use any other comparable thread you might have on hand.
My bag uses two colors just to add a little interest, but you can use as many or as few colors as you want. Essentially, you are knitting a tube from the bottom up. The bag is finished by closing the bottom and adding handles to the end. The stitches are all super easy, and this is a fun pattern to try out if you wanted to work in rounds. Pattern Description: Cut down on plastic with this cute eco-friendly mesh bag. Perfect for transporting produce or taking it to your local farmers markets. The beginner-friendly pattern is easy to follow and quick to do. Skill level: Simply + Materials: US size 9, 5.5mm 16 “circular needles How to make a chunky-knit pillowcase in less than an hour This chunky knit pillowcase is the perfect beginner project. If you have mastered the tea towel or scarf and know how to knit and knit, this project is for you. There are no fancy seams or confusing patterns on this one and it really contracts in less than an hour. This pillowcase is a great way to breathe life into some old pillows too. With a bit of yarn and a few hours, you can give your sofa a whole new look. Or in my case for my dining room corner. I admit I’m not the best knitter in the world (I’ve said this before). This project isn’t about how perfect or imperfect the stitches are (please stop messing and emailing me about it), it’s about doing some simple stitches and working on a project, that you can prop up on your sofa even if you are a beginner and even if you make a few mistakes. The whole point of this blog is to try new crafts and create your own home decor, even if you are not an expert. But if you want a perfect smooth stitch, don’t twist your left rows like me. The other two pillows were also handmade. If you’re interested, I ended up making a full tutorial on this pretty rosette pillow. SIMPLE AND QUICKLY KNITTED CUSHION COVER This was a stash buster project for me. I ordered different types of jumbo yarn for a comparison post I made last summer. I wanted to see which jumbo yarns I like best so that I can remake the large knitted blanket I knitted. One of the yarns I tested in this post was Lion Brand’s Wow. It ended up being one of my favorites (even if it falls off!) But I couldn’t figure out what to do with it. Wow yarn loses and pills, so it’s not ideal for things like scarves or blankets. I mean it would be an absolutely beautiful blanket, but I think after a very short while peeling it off would ruin it. But a decorative pillow? Yes, a perfect project for this yarn. Isn’t it pretty? MATERIALS AND TOOLS FOR MAKING A LARGE KNIT PILLOWCASE ~ This post may contain affiliate links. When you click on one and make a purchase, I may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. I only ever recommend what tools or materials I use for my projects. I also test all of my projects before posting and if something doesn’t work, I don’t share it! ~ For this project I used Lion Brand’s Wow Jumbo # 7 yarn in Non-Dairy Creamer. It’s a perfect creamy white and goes perfectly with my country-style dining area. I just love it. But I don’t like the price. So I have a cheaper option for you – Michael sells a thread that is suspiciously similar. I say suspicious because even the color fits. The yarn is from Loops and Threads and is called Spirit. The Loops and Threads Spirit yarn ends up being a lot cheaper. Each strand of Spirit yarn is twice the run length and I’ve seen it on sale a couple of times now. STEP 1 STEP 2 Knit the first row. Purl the second. To repeat. A simple stockinette pattern, a perfect classic look for our pillow. (it really is that simple and all you need to know) STEP 3 Continue knitting and knitting each row until your knit is 29 inches long. STEP 4 I placed my pillow shape on the end of my rope, making sure my rope fit over my shape. You don’t need and don’t want any overlap. If anything, you want the pillowcase to stretch a little so that it fits nicely. I measured my knitting before I started sewing it together and I found that 29 inches made for a snug fit around my pillow shape. You don’t cast off! Do not knit off, it is not necessary (See, I said it was super easy!) STEP 5 You will eventually need to join your strands of yarn together as well. Since this yarn is so thick, it’s best to just sew the two ends together like in the photo below. I added about 10 stitches, 1/2 inch from the end, to make a good connection. Since the yarn is super thick, tying it off or attempting a magic knot just won’t work. This sewing method prevents the thread from looking lumpy and bumpy and only takes a few minutes. STEP 6 This is the step of securing your chunky knitted pillowcase around your pillow shape. I used a different color thread for the photo below so you can see what I did to secure them together. Take a long piece of yarn, about 75 inches (you won’t use all of it, but better too much than too little!) Starting at the bottom corner and beginning to weave your yarn through the knitted loops of your pillowcase. Weave under, not over. If you look at the photo below, the first weaving in was done from the right side over the loops, not below. I did this on purpose so you can see why the walk through looks weird. Go under and just walk around the pillow until you reach the last corner. If you do it this way, your weave will become invisible and you won’t see that the seams have been woven together. STEP 7 I wanted to show you what to do when you end up with a knitting needle. Just pull out your knitting needle and keep weaving the two sides together. Make sure you catch all of the knitted loops on top. A LARGE KNIT PILLOWCASE THAT ANYONE CAN MAKE So this is really an easy knitting project for beginners. There are no complicated stitches, no counting of rows or even complicated seams. Using super jumbo yarn makes it even easier because the whole chunky knit pillow is knitted in less than an hour. Actually, I measured myself and it took me 40 minutes, 2 cups of coffee and a phone call to knit the pillow. It took another 5 minutes to weave the sides together to create the pillowcase. And remove dog hair for another 10 minutes! I’ll also add that this pattern won’t work if you’re using a different thread than the two mentioned above. Jumbo yarns, even if they are marked with Jumbo, by no means guarantee similar sizes. Same goes for the knitting needles, if you change the needle size I have no idea how the pattern will turn out. I’m only adding these notes because I know a few novice knitters were confused by my quick knit basket pattern, so I wanted to add these notes here to avoid confusion. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave a comment below.

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