Friday, December 5, 2008

FREE pattern: Recyclable Shopping Bag, aka the meshy tote

Recyclable Shopping Bag
3 skeins Lily Peaches and Cream cotton yarn
16" circulars in the following US sizes: 6,8,10.5
1 stitch marker
darning needle for sewing in ends

Beginning with smallest sized needles (working back and forth to start) and one strand of MC, cast on 41 sts.
Rnd 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across
Rnd 2: Knit across
repeat these two rows 20 more times, for a total of 42 rows.
Next row: work in pattern across 41 sts, Pick up and knit 30 sts along edge, Pick up and knit 40 sts. across cast on edge, pick up and knit 30 sts along edge, place marker and join for working in the round (141 sts total)
Work one round even in stockinette stitch
Bagbody pattern: Rnd 1- *Knit 2 sts. together (K2g), yo, repeat from * around
Rnd 2- Knit all sts
Repeat these two rounds 7 more times
, switching to size 8 ndl on the 6th rnd and then size 10.5 on the 14th rnd.

Stockinette panel: Knit 10 rnds.
Repeat the Bagbody pattern rounds
2nd Stockinette panel: Knit 1 round,
dec round:*k8, k2tog; rep from * around to last 3sts, K3tog (126 stitches)
Knit 4 rounds
dec round: *k7, k2tog; rep from * around (112 stitches)
Knit 3 rnds
Repeat the Bagbody pattern rounds
Final stockinette panel: Change to size 8 needles, Purl 1 round
dec round: *k6,k2tog; rep from * around (98 stitches)
Purl 1 round
dec round: *k5,k2tog; rep from * around (84 stitches)
Purl 1 round
Handle round K18, Bind off 20 sts, K22, BO 20, K4
next round: *P to bound off stitches, CO 30 sts over opening, rep * around to beginning.
K one round
P one round
K one round
BO all stitches, weave in any loose ends, and enjoy!

1 comment:

Jude said...

Looks like a great bag to make for my daughters. Could you tell me what the dimensions are when finished??

Thanks so much!!