26 April 2013 by

I had a tiny bit of yarn left over from my first rainbow sack, so I decided it continue the momentum and use it as the base of another grocery bag.

knit rainbow grocery bag, made by Julianne

I followed the hex bag pattern pretty exactly, except at the handles. I decided to make two handles to more evenly distribute the stress, since the white yarn is a little thin. I think the mesh pattern for this bag (YO, k2tog for one row, k next row) creates a stronger netting that works well with this yarn.

knit rainbow bag, made by Julianne

The white yarn came from the Boys and Girls Club stash. I think it’s sport weight, and definitely acrylic.

knit rainbow grocery bag, made by Julianne knit rainbow bag, made by Julianne

Damn, I love the rainbow yarn in a garter stitch! I want wallpaper that looks like that. Can anyone recommend some great garter stitch patterns to take advantage of those gorgeous colors? If I make a garment, I will invest in a nicer fiber.

I’m half-heartedly working on my third bag right now. I’ve realized that knitting with larger needles bores me; but when I’ve got size 7 or smaller in my hands I get so jazzed as seeing the yarn slooooowly turn into fabric. It’s ironic that chunky knits are supposed to be quick projects, but since I’m not excited to work on them it takes me forever (I’m sure I will revisit this statement halfway through my first sweater).

knit rainbow grocery bag, made by Julianne

Let me tell you, the cashiers and baggers in LA love my rainbow grocery bags. I’ve gotten most compliments from teenage boys. They just love the knitting, and the colors. LOVE IT.

knit sock, made by Julianne

In other knitting news, I’ve started my first pair of socks! It’s using a vintage wool/nylon blend and Liat Gatt’s charming instructions. This is one of the reasons I learned to knit, and I’m thrilled to be accomplishing this goal. However, my needle is too big (my yarn is sport and the pattern is written for worsted), and there are holes all over the sock. I know that in the end, I will be happier if I start over with smaller needles. It’s just a little sad to actually frog my precious sock, but that’s what must be done.


  1. jill

    Are you on Ravelry? There’s a super simple shawl I’ve made a few times that would be great for rainbow yarn. I’ve made it in a variegated purple yarn for my MIL and it was stunning. And the shape is a long, narrow triangle, not the typical fat triangle like most shawls.

  2. KristiEllKay

    Totally feel you on the chunky-knits-are-boring thing. What makes it exciting is when you see you’re MAKING FABRIC FROM STICKS AND STRING. Chunky-knit stuff doesn’t really look like *fabric*; the small needles give you that real fabric-feel. =D And MAN I can’t get over your grocery bags. I seriously need to hop on that.

  3. Julianne Post author

    Yes! It’s MAGIC!

    For my next bag, I think I would like to try crochet. I feel like it stretches less, takes less yarn + time, and is totally fine for a grocery bag.

    • Julianne Post author

      Thanks for the pattern. It’s pretty cute, and I’ve definitely been admiring that triangle shape, but this one seems more practical for our warm climate.

      BUT HOW do I see you as a Rav friend? And does being Rav friends make us Ravers? Can that be a party theme? Knitting with neon yarn under black lights, and we’ll make mesh tank tops.

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