I promise I don’t post every single one of these! I do enjoy making them though. Bags like these are super easy to make, especially while doing something else. Because gauge doesn’t matter, I can switch between whatever needles or yarns strike my fancy. And they are useful gifts!
I wanted to use a concentric garter stitch for the bottom of the bag, and this is basically how I did it:
CO 6 stitches, placing a marker between each stitch, with a special marker for the beginning of round
row 1: *slip marker, increase 1 stitch, repeat from * (I used kfb, but I think this would look neat with a YO)
row 2: purl all stitches
row 3: *slip marker, work 1 increase, knit to marker, repeat from *
And then you work rounds 2 & 3 until the base is as big as you want.
I continued until I had 12 stitches between each marker, then worked a couple rounds alternating between all purls and all knit stitches without increasing. To conserve yarn when I switched to my worsted, I knit 2 rounds in the contrast color, then worked the third round as k1, k2tog. Round 4 and up was all knit.
Next time I make a bag, I will skip the k1, k2tog row, and just knit all the stitches for the body of the bag (or make the base smaller).
During my last bag, I got burned out on YO, k2tog mesh. Though I like the look, I can never get into a rhythm with that pattern. This time, I knit my worsted weight on size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needles to get an open fabric, and this project was finished in a flash!
The light green top is 4 rounds of garter stitch, and the handles are i-cord.
If anyone uses this pattern for their own bag, I’d love to see the results!