April 20, 2012

Textured Art Yarn Market Bag

Art Yarn Market Bag.

So I just wanted to share with you a project I knit using a textured art yarn that I spun up.  I had wanted to spin something for me so I dove into my personal stash.  I picked an art batt from Spinup Yarns and some locks from Lanitium Ex Machina and spun a lockspun textured art yarn single.  I thought I would make a cowl from a video I recently watched by a fellow fiber artist (Neauveau) that showed how to make a cowl using an elongated stitch.  I started to make the cowl and well, it got really long and stretchy.  So, I thought it would be fun to turn it into a market bag before it got too long.  I knit a bottom on it by decreasing like a hat and knitting regular (no more elongated stitches).  I then picked up stitches on the top and knit a seed stitch handle.

Body of the bag that shows the elongated stitch.

Handle of the bag.

I think I'm going to make another version of an textured art yarn market bag to share with you before farmer's market season begins.  If you want to try and make one like this one here is what I did:

Needles: Size 10
Yarn: 78 yards of bulky textured art yarn
CO 30 stitches
Knit in round on circular needles
Rows 1-18 Knit using and elongated stitch
Row 19 Knit (do not use an elongated stitch)
Row 20 *Knit 5 PM K2tog* repeat until end of row
Row 21 Knit
Row 22 K2tog after every SM
Row Knit
Keep decreasing by K2tog after SM then knit a row then decrease until you have a few stitches left.  Switch to double point needles when it is hard to knit on the circular ones.
Pull the yarn through the remaining stitches to bind off.  Cut yarn then weave it inside and secure it.
Handle: Pick up 7 stitches from the edge
Seed stitch handle (Knit, Purl until end of row) until desired length or until you run out of yarn (like I did) but save enough to BO
BO using the 3 needle bind-off method with 7 stitches on the opposite side of the top of the bag.

There you have it!  So I tried to make this more of an official pattern but I knit without writing anything down so sorry if it is hard to understand.  So are you going to try and knit a market bag with some textured art yarn?  I sure hope so.  (If you are looking for some yarn or a batt to spin to make some check out our shop.) Please share pictures if you do knit a market bag using textured art yarn.