Weekend Project: Knit Lace Mesh Bag

We continue the saga of Candice learning to knit with the introduction of… Double pointed needles (dpn).

I’ve spent the last two days working on a knit lace mesh reusable shopping tote. I found the pattern on Ravelry: The Grrlfriend Market bag by Laura Spradlin. It is a quick knit and great for beginners, because it uses mostly simple stitches including knit, purl, k2tog, yarn over, and cast off purl wise. That’s it!

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The dpn’s come into play because this bag is worked from the bottom up, in the round. Laura’s instructions are easy to follow and I loved the story of how she came up with the pattern.

For my bag, I used size 6 dpn’s, size 7 – 16″ circular needles, and size 10 – 16″circular needles. I used about 100 grams of Lily’s Sugar and Cream cotton yarn, worsted weight. I also had scissors and a yarn needle on hand for finishing.

I loved this project and look forward to making another! The bag stretches a LOT due to the lace pattern, and as this was my first time doing such a thing, when I remake the bag I’ll know better how to adjust for the stretch. Personally, I will make the strap shorter because it stretches out as you load the bag, and I also think I will make the base a big larger before starting the net, and also make the bag taller in the net before I start the top color band. But overall I’m very pleased with how this turned out. I can see using this little bag for quick trips to the farmers market in the summer. 🙂

Enjoy the photos of this fun project!

Here we go… Starting out with the dpn’s. eek!

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Well, so far so good…

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Fast forward about four hours… (I don’t know if this should really take 4 hours. Remember, I’m just learning!) This is the point where you switch from dpn’s to circular needles to start the mesh.

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And fast forward again to the next day, working on the bag and checking for stretch…

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Here’s a look at the inside of the bag, holding it up to the light so you can see the pattern…

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And the finished product, loaded with yarn for the next project!

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Yarn Scribbles

Sometimes drawing and painting just aren’t enough.  My hands itch to get into something more tactile. My fingers burn with excitement to make or do something.

My newest project is converting this knitting pattern into a crochet pattern for a cute little girl I know.  So, here’s some progress pictures.  So far, so good! And I’m actually writing down what I’m making while I’m making it so, in theory, I could make another.   (We’ll see how well I do with that.)