A few years ago, I bought some hemp yarn – it was on sale, and I was interested to try it. I finally made some time to do this earlier this year! A market bag seemed ideal – but which one!! There are so many patterns out there, and most of them free.
I am glad I settled on this one:
Pattern: Ilene Bag, by Hannah Ingalls. I really like this pattern for a few reasons – it has a solid (stocking stitch) base, it has an easy pattern, and a nice open weave without being too open – even when stretched. It has a ribbed edge on the top, which is stretchy but not too open, and it has a ribbed handle which doesn’t stretch too much. Oh, and no seaming! And did I mention it is a free pattern?!
It’s a tricky thing, with a market bag, to make it stretch but not too much – you don’t want it dragging around your ankles when it is full of goodies. This one is, dare I say it, pretty much perfect – a nice size, but not too huge and cumbersome.
Yarn: Hemp for Knitting Allhemp6, about 1.75 skeins in colour 21, a lovely periwinkle sort of blue. I’ll be honest, it is hard on the hands, and I could only knit a few rounds with it at a time when I was doing the mesh part of the bag, but it feels really nice once knit up, and I know it will wash well (I haven’t washed it yet, given I haven’t actually used it yet!)
Sticks: 3.5 and 4mm KnitPicks Harmony Options. The ribbing and handles is done on the smaller needles, which is a great idea.
Time: 25 January 2012 – 25 April 2012. It had a little rest while it was part of the Easter Show display this year (I tucked the unfinished handle inside, so no-one was any the wiser that it wasn’t finished!
Modifications: None at all! I’m really quite pleased with this bag. I think I’m going to use it as my project bag for my TdF project, actually! And I’m very pleased to have used up some yarn from stash!