View Full Version : FO: Shopping/Grocery Bag

08-20-2010, 01:42 PM
One of my friends returned from a study abroad in mexico with a gift
of yarn for me about a year or so ago.

It's fairly chunky (think a little above worsted weight... like it belongs on 9s or 10s rather than 7s). It's a little rough to the touch (but not Red Heart Super Saver rough), and felt like it deserved to be made into something that would be sturdy. It had no label, so we did a lighter-test on it to see if we could determine more about the material. It shriveled and melted, so we figured it's at least mostly acrylic or something else synthetic.

Finally I came up with what it looked like, given the weight, material, and color. Shopping bag! So I found this pattern:


This is what I got:

I'm really pleased. It's full of lots of random lumpy stuff in this picture, keep that in mind, lol. It's also a LOT smaller looking when empty. The yarn doesn't stretch but the pattern does! It will accommodate almost anything, I think.

The pattern calls for using two colors, but since I already had a mutli-colored yarn, I just skipped switching colors, and knitted straight through off one ball. I did 40 rows total of the "bag stitch" it calls for. That's the only change. There's also a bit of a problem with the math where you make the handles, and the number of stitches don't come out right. I had to do some on-the-fly fixes there, which involved casting on a different number of stitches on the edge below the handles (the cast on after you do the first 5 rows) than the pattern calls for.

I've got enough yarn left for at least one more, so I think this one will have a friend.

Edit: And here's the friend!

08-20-2010, 05:30 PM
I think you did a genius job of "making it work!"

08-20-2010, 05:49 PM
I love the bag!

08-21-2010, 04:48 PM
How nice! Great yarn, great friend, great bag! A winning threesome!

08-23-2010, 09:11 AM
It came out great - perfect striping!

08-23-2010, 09:25 AM
Beautiful! Love the way the yarn striped itself!!

08-24-2010, 08:33 PM
I finished making a second bag, and added it to the first post.

The striping came out different! This one has big chunky stripes. I am in love with the fact that they're more like sisters than twins.

Also, in the picture is where I came home from their first use in a real store (I've been toting stuff about in them that wouldn't be much sensitive to a fall... didn't want to TEST them on groceries, lol). Kroger stores give points toward their gas stations for each bag you bring in to use. The cashier gave me double points for each of them!

08-25-2010, 12:19 PM
Kroger stores give points toward their gas stations for each bag you bring in to use. The cashier gave me double points for each of them!

That's awesome! I wish we had stores up north that offered incentives like that!

And your bags turned out great too ... love the colors! :thumbsup:

08-25-2010, 06:16 PM
It looks great! Thanks for the link.

08-25-2010, 10:18 PM
I love the way the striping worked out. A good pattern match for the yarn, too. They're great!

08-26-2010, 01:11 AM
Great job!!! Love the colors - and great fix on the funky numbers!! Yay.:yay: :yay: :yay:

09-15-2010, 05:11 PM
Your bags turned out great! I love the pattern, and the colors too :)

09-18-2010, 02:17 PM
That is such a cute bag and yarn!:thumbsup: Can you guess how much weight it can hold when it is full?

05-23-2011, 05:32 PM
I'd say they'll hold at least about 15 lbs maybe. They're stretchy, so they'll hold a lot of stuff. I've not yet found anything I could stuff them full of that they wouldn't support. I wouldn't fill them with iron weights, you know, but they'll hold at least 10 pounds worth of chicken, I know that one with a certainty.

05-23-2011, 05:54 PM
At least worth double points! You really did a wonderful job with the yarn and pattern. Well done!

05-23-2011, 08:03 PM
Great job on these bags.

I've got to make some for myself (and remember to haul them to the grocery store, too--always a problem for me)!!!

05-26-2011, 08:17 PM
LOVE your bags.