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Old 04-12-2007, 01:58 PM   #51
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Finished the green Market bag for my Mom just in time for Easter.
Brown Sheep cotton fleece in Lime Light. I used the Turkish Cast on and knit in stockinette for a couple of rows (2nd picture), then moved the stitches to a #11 16-inch needle. I like the slightly tighter weave. I don't know how much stuff you can put in it though. It is still very stretchy.

I started a blue one last night in Hempathy, and I really am not liking the yarn very much, but I will continue it, since I really don't know what else I am going to do with this ball otherwise.

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Old 04-20-2007, 11:31 AM   #52
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I told a couple of my friends that I'd teach them how to make this bag. I don't really know if they're up for Turkish cast on OR Magic Loop.

So it made me think.

I think that this bag can be made upside down. Start at the top, cast on 70 stitches. knit in the round and then when you get to the bottom, do a 3 needle BO.

Then go back to the top and pick up for the handles.

Does anyone think it would be a bad idea???
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:41 AM   #53
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I think that sounds like a good plan! Although I didn't think the Turkish cast on was hard, it is a little fiddly to get used to. I also have two friends that what to make the bag and I think I am going to suggest your method to them.

I frogged my bag made of hempathy, because I hated working with it. I started over is a cotton/wool from LYS that was pretty cheap. I am using a dark teal color and I think it is my favorite so far. I am doing it in the round with 75 stitches. I wish the sugar and cream came in more colors.

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Old 04-20-2007, 12:02 PM   #54
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Thanks for being my sanity check!

I think i'm going to make another one. 35 stitches each side. The other one I made is CRAZY HUGE when I load it up. Some blue color of sugar 'n cream.

more colors would be good...
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:28 PM   #55
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Ok, so I finished my bag and I must say, I actually hate it. The seams turned out all wonky, I picked up stitches on the top and knit in the round for about 6 rows, but I liked the modified straps instead of the one strap. For that I just picked up 5 stitches, knit the straps long enough and grafted them to the other side. The way I picked up the stitches looks weird, blah blah blah. There's gotta be a better way to do this bag.

I wish I knew how to crochet. I'd totally make this.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:50 AM   #56
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Sabrina --

I'm sorry you hate it. :( It looks really cute from here!

I *do* like that crocheted string bag though. That might be enough incentive for me to actually give crocheting a try. :thinking: It can't be THAT hard!




( Remind me I said this when I start getting frustrated with it, would you? )
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:09 PM   #57
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I'll remind you if you remind me. I was looking at the pattern instructions and they looked like gibberish. But then again, so did knitting patterns when I first started knitting.
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Bummer, it's too bad you hate your bag. At least the colors look nice. The seaming isn't visible in the picture, so from where I am it looks good. Maybe it will grow on you.

I seamed the first one I made (folded in half and seamed sides), and did the 2nd in the round. Defintely the way to go. If you use the Turkish CO you don't have to pick up stitches you just finish it in one piece. I'm working on my third now (finally for me).

I agree that the original pattern isn't very good. The blog that I linked has some good modifications, but I think the best is using the Turkish CO and doing it in the round.

The Spring Knit Scene has another bag called Rutabaga that I want to try next.

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Old 04-23-2007, 12:32 PM   #59
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I like it, Sabrina
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a-HA!! Andrea crochets!! Can you help us decipher the secret crocheters code in the String Bag?
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