My students have been wanting to bless someone else with their crafting. One of them (thanks, Nancy!) contacted a missionary friend to ask if that friend, Sandy, could use some hand knit and/or crocheted items, such as: market bags, clothing for “her” orphans, etc.
When the answer came back an enthusiastic, “Yes!” several of my ever-eager students asked to knit something in addition to the squares I first mentioned (ref. yesterday’s post). So… I hunted the internet for a simple mesh bag that our friend can use for marketing, carrying needed items and so on. Finding many patterns that were close, but not exactly what I was looking for – in terms of functionality and ease of knitting and using only skills I knew my beginning knitters had – I finally “unvented” a pattern of my own and named it after our friend, hence, Sandy’s Market Bag.
One caveat: I have taught my beginning knitters how to knit both flat and in the round right from the beginning. In addition, they have “magic loop” experience. I realize not all beginning knitters have these techniques. There are, however, many well-done, pertinent YouTube tutorials available, if one is interested.
The pattern is very basic, but the knitter can add her/his own details if they chose and if they have the knowledge. For instance, on my bag I added a few rounds of garter stitch in the round to the base of the bag, used two colors for the bag instead of one and made striped i-cord for the handle/drawstring (as opposed to one-color i-cord).
If you’re interested in a copy of Sandy’s Market Bag you may click on the link below for a free .pdf which you can have “all for your very own.” 🙂
- “We Give” Wednesday (lllin526.wordpress.com)
- 10 Projects I Wish/Want to Knit in 2012 (kraftingkitten.wordpress.com)
- Magic Loop – How to knit tubes for really unco knitters who can’t manage DPNs… (craftygiraffe.net)