Designed by Ace Beorchia
With farmer’s market season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to make a Farmer’s Market Bag! The stitches in this pattern create a very stretchy material perfect for small and larger items alike. This is a quick knit, and you’ll be showing off your farmer’s market goodies in no time!
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LOOM: KB ‘Premium’ Chunky Round Loom Set, orange loom, 48 pegs
YARN: 51 grams (approx. 83 meters) of any 100% cotton yarn; Lily’s Sugar’n Cream in “Autumn Leaves Ombre” used in sample
NOTIONS: knitting tool, tapestry needle
LEVEL: Beginner/Early Intermediate
Approx – Approximately
k – knit stitch (May substitute with u-stitch)
st(s) – stitch(es)
rnd(s) – round(s)
tk – triple knit (see instructions below)
‘Triple Knit’ Stitch Instructions
The triple knit stitch creates a lengthened stitch using one peg. To work the triple knit stitch, start by knitting the peg normally. However, rather than continuing to the next peg in the round, bring the yarn back in front of the same peg in the opposite direction (as if you were going to turn and go the opposite direction). Knit the peg again—creating the second knit on the same peg. Finally, on the same peg, turn the yarn in front of the peg in the opposite direction one last time. (The yarn should be in the same position as when you originally started the stitch.) Knit the peg one last time.
In simpler terms, knit the same stitch three times in a row—keeping the yarn in front of the peg on each knit.
Skipping every other peg, cast on 24 sts and begin to work in the round. Throughout most of the pattern, only work on the live pegs (the 24 pegs from the cast on).
Rnd 1: k across entire row (24 sts)
Rnds 2-22: tk across entire row (24 sts)
Next, you will create short rows on the two sides of the bag where the handle will attach. To create the short rows, number your active pegs (1-24) and do the following:
Row 1: tk pegs 1 to 6; turn
Row 2: tk pegs 5 to 1; turn
Row 3: tk pegs 2 to 5; turn
Row 4: tk pegs 4 to 2; turn
Row 5: tk pegs 3 to 18; turn
Row 6: tk pegs 17 to 13; turn
Row 7: tk pegs 14 to 17; turn
Row 8: tk pegs 16 to 14; turn
Row 9: tk pegs 15 to 24; turn
Top of Bag
Now that the short rows are complete, use the following instructions to complete the top of the bag:
Rnd 1: k across (24 sts)
Rnd 2: e-wrap all 48 pegs. k previous 24 sts. Each peg should now have one wrap of yarn.
Rnd 3: k across entire row of 48 sts
Rnd 4: k across entire row of 48 sts
Bind off very loosely using the basic bind off method.
Cast on 8 sts.
Row 1: k across; turn
Repeat row 1 until strap is desired length. (Sample strap is 20 inches.)
Bind off using the basic bind off method.
The edges of the strap will naturally curve in, giving the straps an i-cord appearance.
To finish the bag, first tighten the cast on row (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yUxTMi2Fv0 for an example).
Next, similar to finishing a hat, weave the loose end from the cast on through the 24 cast on stitches. Pull tightly to cinch closed the bottom of the bag.
Finally, using the mattress stitch, sew the handle to the bag at the top of the short row edges on both sides of the bag.
Weave in all ends.
Place something flat in the bottom of your bag to give it some width and structure.