Rainy Days in the summer are the perfect days to relax and reflect. At Distraction, we like to enjoy them by working on fun knitting or crocheting projects that are quick to complete so that you don’t miss a minute of the sunshine!
This fun bag can be made quickly with leftovers from your stash. Perfect for the Farmers’ Market this summer!
Materials: This bag can be knitted in any string or thread, preferably of a non-stretching fiber like cotton, linen, hemp, etc. 16” circular siz 13 needles.
Bottom of bag:
CO 15 stitches and working back and forth on the circular needle, knit 32 rows, making a garter stitch square with 16 ridges on each side.
Continuing from the corner where the final row finishes, pick up and knit 15 stitches along each of the other 3 sides of the square (total of 60 stitches). Place a marker, this is the beginning of the round for the body of the bag.
Double the stitch count by working (YO,K1) around (120 stitches).
Body of the Bag:
Work the body of the bag in Turkish Stitch to a length of 12” or so from the pick-up round.
Rnd 1: (K2tog, YO) around
Rnd 2: (YO, K2tog) around
This will make a double YO at the change of round on one round and two adjacent knit stitches on the other.
Decrease round: (K2tog) 15 times; K 30 (K2tog) 15 times, K 30.
Work 8 rounds of garter stitch.
Bind-off round: K 15: bind off 30 stitches very loosely; K 15 and place these 15 sts on a stitch holder; bind off 30 sts very loosely. 15 sts remain on the needle.
Work back and forth in garter stitch until strap measures 12 to 18 inches long when stretched smooth. Slide the 15 stitches from the holder onto a spare needle of any size. Carefully align the two needles so that they are both pointing the same direction and the right sides of the bag are together; your goal is to do a 3-needle bind-off to join the strap to the far side of the bag without twisting it and with the seam on the inside.
Slide your working needle through the first stitch on the front needle and the first stitch on the rear needle and knit through these two stitches, sliding them both off their needles.
Do the same for the next stitch one each needle. Pass the first stitch over the second stitch. One stitch bound off. Continue until all stitches are bound off and the strap is joined.