Breezy Market Tote

Designed by Michele Bernstein

This bag is perfect for carrying your goodies home from the farmers’ market…or your favorite yarn store. The bag is knit in the round from the bottom up. The open stitch structure makes it a quick knit, and very expandable. It begins with a provisional cast on which will be removed later so that the bottom can be closed with a three needle bind off.

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This pattern was designed for the June 2010 installment of Twisted’s Single Skein Club. It is now available to the general public as of September 1, 2010.

Yarn: Approximately 165 yds DK weight hemp yarn. Pictured in Hemp for Knitting AllHemp6 [100% Hemp; 165yd per 100g]. Three yards of waste yarn (a smooth dk or worsted weight yarn) for provisional cast on.

Needles: US 9 24” circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge. One extra knitting needle, same size, for three needle bind off. Crochet hook size I/9 for provisional cast on (see notes).

Notions: Tapestry needle, 1 stitch marker, two stitch holders (optional, see notes on strap length).

Gauge: 11.5 st/4 inches in stockinette stitch (11 st/4 inches in chevron lace pattern). Gauge is not critical, but if it is much looser you risk not having enough yarn to finish the bag.

Skill level: This enthusiastic beginner pattern is worked in the round, and features a provisional cast on and three needle bind off.

Finished size: Bag measures approximately 12 inches by 12 inches before laundering, and 12 inches wide by 14.5 inches long after blocking.

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