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Circular needles have saved Christmas!  If I am to be honest with myself, that first produce bag was not looking so hot, so I have classed it up for the family in my effort to create something that they might actually use without feeling embarrassed.  Also, using size 13 needles for that was just lazy.  It looks much better in the size 8 circulars—the holes look more organized and there are no unsightly seams.  Finally, instead of a too-short twisted rope, I have opted for a festive red I cord.  The funny thing is that this version took a fraction of the time that initial ugly one did—all because of the magic of circular needles—no seaming OR binding off necessary!  I am now able to totally complete one bag in a matter of hours and will definitely finish them all by Christmas.  Yay! 

 

The perks to using a knitted produce bag are innumerable, but the ones that stick out to me are:

1)    More environmental smugness: it’s not every day that you can one-up those prius-driving, reusable-grocery-bag folks.  A good feeling, friends.

2)    No more plastic touching your food!    

 

Want to make your own?  Here is the still simple, but more sophisticated pattern.

 

{Picture will be posted HERE tomorrow}

 

“Clean up the World Produce Bag”

 

Materials:

 

Size 8, 16” circular needles

2 size 6 dpns

Tapestry needle

Worsted weight natural cotton yarn (I used Peaches & Cream)

 

CO 46 sts and join

Rounds 1-4: Knit

Round 5: *K2tog, YO* repeat until end of rnd

Round 6: K

Repeat rnds 5 & 6 until the entire piece is 10” long.

Continue in stockinet stitch for 3”—do not bind off.

Cut the yarn, leaving a 12” tail

 

Thread the tapestry needle with the tail of the yarn and pull it through the loops still on the knitting needles. 

 

Pull all sts off knitting needles and pull the tail to cinch the bottom closed.  Tie off tightly.  Weave in all ends.

 

I Cord:

 

Make a 20” I Cord following these instructions.

Thread finished I cord through the first row of holes at the top of your bag with a tapestry needle.  Tie ends in a knot.

 

Of course, I cannot be satisfied with this small victory.  I must move on to knitted goods more worthy of my obsession, such as the Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles and THESE.  The tizzy that these two items have triggered is absurd, but what can I say?  There is something wrong with me.

 

How 70s are these??

How '70s are these??

 

 

 

 

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