Finished Trial Market Bag

Yup, it’s done and in the stitches I posted earlier.

It looks like this
MarketBag
Here, I’ve stuffed it with plastic bags, soon to be recycled.

I’m not really satisfied with the shape or the stretchy acrylic yarn,
but I like the stitches well enough.

I’ve started another one using shiny polyester (or maybe nylon?) twine
NewBag
I’ve also given up on the cabled hooks and am using a 2-ended metal one.

I find that between the twine and the slippery metal hook,
I need to wrap the yarn the other way (and twist it more)
to keep it from sliding off the hook.

This is slower and annoying, but what are you going to do?

Anyway, the new one is looking lovely in it’s shiny teal twine.

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Open Stitch for Market Bag

Okay, this one looks better, so I’m documenting it.

This is a picture of the stitch when relaxed (well, the top is…
the lower part is the bottom of the bag that I described earlier).
RelaxedResult

This stitch is quite similar to the bottom during the forward pass,
except that you pull the loop around the chain,
instead of hooking it through the front vertical bar.

The other big difference is
that you chain twice between each stitch of the return pass,
as shown below…
Return

Moving to the forward pass,
start the stitch by doing a “yarn over”
Stitch1

Then hook around the extended return chain
Stitch2

Then chain once through the loop you just pulled
Stitch3

And finish the stitch by pulling a loop though the last stitch
and through the “yarn over”
Stitch4

And that’s it!
It goes pretty quickly, once you’ve got it down.

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Revised Market Bag

Okay, the one I was talking about in the last post was really, really ugly.
I ripped it three (3) times and it kept getting uglier. So… a fresh start.

I’ll be reverse-engineering this drying bag that I made a couple of years ago…
OldMBag
(This cat is developing into a total ham and I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of her.)

So far I’ve done the bottom, which is much larger than I used for the drying bag.
BagBottom2

I’ve also used a different stitch, where I do an extended “Extra YO Top” stitch.
I start by doing a yarn over (YO).
Stitch1

Then I draw a loop through VFrtBar (the one we use for simple stitch),
leaving the YO on the hook.
Stitch2

Then I add a chain to the last loop.
Stitch3

Then I finish the stitch by drawing together the last two (2) loops (including the YO).
Stitch4

I also add a couple of chains to the end stitches,

so that they are the same height.
The left side
Left2

And the right side
Right2

I’m using an eight (8) hook and DK yarn,
so the result is airy and stretchy.
…So that’s it so far.

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Starting Market Bag Pattern

I looked back at the “Bag Stitch” in my Stitch Gallery 1 and the description is indeed pretty useless. After playing around with it for a while, it looks like I did my 2YO Top stitch (which is described) with some extra chains in the return pass.

I’ll be creating a pattern, rather than updating the Stitch Gallery.
I may or may not charge for the pattern, but in any event, I’ll be describing my progress here. …So the Tunisian stitch explorers among you can probably figure out how to do the pattern from that.

I’m using a slightly shorter (undocumented) stitch for the bottom of of the bag. I start with a chain of 14 and do a spiral of seven (7) increases every time I go around.

I keep track of the increases by increasing every time I get back to the first leg of an increase in the last row.
That looks like this:
Increase3

And the net effect looks like this:
MarkBagBottom

I’m also creating more of an open web by chaining twice (instead of once) between stitches during the return pass,
as below:
RetPass2

So that’s what’s up so far.
I’m not sure I like the look of the stitch and will probably be swapping it out when I get to the sides of the bag.

And I’ll end with a picture the cat that was “helping” me take these pictures:
Cat

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Finished the Sock Pattern!

And you can find it at:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/checked-tunisian-sock-pattern

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Switch in Focus

I’m still working on the sock pattern and expect to be posting it soon, but I’ve switched off of socks… And I’ll be knitting chemo hats with my sock yarn stash.

Making them out of Tunisian Crochet would be more fun, but the stretchy light-weight knit hats seem nicer. Perhaps later I’ll do Tunisian brims.

The first one:
ChemoHat4

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Tunisian Sock Pattern–Planned

Yup, I’m working on one.
It’ll be another Ravelry PDF freebie, when it’s done.

I’ve made up some socks using a couple of light worsted-weight yarns.
Socks1
I’m using a mercerized cotton for the inside to make the socks cooler (the hot season is starting here) and a pretty acrylic/nylon yarn for the outside.

As you can see, the one on the outside is Berrocco Comfort. The cotton one is probably a Cascade yarn (but I lost the wrapper long ago).

Using worsted-weight yarn produces a nubbie fabric and produces more of an odd-looking slipper, than a sock.
Socks2
However, it’s really a lot harder to make the socks using lovely sock yarn.

But once you’ve mastered the techniques, then you can use finer yarn and the same pattern to make socks that look like this.
RealSocks

As I write up the pattern, I’ll be posting pointers here.

Pointer #1: how I do the toe on these (toe-up) socks
Butterfly
1. Make a butterfly-shaped piece
2. Attach two (2) corners together
3. Continue on by pulling loops at the edge of the starting row
4. Attach the 2nd set of butterfly corners
5. Continue on, in-the-round, to the rest of the sock
6. After the work is done, seam the open sides of the toe. This isn’t elegant, but it works better for me than trying to hook into the existing sides of the 1st half of the butterfly.

So yup, that’s the plan.

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