The Mark 2 is Better

Yes, I like this one…
Mark2

2ndMark2

The tricks:
1. I used a contrasting yarn for the return chain in the “in the round” Tunisian crochet.

2. I made the handles much shorter because they stretched a lot–more than I would have thought possible.

3. I also gave the handles a deliberate lean by skipping the first stitch of the forward pass then adding an extra stitch at the end of the forward pass. Otherwise the stitch I used (the chain-top simple stitch, which is often called the extended simple stitch) crochets up fairly square.

4. I’ve made the handles wider where they connect to the bag. This gives the bag a better shape.

5. The lacy part of the “in the round” knitting is: “purl 2 together” alternated with “yarn overs” for a full row, then two (2) rows of straight knit stitch (stockinette), and repeat.

If you have other questions, please ask.

Meanwhile I’m enjoying using this one :-)

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Hybrid TC/Knit Market Bags

So this is Mark 1, which is very large–nice when I’m trying to overload my scooter, but otherwise…
Bag1

This is the start of Mark 2, alongside the finished Mark 1
Bags
The green in Mark 2 is leftover from Mark 1.

This is Mark 2 as I’m transitioning from a 9/I double-ended hook to a Size 9 circular knitting needle
BagTrans

And this is Mark 2 after a bit of (knit) stockinette
BagStockinette

This one seems to be going well, so far…

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Another Change of Direction

I have gone back to the market bags and will be posting details soon.

I’ve gotten very good at knitting chemo hats, so these are now hybrid TC/knit objects.

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Lovely TC Workbook

Lifecare (from Ravelry) has published the workbook that she uses to entertain railway travelers on the VIA Rail TransCanada route.

This is really nice and can be found in electronic form, for a low price, at:
http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000017172790/Dela-Wilkins-Railway-Knitting-Workbook

I highly recommend it :-D

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Market Bag for Exercise Stuff

I’ve been carrying my exercise stuff in one of my early market bags and I was pretty sure that I could do better.

Yup…
ExerciseBag

What the bottom looks like…
BagBott

It looks like I can successfully design these from scratch now, so I will probably write this up as a free PDF and offer it through Ravelry (maybe, if I get around to it).

The tricks…
1. Create a smallish square using traditional Tunisian Crochet
2. Add to all 4 edges using in-the-round TC with a 2-ended hook
3. Loop around several times with increases at each corner until the bottom is sort of round
4. From there, increase the number of chains for every other stitch on the return pass (this will gradually take you from a dense fabric to an open mesh, while increasing the bag’s diameter)
5. Once you have 3 chains between every stitch, stop expanding the bag (this is the cylindrical body of the bag)
6. At the top, turn the mesh back into a solid ribbon by doing 4 stitches about each chain, while binding off the top of the stitch
7. Add 2 rectangular handles to the solid ribbon at the top and you’re done!

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A yet better Market Bag

Yup, this is another improved design.

I have 2 more solid rows of stitches at the top of the bag and they have 2 straps that run from their ends.
bag

This one is working quite well.

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Finished a Better Market Bag

This one has design improvements.
Here it is, filled and hanging from a chair
MarkBagOnChair

And with the same contents, spread out on the ground
MarkBagOnFloor
(This would not be a good bag for things that need to be kept upright.)

Looking at the side,
it’s fat on the bottom, but stretches to a better shape when loaded
FlatMBagSide

Looking at the bottom,
the connection to the solider fabric of the bottom is solider
FlatMBagBottom

And looking at the top,
I’ve changed the way the stretchy part reduces down to the handle
FlatMBagTop

So this one works better :-D

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