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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A Third Market Bag

This one has an improved and smaller bottom.

I made it square by dropping a stitch at the beginning of the return pass and adding one on at the end.
I also switched to a nicer looking stitch that is drawn through the topknot (of the return pass chain), instead of the front vertical bar.

The progress so far
MarkBagNo3

You can see that I have finished the solid bottom and am creating the lacy part in-the-round, from the edges of the bottom. I have used purple (nylon) twine for the forward pass and red twine for the reverse pass.

It’s going well so far.

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Market Bag, Repurposed

…At least temporarily
MBag

I expect to make the next one with a smaller bottom,
so perhaps this one will return to groceries later.

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A Better Market Bag

This turned out well for me,
but not so well as a potential pattern.

I gave it a large, solid bottom in teal yarn
BagBottom
that took a bit long to finish.

Then I added some in-the-round mesh sides,
using silver twine for the forward pass
and teal twine for the return pass.

Next I broke the sides into two (2) flat tapering sides
that terminated in solid fabric straps
all in silver twine.

Here’s the bag from the top and loaded
BagFilled

As you can see, I put a couple of buttons on the strap
so that I could load an open bag
then fasten the straps together to carry it around.

And this is it, hanging on a chair
BagHanging

It seems like it will be useful,
but I have not tried it yet.

I’m still mulling it over, where to go from here.

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