Here is the pattern, provided by Sharon Maher:
- whatever you have on hand
- pair of 4.0 knitting needles
- pair of 8.0 knitting needles
- wool needle
- embellishment, if desired (Sharon used and old bell and I used a found, rusty metal circle)
- using 4.0mm needles, cast on 40 stitches
- the following 2 rows make up a pattern knows as 'linen stitch'
Did you slip the last stitch of the row??? I know it feels strange, but you are doing the right thing here!
Row 2. (P1, yarn back, slip 1 purlwise, yarn forward)
Did you slip the last stitch of the row again??? Good work!
Repeat these two rows 5 more times
You should have worked 12 rows in total.
- change to 8.0mm needles
Row 2. K2tog to end
Now you have only 20 stitches on the needles.
Row 3. KFB every stitch
There should be 40 stitches again.
Row 4. P to end
Repeat these 4 rows until work measures 50cm (finish with a 4th row)
Yes...it seems very long, but this is the front and back of the bag.
- change back to 4.0mm needles
- Work in linen stitchfor the same number of rows as you did at the beginning (should be 12 rows
- Cast off knitwise
- Fold in half and sew together the side seams
- Make a twisted rope handle of the desired length, and attach to the inside of the bag
- Embellish! Sharon Maher attached a bell to a strand of jute, and sewed it to the back of the bag...it drapes over the front and acts as a simple closure. I used a rusty metal circle.