New Favorites: Market bags

New Favorites: Market bags

Every year around this time, I have the thought that perhaps it would be fun to knit a little market bag, and I go have a look at all the ones I’ve bookmarked over the past few years. Every year, I decide these two by Pam Allen are the cream of the crop: the Dejeuner Bag up top — my very favorite — and the Rue Mouffetard. This year I actually have a skein of linen in want of a purpose (left over from grandma’s shawl) but the bags are so pretty in that natural Sparrow I can’t imagine doing anything else.


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10 thoughts on “New Favorites: Market bags

  1. In the project notes for both bags, people noted that the bags stretched out quite a bit….I suppose that would be true of any plant fiber. Plant fibers don’t have the elasticity of protein fibers. I’m wondering if lining the bag wouldn’t help with this problem?

    • String bags do stretch a lot — that’s one of the defining traits of them. But if you’re anti-stretching, you could definitely make a fabric lining for it.

  2. Beautiful— I love the first one, as well. And I think making a fabric lining would be suck a good idea. I’m such a short person, I find I’m a bit annoyed as a bag starts to stretch and ends up much too long for me. :)

  3. Both lovely bags! I too am under the spell of Q&Co Sparrow, currently knitting the Rue Mouffetard pictured above and also Pam Allen’s lovely pattern – Scarborough Shrug. Enjoying both projects oooooodles!

  4. This bag is #1 in my queue right now Karen!! LOVE it! I am actually introducing a 100% cotton yarn to my lineup next month and I can’t wait to see how it performs here. I love this design so much :)

  5. hmmm. Of course it’s lovely, but the Dejeuner takes FOUR skeins of yarn at $9.25 each, plus the pattern is $5, plus shipping. Really? For a market bag?

  6. I’ve been wanting to make yarn produce bags. I have tons of fabric shopping bags, but I could really use smaller mesh bags for corralling veggies and fruits. I guess it’s time to search ravelry.

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  8. I like the bag very much. I have a smaller version as a hand bag. A lining sounds good and maybe some compartments for small items.

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