As I promised in last week’s Yarn Along post, my Zig Zag Market Bag pattern is finally available! You can get it here by clicking the buy now button below (for just $2.99!), downloading it from Ravelry or visiting my Etsy shop.
Zig Zag Market Bag is knitted in worsted weight cotton at a gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch on size 7 needles -- you'll need a circular needle and DPNs. I used Knit Picks Dishie in Azure.
I know I’ve said more than once how much I was looking forward to telling you why this bag so great and different than other market bag patterns. So, in no particular order, here goes!
1. This is a sturdy, sturdy bag. Lace “zigs” and “zags” add horizontal stretch and visibility (and fresh air for your produce!) but stockinette panels give the bag stability and shape and keep it from stretching too much. The uniquely constructed and reinforced bottom gives the bag even more stability from the bottom up and helps the bag keep its shape—I can guarantee you’ve never knitted a bag like this one before.
2. My unique solution for a sturdy, non-stretchy handle tops off all the sturdiness. It doesn’t stretch like garter stitch or roll like stockinette—win! Just one handle makes it easy to get items in and out of the bag with one hand, leaving your other hand free to guide your little one(s) through the farmer’s market.
3. Unlike other market bag patterns I’ve seen out there (yes, I did a little research first!) it features a twisted cord drawstring to keep produce and other goodies in and little hands out. A closure is a necessity if you ever have to put the bag down while it’s full.
4. And finally, it’s pretty (of course!). I find the zigs and zags to be more interesting than mesh lace all slanted in the same direction, and I like the look of the eyelets for the drawstring. And the picots! I love them.
I hope you enjoy knitting this bag—and using it—as much as I have. If you knit it, please let me know what you think!