I made this Seaside Tote and this Shetland shopper back in May and June of this year.
Ever since they started charging for plastic bags, I've used sewn, knit, crochet, and other reusable bags for shopping.
pattern: Shetland Shopper by Gudrun Johnston
yarn: Luna, elann.com ,Viscose/Cotton, color # 9711, 2.5 balls ~ 273 yds
needles: 3.75 for base and top, 5mm for lace main body
start-finish: May 27-30
If I were to knit this again, I would make the handles sturdier. The bag itself stretches from here to China. You can load it up, and it will take everything and the kitchen sink, except that I don't think the handles could take it. Whenever the cashiers at the store fill it up, their eyes almost pop out, because it stretches so much.
pattern: Seaside Tote Bag by Stefanie Gage
yarn: Noro Sakura Color #4
hook: 4.5mm (G) for bottom base, 5mm (H) for main body
start-finish: June 17 - 20
Here I did a different top. I knew I didn't want to hang it from my shoulder, but fill it up and carry it like a shopping bag. This bag does stretch as well, but not nearly as much as the knit one. It does do it's job well. I loved how the base turned out, but the main body stitch pattern got boring fast. I could not wait to finish it. Anyway, I'm all set with bags for now.
Here's one tote bag I did not make myself, you all know where I got that from! It's a great size, and the fabric is not as stiff as I thought it would be. I like it. It can handle a lot of yarn! :o) Here in the photo it sits on a hand stitched table cloth my mother sent me. I have to iron it before I actually use it. Well, that's it for bags right now. I DO love me some bags!
Oh, and I almost forgot to show you this cute little coin purse I've got from Cindy.
Thank you, Cindy! :o)