Monday, August 06, 2018
Knitted Reusable Produce Bags
The free pattern for this reusable produce bag, Julie Tarsha's Weightless Produce Bag, is currently popular on Ravelry. It only takes 60-80 yards of Aunt Lydia's crochet cotton size 10, and knits up quickly.
Like many other folks, I'm concerned about the amount of plastic trash that ends up in our landfills and oceans. Up to now, I've washed and reused my plastic produce bags, but I'm going to make a supply of these cotton bags and transition away from plastic bags.
The finished bag looks small, but it definintly expands, as you can see in the first photo. The short handles make for a small opening, which some people says keeps your produce from tumbling out, but I'm going to start making the handles longer for a bigger opening that can be tied shut.
In the project notes by kniters who made this project, several also noted the number of stitches they used to make a larger bag.
Crochet cotton is often available in thrift stores and garage sales, and I have several balls that have made their way into my stash. I like to use it for weaving rag rugs and table runners.
I also have a stash of partial balls, and so I knitted my first bag from double stranded thinner cotton.
I expect to make bags for myself and for friends and family. Clearly I've got enough thread to make this my own environmental crusade.