This pretty open lace market bag knitting pattern has an allover chevron pattern and contrasting seed stitch handles, it’s perfect for trips to the farmers’ market!
Friends, this market bag knitting pattern was super fun to knit. I really enjoyed figuring it out and now I kind of want to make more in different patterns. So if this is something you like, let me know!
I actually designed and knit this the first week of March 2020…and I think we all know what happened in about the second week of March. So this pattern got set aside in a pile and I kept putting off writing it up. Thankfully I take good notes, but I’m pretty bummed I didn’t get this one out last summer, it’s such a winner!
The plus side, I guess, is that since it had been so long, I re-tested it for you, so I feel pretty confident about how it’s written. So that’s always a bonus. I have become quite adept at finding silver linings in the last year, you know what I mean?
Anyway, this adorable bag is knit with cotton yarn which makes it super sturdy and durable, it’s very stretchy and perfect for carrying produce or whatever you pick up at the farmers’ market.
I know there are a million market bag knitting patterns out there, but I really wanted to do my own with a unique pattern for two reasons. Number one, I wanted one that was really easy to make. And number two, I wanted one that was unique and didn’t look just like all the other market bag knitting patterns.
I love how this chevron lace came out, it’s so fun and different! But the cool thing is, it’s also super easy, it’s only a 4 round repeat and two of them are just knit stitches, so really only two different patterns make that gorgeous chevron. Can you believe it?
I decided to call it the rambling market bag because of the chevron zig zag pattern but also because it’s the perfect bag to stash in your purse or car to carry whatever you want on your adventures!
If you knit a rambling market bag, be sure to share it with me, friends!
Rambling Market Bag Knitting Pattern
One Size, finished size approx. 12” x 20” flat
Gauge: 12 st. = 4 inches
Rambling Market Bag Supply List
- 2 balls (120 yards each) worsted weight cotton yarn
- US 11 (8.0 mm) double pointed knitting needles
- 24” US 11 (8.0 mm) circular knitting needles
- Yarn needle
(If you need help, my favorite knitting reference book for everyone from beginners to advanced knitters is THIS ONE!)
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Rambling Market Bag Knitting Pattern Instructions
m1L = make one left
yo = yarn over
sl1 = slip one stitch purlwise
psso = pass slipped stitch over
cast off = knit 2 stitches, then lift the second stitch on the right needle up and over the first and off the needle, you have cast off one stitch. To cast off another stitch, knit one more stitch and again, lift the second stitch on the right needle up and over the first to cast off another stitch.
cast on = to cast on mid-round, use a backward loop cast on
Cast on 8 stitches onto 4 double pointed knitting needles and join to knit in the round.
Round 1: knit this round and all odd rounds in this section
Round 2: (k1, m1L) repeat to the end of the round (16 stitches)
Round 4: (k1, m1L) repeat to the end of the round (32 stitches)
Round 6: (k2, yo) repeat to the end of the round (48 stitches)
Round 8: (k3, m1L) repeat to the end of the round (64 stitches)
Round 10: (k4, m1L) repeat to the end of the round (80 stitches)
Round 12: knit all stitches
Round 1: (yo, sl1, k1, psso, yo, sl1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 2: knit all stitches
Round 3: k1 (yo, sl1, k1, psso, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog, yo, k3) repeat until there are 9 stitches remaining, then yo, sl1, k1, psso, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2tog, yo, k2
Round 4: knit all stitches
Repeat rounds 1-4 eight to nine more times, until you are almost out of the first ball of yarn. Switch to the second color to knit the bag top and handles.
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2: (k1, p1) repeat to the end of the round
Round 3: (p1, k1) repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 4 & 5: repeat rounds 2 & 3
• Repeat (k1, p1) for a total of 20 stitches of seed stitch
• Cast off 20 stitches
• Repeat (p1, k1) for a total of 19 more stitches in seed stitch (ending with a single p1)
• Cast off 19 more stitches.
• At the end of this round, knit the first stich of the next round, then lift the last stitch of this round up and over that first stitch and off the right needle to cast off one final stitch
• The remaining stitch on your right needle is now the first stitch of round 7. Leave it on the right needle and continue on with the rest of round 7.
(40 stitches remaining)
• Repeat (k1, p1) for a total of 19 stitches of seed stitch (ending with a single k1)
• Cast on 40 stitches
• Repeat (p1, k1) for a total of 20 more stitches of seed stitch
• Cast on 40 more stitches.
Round 8: (k1, p1) and repeat to the end of the round
Round 9: (p1, k1) and repeat to the end of the round
Rounds 10 & 11: repeat rounds 8 & 9
Cast off and weave in ends.
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