We are all too aware of the need to "reduce, re-use and recycle", especially when it comes to plastic bags, yet millions of them are still used every year. However, we knitters have solutions! Using the skills of our hands we can make bags that are not only functional but decorative and long-lasting too.
This free BYOB 2.0 pattern updates the original "Bring Your Own Bag" published in Knitty in Summer 2008. The pattern now includes instructions for four different sizes of bag, including a new junior size – after all you can never be too young to start saving the planet!
This extra-small size is suitable for a young person/teen, or could be used for bread or fragile items needing to be carried separately, such as mushrooms, bananas or boxes of eggs.
In addition, the pattern has been re-written for new all-cotton yarns, so that these bags are now made from 100% natural fibres — much the best choice for an eco-bag.
The bags have a wide shaped base that is easy to load at the check-out, and the lower Seed Stitch section ensures that small items will not drop out. The central area features an openwork design which is strong but also flexible enough to accommodate bulky, awkwardly-shaped items.
The upper handle is worked in Seed Stitch and features a rounded hand-grip. This is soft to hold so that the handle does not cut into your hands when the bag is full.
This free pattern can be downloaded here. My website also has information about other bag patterns that I have available included a set of linen-lined bags, the Southampton Collection, and a second free pattern, the BYOB Market Bag.
Now all you have to do is remember to take them with you! Put a couple of these BYOB 2.0 bags in a linen carrier by the back door or in the car and then you will be sure you always have them to hand when you head to the shops.
Then you can say with pride: "No Plastic Bags for Me!"
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