Meshy Market Bag

I wanted a nice stretchy bag to take to the library or to the store, and so I decided to work one up. Maybe you can use one, too.

Finished measurements: 17" wide, 13" tall, 22" handle

cotton yarn~ I used Lily Sugar 'n Cream in potpourri
US 8 circular knitting needle 16" or 20"
US 11 circular knitting needle 16" or 20"

Using US 8 needle, cast on 59 sts.

Knit flat in garter stitch (knit every row) for 30 rows. This will be the bottom of the bag.

Pick up and knit stitches all the way around the bag bottom~ 28 sts along the short sides and 59sts along the other long side. Now you have a rectangle of sts (174) that you will begin knitting in the round.

Place a marker for the begining of the round and work in garter stitch for 9 rows. Yes, this means that you will knit one round, purl one round. Don't worry, you won't have to purl that many rounds. This will make a solid, yet stretchy base along the sides of your bag so that items don't fall out as readily.

So, Rounds 1-9: work in garter stitch.
Rnd 10: K2tog in every stitch (87sts)

Change to US 11 needle. K every round until bag measures 11 1/2 or 12" from bottom. (If you want your bag longer, simply stop about 1" from your desired height.) These large needles will give you very large stitches. This is what makes this bag "meshy" without using a mesh stitch. It's simple, mindless knitting that gives you an airy, stretchy bag.

Change to US 8 needle.

Rnd 1-6: Work in garter stitch. (yes, purling rows again.) This will give you a narrow, yet stretchy opening for your bag. Without the garter stitch around the opening, it got very loose and floppy.

Rnd 7: K2, bind off 28, K18, bind off 29, K16

Now you will have two sets of 18st each for each side of the strap. You will begin working flat with one of these sets of stitches. Just leave the other set on your circular needle~ they'll just hang out there until you're ready for them.

Rows 1-4: K across
Rows 5-12: K across to last 2 sts, K2tog. (This will decrease each row 1 stitch.) Row 12 should end with 10 sts.

K each row (10 sts across) until strap measures about 12". (If you want your strap a different length, stop knitting about 2" from your desired length.)

Begin increasing to finish handle.
K across to last st, Kf&b; in last st.
Continue until you have 18 sts.
Graft these 18sts to the 18sts that have been waiting on the cable of your circular needle.

(If you have never grafted in garter stitch before, it's knit, purl, knit, purl. If you've never grafted stitches before, head over to and look at the video for kitchener stitch. It's really not too hard.)

With this cotton yarn, I don't weave in the ends because I'm afraid they'll pop out. Instead, I split the strand of yarn, and pull one end under a stitch. Now there is a stitch between the two ends. Then simply tie the two ends in a knot (around the stitch). Now you can weave in or snip the ends of yarn.

Now enjoy your handy work!


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4 thoughts on “Meshy Market Bag

  1. Hello!
    I LOVE this bag and I want to make it! Can you tell me about how many yards you used for this project?
    Thank you,

  2. I am a beginner knitter. And just attempted thus pattern. I will send you a pic as it is hilarious πŸ™‚ Beginner knitting takes a lot of patience. I am going to attempt again. However, I have a few questions.
    1) you call for garter stich twice. First time it is knit only and second time it is knit and purl??
    2) Rnd 10 I have 87 stiches. Yet, when I change back to the 8 needle the pattern has me K2, bnd 28…when I count 2+28+29+16 =93. Where did the extra stiches come from? Is this a beginner mistake?
    3) how do I ensure the handles are on the sides….lined up correctly?
    4) when knitting the handles and grafting them…I had to look this up. When I did the instructions stated one side had to be purl stich and the other a K stich. How do I not end up with 2 K sides?

    Thanks so much.
    Super Beginner Marie

  3. Hi! I am having a lot of trouble with figuring out how after changing back to US-8 needles, that Rnd 7 ends coming out at 93 sts, when there are only 87 sts to work with. Am I missing something obvious? I’m totally lost with the math on this.

    Thank you very much.


  4. Hi to Connie & Daisyhead! What a really cute bag! Question: Did you use just 1 ball of the Sugar’n Cream yarn? It would certainly help to know this when purchasing supplies for the pattern. Looking forward to knitting this bag in anticipation of Farmers Market opening soon locally.
    Please advise, and thanks!

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