French Market Bag
Here’s a great one for the people who aren’t afraid of the hook – a gorgeous french market bag made with DENIM! I love Rowan denim, and I love small summer projects that are high on satisfaction and low on commitment. Plus, the yarn is on SALE all month – how can you go wrong?
If you want to read more about knitting with denim yarn see the recent post by Mason Dixon Knitting, they’re denim fanatics and know all the ins & outs. Personally, my only advice (when making a market bag) is that the indigo dye comes off (it’s supposed it, that’s what good indigo does), so use metal needles, wear dark colours, and don’t sit on light coloured furniture when you work with it – its a nice throwback to when I was a kid and my mom dressed me up in dark clothes when I chose to play in the mud.
Knowknits GoKnit Pouches
You’ve been asking, so we have restocked our inventory of Knowknit GoKnit Project Bags. These bags are among my favourite knitting accessories EVER. They’re sturdy, light, hard wearing, made in the first world, and most important, a DELIGHT to use. You may not be at this price-point with your project bags (yet), and that’s fine, but if you are, I don’t think you’ll have any regrets – I use mine constantly and religiously.
Knowknit GoKnit Pouches are the prefect way to carry your projects. They are lightweight, made with Nylon ripstop fabric, are machine washable and dryable. The design features an interior loop to prevent tangling and an exterior loop that attaches to your purse or belt-loop. The top closes with a sturdy nylon drawstring and stays in place with a cord lock. GoKnit pouches are long wearing, are extremely well made and durable. Available in three sizes and a rainbow of colours. Made in the USA.
- Perfect for sock knitting and small projects
- 8″ high x 6″ wide
- Fits an adult sweater
- 11″ high x 8″ wide
- Fits afghans or coats
- Drawstring attached to the bottom, forming a shoulder strap
- 13″ high x 11″ wide
We’ve restocked our collection of needle cases and bags from DellaQ! We’ve been carrying DellaQ for a number of years because their products are GREAT. Their stuff is well made, it works the way it is supposed to, and it is made ethically.
Della (yes, there is a real lady named Della behind DellaQ, and she’s really nice) designs and creates bags and needle cases for knitters and crocheters who:
- Desperately want to be organized.
- Want to spend more time knitting and less time searching for needles.
- Own enough needles and hooks to create a life size Eiffel Tower.
- Have families that told them to clean up their knitting supplies or start looking for another place to live.
- Are totally over bags that are heavy before you put anything into them.
- Love smart designs and quality sewing.
- Simply love beautiful looking accessories.
- People who want to know where their stuff comes from, and that the people making it aren’t being exploited.
You can read more about Della and her knitting & crochet accoutrements HERE, and why your DellaQ purchase matters.
Crochet Grocery Bag
Oh crochet, how I have MISSED you! I just finished this handy-dandy grocery bag with less than one skein of Quince & Co Sparrow organic linen. I wrote this simple pattern a million years ago, and it’s kind of nice to revisit an old friend. Plus it’s a fast & portable project, a cool summer yarn, and makes a great hostess or teacher gift.
The yarn & hook size are slightly smaller than the original, so check out our project notes for modifications. I also put a locking stitch marker (actually calabash pins worked well with this yarn) in each round to help me keep track of where I was (especially useful around round 12+).
Working with Linen
Pure linen is kind of a ‘product’ fibre, rather than a ‘process’ fibre. You’re going to love the project once it’s done, but it isn’t the easiest yarn you’ve ever used. In the skein it is stiff, but rest assured that it will loosen up as it is knitted, and then completely after washing. I’m not telling you this to put you off, but rather to help set your expectations for a different kind of textile experience. Quince & Co Sparrow is the most beautiful 100% linen I’ve ever come across and I’m always extremely happy with my projects made with it. I definitely suggest you give it a try!
If you want to make the project as it was originally written you can use a 4mm/G crochet hook and one skein of Cascade Ultra Pima.
If the idea of a market bag gets you going but you aren’t into ours, here are some other options:
NEW Colours Quince & Co Kestrel
When you want quick summer knitting in lovely linen, use Kestrel! It knits up quickly at 3½ to 4 stitches to the inch on 6mm/US10 needles and it looks great in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) and simple silhouettes—the better to show off its texture and drape.
Kestrel is a new take on a simple linen yarn. Quince and Co. took the same Belgium-grown organic linen that they use in their little Sparrow and spun it this time in a ribbon structure (actually it’s a ‘chainette’ – a small knitted tube). Its flat surface adds a slight texture to simple knit and purl stitches. But we think the best thing about it is its incredible drape. Like all things linen, woven or knitted, Kestrel only gets better as you wash and wear it.
Photos: Veronika Jobe & hellodarlingknits
Tolt Folded Bag
This a quick, easy and satisfying little project for Spring & Summer (plus the pattern is FREE). We made the stocking stitch version on 5mm/US8 needles using the very lovely, popular, and versatile Quince & Co. Kestrel organic linen.
DellaQ Tess Yarn Caddy (Large)
Tess is large enough for a sweater or blanket project. Tess stands on her own with pockets, pockets, pockets – four exterior and two interior. She won’t let you down and fall over. She’s a caddy and not a shoulder bag. Don’t try to throw her over your shoulder, she prefers to swing next to you. DellaQ threw this bag in a front loading washing machine and let it air dry. It looks fantastic! It is a bit softer, but it is still stiff enough to stand up.
The inside includes a zip pocket and an open pocket for smaller tools.
DellaQ Cleo Yarn Caddy (Medium)
Cleo stands on her own with pockets, pockets, pockets – four exterior and two interior. She won’t let you down and fall over. She’s a caddy and not a shoulder bag. Don’t try to throw her over your shoulder, she prefers to swing next to you. The Cleo Yarn Caddy is perfect for a medium size project. We threw this bag in a front loading washing machine and let it air dry. It looks fantastic! It is a bit softer, but it is still stiff enough to stand up. The inside includes a zip pocket and an open pocket for smaller tools.
- Width: 8 inches
- Height: 12.5 inches
DellaQ Combo Needle Case
Haven’t made the decision yet whether you like straights, circulars or double points? Maybe you like them all and want them in one case. This tri-fold case includes nine pockets in the center for circulars. The outer flaps hold 18 straights and/or double points. We know this is a common design, but our case holds more than most cases and it is far prettier! The case is tall enough for those needles that insist on being a bit too tall to fit in any other case. There are no numbers like many of our other cases so you’ll need to be a little bit organized or keep a needle gauge in the case. Oh, right, there is also a zip pocket for stitch markers or a piece of chocolate. Fold it up and tie it in a bow (refer to your mother for bow tying instructions).
- Eighteen unnumbered pockets for straights and double points
- Nine unnumbered pockets for circulars
- Includes numbered tabs for customization
- Open: 14.5″ w x 15″ h Closed: 15.5″ x 6″
- Taffeta silk and Poly Silk
DellaQ Circular Needle Case
For those who don’t know about DellaQ’s circular needle cases, let’s just say “they rock”! The case includes twelve numbered pockets. Did you catch that? Numbered. For those who need directions, put the size 6 needle in the size 6 pocket. You can even store more than one set in each pocket. The security flap on each pocket can be folded over the top or tucked in like an envelope. Includes a small zip pocket behind the sixth pocket for storing notions or an emergency piece of chocolate.
- Twelve numbered pockets
- Secure flap on each pocket to hold needles
- US Numbers: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11, 13, 15
- Metric Numbers: 3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- Closed: 8.5″ w x 8.5″ h Open: 18.5″ x 8.5″
Della Q Double Point Needle Case
You LOVE double point needles. You own two in every size from 0 to 10.5 US. Time to organize them in something other than those plastic sleeves or “ahem” your special needle drawer.
- Two rows of fourteen numbered pockets, two unnumbered
- Accommodates DPN’s up to 8″ in length
- US Numbers: 0, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5
- Metric Numbers: 2, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75, 3, 3.25, 3.5, 3.75, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5
- Closed: 10.25″ h. Open: 16″ w x 10.25″ h.
Le Petit Sac
I love little bags, they make a quick little project and are infinitely useful. This little bag by mega-designer Pam Allen has great texture and really explores the tactile qualities of the yarn,Quince & Co Sparrow. It’s a great excuse to play around with the nicest linen EVER.
Plus, I don’t think you have to be an especially skilled sewer *if* you want to line it – it’s just a few straight seams. It would be easy to hand stitch a lining, or you could probably even get away with using fabric glue.
Bag is knitted flat, then folded in half and seamed. Edging is picked up from top edge and worked in the round. Strap is worked separately, then sewn to bag.
For a similar bag pattern that’s FREE see the Drops Bag with Lace Pattern. Want something larger? Try the FREE Summer Fling bag, or the Dejeuner Bag, both of which use Quince & Co Sparrow.
Provisional cast on (link provided), twisted stitches, working in the round, picking up stitches, seaming.