Pattern for Sale: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Bag

Saturday, April 19, 2008
I like to think of myself as a good steward of the earth. When I go shopping, I try to use canvas bags to cut down on the number of those cheap plastic bags that I accumulate. But still, I have an ever expanding bag of bags in my pantry. Every so often we foist off these bags on friends and family that have dogs but this year I decided to reduce, reuse, and recycle those bags into a new grocery bag.

The bag will look wide and squat when first completed, but will stretch vertically with time. My bag can hold a loaf of bread, several bananas, and a can of breadcrumbs without complaint; this is sturdy enough to use for actual grocery shopping but should be handled with the same care you would handle a knit sweater or socks.

Now available in my Ravelry store (no registration necessary; pay by PayPal) for $5!

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This pattern was originally available via MagKnits. It has been radically reworked and is now available in my Ravelry store as a PDF.

About 14" [35.5 cm] wide when laid flat; size will vary with gauge and materials used.

Not particularly important for this project, but in pattern 1 (cloth/tweed stitch), approx. 24 sts and 30 rows = 4" [10 cm]

Approx. 20 plastic nonbiodegradeable grocery bags
US 9 [5.5 mm] circular needle, 24" [60 cm]
US 9 [5.5 mm] straight needles
Split ring marker
Yarn needle


  • Looks like a cool bag, what is it made out of? It wasn't clear from looking at the page. We'd be interested in carrying these at our store. Let me know if that's possible?


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