This produce bag is one of my favorite items to make. It is one of four Green Living patterns by Knottie Hooks that will be featured here on the Joy of Motion Crochet Blog over the next few weeks!
They work up very fast and you can do so much with them. I take them with me everywhere and use them for all kinds of things. They hold my daughters princesses, you know the ones you get at the register? We have to take them everywhere!
I use them for my produce (obviously) and love that all I have to do is put them in the fridge or in their special little basket on the counter and not worry about the moisture getting to my food and causing accelerated rot. My produce can breathe in these bags. They are great for wet cloths. Got a potty trainee? Forgotten wet tinkle cloths are the worst! They are great for the beach as the sand shakes right out!
I use a lightweight yarn such as Ganxxet or Premier Cotton Fair and the bag only weighs about 1.2 oz, if following the pattern, therefore you need not worry about extra cost in weight to your produce at the check out! This is a very versatile pattern that is so easy to customize to your needs. Any #2 light weight yarn will do.
DITCH THOSE PLASTIC GROCERY PRODUCE BAGS!
Since starting Knottie Hooks I have tried to continually come up with ideas and things that help in everyday lives as well as all the pretty things I love to design and create. I was inspired to create a solution to a problem I noticed while grocery shopping. I had a bad habit of always grabbing one of those little plastic bags they have in the produce department and keeping it in had so I had it when I found what I was looking for. I would do my shopping getting all the things I needed, check out, pack the car and head home.
Upon putting the groceries away I started counting all those little bags, then remembered my other bad habit of putting the ones I didn’t use in my back pocket. Over a month I collected roughly 25 of these little land-fillers! Now to give me a little credit I made a conscience effort to not continue to put them in my back pocket and that did help in reducing the amount I came home with, however, 25! I felt I had to do something…
So I grabbed my hook, and some lightweight yarn I’ve had lying around for a while and went to town! A few hours later I had my prototype!
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO CROCHET THAT?
How long it takes to crochet something varies depending on your skill & how fast you crochet. But that isn’t a helpful answer is it?
Well, I’ve developed a yarn calculator to help you get the answer to this question.
It will help you calculate exactly how much time you’ll spend crocheting a project.
All you need to know is how much yarn you will use on the project in either meters, yards or skeins. Then crochet your test square & time it.
PRODUCE BAG – THE FREE CROCHET PATTERN
GRAB THE PDF ON MY WEBSITE!
ABOUT THE PATTERN:
These bags work up very quickly and are so easy to personalize and make different sizes. The mesh design of this bag allows for quite a lot of stretch and I have no trouble fitting a full bunch of bananas in this bag! I like to make it in all different sizes for different produce. I may even color code them…
6 mm or necessary hook to meet gauge
Premier Cotton Fair.
Yarn amount used:
1 skeins / 3.5 oz / 100 g / 290 m / 317 yards
- 2 fine weight.
- 52 % cotton, 48 % acrylic
OTHER MATERIALS NEEDED:
- Needle, find one here (if you don’t already have one)!
- 18-20” Cotton yarn for cinching
- Bead with center large enough for the cinching yarn
Measured with double crochet in rows:
9 stitches & 7 rows per 10 cm / 4”.
- This crochet pattern is written in US terms (more details).
- All measurements given are unblocked.
- Note that measurements are given as exact as possible. But crochet tension & technique might give variations in the result, that changes from person to person.
- Due to the nature of different yarn and yarn brands you may need to adjust your hook size or number of increase rounds to meet gauge.
- This pattern can be easily manipulated by adjusting the number of rounds you repeat.
- For a wider bag, continue increasing rounds until desired width. Be sure to adjust your cinching cord to accommodate the larger opening.
- Read pattern instructions carefully before beginning to make sure you understand everything. It might save you hours!
- Make a swatch that measure at least 10 x 10 cm / 4 x 4 inches using the stitch the gauge is given for. If your swatch matches the gauge, you’re good to go. If the gauge is wrong, you might need to change your hook. Go up in crochet hook size if your stitches are smaller & go down in crochet hook size if your stitches are bigger (more details).
- Check yarn info if you want to find an alternative or test your yarn against the gauge (more details).
- At the end of each row, the stitch count is given in parenthesis.
SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:
Width:9-10″ at opening
- Adjustment; for a wider bag continue increasing rounds until desired base size is attained. For a shorter or longer bag add or subtract the number of rounds after the increasing rounds.
Ch = chain (s) (tutorial)
St = stitch (es)
Mc- magic circle
Dc- double crochet
Fo- fasten off
STITCHES YOU WILL NEED:
TECHNIQUES YOU WILL NEED:
Worked in the round then slip stitched to the beginning and a chain 3 to start the next row.
Begin with a magic circle.
Rnd 1: 10 sc into magic circle, slst to beg st (do not turn) (10)
Rnd 2: ch4, dc in same space as beginning ch4, ch1. Dc ch1 x2 in each stitch around. Slst to 3rd chain of beginning ch4. (20 dc’s)
Rnd 3: Ch4, dc ch1 in 1st ch1 space. Dc ch1 x2 in next ch1 space. *Dc in next ch1 space. Dc ch1 x2 in next ch1 space*. Repeat ** around. Slst to 3rd ch of ch4. (30 dc’s)
Rnd 4: Ch4, dc ch1 in 1st ch1 space. Dc ch1 x2 in next ch1 space. *Dc ch1 in next 2 ch1 spaces, dc ch x2 in next. * Repeat ** to end. Slst to ch3 of beginning ch4. (40)
Rnd 5: Ch4, dc ch1 in each ch1 space around, slst to 3rd ch of beginning ch1 (40)
Repeat round 5 until your bag measures 13 inches long
Fasten off & cut yarn.
Holding your cinching cord alongside your last rnd, sc around the cord into the ch1 space. (40). Fo, weave in ends, attach bead. Enjoy!
BY GUEST DESIGNER FAYDRA KENNING OF KNOTTIE HOOKS!
I’m a mother of one, wife, and aspiring crochet designer. I love crochet, and I love that I can do it when
ever the fancy strikes me! I enjoy coming up with new ideas on how to save money and reducing the amount of waste I throw away due to cleaning products and home maintenance. I hope that you enjoy this pattern and I would love to see your finished projects and learn what you use them for. Did I mention I use them to boil eggs and make bone broth too? I am so lucky to meet some of the most amazing and talented artists on a daily basis on this journey, and I look forward to tomorrow and where this adventure takes me…
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