Last fall, while looking for something to do with my left over yarn pile, I stumbled upon this pattern for eco-friendly produce totes on a blog called Oh The Cuteness!. I've since started following her regularly, because she is just too darling.
After trying out my first bag, and finding some kinks I wanted to work out, I made 2 or 3 more before finding a pattern that really worked for me.
- The holes in the netting were so big that smaller fruits (plums and apricots) fell right through.
- The bags were SO expandable that they could fit WAY more fruit than I would ever buy for a family of two.
- The lack-o-drawstring: I really wanted something that would hold the produce in.
- The handles. Once I had added a drawstring, the handles were just in the way.
- Shorter connecting chains.
- Smaller circle to start off with. (Bonus: this added to Solution 1 means faster bag making).
- ...Add... drawstring... (bet you didn't see that coming).
- Use draw string as handle.
|"Holy crap the bags are amazing! We used them yesterday at farmer's and they are so useful/beautiful. BTW, they hold WAY more than 6 apples."- Mateo|
|Danielle uses them for apples and donuts. yum.|
I've made enough non-tote-using, green-is-just-a-colour-not-a-way-of-life people chuckle at my bags, that I've started asking "Bu istiyormısınız?" "Do you want it?" They always smile politely and say no, but truth be told, I'd be so happy to spread a little Eco-love around here.
So the other week when we were buying oranges, lemons, and tangerines from a citrus seller, and his wife got all squeaky and said "Bu istiyorum!" "I want this!" I jumped on the opportunity. I asked her what colour she wanted, and promised to return with a bag for her.
I made hers extra big, with 20 stitches in my magic circle instead of 16, and 16 rows instead of 14. Turkish people tend to buy way more of everything than we do, probably because they are feeding a much larger extended family, possibly because they own a restaurant. I figured my totes that carry 8 or so apples wouldn't be big enough to be practical for her. I tested it out after finishing it, and sure enough, I could fit 20 oranges and grapefruits into that big Mama. I'll give it to her tomorrow, and add some pictures of her with her new bag tomorrow night.
Usability: %100! Wash on cold, hang dry, use a million times!
|Any type of yarn you want to get rid of. About 1/3 of a ball in total. Hook: 5.00 mm.|
Magic Ring: Magic Ring Tutorial
HDC: Half Double Chain
Sl St: Slip Stitch
Here's the pattern!
PS: I've been linking to Scribd as a way to publish these patterns. Let me know if they aren't working for you.