String bags and mesh shopping bags are popping up everywhere, which probably feels like déjà vu for people who grew up in a time or place where they were the norm.
For those who enjoy the occasional nugget of history, you might be surprised to know that Wikipedia actually has an entire (albeit brief) page devoted to string bags.
“The classic East German Einkaufsnetz (shopping net) has leather handles and multicoloured netting made from Eisengarn, a strong, starched and waxed cotton thread. Due to shortages of many types of raw materials in the GDR, recycling and reusing were the norm; plastic one-use shopping bags were rarely available in shops.” (Wikipedia: String bag)
Well, if that doesn’t thrill you, I don’t know what will.
I love reusable bags for shopping, and wanted to create my own design with more heft to it as well as a pop of color. The Color Block Market Bag is one step up from a string bag — a little stronger and a little more stylish.
An additional bonus? My market bag is made from 100% cotton yarn, so no worries about synthetic fibers ending up in the ocean. It’s washable, durable, and not made from petroleum products!
Pattern location: Ravelry
Yarn: Lily Sugar n’ Cream Solids (2 skeins Ecru, 1 skein in accent color)
Gauge: 14 sts and 16 rows in sc = 4″
Hook size: 5.00mm (H)
As always, please contact me via Ravelry if you ever have questions about the pattern!