I created a knit produce bag pattern this week because even though I faithfully pull out my ragtag collection of reusable bags at the grocery store check out, I still feel a bit guilty bagging my produce in those tear off plastic bags in the produce aisle. I had taken to making little piles of fruit and vegetables in my cart to try to avoid it, but finally decided that was too much hassle. Being a resourceful knitter, there’s just no good reason that I couldn’t come up with something to solve this problem.
My solution? Knit mesh produce bags to corral my apples, avocados, and other such purchases that still have me reaching for the plastic. My wish list included something very very light weight so I wasn’t adding to my bottom line at the cash register, and handles to tie the top closed so the produce doesn’t spill out of the bag. I also wanted them to be stretchy and expandable so I could put in just a few tomatoes or few pounds if I wanted. After much trial and error – I believe these little bags fit the bill! They weigh only about 1/2 of an ounce. I carry several with my other reusable bags.
If you want to knit up a supply of your own, you’ll need:
fingering weight cotton yarn or crochet cotton thread in size 10
size US 8 (5mm), and US 3 (3mm) circular needles. Use ones with a nice long cable and if you haven’t already, go ahead and teach yourself the MAGIC LOOP method to knit these. You can thank me later.
Tapestry Needle to weave in ends
Using larger needles, cast on 48 stitches.
knit 1 row through back loops.
Join in round.
Knit 1 round.
1. (YO twice, K2tog) repeat to marker.
2. Knit to marker. (knit only once through the 2 yarn overs. If it helps, just drop off the first yo, then knit through the second)
Repeat the above two rounds 16 times.
Change to size 3 needles.
1. Knit 1 round.
2. Purl 1 round.
Repeat the above two rounds twice more. Remove marker.
Bind off 12 stitches (count each stitch as bound off only when you drop it off the needle)
Knit 11 (12 stitches on right hand needle after bound off stitches) .
Bind off 12 stitches.
Cast on 20 stitches using BACKWARDS LOOP method, P 12, Cast on 20 stitches using BACKWARDS LOOP method, P12.
Knit 1 round
Purl 1 round
Repeat above two rounds once more.
Bind off all stitches firmly.
Weave bottom together with beginning thread, knot firmly and turn inside out.
Finish by weaving in loose ends.