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Karen L Bennett on craftsy.com
Fort Collins, Colorado

A creative Brit living in Colorado, I've been knitting since 7 years old. My big hobbies are landscape and skyscape photography, acrylic and oil painting. My latest knitting designs are "Western ...

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Less Stretch X Body Beach & Grocery Bag

from Hand Knit Artisans
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Less Stretch  X Body Beach & Grocery Bag
Less Stretch  X Body Beach & Grocery Bag
Less Stretch  X Body Beach & Grocery Bag
Less Stretch  X Body Beach & Grocery Bag
Less Stretch  X Body Beach & Grocery Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knit
  • Purl
  • knit 2 together
  • Yarn forward
  • Loop knit cast on (instructions available)

Pattern Description:

No more out of shape ultra stretchy straps! Essential fashionable mesh beach bag, with sturdy, contouring shoulder straps that will stretch less and keep their shape well and make a great cross body / shoulder bag that fits everything in. This will be better than your average mesh bag as a result.

Designing notes:
When following or trying beach bag patterns previously, I've been perplexed that the straps wear very stretchy and get out of shape very easily. This also puts stress on the join areas around the strap and pulls the whole bag long and out of shape. To counter that, I've shaped the straps to have a wide base to give the bag better strength and construction. I also like the aesthetic appeal a little better. This has the added benefit that it to contours to your body without gaping as much, meaning your contents are more secure.

Contouring straps, mean less stretch and stress on strap/bag join areas for better quality and durability
X body shaping, means more secure for valuables as bag opening does not drape open
100% cotton materials: keeps shape.
Machine washable, dry flat over night or machine dryer on low heat.
Add a clear vinyl lining to keep wet garments (extra cost)


  • Cotton yarn, knitting needles

You Will Also Need:

  • 1 pair size US 10 / 6 mm knitting circular needles Yarn darning needle 2 stitch holders one long, one short(or use contrast yarn) 1 place marker 1 stitch marker or contrast yarn

Suggested yarn:

380 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Lily Sugar'n Cream 100% cotton or similar



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