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To Market

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : To Market
To Market
To Market
To Market
To Market

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Provisional cast on
  • Pick up sts along an edge
  • YO
  • k2tog
  • p2tog
  • knit and purl in same st
  • knitting in the round
  • 3-needle bind off

Pattern Description:

When I first knit this market bag, I couldn't help humming the old nursery rhyme over and over: To market, to market, to buy a fat pig... You know the one. It turns out the rhyme is even older than I thought. If my quick research is correct, the first written recording of the rhyme was made in 1598 by John Florio in his volume, "A Worlde of Wordes, or Most Copious, and exact Dictionarie in Italian and English."

Counting the stockinette stitch base, this bag has 4 different stitch patterns. The stitches are solid at the bottom, becoming more open as they near the top of the bag. The bag is finished with a stitch that is less stretchy than most, and again a little more solid, to help give the top of the bag and the handle some stability. The wide handle is short, to help keep the bag from hanging to your knees when it's full.

Knitting begins with a provisional cast on. The base is worked back and forth, then stitches are picked up, and knitting continues in the round. At the top, most of the stitches are bound off, and then the handle is knit. The final handle stitches are joined to the other side with a 3-needle bind off. If desired, bags could be lined with fabric. Lining instructions not included.


21 sts and 30 rows to 4 inches (10 cm) in st st with smaller needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished sizes (width at top x height, empty, relaxed, without handle): 9.5 x 11.5 [11.5 x 13.5, 13.5 x 16.5] in; 24 x 29 [29 x 34.5, 34.5 x 42] cm


  • Yarn: sport weight linen, 150 [250, 375] yards
  • Needles: DPNs, 2 circular needles, or one long circular needle for magic loop; after working in the round for 4 to 8 rows on smaller sizes, may be able to move to short circular needle, if desired
  • Needle sizes: US 3 (3.25 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Crochet hook: US D (3.25 mm), exact hook size doesn't matter, so long as it's at least the size of the smaller needles

You Will Also Need:

  • Smooth waste yarn in contrasting color for provisional cast on
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Yarn needle

Suggested yarn:

150 yards of Sport weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Claudia Hand Painted Yarns


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I have knit and crocheted, and done various forms of embroidery and needlepoint since early grammar school. Making things with bits of colored string is so integral to my being that the few times of ...

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