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The 'Onion Bag' - Produce or Market Bag

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : The 'Onion Bag' - Produce or Market Bag
The 'Onion Bag' - Produce or Market Bag
The 'Onion Bag' - Produce or Market Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Knitted Cast-On, Knit, Knit in the round, YO (Yarn Over), K2Tog (Knit 2 stitches together as one to decrease by 1 stitch), KFB (Knit in the front of the stitch, then in the back of the same stitch to increase by 1 stitch), Bind-Off

Pattern Description:

*Note - An error was discovered in Rows 17 and 18 of the pattern body. The corrected file has been uploaded.

The 'Onion Bag' is another little, knitted bag to contain treasure from the market - or, your garden - or, for a little one to carry around their own, special treasures. You don't really need to use it just for onions - it just reminded me of those icky plastic ones we see in the store, so that's what it became!

If you know someone who knits or crochets, a perfect gift is this small bag to hang from the wrist and hold a ball of yarn while working. Many of us use yarn bowls to contain that errant yarn ball, but others like to have the yarn more portable - this little mesh bag will do it. (I'll get a new photo or two up once the natural lighting is better here in our storm ridden part of the country.) Simply put the ball of yarn into the bag, run the working yarn out the top, slip the drawstring over the wrist and knitting or crochet can commence!

Similar to my 'Reusable Produce Bag', this 'Onion Bag' is knitted in the round and top down - DPNs and I don't always play nice together, so it's easier for me to finish with them rather than start. The top opening is approximately 4 inches across and when the bag is laid flat, about 6 1/2 inches in diameter. The narrower opening makes it easier for the bag NOT to tip and spill everything all over.

Don't be fooled by its small size. Due to the stitch pattern used, it stretches like crazy! So much so that when finished, it will hold up to 24 golf balls - or 3 lbs. of Cutie oranges. I can pour a couple pints of grape tomatoes into one of these with room to spare, and no bruising. (The green bag in the back of the photo IS holding 24 golf balls - amazing!) This will also hold a HUGE ball of yarn if one wishes to use it as a yarn bag (yarn keeper).

I've included instructions for use with both a worsted weight bamboo blend yarn and a fine cotton. **The difference is minimal, occurring only in the cast-on and first few rows.

It's almost time for those wonderful home-grown goodies to appear at the Farmer's Markets, so make a few and enjoy a little more freedom from dependency on plastic!

(Psssst - these are also a great seller at the morning markets!)

Have fun - enjoy!!


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Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • When laid flat, approximately 6 inches in diameter


  • US 4 - 16" circular needle and dpns, 2 oz. of a cotton/acrylic, cotton/bamboo or rayon/acrylic blend (in sport weight) or 2 oz. of Size 3 mercerized cotton, Stitch markers, Tapestry needle, 1/4 inch satin ribbon, polyester cable cord or parachute cord, Fray-Check (optional, but recommended)

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

I use either 'Spa' by naturallycaron.com or 'Grace' by Patons