Here is a great super stretchy tote bag that helps you save the earth too! It's super easy and knits up quickly. It took me 2 nights to complete.
I use this bag to carry packages of all shapes and sizes to the post office. I also double its use and stick my mat in it for yoga class. The stretchy quality of it allows for a stand size mat to fit completely in it with room to stick your blocks, water and jacket in!
Here's the recipe to make what I call 80 Ways to Save the Earth Tote (or 80 WTSTE Tote)
Whatchya need to succeed:
80 Plastic Bags made into yarn
1 kit of of the "Darn Good Yarn Wild Peacock Recycled Silk Yarn". When you purchase this yarn as a kit, you get a great savings than if you purchased the yarn individually.
1 pair of US13 knitting needles
Black Nylon cord (or you can use the yarn),
94 Aluminum Can Tabs *
80 plastic bags
*I made the strap out of can tabs. I get tons of emails from people saying OMG I will never have that many can tabs. Well, what you can do is simple and a pretty alternative to this strap: Purchase two skeins of our Recycled Silk Strip Yarn. Then, braid it and attach it! It would be stunning, soft and very easy to fabricate. Check it out and choose the strap yourself!
Another note with regard to this pattern. There is a ton of flexibility to making this pattern. If you would like a small bag use less bags and decrease the amount of stitches your start out with. If you would like the over look less stretchy then go ahead and work it in moss stitch.
Gauge isn't that important on this project. For me each side measured 1ft 4 in across by 1 ft high. And, I'm serious...this puppy stretches.
So here's how to make it!
CO 50 stitches.
Knit 2 then purl 2 straight across and then be sure to end each row on two knit stitches.
Work this for 1 foot and then BO and of course weave in ends.
Make another panel.
To sew the two pieces together I just used the Wild Peacock Sari Yarn to do this!
I then turned it inside out (which would be right side out ;) )This gave it a nice square shape.
For the can tab strap: If you decide to use nylon cord or the silk figure out how long you'd like the strap. Say you'd like a strap which is 12 inches, multiply that by 3.5 and that will give you 42 which is how long of a length you should cut. The strap shown here is 2ft 7 inches which means a cord length of about 110 (It's better to have more cord than not enough). Then to secure it you can use whichever thread (nylon or silk) to the sides. Just be sure to secure it really well!
For the Silk Strip Yarn: Braid up the strap and be sure to put knots in both ends of the braid. Then, sew it on the seams on the bag. Make sure you super-secure the strap on and the braid is super tight. I recommend two skeins of the silk strip yarn because you can double or triple up each "strand". So instead of braiding with three strands of yarn you could use 6 or 9 depending on how thick you want the strap and how heavy the items you're carrying around are going to be.
- Get a Great Deal Now! 80 Ways To Save The Earth Tote Bag Value Yarn Pack