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Mesh Knit Market Bag

By: Kristin Omdahl for Red Heart Yarn

Reusable grocery bags are all the rage these days, so why not make your own? The Mesh Knit Market Bag is a great accessory for shopping in style. The lacy mesh sides make this bag a great choice for carrying produce. This knit bag pattern is an easy project, perfect for someone venturing into larger projects for the first time. Youll find plenty of ways to use this handy bag.


Knitting Needle Size5 or 3.75 mm, 8 or 5 mm

Yarn Weight(2) Fine (23-26 stitches to 4 inches)


  • RED HEART® Luster Sheen®: 1 ball 620 Lime
  • Susan Bates® Circular Knitting Needle: 5mm [US 8] 29” (74cm)
  • Yarn needle


5 pattern repeats = 4” (10cm); 20 rows = 2 1/2” (6cm).
CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.



Bag measures 16” (41cm) wide x 14” (36cm) long, excluding handle.

Straps (make 2)
Cast on 60 sts. Knit 4 rows. Bind off.

Top Band
Round 1: Pick up and knit 6 sts along narrow side edge of one strap, cast on 24 sts, pick up and knit 6 sts along opposite narrow side edge of strap, cast on 24 sts, pick up and knit 6 sts along narrow side edge of 2nd strap, cast on 24 sts, pick up and knit 6 sts along opposite narrow side edge of same strap, cast on 24 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist the sts—120 sts.
Round 2: Purl.
Round 3: Knit.
Rounds 4 - 7: Repeat Rounds 2 - 3 two more times.
Body Round 1: *K3, yo, sl2-k1-psso, yo; repeat from * around.
Round 2: Knit.
Round 3: *Yo, sl2-k1-psso, yo, k3; repeat from * around.
Round 4: Knit.
Rounds 5-76: Repeat Rounds 1-4 eighteen more times.
Round 77: *Sl2-k1-psso, yo, sl2-k1-psso, yo; repeat from * around—80 sts.
Round 78: Knit.
Round 79: *Yo, sl2-k1-psso, yo, k1; repeat from * around.
Round 80: Knit.
Round 81: *Yo, k1, yo, sl2-k1-psso; repeat from * around.
Rounds 82 - 97: Repeat Rounds 78 - 81 four more times.
Round 98: K2tog around—40 sts.
Rounds 99-102: Knit.
Round 100: K2tog around—20 sts.
Round 101: Knit.

Round 102: K2tog around—10 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Weave through remaining sts, pull tight and secure. Weave in ends.

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