When at the store a few months back I noticed this clothesline and thought it would make a great shopping bag - specifically a farmers market bag. . . something that would give under the weight of fresh veggies and clean up easily with a quick rinse and a shake.
The biggest challenge was unwinding the cords. I can tell you now that I had to employ the help of my husband and even with his help I admit to creating a few new curse words over the 4 days it took to unravel enough line to finish the bag. . . but it was *completely worth it!
I did not write down my stitches as I went - but here is the general idea that can get you started making your own farmers market shopping bag. . . and when you finish it - be sure to share it with me! I would love to see your variation of this idea!
Before you get started here is a great glossary of crocheting/knitting terms from the folks over at Lion Brand that will help you. (I am by no means an expert at the whole directions bit)
:: Materials ::
8-10 3 ply 50ft poly clothesline (each unwound)
N (9.00MM) Crochet hook
a patient helper
:: Directions ::
Start by chaining 8 and connecting with a sl stitch.
Rd 1 : 12-15 single st all the way around, connect with a sl stich and ch 2
Rd 2 : Continue single st. around oval - adding 2 sc in each 3 sc on ends to build up oval shape.
Rd 3 - 15 Continue to increase by adding 2 sc on ends until oval base is large enough size. It is up to you on how large you make this bag.
To start building sides : Double Crochet once around base once. (see image to the left) Connect with a sl. stitch.
Rd 15 - ? Continue around with one single crochet connecting with a sl stitch and chaining two to start next row. Double Crochet each round connecting with a sl. stitch and chaining two to start next row until depth of bag is reached.
I sized down as I neared the top and final rows to give the bag a more tapered look by decreasing a few stitches midway up the bag height.
Handles :: I crocheted a "mini scarf" and stitched on the handles vs. crocheting them on. You can do this by chaining 5 and double crocheting back and forth until you have the right length for your bag.
Here is a great tutorial on how to make a double crochet ::
How to Crochet a Scarf: Double Stitch -- powered by ehow
What items have you made using unusual or re-purposed items?
Do you shop your local farmers market? If so do you have special bag you use to shop?