T-Shirt Yarn Knit Market Bag Tutorial

*Tutorial made by Randi @ Dukes and Duchesses for her win during the Upcycle challenge*
I’m so pleased that the upcycled market bag was such a hit.  Want to make your own?  Here’s how.
Find used t-shirts {about five} in a similar shade.  I was fortunate to find a pile of old Scout troop shirts {thank you, Pack 77} that were all the same color but a little bit of discrepancy in color shade won’t make any difference in this project.
To make the yarn, the shirt is cut into strips.  Rather than re-create the wheel, I’ll point you to a great tutorial found here.
Once the t-shirt is cut into strips, give the strips a tug and they will scrunch right up into a really neat yarn.  Wind that yarn into a ball to make the knitting a bit easier and tangle-free.
To finish the bag, follow this knitting pattern.
Using circular needles in a larger size {I used US 13}, cast on 70 stitches.  Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist the round.
Knit 2 rows.
Knit in twisted drop stitch {Insert right needle into stitch as though to knit.  Wrap yarn around both needles, then around the right needle.  Pull through the stitch as if finishing a regular knit stitch} for 10 inches.
K5, K2tog across the row.
K 1 row.
K4, K2tog across the row.
K 1 row.
K3, K2tog across the row.
K 1 row.
K2, K2tog across the row.
K 1 row.
K1, K2tog across the row.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail and, using a tapestry needle, weave yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.  Weave in all yarn ends.
For the handle, cast on 7 stitches.  Knit in garter stitch until handle reaches a desired length.  Cast off and stitch handle onto bag using yarn ends.
Take your market bag to the store and enjoy!
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  1. says

    Great tutorial – can’t wait to give this a go! I also wanted to confirm what width you cut your t-shirt strips? It looks about 1/2″ in the picture but it’s hard to tell exactly!!