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Thrifty Market Bag


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This bag from Lily Sugar n' Cream is small enough to keep tucked away when you're not using it, but large enough to expand and fit all your groceries. This free knitting pattern is easy to make and totally practical for everyday use.

Thrifty Market Bag


  • Lily® Sugar’n Cream® (Ombres 340 g/12 oz) 1 ball
  • Knitting Needles: sizes 4 mm (U.S. 6) and 10 mm (U.S. 15) or size needed to obtain gauge.

Approx 15 ins [38 cm] long, excluding handles.

21 sts and 27 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with smaller needles in stocking st.

Body: With smaller needles, cast on 24 sts.
Knit 5 rows, noting 1st row is WS.
6th row: (RS). *(K1. P1. K1) in next st. Rep from * to end of row. 72 sts.
Change to larger needles and proceed as follows:
1st row: (WS). Sl1. Purl to end of row.
2nd row: Sl1. *K2tog. Do not slip sts off needle. K2togtbl into the same sts. Slip 2 sts off needle – Cluster 2tog made. Rep from * to last st. K1.
3rd row: Sl1. Purl to end of row.
4th row: Sl1. K1. * Cluster 2tog. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
5th row: As 3rd row.
Rep 2nd to 5th rows until work from beg measures 18 ins [45.5 cm], ending with a WS row.
Change to smaller needles and proceed as follows:
Next row: (RS). (K3tog) 24 times. 24 sts.
Knit 5 rows. Cast off.
Handles: With RS of work facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 30 sts along side of bag. Cast on 80 sts. 110 sts in total.
Knit 6 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS).
Rep for other side. Sew sides of each handle.

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This came out so well, took a lot of time to figure out how to turn and make the handles. If anyone needs help you can email me.

is this bag made on circular needles

Do not understand where to pick up the 30 stitches for the handles. Do you seam the sides first? Thanks.

I'm confused about this as well? Someone please help!

Hi Pamelastetter, I encourage you to reach out to the pattern designer (Lily Sugar n' Cream) via their company profile on our site. Another option is posting your question on Facebook - perhaps other crafters have run into the same question. Thanks!

I have found the answer to my first question. Now I am struggling with the instruction for row -- Cluster 2tog made in 2nd row with large needles.

I am struggling with the 6yh row ending with 72 stitches. The pattern doesn't mention increasing in the preceeding stitches. Beginning with 24 stitiches and ending with 72 stitches with the following instruction (k1,P1.K1) in next stitch Is there an instruction missing. Thank you, Paulette

The instructions for the 6th row in increasing from 24 to 72 stitches is the following: when they mention: K1,P1,K1 in next stitch is that you do exactly as they say: knit 1 stitch (do not remove from left needle), purl the same stitch and knit again the same stitch - this will add 2 additional stitches. Once you done this for the 24 stitches, you would have tripled the total amount of stitches. Hope you understand what I am explaining. Let me know.

6th row: (RS). *(K1. P1. K1) in next st. Rep from * to end of row. 72 sts. I am confused as to how this row starts out with 24 stitches and ends with 72. I must be missing something as there is no instruction to increase?

What is the meaning of K1togbl?? I know what k2tog means but what is the bl?? Also what do you mean by cluster?? I'd like to make this, but can't til I find this out!!

I am knitting this Bag and I do not understand the handles? Do I pick up stitches from where I started?

I have the same question.

Hello: How is woven purse? Is it begins right spot? What next.? as follows? . I wish I could knit. Thanks

i need an indepth explanation of this project because i'm really confused. can someone send me a video or something?

Help! I figured out the pattern, but am totally lost regarding the handles. Pick up and knit along the side? I tried that, and it didn't look right.

I'm no expert, but my understanding of the directions is that on Row 4 when it says Cluster 2tog, it means to repeat the sequence of K2tog (not slipping the stitches off), and then knitting into the back of those 2 stitches as on Row 2. This way you aren't decreasing any stitches, and it saved the designer/writer of the pattern from re-writing all that out. Hopefully that helps someone! It took me a minute to figure that out too!

@JMW1936 4864092, rlesch900 9102895, I'm sorry to hear of your trouble. I have two options for you: 1. You can contact the pattern designer directly for help. The designer is specified in the byline. 2. I might also suggest that you try posting your question to our sites Facebook page. It is monitored by the editor and is a great resource for helpful tips and suggestions from our Facebook friends; perhaps they can offer some guidance! Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/FaveCrafts --Editors of FaveCrafts

I am glad I am not the only one having trouble understanding this pattern. 6th row smaller needle how do you get from 24 stitches to 72? not clear on that increase directions. larger needle 2nd row k2togtbl into the same sts, what? what does cluster mean in row 2 also? 4th row cluster 2 tog, not sure on this either, how id this bag assembled, that is assumung I can get it finished? please help I want to make this for gifts soon thanks1 rlesch900@yahoo.com

What's the answer

Have a question about the directions in the thrifty market bag. On the 2nd row after changing to the larger needle it says SL 1*K2tog. Do not slip off needle, K2togtbl. My is what is tbl I know what K2tog is but not the rest of it . Thank you Joyce jmw1936@q.com

@pampottberg 8451247, Please try highlighting the text, then right-click on it. You'll get a window that gives you the option to "copy." Do that, and then paste the text into a word document. You should be able to save and print the document that way. Or, you can right-click anywhere on the page and select the option "Save page as" and the page will be saved to your computer. --Editor of FaveCrafts

How do I retrieve the patteren you save? This is my first time at this. I can't save it and print it out. Need help Thanks Pam

@sherry305, schallman65 3284644, wattsmail 8249554, We are sorry to hear you are having difficulties with this pattern. For answers to your specific questions, we have several options: 1. Post your question on FaveCraft's Facebook site, perhaps a fellow crafter can assist. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/FaveCrafts 2. You can also try posting a message on our sister site, AllFreeKnitting's Facebook site, as well. Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/AllFreeKnitting 3. Or you can also try contacting the original designer of the pattern. In this case, it is Lily Yarns. Here is a link to their contact information: http://www.sugarncream.com/contact.php I hope this helps! --Editor of FaveCrafts

I love the free patterns available, but it is very frustrating when you need help and there is not a direct way to ask a question and receive a reply. I am a fairly new knitter. I have this bag almost completed but do not know how to finish the handles.

Hi, Did wattsmail ever get a response to her question? I too am confused about where to pick up the 30 stitches from. I don't think I have that many on the sides. It is close, but not quite 30. Also, how do you close up the bottom?

I tried to post this WAY earlier but I did receive a rough sketch illustrating exactly how I needed to finish. I have a pdf but don't now how to upload it here. If you are still interested, just e-mail me at wattsmail@yahoo.com and I will sent the pdf. It came out great and I actually made two of them and plan on doing another one soon. Hope this helps!

Hi muff50 1430307 - What are you trying to download? Usually to download templates from our site, all you have to do is click on the link and a pdf file will open automatically in Adobe. -The editors of FaveCrafts

How do I download from your site? I use Adobe. Martha

I've started over about 6 times and it just gets worse. Why does it get narrower to more you knit. Sharon

Help! Made it fine thus far but this has me puzzled: Handles: With RS of work facing and smaller needles, pick up and knit 30 sts along side of bag. Cast on 80 sts. 110 sts in total. Knit 6 rows. Cast off knitwise (WS). Rep for other side. Sew sides of each handle. Question: pick up beginning where? Bottom, side, top? How do you join the sides or am I missing something? Any videos out there to illustrate? I love the concept and am almost to the point where I have to do the handles to complete. I have invested too much time to abandon it now. Would appreciate any advice, links to videos, anything!

Where do I find the answe to wattsmail's question?

This looks great! Has anyone completed it? Is it knitted in two separate sections then sewn together. I didn't see in the instructions where it said to join at the seams, etc. Thanks!

If anyone is still stuck on Row 2: 2nd row: Sl1. *K2tog. Do not slip sts off needle. K2togtbl into the same sts. Slip 2 sts off needle Cluster 2tog made. Rep from * to last st. K1 Slip 1st stitch onto right hand needle without working it. *Knit 2 together (through front loops) but leave the 2 stitches on the left hand needle - then Knit the same 2 stitches together (through back loops) - So first you work into the front loops, then the back loops,. Then slip the 2 stitches you just made, off the needle ... this process is what is being referred to as Cluster 2tog made. Now just repeat to the last st, K1

I would really love to knit this bag but I am confused as to how to do row 2, could u email me @ lilbj48@yahoo.com Thank you.

Can anyone tell me what it means to "cluster" stitches together? Is it like making a cable? Thanks

I want to thank you oh so very much for the help with row 6 in the Thrity Market Bag. I maybe could of figtured it out if I took the time. I wanted the pattern so bad and my printer is broke so I had to take it down by hand. It has helped me very much. I haven't knitted in years and it might of taken me longer to figture it out being a 77 year young woman. lol I think you are a very sweet person to help us out the way you did. God Bless you. mygang2000

This bag is so adorable! And such a simple on-the-go knitting project!

Need help with K2tog. do not slip. K2togtble ino the same sts. Okay now I knit 2 together, leave on left need. Insert needle through back loop in that stitch plus the next one and knit those two together? Then slip the NEXt two stitches...involved 5 stitches total (2tog, plus next one, then slipping next two?

Gonna try this one. It looks so neat.

I'll try to help... Row 6 says (k1, p1, k1) in next stitch. Repeat from to end of row. 72 sts. What it means is that you will knit one stitch, purl one stitch and knit one stitch all in the next stitch till the end of the row. For each stitch in the row, you will be knitting 3 stitches into it. Therefore 24x3=72. Hope this helps.

I just learned how to knit and I thought this would be a great small, quick project. But I am confused on the 6th Row (thought I would get farther than this...) I get the st st, but not the Rep from to end of row 72 sts. ?? How am I going to get 72 sts when I only cast on 24??? Am I k1p1k1 in one stitch? Help??


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