I started my Saturday market bags in July and finished both in early August just before my summer holiday to Alghero, Sardinia.
The blue one: Rowan: all seasons cotton: jazz
The pink one: Rowan: cotton rope: cyclamen
The bags were really useful over my holiday, both serving well as beach towel bags. I found the cotton rope was much more robust than the all seasons, thus the pink bag kept it's shape much better than the blue. I used the pink bag more often, especially in the evening to carry my camera, purse, sunglasses etc with me - which was great as the lovely cyclamen colourway matched my holiday birki flip-flops, the shell embroidery on my new beach towel and my campari and soda ;-)
PLEASE NOTE ALTERATIONS TO MARKET BAG PATTERN
I used exactly 3 balls of cotton rope - but I did make a couple of minor
alterations to the pattern...
- I knit the shoulder straps to 23 cm which was much shorter than than
the pattern - so in total my strap is 46cm in length. This was just
right to sit on my shoulder and hang at waist height - but you can't
sling it over your body (if you do make the same alterations as me but
want a longer strap you will probably end up using 4 balls)
- my straps are 8 stitches wide rather than 6
- I repeated a couple of extra rows of k, p at the top of the bag making
the band slightly wider