I was very impressed by the idea of knitting with plastic grocery bags.
So, I thought I'd give it a try. I thought I'd start out small, and just use the garter stitch to see how it knits up.
I continued and it was easier to knit with than I thought!
So, I continued knitting and then was trying to think of something to make with this rectangle I had on my needles............
I came up with a clutch, and even put velcro on it for a closure and also made a chain stitch piece for a handle, which can be placed in or out, according to whether you want to use the handle or not.
Thanks so much, and I would like to try something larger in the future. Right now I have other projects in the works, but had to stop and try knitting with the .
I've attached a link of couple pics of the clutch for you to see.
Once you are on this link, you can hit next to see the 2nd pic-
Patti :-)"To make a long story short - this is what she came up with:
A wonderful small clutch.... knitted from....well...yes...plastic bags! Isn't it cute and I think it's quite stylish! She says small...but it sure holds quite a bit: wallet, eyeglass case, and a few other items. When I first saw it I thought to myself, now that would make a great coupon organizer... but according to Patti it probably would be a tad too big. I'm sure it could be scaled down. She uses velcro as a closure. Isn't Patti clever? Here is a photo of what this mighty clutch will hold:Patti very kindly gave me permission to post her pattern to make the clutch in case anyone is interested. This would be a great little project to see if you like knitting with plastic before you get too involved in one of the big bags. Patti was amazed at how easy it was :) Thank you Patti for sharing your pattern with us.
Small Clutch from Recycled
Finsihed Size Approximately 7 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches tall
#13 knitting needles (next time I will go a bit smaller)
prepared, cut in strips then looped together
One Velcro hook & loop closure
Cast on 17 stitches
knitted in garter stitch for approx. 10 inches
Then start the decrease to make the flap or leave it and it will be straight across.
Decrease one stitch on each side of every other row (2 & 3rd stitch knit together, and next to last stitch and last stitch knit together) until there are approx. a 2 inches left.
Fold up the bottom to just before the decrease starts.
Stitch the sides up using a tapestry needle and the plastic yarn. I used the mattress stitch.
Use a velcro closure for the flap ( I used pressure sensitive back, then put a few stitches with thread).
Make a chain or I-cord with the plastic yarn for the handle.
Loop it thru on the upper corner of the clutch-
Enjoy!Copyright © 2007 Knitting by Patti, All Rights Reserved.
Questions or comments you can contact Patti via email at patsch819(at)verizon(dot)net