The Aran Shopper Bag is a pattern to create your own eco-friendly market bag, ideal for both grocery shopping, as a beach bag or as a casual bag for a relaxed day out.
The Aran Shopper Bag comes in two practical sizes, and is easy to knit while containing techniques to keep things interesting for the knitter! The bottom corners are made sturdier by working German short rows, while a cable travels diagonally from the left corner to become the bag handle. The bag is worked in the round, with the cable handles being worked back and forth.
The sample bags were knit in hardwearing jute, but a similar sturdy plant-based yarn should work well for a durable bag. Cotton worked very well for test knitters; linen would also be suitable.
Small: 25cm/10” (width) x 23cm/9” (height) with handle around 13cm/5” in height Large: 30cm/12” (width) x 38cm/15” (height) with handle around 30cm/12” in height
As a knitter from the Aran Islands, I’m delighted to have my knitting patterns available here : )
- A4 document of 4 pages
- Both imperical and metric measurements
- 2 sizes of bag given
Materials you need at home:
- 100-176m of chunky yarn
- 5.5mm circular knitting needles
- Tapestry/Knitter's Sewing Needle
- 2 Stitch Markers
- Cable Needle
I'm a knitter from the Aran Islands, combining traditional elements of Aran knitting (e.g. cables, lattice work) with more modern techniques, such as seamless knitting, to create my own original designs.
I first learnt to knit when I was about 6, and, at school, we moved on to Aran knitting pretty quickly! I kept knitting over the years, as a hobby, and also started knitting some items for my cousin to sell on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands. Then came the brainwave of setting up a shop online, so people could buy original Aran knits without having to come all the way here! I loved creating my own original designs, and eventually made the step to publishing them : )
I'm always happy to hear from you if you have any queries about my shop! You can find my online shop at www.aranaccessories.net and follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr @aranaccessories ; I am on Facebook at aranaccessories.net Le gach beannacht/With best wishes, Máirín Ní Dhonncha