This is from a Modern Knitting magazine dated March 1970.
It is knitted using leftovers of DK yarn and is very quick and easy to make.
Don’t worry about the tension being exact, it’s knitted from leftovers which will probably be different brands and yarn compositions.
My bag came out measuring 17 inches wide and 15 inches deep.
Here are some of the stripe combinations that I used:
1) 15 rows colour A, 14 rows colour B, 15 rows colour A
2) 8 rows colour A, 10 rows colour B, 8 rows colour A, 10 rows colour B, 8 rows colour A
3) 11 stripes of 4 rows each, alternating between colour A and colour B
4) 12 rows colour A, 4 rows colour B, 12 rows colour A, 4 rows colour B, 12 rows colour A
You could make the bag in your favourite team’s colours, you could make all the squares plain or you could put fair isle or intarsia pictures on them. You could knit each strip in a single colour rather than knitting different coloured squares.
For the lining I used part of a plastic tarpaulin sheet that I bought from Poundworld but you could use any leftover fabric that you have. Maybe you could knit the lining.
I joined the knitted strips then sewed the lining onto them before folding it in half and joining the side seams using the sewing machine.
Although this is supposed to be a workbag, I have used it as a shopping bag and did manage to get a lot in it. If you are going to use it as a shopping bag you should make sure the handles are sewn in place very securely – you don’t want them giving way when you’re carrying your shopping home!