String bag number 2 (apologies for the lower quality photos - October can't come fast enough):
It is a firmer fabric than bag number one, suitable for long, heavy objects such as a lovely bottle of fine French red. The bottom is an eight spoked spiral, flowering smoothly into a simple but exquisite vine lace.
Here's the pattern (as with number one, I will eventually - ie October - have this all prettied up and properly published as a downloadable PDF). I would love to hear feedback, good or bad, from anyone who might knit this - I can be reached at: robruth dot cox at gmail dot com.
Materials: This bag takes around 150 yds of DK to light worsted weight cotton or cotton blend twine / string. (I used Aunt Lydia's Denim Quick-Crochet, which I found at Walmart for around $7 for 400 yds - it is 75% cotton, 25% acrylic, looked and felt just like the cotton blend twine at the hardware store, but a bit cheaper).
Needles: I used 3.5 mm (US 4) dpns for the base, with a gauge of 4.5 stitches and 7 rows to the inch in stockinette. I switched to a 4 mm (US 6), 16 inch circular for the sides. I wouldn't worry overly about gauge, as long as you're close.
Base: Using the half-hitch technique (no slip knots), cast on 8 stitches and divide between 3 dpn's, preparing to join in the round. For mathematical ease, the cast-on will be defined as round 1.
Rnds 2-3: knit, tug on the tail to snug up the centre
Rnd 4: *yo, k1; repeat from *
Rnd 5, and all odd numbered rounds through 17 inclusive: knit
Rnd 6: *yo, k2; rep from*
Rnd 8: *yo, k3; rep from*
Rnd 10: *yo, k4; rep from*
Rnd 12: *yo, k5; rep from*
Rnd 14: *yo, k6; rep from*
Rnd 16: *yo, k7; rep from*
Rnd 18: *yo, k8; rep from* - 72 stitches
knit two rounds
Rnd 1: *k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo; rep from* Note that this round ends with a yo.
Rnd 2: knit
Rnd 3: *yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1; rep from *
Rnd 4: knit
Repeat these 4 rows 10 times or until desired length is achieved. Note that the pattern rounds are identical, just staggered by 1 stitch.
End with 3 rounds knit plain.
Rnd 1: *p3tog, yo; rep from *
Rnd 2: *(k1, p1) into yo, k1; rep from*
knit 2 rounds plain
*Insert the right needle between the first two stitches and draw through a loop, placing it on the left needle as for a cable cast on. BO 4 stitches. Slip the remaining loop on the right needle over to the left and repeat from *
Make a 3 stitch i-cord the length of the bag's circumference plus about 12 inches and thread through the eyelets (see instructions for bag no. 1)