Earth Day *Giveaway*

One lucky reader will win a gift bag filled with eco-friendly yarns, courtesy of Diamond YarnCan you guess how many balls of yarn are inside this Linen String Bag?  To enter the contest- simply leave a comment below with your name, email address, and your guess.  The first reader to submit the correct answer will be our winner!  Contest is open until April 26th at 12pm.  The winner will be announced on April 27th.  Best of luck!

Linen String Bag

Thursday April 22nd is Earth Day. What was initially launched in 1970 as an environmental awareness event has brought about forty years of conscious effort and gradual change towards improving the health of our planet.  We  have reduced our garbage collection to a fraction of what it once was, introduced curbside pick up for compost bins, and almost eradicated plastic grocery bags.  By practising the three R’s- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, each single step adds up to create a larger impact on repairing our fragile eco-system.

‘Knitting Green’ starts with a few simple choices.  Selecting yarns that are free from pesticides and chemical processing reduces our carbon footprint, and allows us the benefit of a better knitting experience all around.  Organic yarns are softer on the skin, with less irritants from harsh substances, and help to diminish allergy flare ups.  Earth Collection, Debbie Bliss, Mirasol, Sirdar, Sublime, and Rico Design are just a few on the growing list of manufacturing companies offering naturally grown yarns, earth-friendly packaging and solutions to a greener planet.

Make your own Earth Day bag in Katia Linen, a mixture of natural cotton and linen, the strongest of all plant fibres.  This re-usable string bag is perfect for a Saturday morning trip to the market, carting towels and toys to the beach, carrying laundry on wash day at camp, and picking up more knitting yarn at your LYS.  The bottom of the bag becomes its own attached pouch.

Linen Bag

Linen Bag Inside Pouch


3 balls Katia Linen

3.50 mm crochet hook

Pouch:  Ch4.  Slip st into 1st ch to form ring, place marker.

Rnd 1- 8 sc into ring

Rnd 2- Ch2, 1 dc in 1st st, *2 dc in next st*, rep *to*, slip st to top of ch2 = 16 dc

Rnd 3- Ch2, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next dc*, rep *to*, slip st to top of ch2 = 24 dc

Rnd 4- as Rnd 2 = 48 dc

Rnd 5- as Rnd 3 = 72 dc

Rnd 6- Ch2, 1 dc in each st, slip st to top of ch2

Rnd 7- Ch2, *1 dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st*, rep *to*, slip st to top of ch2 = 92 dc.  Fasten off.  Make a 2nd piece to match, do not fasten off.

Joining Rnd- Place 2nd piece on top of 1st piece with wrong sides together

Rnd 8- Ch1, (work through both layers), 1 sc in next 72 sts, cont to work 1 sc in next 24 sts of bottom piece only, slip st to ch1 to join.

String Bag: 

Rnd 9- *Ch6, skip 2 sts, sc in next st*, rep *to*, do not join

Rnd 10 ~ 30- *Ch8, sc in centre of next loop*, rep *to*

Rnd 31- *Ch4, sc in next loop*, rep *to*

Rnd 32- *4 sc in each loop, 1 sc in sc*, rep *to*, slip st to 1st sc to join

Rnd 33- Ch1, 1 sc in each st, slip st to 1st sc to join

Straps:  Ch1, 1sc in each of next 20 sts,  ch98, skip 39 sts, 1 sc in each of next 40 sts, ch98, skip 39 sts, 1 sc in each of next 40 sts, slip st to 1st sc to join

Next Rnd- Ch1, 1 sc in each st to end, slip st to join

Flowers:  (make 4)

Ch3, slip st into 1st ch to join, work 6 sc into ring, slip st into 1st sc to join, (2 dc, slip st) into same st, *(slip st, 2 dc, slip st) in next st*, rep *to* = 6 petals.  Fasten off.  Sew 1 flower to each Strap where bag meets.

Design by:  Michele Meadows

22 Responses to “Earth Day *Giveaway*”

  1. Michele P. says:

    I will take a guess at 14. have a great Earth Day tomorrow!

  2. Tee says:

    My guess is 20 balls of yarn in the linen string bag.

    Fingers crossed……

  3. Kitten With A Whiplash says:

    I think there are 18 balls of yarn in the bag. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize, and thanks for the pattern.

  4. Myra D. says:

    I would love to win some of these yarns. My answer is :
    46 balls of yarns

  5. Bonnie says:

    25 balls of yarn

  6. janet says:

    I think there are 26 balls

  7. Kawartha Yarns says:

    My guess is 13 balls of yarn. Love the linen bag pattern! – Naz.

  8. Darla says:

    I think 15 balls of yarn.

  9. Marianne says:

    I think there are 23 balls.

  10. Helen (of troy) says:

    I was going to say 23–(taken) but i’ll go with 27.. great idea for a give away..

  11. June says:

    I’ll say 53 balls.

  12. ikkinlala says:

    I’ll guess 22 balls of yarn.

  13. One Sheep says:

    I’ll try an even two dozen skeins. Great pattern, makes a wonderful consolation prize!

  14. Amy V says:

    I will guess 26 balls. Nice bag pattern.

  15. kniitygurl68 says:

    A perfect bag for summer! multi purpose too! I would like to add my best guess on the number of balls held in the linen string bag
    thanks diamond yarn, for the giveaway, much appreciated.

  16. tobi Long says:

    17 balls of yarn – great bag!

  17. veronica r says:

    I’ll guess 22balls of yarn.

  18. Terryll Wright says:

    I’ll hope for 63!!!!
    What a treasure to the winner

  19. Gordon N. Watt says:

    Well I,m going to say the correct number is 16 balls of yarn.

  20. LeAnne Bowden says:

    I’m thinking 60.
    fingers crossed!

  21. Margaret Jenson says:

    19 balls of yarn in your string bag

  22. Pam says:

    My guess is 21 balls of yarn.

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