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Beginner Felted Purse Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felt Knit Bag Knitting Pattern

This felted purse is very easy and knits up quickly. It's a good pattern for beginners as there is no shaping...but the easy to knit slip stitch pattern gives it a colorful look.

Size:
Approximately 7½" wide x 9¾" long before felting
Approximately 7" wide x 7" long after felting

Gauge:
18 sts=4" over pattern st

Materials:
Size 10½ US (6.5 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Aran Print by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball - Color #2103 (Color A)
100% wool
50 grams/1.75 ounces
102 yards/95 meters
Aran by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball - Color #1007 Lavender (Color B)
100% wool
50 grams/1.75 ounces
102 yards/95 meters
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Instructions

Pattern Stitch
Note: Slip all sts as if to p
Row 1 (RS): With Color B, k1, *sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from *
Row 2: With Color B, purl
Row 3: With Color A, k1, *sl 1 wyib, k1; rep from *, end k1
Row 4: With Color A, purl

With A, CO 35 sts.
Work Pattern Stitch Rows 1-4 3 times.
With A, work in St st 4 rows.

Repeat above 5 more times.

Work Pattern Stitch Rows 1-4 3 times.
BO with A.

Handle
With A, CO 120 sts. K 1 row. BO.

Finishing
Fold in half (CO edge to BO edge). Seam sides. Sew handle to side seams. Weave in ends on WS.

Felt
Put the bag in the washer along with a pair of jeans or canvas tennis shoes. Use a small amount of detergent and a low water level with a hot temperature. Wash for five minutes. Stop the cycle and check to see if is felted as tightly as desired; the longer you wash it, the smaller and more felted it will become. If the bag is not quite felted enough, continue washing and carefully check every few minutes. When felted, remove and rinse in cold water. Blot with towel. Shape the bag; the fabric will still be malleable so don't be afraid to pull it in various directions. Once it is the desired size and shape, you can stuff it with plastic bags if needed. Allow to dry completely.

Sew on snap.

©Barbara Breiter. This design may not be reproduced in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author.

See Abbreviations and the Glossary for help.


Also see Knit A Bit, for bag patterns by Barbara Breiter