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Easy Felting Knitting Pattern For A Bag

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Easy One Ball Felting Knitting Pattern For A Bag

Felting is fun easy and this knitting pattern for a bag knits up really fast on big needles. Beginners and pros alike will love this bag! And it uses only one ball of yarn.

Size:
Approximately 5" wide at bottom x 8;" wide at top x 9¾" long before felting
Approximately 4" wide at bottom x 7;" wide at top x 7" long after felting

Gauge:
8 sts and 12 rows=4" in St st

Materials:
Size 15 US (10 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Bolero by Lion Brand 1 ball Color #206 Lime Blue
100% wool
100 grams/3.5 ounces
55 yards/50 meters
Snap

Instructions
CO 20 sts.
Beg with a purl row, work in St st.
Dec 1 st each end every 6th row 4 times as follows (12 sts):
k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Work even for 7 rows.
Inc 1 st each end next row, then every 6th row 3 more times as follows (20 sts):
k1, k into front and back of next st, k to last 2 sts, k into front and back of next st, k1
Work even for 5 rows.
BO.

Handle
CO 56 sts. 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