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Easy Felt Knit Bag Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felt Knitting Pattern Bag

An easy felt bag, this knitting pattern has simple shaping and is knit in one piece. It begins at the top and increases; the other side then continues and you decrease back to the top. The novelty yarn trim adds a lot of interest but could be left off if desired.

Size:
Approximately 9" long x 9" wide at top and 11.5" wide at bottom after felting

Gauge:
11.5 sts and 14 rows=4" with Iceland in St st

Materials:
Size 11 US (8 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge

Iceland by Crystal Palace Yarns
2 balls - Color 9628 Periwinkle
100% wool
50 grams/1.75 ounces
102 yards/95 meters
Dragonfly by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball - Color 9608 Violet Potpourri
70% polyester/30% nylon
50 grams/1.75 ounces
44 yards/40 meters

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Instructions

With one strand of Iceland and Dragonfly held together, CO 29 sts. Work in St st 6 rows. Cut Dragonfly.

Cont in St st and with Iceland, inc one st at each end.

Cont in St st, inc 1 st at each end every 6th row 7 more times (45 sts). Work 4 rows even. One side completed. Do not cut yarn. Work 4 rows even.

P row: Dec 1 st at each end

Cont in St st, dec 1 st at each end every 6th row 7 more times (29 sts).

With one strand of Iceland and Dragonfly held together, work even in St st 6 rows. BO.

Handle
With Iceland, CO 120 sts. K 2 rows. BO.

Finishing
With WS together, fold in half. Sew side seams. Sew handle to inside seam on each end.

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