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Ruffled Two Handle Felted Bag Knittting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Ruffled Two Handle Felted Bag Knittting Pattern

This knitting pattern is easy enough for beginners. Easy ruffle makes this bag stand out.

Size:
9" long x 9" wide x 1¾" deep before felting
Approx 6½" long x 8" wide x 1½" deep after felting

Gauge:
10.25 sts and 14.5 rows=4" in St st

Materials:
Size 15 US (10 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Snap
Iceland by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball color 7249 Flame (Color A)
1 ball color 3433 Tree Bark (Color B)
100% wool
100 grams/3.5 ounces
109 yds/100 meters

Instructions
Side 1
With A, CO 48 sts. Knit 5 rows.
Next row: k1, k2tog to last st, k1 - 25 sts
Next row (RS): Change to B and work in St st 7½". End with k row completed.

Base (WS)
Work in Rev St st for 1¾".

Side 2
Work in St st 7½".
Next row (RS): Change to A.
k1, *k1, m1; rep from *, end k1 - 48 sts
Knit 5 rows.
BO.

Side Panels
With B and RS facing along side of base, pick up 7 sts. Work in St st 7½". BO. Repeat on other side of base.

Handles (make 2)
With B, CO 65 sts. BO.

Finishing
Seam side panels to both sides. Seam ruffle edge and sew to top of side panels. Sew handle to same side seam on both of sides. Repeat for other handle on other side seam.
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 patterns by Barbara Breiter