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Easy Slip Stitch Felting Knitting Pattern For A Bag

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felting Knitting Patterns Bag

This easy felted bag knits up in no time on big needles. A more subtle effect can be achieved by using neutral colors. Also see a photo of what it looks like before felting.

Size:
Prefelt size: Approximately 8" wide x 9½" long
Felted size: Approximately 6¾" long x 6¾" wide

Gauge:
12.5 sts and 18 rows=4" in pattern st

Materials:
Size 15 US (10 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Snap
Iceland by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball - Color 7245 Seafoam (Color A)
1 ball - Color 2810 Marine (Color B)
100% wool
100 grams/3.5 ounces
109 yds/100 meters

Instructions

With Color B, CO 27 sts.
Purl 1 row.

Pattern Stitch
Row 1 (RS): With Color A, k1, *sl1 wyib, k5; rep from *, end sl1 wyib, k1
Row 2: With Color A, k1, *sl1 wyif, p5; rep from *, end sl1 wyif, k1
Row 3: With Color A, k3, *sl3 wyib, k3; rep from *
Row 4: With Color B, k1, p2, *sl3 wyif, p3; rep from *, end sl3 wyif, p2, k1
Row 5: With Color A, k1, sl2 wyib, *k3, sl3 wyib; rep from *, end k3, sl2 wyib, k1
Row 6: With Color A, k1, sl2 wyif, *p3, sl3 wyif; rep from *, end p3, sl2 wyif, k1
Row 7: With Color B, k4, *sl1 wyib, k5; rep from *, end sl1 wyib, k4
Row 8: With Color B, k1, p3, *sl1 wyif, p5; rep from *, end sl1 wyif, p3, k1

Rep Rows 1-8 until piece measures 18" from beg. End with Row 8 completed.
Knit 1 row. BO.

Handle
With Color B, CO 90 sts. With Color A, BO.

Finishing
Fold in half and sew side seams. Sew handle to inside 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 more felting patterns by Barbara Breiter