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Felted Purse With Flap Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felt Bag Knitting Pattern

Very easy felted purse pattern...great for beginning knitters since it has very little shaping. This bag would make a nice clutch style purse without the strap, too.

A note on this yarn: Even though it's an acrylic/wool/cotton blend, it DOES felt. The reason is the outside of the yarn is wool and the inner core is acrylic and cotton. As a result, it will lightly felt.

Size:
Approximately 7.5" long x 12" wide after felting.

Gauge:
Over stockinette, 12 sts and 15.25 rows=4" with Musique

Materials:
Size 11 US (8 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Snap
4 balls Crystal Palace Yarns Musique
Color #9769 Circus
45% acrylic/40% wool/15% cotton
50 grams/65 yards

1 ball Crystal Palace Yarns Fizz
Color #9529 Scuba Dive
120 yards/50 grams
100% polyester

Instructions

Note: Wind Fizz into two balls of approximately equal size to avoid buying more than you need.

With Musique, CO 45 sts. Work in St st 30". End WS completed. Mark each end with safety pin.

Flap
With one strand of Fizz and Musique held together, k1, SSK, k2. With Musique only, k to the last 5 sts. With one strand of Fizz and Musique held together, k2, k2tog, k1.

Cont in St st and work the first and last 4 sts with Fizz and Musique held together and the remaining sts with Musique only. Dec as above every 4th row 4 more times (35 sts).

With one strand of Fizz and Musique held together, work even in st st 4 rows. BO.

Handle
With Musique, CO 100 sts. K 1 row. BO.

Finishing
With WS together, fold CO edge to point marked by safety pins. Sew side seams. Sew handle to each inside 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 bag patterns by Barbara Breiter