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Two Color Felting Knitting Pattern For A Purse

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felt Knitting Pattern Bag

This felting knitting pattern for a purse has a bottom and sides. The shaping is very simple. Two colors of yarn add contrast and interest.

A note on Musique: 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.

Approximately 8" long and 13" wide at top after felting

12 sts and 15.25 rows=4" with Musique in St st

Size 11 US (8 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Iceland by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball - Color 4890 Thistle
100% wool
50 grams/1.75 ounces
102 yards/95 meters
Musique by Crystal Palace Yarns
3 bals - Color #9785 Monet
45% acrylic/40% wool/15% cotton
50 grams/65 yards

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With Musique, CO 48 sts. Beg with a p row, work 4 rows St st.

Dec row: k1, SSK, k across to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Cont in St st, dec as above every 4th row 9 more times (28 sts).
Work 3 rows even in St st. Cut Musique.

With Iceland, work dec row as above.
Cont in St st, dec every 4th row 2 more times (22 sts).
Work 3 rows even in St st. Cut Iceland.

With Musique, work in garter st 4". End with RS completed. Cut Musique.

Other Side
With Iceland, beg with a p row, work in St st 3 rows.

Inc row: k1, k into front and back of next st, k across to last 2 sts, k into front and back of next st, k1 Cont in St st, inc as above every 4th row 2 more times (28 sts). Cut Iceland.

With Musique, work in St st 3 rows.
Work inc row. Cont in St st, inc every 4th row 9 more times (48 sts).

Work in St st 4 rows. BO.

Side Inserts
With Iceland and RS facing, pick up 14 sts long side of bottom. Work in St st, dec 1 st each end every other row 6 times. BO.

Repeat on other side of bottom.

Handle (make 2)

With Iceland, CO 80 sts. K 3 rows. BO.

With WS together, fold in half. Sew inserts to front and back. Sew side seams. Sew handles 5" in from each end to inside front. Repeat for other side.

Weave in ends on WS.

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