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Felted Two Way Stripes Bag Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felted Two Way Stripes Bag Knitting Pattern

Self striping yarn Noro Kureyon allows you to easily knit this felted bag that stripes in two directions. You can alter it and make the bag wider, shorter or any dimension you wish by changing the number of stitches and rows.

Size:
12" wide x 19" long before felting
Approximately 8" wide at center body and 11" wide at top x 14.5" long after felting

Gauge:
12 sts and 19 rows=4" in St st

Materials:
Size 11 US (8 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
3 skeins Kureyon by Noro - Color #154
100% wool
100 meters/109 yards
50 grams/1.75 ounces
Stitch holders
Snap if desired.

Instructions
CO 44 sts. Work in St st 26". BO.

With RS facing, along either row edge, pick up 85 sts evenly. K 10 rows.
WS: K13 and place on stitch holder 1, BO 16 sts, K26 and place all 27 sts on stitch holder 2, BO 16 sts, K12 - 13 sts.
K these 13 sts 10 rows. Place on stitch holder 3. Cut yarn.
Place 27 sts from stitch holder 2 on needle. Attach yarn and k 10 rows. Place sts back on stitch holder. Cut yarn.
Place 13 sts from stitch holder 1 on needle. Attach yarn and k 10 rows. Place sts back on stitch holder. Cut yarn.

Rejoin
K 13 sts from stitch holder 3. Using Cable Cast On, CO 16 sts, k 27 sts from holder 2, cable cast on 16 sts, k 13 sts from stitch holder 1.
K 10 rows. BO.

Finishing
Fold in half. Seam bottom and sides. 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 and ruffle; the fabric will still be malleable so don't be afraid to pull it in various directions. Allow to dry completely.

Sew on snap if desired.

©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