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Beginner Felt Purse Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felt Knit Bag

Great for beginners, this felted bag knitting pattern has no shaping so it's very easy if you're new to knitting. Knit with two different yarns held together, more experienced knitters will love the look too!

Size:
Approximately 9" long x 10" wide x 1.25" deep after felting

Gauge:
10.5 sts=4" over stockinette with one strand of Iceland and Little Flowers held together

Materials:
Size 11 US (8 mm) straight needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Snap
Iceland by Crystal Palace Yarns
2 balls - Color 4892 Brandy
100% wool
100 grams/3.5 ounces
109 yds/100 meters
Little Flowers by Crystal Palace Yarns
2 balls - Color 9756 Fall Herbs
66% rayon/30% nylon/4% metallic fiber
50 grams/1.75 ounces
145 yds/133 meters

Instructions

Note: This pattern is worked is one strand of Iceland and one strand of Little Flowers held together throughout.

felted bag Front
With one strand of Iceland and one strand of Little Flowers held together, CO 32 sts. Work in St st (knit one row and purl the next) for 13.5".

Bottom
Do not cut yarn. Work in garter st (knit every row) for 1.5".

Back
Do not cut yarn. Work in St st for 13.5". BO.

Side Panels
With RS facing along side of bottom, pick up 6 sts. Work in St st 13.5". BO. Repeat on other side of bottom.

Handle
With one strand of Iceland and Little Flowers held together, CO 120 sts. K 1 row. BO.

Finishing
With Iceland, sew side panels to back and front edges. Sew handle to inside of side panels.

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