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Bias Knit Felted Bag Knitting Pattern

Designed by Barbara Breiter

Felt Bag Knitting Pattern

This small felted bag is knit on the bias or diagonally and features self striping yarn. It's a great pattern for a child or when you need a small bag to hold a few items.

Size:
Before felting: 6" wide x 6" long
After felting: approx 4¾" wide x 4½" long

Gauge:
17 sts and 32 rows=4" in garter stitch

Materials:
Size 9 US (5.5 mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge
Button
Taos by Crystal Palace Yarns
1 ball Color 014 Midnight Oasis
100% wool
50 grams/1.75 ounces
128 yds/118 meters

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Instructions
CO 3 sts.
Row 1: K1, k into front, back and front again of the next st, k1 - 5 sts
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K1, k into front and back of the next st, k1, k into front and back of the next st, k1 - 7 sts
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K1, k into front and back of the next st, k to last 2 sts, k into front and back of the next st, k1 - 9 sts
Rep last 2 rows until you have 35 sts.
Knit 1 row.
Next Row: K1, k into front and back of the next st, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Next Row: Knit
Rep last 2 rows 19 times - long edge should equal 12".
Next Row: K1, SSK, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Next Row: Knit
Rep last 2 rows until you have 5 sts.
Knit 1 row.
SSK, k1, k2tog - 3 sts
BO, leaving last loop on needle.
Flap
Along short edge, pick up 33 sts - 34 sts
Knit 5 rows.
Cont in garter st, dec 1 st at each end next and every other row 8 times as follows:
K1, SSK, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 - 18 sts
Next Row (buttonhole): K6, BO 6, k6
Next Row: K1, SSK, k3, CO 6 sts using Cable Cast On, k3, k2tog, k1
Next Row: Knit
Next Row: K1, SSK, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Knit 1 row.
BO.

Handle
CO 100 sts. Knit 5 rows. BO.

Finishing
Fold to flap and sew side seam.
Sew handle to inside side seam.
Weave in ends on WS.

Felt
Wrap non-felting yarn or string through buttonhole to keep it open.
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. Allow to dry completely.
Remove yarn or string from buttonhole.
Sew on button.

©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