Here’s the pattern I made up for the fabulous felted bag.
I call it Angela’s Fabulous Felted Bag.
Okay, so the title needs a little work.
Angela’s Fabulous Felted Bag
Before Felting – roughly 21″ square
After Felting – roughly 15″ square
32″ – 8 mm circular needles
MC: Cascade 128 [100% Wool; 128 yds per 100g skein] Colour #7803; 3 skeins
CC: Cascade 128 [100% Wool; 128 yards per 100g skein] Colour # 7814; 2 skeins
14 stitches is 4″ in stocking stitch.
Gauge is not critical for this project.
Cast on 25 stitches in MC
Work 80 rows (40 ridges) of garter stitch (knit every row)
Pick up stitches evenly around all sides – ~40 stitches on long sides and 25 on short (130 stitches on the needle). Place marker at the beginning of the round. (**be careful you don’t turn your project around…the next ‘side’ you will knit should be a long side**)
Knit 9 rounds in MC
Knit 1 round in CC
Knit 8 rounds in MC
Knit 2 rounds in CC
Knit 7 rounds in MC
Knit 3 rounds in CC
Knit 6 rounds in MC
Knit 4 rounds in CC
Knit 5 rounds in MC
Knit 5 rounds in CC
Knit 4 rounds in MC
Knit 6 rounds in CC
Knit 3 rounds in MC
Knit 7 rounds in CC
Knit 2 rounds in MC
Knit 8 rounds in CC
Knit 1 round in MC
(all in CC)
Rounds 1, 3, 5, 7: Knit
Rounds 2, 4, 6: Purl
(The following instructions assume that you’re about to knit one of the long sides…if you’ve managed to turn your work ’round and are about to knit a short side, adjust your stitches accordingly)
Round 8: Purl 11 stitches, bind off (in purl) 18 stitches, purl 47 stitches, bind off (in purl) 18 stitches, purl 36 stitches
(You should be back at the beginning of the round at this point)
Round 9: Knit 11 stitches, cast on 18 stitches, knit 47 stitches, cast on 18 stitches, knit 36 stitches.
(Again, you should be back at the beginning of the round)
Rounds 10, 12, 14, 16: Knit
Rounds 11, 13, 15: Purl
Round 17: Bind off (in purl) all stitches.
Sew in all ends
Along with a pair of jeans (which help the felting process) machine wash several times on:
- high agitation (heavy wash, not delicate)
- high heat
- lowest water level
Air dry standing up, filled with (an) object(s) of the correct size/shape to hold it open.