Felted Flap Bag

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Materials:
1 partial skein Patons Classic Merino Wool (or other 100% wool, worsted weight)
1 set US 10 (10mm) needles

CO 30 stitches
Work in Garter stitch (knit all rows) for 28 rows
Work in Stockinette stitch (alternate 1 knit row and 1 purl row) for 64 rows
Bind off all stitches
Fold bag so bound off edge is flush with first stockinette stitch row. Seam sides as desired - mine used an external blanket stitch, which keeps the bag thin. Mattress stitch would give it a bit more depth, since there'd be an internal selvage.

Felting instructions:
Place unfelted bag in a zipped/tied closed pillowcase liner. Put in the clotheswasher with a pair of jeans or a towel, and a small amount of mild soap. Using HOT WATER, run on the agitate cycle for a few minutes. Check often, and remove bag when it is the size and "feltedness" you want. Rinse in cold water. Without wringing bag, press out as much water as possible, and dry flat on a towel. Drying may take a few days depending on your location (it's humid in North Carolina!).

Finishing:
Cut six 6' lengths of yarn. Braid yarn, holding two strands together for each section of the braid.
Using knitting needle, poke a hole in the side of the bag through the back just below the flap. Thread one end of the braided cord through the hole and knot, leaving ends free. Repeat on other side.

Copyright 2006

2 comments:

  • I purchased wool today to make this bag for my sister for Christmas. I printed the pattern and went to get my 10 mm needles, and realized that they were going to be way too big for the wool. I checked online and found that 10 US needles are 6 mm needles. I am just about to start the bag and will let you know how it turns out. Thanks for the pattern!

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