Trapezoid Felted Bag

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Materials: 1 skein (partial) Patons Classic Merino Wool
US 10 (6.0mm) needles
approx 12" 1/8" ribbon

Instructions:
CO 30 stitches
Rows 1-8: work in Garter Stitch (knit all rows)
Row 9: K12 YO K2tog K2 K2tog YO K12
Rows 10-20: work in Garter Stitch
Rows 21-41: work in Stockinette Stitch (knit odd rows; purl even rows)
Rows 42-58: M1 each end on knit rows; purl even rows as before (end with 46 sts on a purl row)
Row 59: Purl (turning row)
Rows 60: Purl
Rows 61-77: Decrease 1 stitch each end on knit rows; purl odd rows (end with 30 sts on a purl row)
Rows 77-97: work in Stockinette Stitch
Bind off all stitches.

Strap: CO 100 sts.
Bind off all sts.

Seam sides using back stitch. Attach strap to sides below flap.

Felt to desired solidness & size.

Using a knitting needle and/or embroidery scissors, clean up the fuzz in the two flap holes.
Thread ribbon onto a yarn needle. Starting from the front of the left flap hole, thread ribbon through the flap, front piece of the bag into the body, back through the front behind the right hole, and out the right hole.
Tie ribbon in a bow.

Alternative fastener: Use two small buttons with long shanks.
2nd alternative: Sew two eyes (as from a hook & eye) to bag body behind each hole (so each eye pokes through when closed. Fasten with a decorative pin/ribbon/etc.

2 comments:

  • Shelly

    Great Bag! Could you list the yarn you used and the approximate finished size? I know with felting the finished size will vary but a rough idea would be helpful.

    Thanks!
    http://theyarntart.blogspot.com

  • KnitTer

    Hi Shelly,
    Isn't it cute? I used Patons Wool... it's cheap and nice to work with. The final bag, as far as I remember (I sold it in November at the auction) was about six inches wide at the base and about four inches tall with the flap down. Really a clutch size. The strap was long enough for me to wear the bag over my shoulder, with it hitting above the waist. I hope that helps!
    KT

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