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Above is the bag with a pair of
Handles style HD-68
sewn into the inside.
One end of each side of handle is
sewn in behind a bobble.


Felted Basket - Bag with Bobbles
Taos + Fjord

Crystal Palace Taos 2 - 50 gr balls - #06 "Albuquerque"

Crystal Palace Fjord 1 - 50 gr ball #9578 "icestorm"
Crystal Palace Bamboo or DAISY Needles size 15 - 16" circular
Purse Handle Style: CPY HD-68 shown on bag with handles

3 stitches per inch in St st in the round (don't worry if your gauge is not exact, gauge is not crucial)

Bottom: 5" x 9", and 13" high before felting.
Bottom: 4.5" x 8", 7" high after felting

Making Bobble: With doubled Fjord: knit back and forth into same st 4 times, turn P4, turn K4, turn p4, turn k2tog, knit 2, psso 2 k sts. 

Knit the bottom of the bag
Hold Taos doubled. Using circular needle knitting back and forth in garter st (all k sts), not in the round. Cast on 24 stitches and work 22 rows of garter stitch.
Pick up stitches for the body of the bag
Cont around the short edge of the bottom, pick up 10 sts on the short edge, 24 sts on the long side, 10 sts and 24 sts. [68 sts].
Beg knitting in the round in St st, and knit approx 2" with Taos doubled, change to 1 end Fjord + 1 end Taos, k for approx 4-5". change to double Taos - k 3 rounds. Change back to 1 Taos + 1 Fjord - k 4 rounds. Change to doubled Fjord - k 2 rounds, work 4 st Bobble approx. every 10 sts spacing 6 bobbles around bag. k 2-3 more rounds with Fjord. Change to doubled Taos and Fjord and knit until you run out of yarn. Bind off.
Note: the sequence of colors does not matter - you can see from the photo that the band of bobbles is all Fjord color, but the rest is fairly random. You want to use up all the yarn doubled, change pairing of yarn as needed for last part of bag to use all yarn.

Both Fjord and Taos are "fast felting" so be careful not to felt too long (although you'll just have a smaller bag as a result). Mine was felted in washing machine for about 10-12 minutes with a couple towels and 2 old tennis shoes.

Knitted and felted by Susan Druding

Pattern Copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CPY Yarns Fjord and Taos are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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Last revision of this page August 10, 2006

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