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Free Knit Felted Bag pattern

This is a large bag - we put a coffee mug in
the photo to show the size more clearly.
See a close-up below.

 

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Iceland Striped Felted Bag   bg 050

Designed, Knit & Felted by Ann Norling Designs

Materials
Crystal Palace Bamboo or DAISY Needles circular needle Size 15 - 26 or 29"
3 - 100 gr balls of Iceland: 2 balls - Main Color #008 - "red cerise" and 1 ball #1015 "natural" or #1058 "new snow" (Color B).
There are MANY colors to choose from in Iceland, including printed colors - see the color card here.
Note: We haven't decided what type of handle to put on the bag yet, but there is enough of the main color to make an I-cord handle if desired.

Gauge: approx. 2.5 sts/inch, but gauge is not crucial

Size
Approximately 11” high x 11” wide across top when laid flat after felting, The felt formed by Iceland is soft and thick.

Instructions

Note: This pattern is worked with a flat bottom and then in the round. Circular is used at first to knit back and forth for the bottom.

Bottom
With Main Color cast on 30 sts.
Work in garter st (knit all rows) for 20 rows knitting back and forth on circular needle.

Begin Sides
Using Main Color, Pick up 10 sts across side of rectangle, 20 sts across long side and 10 sts across last side, total 80 sts picked up.
Knit garter st in rounds, changing colors every 5-6 rounds until you run out of Color B.
Work a last stripe in Main Color adding 2 extra rows and bind off tightly.

Tip: If you do not want the top of the bag to flare out slightly, in the last round before Binding Off, k2 tog every 5th-6th stitch to draw the edge in a little.

Felt
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 if needed. Allow to dry completely.

Tip: Iceland felts very quickly, if you have not felted with Iceland or Fjord previously, be sure to check every 5 minutes to see how the felting is progressing.

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 Crystal Palace Yarns Iceland are welcome to use this free patterns for their customers.

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