This easy felted bag makes a bold fashion statement.
Designed By Grace Alexander
Bag measures 11-1/2 inches tall by 12-1/2 inches wide, after felting.
Red Heart Eco-Ways Bamboo Wool Yarn: 3 balls 3845 Twilight (A); 2 balls each 3650 Dill (B) and 3920 Cayenne (C)
Knitting needles: 5.5 mm [US 9] Pair of 18-inch D-shape faux leather handles 1-inch-wide elastic, two 9-inch pieces Sewing thread and needle Yarn needle
Gauge: 1 pattern repeat = 2-1/2 inches; 22 rows = 4 inches in Pattern stitch before felting. Check your gauge. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.
Row 1 (right side): Knit. Row 2: Purl. Row 3: *[K2tog] twice, [M1, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] twice; repeat from *. Row 4: Knit. Repeat Rows 1-4 for Pattern stitch.
With A, cast on 54 sts. Work in St st for 20 rows, end with a right side row. To form casing, fold wrong sides together and knit a stitch from the left-hand needle together with a stitch from the cast-on edge. Increase Row (wrong side): P12, [p1, M1] 30 times, p12 -- 84 sts. Begin Pattern Change to B and beginning with Row 1, work in Pattern stitch for 12 rows. Continue to work in Pattern stitch in the following sequence: Change to C and work 12 rows. Change to A and work 12 rows. Change to B and work 12 rows. Change to C and work 12 rows. Change to A and work 12 rows. Change to B and work 12 rows. Change to C and work 12 rows. Change to A and work 12 rows. Bind off.
Sew Front and Back pieces together along bottom and side seams to bottom of first stripe of C.
Place purse in washing machine with a small amount of detergent. Wash on hottest wash; do not allow the rinse cycle to complete until finished dimensions are reached. Once you are satisfied, allow the cycle to complete. Pull the purse into shape and trim any loose fibers.Let purse dry at room temperature for 36 to 48 hours (depending on humidity).
Make a small slit approx 1/2 inch from the end of one piece of elastic. Sew the other end of the elastic to the end of the handle. Insert straight knitting needle into the slit and use it to pull the elastic through the casing. Pull slightly to gather, and trim excess elastic before threading through the other side of the handle; sew securely. Repeat on the other side.
Abbreviations: K = knit; K2tog = knit 2 together; P = purl; st(s) = stitch(es); * = repeat whatever follows the * as indicated; [ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times specified.
Special abbreviations: M1: Make 1 (inc) -- Lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and work strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole.