This generously sized shoulder bag knits up quickly with big needles and a double strand of yarn. Load it up, sling it over your shoulder: This bag looks great wherever you go.
Before felting: about 20x18" (51x45.5cm)
After felting: about 12x15" (30.5x38cm)
What You'll Need
Yarn: 100% wool worsted weight yarn, about 660 yards (604m) main color; 440 yards (402m) coordinating color
We used: Cascade Quatro (100% wool; 220 yards [201m] per 100g ball): #9435 (yarn A), 3 balls; Cascade 220 (100% wool; 220 yards [201m] per 100g ball): #8903 (yarn B), 2 balls
Needles: US size 13 (9mm) straight; US size 13 (9mm) double-pointed, set of 2
Notions: Tapestry needle; long sewing pins; 11/2" (4cm) round button; craft knife; sewing needle and thread to match yarn
10 stitches and 14 rows=4" (10cm) in stockinette stitch (before felting)
- Superwash wool and synthetics will not felt; do not use for felting projects.
- When changing colors, drop the old color and pick up the new color from under the old one, carrying the old color loosely upward along the side. This enables you to work the stripes without cutting the yarn.
- Use 2 strands of yarn held together as 1 throughout.
Make the BagHolding 2 strands of yarn A together as 1 and using straight needles, loosely cast on 60 stitches. Rows 1-5: Knit. At the end of row 5, drop yarn A (do not cut).Row 6 (right side): Join yarn B (2 strands held together as 1), knit.Row 7: Purl. Drop yarn B.Row 8: Pick up yarn A, knit.
Row 9: Purl. Drop yarn A.
Rows 10-127: Repeat rows 6-9 until there are a total of 66 stripes, not counting the initial border (rows 1-5).
Rows 128 and 129: Repeat rows 6 and 7 for a 67th stripe.
Rows 130-134: Pick up yarn A and repeat rows 1-5.
Continuing with yarn A, loosely bind off 26 stitches, knit next 7 stitches (now there are 8 stitches total on the right needle, including the stitch remaining after bind-off), beginning with next 2 stitches bind off remaining 26 stitches to end of row.
Make the Button Tab
With wrong side facing, reattach yarn A (2 strands held together as 1) to edge of 8 stitches remaining on needle.
Row 1: Knit 1, purl 6, knit 1.
Row 2: Knit.
Rows 3-28: Repeat rows 1 and 2 thirteen times more.
Row 29: Repeat row 1.
Row 30: Knit.
Loosely bind off all stitches.
Make the Handles (Make 2)
With 2 strands yarn A held together as 1 and using double-point needles, cast on 6 stitches leaving 8" (20.5cm) tail. Turn, and work in rows on 2 double-point needles as follows:
Rows 1-8: Knit.
Row 9: Knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together. (4 stitches on needle)
Continue with 2 double-point needles and work 4-stitch I-cord for 25" (63.5cm).
Next row: Knit in front and back of first stitch, knit 2, knit in front and back of last stitch. Turn work. (6 stitches on needle)
Knit next 8 rows.
Loosely bind off all stitches, cut yarn leaving 8" (20.5cm) tail.
Repeat steps for second handle.
Fold body of bag in half with right sides together, bringing cast-on and bound-off edges together. Matching stripes, and using either yarn (2 strands held together) threaded on tapestry needle, whipstitch side seams together. Turn bag right side out. Pin each end of one handle to top edge of bag back, about 12 stitches in from each side seam. Pin each end of second handle to top edge of front of bag, about 12 stitches in from each side seam. Using the 8" (20.5cm) tail remaining from cast-on or bind-off threaded on tapestry needle, firmly whipstitch handles to bag body. Weave in all yarn ends to wrong side of work.
Felt bag in washing machine.
Once bag is dry, cut buttonhole in button tab using craft knife. Using sewing needle and thread, sew button to bag body beneath buttonhole.
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Contributing designers: Lucie Sinkler, Beth Walker-O'Brien, and Chrissy Gardiner