Instructions

ABBREVIATION CHART

k: knit
p: purl
st(s): stiche(es)
tog: togethers
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
*Instructions following asterisk are repeated as directed; [] Instructions within brackets are repeated as directed

SPECIAL STITCHES:

K2tog: Knit 2 sts together (decrease).

Seed stitch (worked flat on odd number of sts): All rows: [k1, p1] to final st, k1.

Seed stitch (worked in the round): Knit the purls, and purl the knits as they present themselves.

Stockinette stitch (worked in the round): Knit all sts.

Three-needle bind-off: Place sts to be joined onto 2 separate needles. Hold them with right sides of knitting together. Insert a third needle into first st on each of the 2 other needles and knit them together as one st. *Knit next stitch on each needle in the same way. Pass first st over second st. Repeat from * until 1 st remains on third needle. Cut yarn and pull tail through last st.

GAUGE:  For unfelted bag, about 12 sts and 18 rows = 4 in. For flower, 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 in. To save time take time to check gauge.

FINISHED SIZE:  Felted bag measures about 9 in. wide x 4-1/2 in. high. Flower measures about 4-1/2 in. across. 

FELTED BAG

Strap: With scrap yarn, cast on 7 sts. Switch to main yarn for Row 1. Knit back and forth on circular needle.

ST-Row 1 (seed stitch): [K1, p1] 3 times, k1.

Repeat ST-Row 1 for a total of 40 rows or until strap is 9 in. long.

Unravel the cast-on row. As you remove the scrap yarn, fold strap in half and slip each st from ST-Row 1 to circular needle, making sure not to twist strap. (14 sts: 7 sts from each end of strap.)

Sides: Cast on an additional 24 sts, place first marker.  Cast on 23 sts, work the first 7 strap sts (maintaining seed stitch pattern), place second marker. Work 7 remaining strap sts (in seed stitch): 61 sts. Join to start working in the round. Be careful not to twist.

SD-Round 1: [K1, p1] to final st, k1 (seed stitch pattern).

SD-Rounds 2-6: Maintain seed stitch pattern by knitting the purls and purling the knits as they present themselves.

SD-Round 7: Maintain seed stitch pattern, stopping work at second marker.

SD-Round 8: Switch to stockinette stitch, knitting all sts in the round.

SD-Rounds 9-27: Knit until bag is 6 in. long (approximately 27 rounds).

Bottom: Use three-needle bind-off to join the 23 sts from each side. Break the yarn and draw it through the remaining st.

Felting: Bag will shrink approximately 25% when felted. Felt bag as follows:

Place bag in a pillowcase or laundry bag and close. Place in washing machine and set machine for a small load. Wash with detergent and hot water but do not let wash cycle get to rinse stage; instead, repeat the agitation cycle, checking every 5 to 10 minutes to make sure bag is felting evenly. When bag is sufficiently felted, let the wash cycle complete. Let bag air-dry completely; do not place in dryer.

Lining: Cut 2 lining sides from fabric, making them 1 in. larger than the bag all around.

With edges aligned and right side of lining piece on wrong side of zipper tape, sew each lining piece to the zipper, using a zipper foot to stitch close to the zipper teeth.

Fold and press the lining away from zipper teeth. Fold the lining pieces so that right sides are together and raw edges are aligned. Stitch the lining’s sides and bottom with a 1/2-in. seam allowance. Test the lining’s fit inside bag; if necessary, stitch again with a wider seam allowance.

Hand-sew lining in place through the zipper tape, stitching it close to the bag’s upper edge. Stitch on flower, if desired.

FLOWER ACCENT:

Petals: With scrap yarn, cast on 8 sts. Switch to main yarn.

P-Row 1 (RS): K across row.

P-Row 2 (WS): P across row.

P-Rows 3-20: Repeat P-Rows 1-2 nine more times.

P-Row 21: P across row.

P-Row 22: P across row.

P-Rows 23-40: Repeat P-Rows 1-2 nine more times.

P-Row 41: P across row.

P-Row 42: P across row.

P-Rows 43-60: Repeat P-Rows 1-2 nine more times.

P-Row 61: P across row.

P-Row 62: P across row.

P-Rows 63-80: Repeat P-Rows 1-2 nine more times.

P-Row 81: P across row.

P-Row 82: P across row.

P-Rows 83-100: Repeat P-Rows 1-2 nine more times. Do not bind off.

Give the strip a single twist. Pick up sts from P-Row 81, turning each of the eight purl bumps into a st on the needle. Repeat this process on each purl row, moving toward the first row and distributing the picked-up sts evenly between the double-pointed needles. When you get to the cast-on row, remove scrap yarn and k the first-row and last-row sts together, joining in a circle.

Strip is now a ring with 5 twisted flower petals and 40 sts on double-pointed needles. These sts are worked in the round to create the flower center. Place a marker at the beginning of the round.

Flower center:

Carry eyelash yarn along with main yarn when knitting as follows:

C-Round 1: K2tog 20 times: 20 sts.

C-Round 2: K across row.

C-Round 3: K2tog 10 times: 10 sts.

C-Round 4: K across row.

C-Round 5: K2tog 5 times: 5 sts.

Cut the yarn and pull it through the remaining sts, drawing the center tight.

Felted Knit Wristlet Bag with Flower  originally sent in by Sarah McFarland, Burdette, New York. Felted Knit Wristlet Bag with Flower photography by Country Woman magazine.