|:: olive and grey wool felted bag|
I am SO please with how it turned out... the only thing I wish I had done was use three colours instead of two and slightly brighter colours as well... maybe next time...? I still love it and can't wait to use it! It still needs to be lined... I really need pockets in my bags!
Here are a few of my notes... if you are interested in making this bag:
The original bag info can be found here - ishi knit on Ravelry and there are more images on her blog. These links where quite helpful too - here and here!
My knitted/felted bag:
before felting - height 49cm - width 52cm - straps 166cm
after felting - height 36cm - width 39cm - straps 108cm
I used 4.5 mm knitting needles
5 x 50 grams balls of grey wool and 5 x 50 grams balls of olive wool
It's a good idea to knit a test square and put it in the wash to make sure that it will felt - a big lesson I learnt, that's for sure!!!
|:: moda vera 8 ply wool|
Cast on 25 stitches and knit 50 rows of garter stitch to make each square.
You will need to knit 22 square blocks and 2 half squares (triangle) for the top of the bag. I added triangle pieces to the top of the bag - I just thought it looked neater.
|:: sew bag sides together 1, 2, 3|
I started from the middle and worked my way outwards. The squares can be knitted separately and then sew together. I chose to knit as much together as possible by picking up stitches on the sides of the knitted squares to add new squares. I still had to sew up some sides of the squares that couldn't be knitted together.
|:: picking up stitches |
(photo of my previous knitted bag)
Once the bag body sides are sewn together (see graphic image above for the order to sew it up), you can start on knitting the attached i-cord - tutorial here! First i-cord the top of each triangle piece, then the rest of the body of the bag and then for the straps, knit a plain i-cord - tutorial here! I made extra long straps (166cm before felting) as I wanted the bag to be more like a messenger bag. I had all my fingers crossed that it was going to work out and be the right length after felting... luckily it was!
post note: The straps have stretched quite a bit so I wish I had now made them shorter now... maybe only 120cm long!
|:: knitted bag completed and ready for felting|
Once it was all finished and all loose ends have been sewn in, I put the bag in the washing machine with an old denim jacket (to help with the agitation for felting) on a very hot wash - 95 degrees celcius for 2 hours and 20 min! Once out of the wash, I stuffed the bag with towels to mold the shape and then allowed to dry.
Hope that is of some help! Sorry, I forgot to take photos of the process during my knitting frenzy of this bag! I was a little bit obessed :)
Good luck... if you have any questions, feel free to email me email@example.com
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