Sunday, July 15, 2007

Knit One's Bag of Tricks

Knit One's Bag of Tricks

This is my first pattern. Please use the comments to ask any questions that come up. We would love to see your bags. Send photos to

Needles: size 13, 16" circular or double points size 13, straight needles for binding off Yarn: Three 100 gram skeins of worsted weight 100% wool, (Plymouth Galway is my favorite). You will have yarn left over, but this gives you the 3 strands you need.

Or you could use 2 skeins of 100% wool and 100 grams of a non felting novelty yarn that has been hot water tested for color fastness and appearance.

(1) Using two strands of the 100% wool yarn, and leaving a 6" tail, cast on 3 stitches. Work I cord. (Knit all stitches, slip stitches to left-hand needle, repeat.) Work for 12 inches for wrist strap. This should shrink to about 9 inches when felted. If shoulder strap is desired, work for 44". This should shrink to about 36" when felted.

(2) Using Knit cast on, (knit one stitch, insert right hand needle and pull loop through as if to knit, do not remove original stitch from needle, slip loop onto left needle, repeat) for 57 stitches, (60 stitches in row). Join and mark the beginning of round. Knit 1 row, purl 1 row for eight rows.

(3) Add the third strand of yarn and work in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 8 inches or desired length. (Note you can overlap yarn for several stitches when joining and trim off the ends after felting.)

(4) When you are ready to bind off, you will need to decide which you prefer for the right side. Turn the bag so the wrong side is out. Slip half the stitches onto a stitch holder and then onto another needle. Knit one stitch from each needle together, repeat and bind off one stitch. Continue to bind off in this way and end off by bringing the yarn through the last loop. Weave in end. Stitch the end of the I cord to the bag. It should go at the base of the I cord for the wrist strap or directly opposite for the shoulder strap.

(5) Enclose in a mesh bag and place in washer set on lowest level, hot water and highest agitation. Include a pair of jeans or tennis balls to increase agitation. Add 1 1/2 tsp to 1 T. dish soap. Check after 10 minutes. (10 minutes works great for my washer and Galway yarn.) The times and amount of soap needed may vary depending on your water, the temperature, your machine and the yarn you are using. The ridges and stitches should be hard to see, or check the length of the strap. Spin gently and rinse by hand in warm water in the sink. You may spin gently to remove rinse water, but fast spinning can crease your felted fabric. Roll in a towel to remove excess moisture. Lay flat to dry. Trim any loose ends. Sew in a large snap as a closure.

This pattern is for personal use. Please contact me for permission for any other uses.

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