Felted Rose Bags
Rose blossoms border the edge of this roomy bag that will go everywhere you go!
Design by Sue Morgan for South West Trading Co.
15 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches/10cm in St st with larger needles and 1 strand of yarn (before felting). To save time, take time to
Base Using larger circular needle and 2 strands of yarn, cast on 40 sts, work 40 rows garter st. Body Note: Continue rest of bag using
1 strand only. Foundation row: Pm for beg of rnd (as this marker indicates beg of rnd, it is advisable to use a special color), k40, pm, pick up and knit 20 sts along side of base, pm, pick up and knit 40 sts across cast-on edge of base, pm, pick up and knit 20 sts along rem side of base—120 sts. Work 68 rnds in St st, then work 6 rnds in garter st (knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd). Bind off kwise, marking corners of bag. Handles Make 2 Option 1 Using smaller dpns, work a 5-st I-Cord for approx 23 inches. Cast on 5 sts, *slide sts to other end of dpn, pull yarn across back, k5; rep from * for desired length. Bind off kwise. Option 2 Using smaller needles, cast on 5 sts. Work in St st for approx 23 inches. Let sts curl around to form a tube and secure at regular intervals. Tabs Make 14 Using larger needles, cast on 5 sts. Work in St st for 10 rows. Bind off kwise. Roses Make 10 Using larger needles, cast on 72 sts. Rows 1 and 2: Knit. Row 3: K2tog across—36 sts. Row 4: Knit. Row 5: K2tog across—18 sts. Row 6: Knit. Cut yarn, thread through sts and tighten. Wind rose around itself to form flower shape, using ends to secure.
Tabs Find center point of bag top, fold 1 tab in half and attach securely. Rep for opposite side. Space rem tabs evenly around top of bag, using corner markers and photo as a guide, attach securely. Remember that each handle will be threaded through 7 tabs so tabs need to be placed evenly so bag hangs correctly. Attach roses evenly around bag
as desired. Thread handle through 7 tabs and attach cast-on and bound-off edges tog. Rep for 2nd handle. Felting Now for the fun bit! Don’t worry about the size of your bag; it is about to shrink—big time! Place finished bag in washing machine with a small amount of detergent and a pair of jeans (important for agitation) and run a hot wash/cold rinse. You may prefer a more felted look or a slightly smaller bag. If you do, then just repeat the wash process! Bags pictured were washed twice. Adjust bag and flowers to shape and leave to dry thoroughly, away from a direct heat source.