Knitting and felting a bag worked in a bulky yarn -- like this Felted Bucket Bag -- is a great way to get a cool project done quickly. This one is worked from the bottom up, with the bottom knit flat and the body worked in the round.
I worked in Stockinette and Reverse Stockinette and threw in some bobbles just for fun, which makes this project an interesting study in what happens to textures when they're felted (I have a front-loading washing machine, so this isn't too heavily felted; you can take it as far as you want to go).
This heavy-duty bag is a great go-to for toting your knitting project, using as a purse or carrying necessities for the kids.
- about 250 yards of bulky weight yarn (I used Nashua Handknits Painted Forest, which has been discontinued; any bulky yarn will work)
- one pair size 15 US (10 mm) circular knitting needles, 16 or 24 inch length
- tape measure, scissors, yarn needle
- supplies for felting
- 100 percent cotton trim for drawstring
- bag handle of your choice
10 stitches and 14 rows per 4 inches in Stockinette Stitch in the round before felting. After felting will vary depending on the yarn you use and how much you want it to felt; my bag is about 12 stitches and 18 rows per 4 inches after felting.
Size will vary depending on the extent to which you felt your bag. Mine is about 13 inches tall and 25 inches around.
Knitting the Bag:
- Cast on 20 stitches.
- Knit flat in Stockinette Stitch 10 inches, ending with a knit row. I slipped the first stitch of each row for ease in picking up stitches.
- Pick up and knit stitches around the other edges of the piece, picking up the slipped stitches on the sides and one stitch for each stitch along the other long edge. I got 70 stitches; your stitch count may vary.
- Join in round and place marker if desired at end of round.
- Knit for 3 inches.
- Purl for 2 inches.
- Knit for 3 inches.
- Make 1, knit 4, make bobble as follows: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1 all into the next stitch, slip last 2 stitches back onto the left hand needle and knit them together, then slip the remaining new stitches over this stitch one at a time. Repeat from beginning of round once, then *knit 5, make bobble. Repeat from * around. 72 stitches. Note: If you have a stitch count other than 70, the key is to make sure your stitch count on this round is divisible by 4. If it's not, add or subtract stitches as I did in the round to make it come out evenly.
- Knit 3 inches.
- Purl 2 inches.
- Knit 2 inches.
- *Knit 2, yarn over, knit 2 together. Repeat from * around.
- Knit 1 inch. Bind off and weave in ends.