Monday, 7 December 2009

Button...

How best to show off this fantastic button as created by my fab dad - why knit it's very own felted bag of course!

You will need::

6mm circular needle (approx 40com cable works well)
6mm straight needle
6mm DPN (smaller is fine if you don't want to go out and buy a bigger set that you'll probably never use again!)
Great button to show off!
Stitch Markers 8 in total
5 Balls Rowan Soft baby or other suitable yarn for felting

Pattern::

Cast on 121 stitches to your circular needle and join by knitting the first and last 2 stitches together - you should now have 120 on the needle, take time to check it's not twisted now as that's a lot of stitches to have to re-cast on if you have to pull it back!

Round 1:: *Knit 30 place stitch marker, repeat from * to end, you should have four markers in situ now (these should be left for later)

Round 2:: Knit into front and back of first stitch and after each stitch marker

Round 3:: Knit

Continue repeating rounds 2 and 3 a further 6 times - you should now have 148 stitches in total.

Continue knitting each round until work measures 26 cms from cast on edge

Shaping for base of bag::
Round 1:: *Knit 18 place stitch marker, knit 19, repeat from * to end
Round 2:: Knit 2 together after and before each stitch marker (reducing number of stitches by 16)
Round 3:: Knit

Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 until you have 52 stitches remaining.

Cut your yarn 20cm long and thread this tail back through your stitches pulling tight and closing hole, fasten off and weave in ends.

Bag flap::

Pick up 30 stitches from cast on edge with 6mm straight needles (between line of 2 increases), continue in stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row - making sure you keep pattern the same as bag right side - smooth on the outside) until flap measures 18cm.

Cast off and weave in ends.

Bag handle:: Using 6mm DPN's cast on 6 stitches and make an I-cord of 40cm (don't worry about back of cord as felting will sort out how loose this looks.

Cast off and sew I cord to bag.

Felting and finishing::
Wash your bag with similar colour items (helps if not a full load) on a 50 degree cycle - don't tumble dry.

Once washed - reshape and use a couple of tea towels or hand towels to form shape - leave to dry

Sew on a fab button to bag flap and use to your hearts content - the benefit of felting is that you don't have to line the bag unless you want to!
This is my own personal pattern and I'm happy for you to reproduce the bag for your own use - please don't distribute the pattern without my permission. Copyright Clobelle 2009

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