Took a little trip through my yarn stash and realized I didn't have any 100% wool yarn, so off to Joann's to pick me out the yarn I needed. You will need 100% wool yarn and make sure it isn't the superwash type or you will not get the felting result that you want. I used Paton's Classic Wool. There are many many more colors to choose from, but I wanted grey and I thought the grey/white twist added character. This project took just a little over 2 skeins. I bought 3 so I still have enough yarn left to make an accessory of some sort. Woo Hoo!!!!! Love the price tag on these as well. At $5.99 a skein, I can make others in more colors.
Let's get started.........
I cast on 80 stitches on a size 9 circular needle and joined to knit in the round. I made a tube as the body and decreased stitches until I have roughly 20 stitches on the needles and bound off by joining all stitches together and cinching it closed. I then picked up 36 stitches on the cast on side to begin the flap. I began decreasing on each side equally once I had enough of the flap to cover the top opening. Once I had 4 stitches left I begin the I-cord to make a loop for a button closure. This will need to be as long or short depending on the size button you want to use. You could also add other closure options by omitting the I-cord and doing a hook and eye method, or even a magnetic closure.
Now we need to think about a strap or handle. I wanted straps and knitted these in I-cord and knitted a cord as tall as me so I had more than enough to work with.
Now that the pieces are all done, let the magic begin. Throw the body and strap into the washing machine with a small amount of detergent and the hottest water possible. Depending on how hot the water is and the amount of felting you want, you might need to run it through a cycle more than once. It took me 2 cycles to get to my end result I liked.
Ok, how am I going to add my handles with one long strap. I cut my long piece in half. Wait, how am I going to attach them. I used grommets and just poked a hole through the side of the bag in the front and in the back. Once I had all the grommets in place I threaded one end and tied a knot and held over my shoulder and across my body to adjust the length for the straps. Once all tied and knotted, trim the extra off. Add your button for the closure or whatever you pick as the fastening device.
Have a great day!!!!!