woolly bully bag pocket pattern
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DESCRIPTIONWoolly Bully Bag Pattern
Woolly Bully Bag
(with or without pocket)
Approx. dimensions before: bag is 14.5 wide x 17 long x 4.5 deep, each strap is 21
long x 4.5 wide, flap is 9 wide x 12.5 long
Approx. dimensions after: bag is 9.5 wide x 8.75 long x 3 deep, each strap is 21
long x 2 wide, flap is 4.75 wide x 7.5 long
Yarn: Cascade 220 Wool
Yardage: 440 yards (Additional yardage might be necessary if you add a pocket. The
bag I knitted with a pocket was with Lambs Pride Worsted, and I needed part of a 3rd
skein, BUT Lambs Pride Worsted has 190 yds/skein instead of Cascades 220 yards.)
Needles: US 11 29 circular
Bag is knitted holding one strand of yarn.
CO 34 sts on US 11 circular needle.
Work back and forth in garter st (k every row) for 30 rows.
K34 sts, place marker (pm), pick up and k1 st in each garter ridge on short side of base
15 sts; pm, pick up and k1 st in each st along next long side of base 34 sts; pm, pick up
and k15 sts along rem. short side of base as before, pm (preferably a different color to
mark beg of rnd) 98 sts total. Join to work in the round, do not twist sts.
Rnd 1: P3, k28, p3, sl 1, p13, sl 1, p3, k28, p3, sl 1, p13, sl 1
Rnd 2: Knit
Repeat rnds 1-2 except on decrease rnds (see below) for a total of 62 rnds.
Rnd 20: *K3, ssk, knit to last 5 sts before marker, k2tog, k3, K15*, repeat between * *.
(total sts 32,15,32,15)
Rnd 40: (repeat Rnd 20) (total sts 30,15,30,15)
Rnd 60: (repeat Rnd 20) (total sts 28,15,28,15)
Set Up for Straps and Flap
Rnd 63: Bind off next 28 sts for top front opng. of bag, k15 and place on holder for left
side of strap, k28 for flap and leave on needle, place rem. 15 sts on holder for right side
Work 28 stitches on needle back and forth as follows:
Row 1: (WS) Sl 1, k2, purl to last 3 sts, k3
Row 2: (RS) Sl 1, k to end
Repeat Rows 1-2 through Row 48
Row 49: BO
Place one set of 15 strap sts on needle and work back and forth in garter stitch until strap
measures 21 from beginning (approx. 99 rows). Place stitches on holder. Repeat with
other set of 15 strap sts. Use 3-needle bind off to join strap ends.
NOTE: If you use stockinette stitch instead of garter stitch, the straps may turn out
shorter than the after dimensions stated above.
Turn the bag inside out. Pick up & knit 28 sts along the back bottom seam, centered.
(The side with the flap is the back.) Pick up through a stitch (2 strands of yarn).
Row 1: Purl (the side facing the back of the bag)
Row 2: Knit (the front side of the pocket)
Repeat Row 1 & 2 except for decrease rows.
Row 20: K2, k2tog, knit to last 4 stitches, k2, k2tog (total sts = 26)
Row 40: Same as Row 20 (total sts = 24)
Row 50: Bind off
With yarn threaded on a tapestry needle, sew sides of pocket to the back of the bag as
close as possible to the garter stitch edge.
Weave in all loose ends.
Place bag in a zippered pillow case and machine wash with a pair of jeans (or something
similar) using hot water and a small amount of no-rinse laundry detergent. Agitation is
what makes things felt, but the hot water and detergent help to loosen up the wool fibers
to speed the process.
Its better if you do not allow the washer to drain and spin -- you might end up with
permanent creases in the felt, particularly in the straps. But if you must (and I am one of
those who must!), as soon as most of the water has drained, stop the washer, take the bag
out of the pillowcase, and check it for size. Continue this process until you reach the
desired size. I needed to wash/agitate this bag twice to get a dense, felted fabric.
The flap will most likely not be perfectly rectangular. You can pull it in both directions,
and might be able to get it into some kind of reasonable shape, OR you can cut it to a
shape you like. As long as its a densely felted piece of fabric, it can be cut with no fear
of unraveling. I rounded the flap edge of this purse by cutting it with scissors until it
looked the way I wanted. I then added a decorative pin to add weight and pizzazz!
BO bind off
CO cast on
k2tog knit 2 sts together
pm place marker
RS right side
ssk slip 2 stitches one a time knitwise from the left needle to the right needle, insert left
needle tip into front loops of both sts and knit them together through their back loops
WS wrong side