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Woolly Bully Bag Pattern

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  • 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.

    Base

    CO 34 sts on US 11 circular needle.

    Work back and forth in garter st (k every row) for 30 rows.

    Body

    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.

    Decrease 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

    of strap.

    Flap

    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

    Straps

    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.

    Pocket

    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.

    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.

    Finishing

    Weave in all loose ends.

  • Felting

    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.

    Additional Finishing

    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!

    Abbreviations:

    beg beginning

    BO bind off

    CO cast on

    k knit

    k2tog knit 2 sts together

    p purl

    pm place marker

    rem remaining

    Rnd round

    RS right side

    sl slip

    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

    st stitch

    WS wrong side