Welcome to the Booga Bag Knit-a-long! Please feel free to post pictures of your progress, ask questions or simply talk about how its going! To start, show us the yarn you buy for the project! Who doesn't love pictures of yummy yarn
Ready? Set? Go!!!Supplies needed:
Yarn: 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon. I used color 95.
Needles: 16" or 24" US 10 1/2 bamboo circular needles and US 10 1/2 double pointed needles.
Cast on 34 stitches on size 10 1/2 circular needles. Knit back and forth in garter stitch for 34 rows.
Now you are going to pick up stitches all around your rectangle and begin knitting in the round. Pick up and knit stitches as follows:
* Pick up and knit twisted 16 stitches along first edge of rectangle. There are 17 ridges, so you just pick up one stitch between each ridge.
* Pick up and knit 34 stitches along the bottom of your rectangle.
* Pick up 16 stitches along last edge as you did for the first edge.
You will now have 100 stitches and will be knitting in the round. Knit every row for 64 rows. Cast off.
Make a 5 stitch i-cord with your 10 1/2 double pointed needles. Length depends on your preference, but I recommend 5-6 feet of i-cord.
Time for felting! Place the bag and i-cord in a zippered pillowcase and place in the washing machine with 4-5 pairs of jeans or other heavy items. Wash on the hot wash cold rinse cycle. May take 3-4 trips through the wash to achieve desired felting.
Block the bag. Find a box that is the same size as the bag (it can be taller and stick out the top) and place the box in a plastic grocery bag. Put the plastic covered box into the felted bag. Allow the bag, bottom up, to dry completely (1-2 days). Blocking the bag creates a flat bottom so that your bag will sit flat.
Once dry, take your bag and your double pointed needles. Pinch in the ends so that your bag looks like ths from the top:
Insert double pointed needles where indicated by the arrows about one inch down from the top edge of the bag. Go through all four layers. Wiggle around the double pointed needles to open the holes. Remove double pointed needles.
Cut your felted i-cord in half. take one end of the first half and with the bag facing you, insert the i-cord into the near hole on the left side. Then thread it through the left hole on the side of the bag facing you (the end will now be outside the bag). Thread it back into the bag through the right hole and out through the near hole on the right side of the bag. Turn the bag around and repeat with the other length of i-cord.
You will now have two ends of the i-cords sticking out on each side of the bag. Take the two ends on one side and tie them tightly in an overhand (plain old) knot. It should look like this:
Now adjust the straps to the desired length and tie the ends of the i-cord on the other side. Cut off any excess. Pull the knotted ends in tight and you are all done!
The finished dimensions are approx: 4 1/2 X 7 1/2 X 8 1/2.
A little note on the yarn they suggested for this project...its is an Aran weight yarn (guage I found on one site said 5 sts/inch) and its self striping so if you want a similar effect you need to find a self striping yarn, or by several skeins of different colors and stripe them yourself!
Yea! My first felted project!
I was able to start on this already, during DS's nap, as I happen to have the right size needles and yarn that would felt. I would rather have gone out an gotten self-striping yarn, but I couldn't justify it when I had some in my stash already. It's a multi-color, I wonder how it will look felted.
It's here: http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Zitro...Yarn-2130.html The color is 510 Purple/Green (upper left picture).
So far, it's turning out okay. Instead of picking up the 34 stitches on the end of the rectangle, I used a provisional cast on, and just used the live stitches. I didn't know which way to join the sides. They said twisted stitch, which I know, but I didn't know which needle to use, so I just made something up. It looks okay, and I figure once it is felted, it will be okay.
One more thing -- is the knit side or purl side the outside of the bag? Does it matter? Can I decide after it is felted?
I am one step nearer to starting, got my yarn yesterday, but not quite the right weight so will knit it using recommended needles, my daughter has claimed it already so guess it coming out smaller will not really matter.
You are supposed to pick up the stitches while doing a twisted stitch. I had found a video online tha thelped a bunch. It gives a ridge for the bottom of the back and after all the stitches are picked up you just knit round until the bag is big enough!
Okay, I'm starting mine this afternoon. Here is the yarn I am using.
It's the natural pink.
I have heard that this stuff felts super fast, so I'm a little nervous, but that's okay. I think i'm gonna make the bag a little bigger than the pattern says, so if it felts too much I still have usable bag. If not, then I guess DD gets a purse or something LOLOL!
Here is the link for a video on the "pick up twisted stitch type thing"
I had never done it before and I found it very helpful!
Sandi- Yeap, we are color selection Gods, if I may I love how this yarn knits! I'm having a hard time putting the project down. PS:My real name is Charlotte
I've got that in the blue/tan tones and the orange/green tones..it's gorgeous!!
Ok for the next part...i will try to explain how I did it but I'm horrible at teaching!!
I'm right handed so I held the needle in my right hand and knit left. You put the needle in between each ridge FROM THE BACK (twisted), put it under the top 2 peices of yarn then knit it. From the pattern there are 17 ridges (highs and lows) so you should pick up 16 stitches on the short side. For the long side you do the same thing going in from the back under the top 2 peices of yarn for every stitch picking up 34. I don't think I picked up exactly the right #'s but when it felts it hides and little mistakes like that anyways.
I hope you can understand that LOL