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Sunset Stripe Felted Bag Knit-a-long thread

Sunset Stripe Felted Bag

http://cache.lionbrand.com/patterns/60449.html

Sunset Stripe Felted Bag
Lion Brand® Lion Wool
NOTES: Size 10.5 Needles

GAUGE
12 stitches = 4 in. [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) before felting. Exact gauge is not essential for this project.

BAG
With A, cast on 45 stitches. Work in Stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) until piece measures 6 in. [15 cm] from beginning. Change to B and work in Stockinette stitch until piece measures 12 in. [30.5 cm] from beginning. Change to C and work in Stockinette stitch until piece measures 36 in. [91.5 cm] from beginning. Bind off.

HANDLE CASING (make 2)
With C, cast on 23 stitches. Work in Stockinette stitch for 40 rows. Bind off.

FINISHING
Fold Bag in half and sew side seams. Weave in ends.

FELTING

Place pieces into a mesh laundry bag or zippered pillowcase. Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and pull into shape.

Fold Handle Casing in half over one handle. Sew casing, centered, inside upper edge of one side of Bag. Repeat for second handle.

The pattern calls for 3 balls of Lion's Brand 100% Wool yarn but you can get away with any yarn as long as it is similar weight and you have enough of it. It also must be 100% wool or it will not felt.

Here's what Lion's Brand gives as info on their wool yarn if you want to match it up.

4 - Medium: Worsted-weight, Afghan, Aran Yarn

Solids 3 oz (85 g)/158 yd (144 m)
Prints 2 oz (78 g)/143 yd (131 m)
100% Wool

Gauge:
Knit: 16 stitches by 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) with US #8 (5mm) needles
Crochet: 12 stitches by 15 rows = 4" (10 cm) with size H-8 (5.mm) hook

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I am probably going to koolaid dye my own wool for this project. I've got an old wool sweater that will felt up nicely I think. If anyone else wants to koolaid dye along with me I'd be happy to walk you through it. I don't know if I'll do the sunset colors or a different color. What are you guys going to do?

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OH I am so excited! Now remember I will have LOTS of questions. So first question. Am I knitting one row purling one row? Is that what that means?

I have thought about colors but will have to go look. Probably this weekend. Me being the country girl that I am I always wear my "cowboy" boots. They are brown, I am kinda funny about my boots matching my purse. I was thinking maybe Tan, Pink and Brown? I want to keep it nuetral but girly. I prefer darker colors on my purse because they normally get dirty. Any suggestions?

BTW, this is the first project I am making for myself!!!!!

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Nicole, the colors you are thinking of sound really nice to me! Yep, Stockinette is Knit 1 Row, Purl 1 Row.....Repeat Smile

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Thanks Kim! See I will get the hang of the lingo slowly but surley! Lol

So I was bad and didn't make it to get my yarn over the weekend. Sad I had a crazy weekend! Tonight and Tuesday are just as crazy. But for a fact I will have my yarn by Wed!!! Am I the only slacker who hasn't started?

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I got my yarn!!!!!! I was limited on my colors because the only Wool yarn Walmart carries is Lion Brand, 7 colors. Anyway mine is cream on top, pink/fushia in the middle, and brown on the bottom (and back). I am starting it probably on Sunday!!!!

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OK so I haven't started yet. I was all set to start on Sunday and relized I don't have 10.5 needles!!!!!!!!! I have 10, do you think those would work?

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Nicole do you knit loosely or tightly? If you knit a little loose, then I'm sure 10s woudl be fine. In reality 10s would be fine anyway since you are making a bag. Guague matters a lot more for items that need to fit properly....things like bags and blankets no where near as big of a deal. If you want to start working on it, i say go for it now with the 10s!

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I think I knit more tight. When my friend was teaching me she said I should loosen up alittle. I was thinking the guage wouldn't matter too much eaither since it was a bag! Thanks!! Biggrin

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I started!!!!!!! And let me tell you, purling is easier than I thought! BiggrinBiggrin I had done it once before and thought it was hard. But something clicked with me and I am really enjoying it! I only have 3" done though, but I am also working on my moms table runner.

Anyone else started or am I the only one working on this?

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"GoBabyGo" wrote:

I started!!!!!!! And let me tell you, purling is easier than I thought! BiggrinBiggrin I had done it once before and thought it was hard. But something clicked with me and I am really enjoying it! I only have 3" done though, but I am also working on my moms table runner.

Anyone else started or am I the only one working on this?

Yay! I'm glad purling is turning out to be easier for you. I wanna see pics!

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Me too Katie! I also found out that my neighbor is a Knitter! She was the president of her local Knitting club before they moved out by us! I told her about the bag I am making, she says I can come down any time and we can knit together! She also gave me an idea for a shaw. I promise I will post pictures when I start my other color. Right now it's boring looking, just cream.

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"GoBabyGo" wrote:

I promise I will post pictures when I start my other color. Right now it's boring looking, just cream.

Alright, Nicole. I'm holding you to that promise. Wink

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Getting ready to start my second color tonight!!!!! Biggrin

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Any bags in progress (or finished) for us to see?

Janel

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Mine is in progress! I have started my second color, only have an inch done. I wanted to get alittle more done before I showed you all! But I think I am the only one working on this! Lol

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"GoBabyGo" wrote:

Mine is in progress! I have started my second color, only have an inch done. I wanted to get alittle more done before I showed you all! But I think I am the only one working on this! Lol

I think you're right. Lol I'm so proud of your progress, Nicole. You're purling and using color and you're going to have a fabulous bag when you're done. Smile

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Biggrin Thanks Katie!!! I think it's going to be smaller than I thought....

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No matter what the size, it will turn out great!

I did two Booga bags. One is big enough to fit my wallet, cell phone, pager. One is big enough to fit my pager. Oh well, different yarn felts differently.

We'd like to see pics, no matter how far you are.

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Would love to see some pics!!!

I wanted to do this, but never have gotten around to picking up yarn for it. I wish I had a craft store closer to me.

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OK! I have officailly put this project down for a bit! I just looked at my calender! Only 2 weeks till mothers day!!!!!!! I have to finish my moms table runner! I am alittle over half way done but need to kick some but on it! In the mean time I will try and satisfy you ladies with some pictures! Thanks for all the encouragment! Biggrin

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OK! I obviously have finished my Moms table runner (she loved it). The beginning of this week I picked the bag up again. I rushed and pushed myself too hard on the table runner I didn't even want to knit! :roll: I have the pictures of it on my camera and hopefully this weekend I will get to my friends to get them downloaded (i have no home computer). When you live in the country nothing is close together! Lol Dh and I drive 45 min one way to work so by the time we get off work we are ready to get home!