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Musique + Fjord
felted "bean shaped" Bag


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Musique & Fjord Felted Bag

Designed, knit and felted by Terry L. Ross for Crystal Palace Yarns

Small but roomy with cute little handles so you can hold this bag at your side or on your wrist. Well balanced and sturdy, the bean-shaped body has room to carry all your grab and go necessities.

Materials:
4 - 50 gr balls Crystal Palace Musique in # 9769 Circus
1 - ball (50 grams) Crystal Palace
Fjord in #9660 Amethyst
Crystal Palace Bamboo or DAISY Needles 26" or 29"  circular U.S. size #11 (8.0 mm)
Crystal Palace Bamboo or DAISY Needles, 2 U.S. size #11 double pointed needles
4 stitch markers, one of them should be a unique color from the rest
Tapestry needle
Purchased button or bead for center of rosette and closure hardware (if desired)

Gauge:
2� to 3 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch in the round  using Musique. Gauge is given only as a point of reference. Because of the textural
varieties in the Musique, gauge varies, and in the overall process is unimportant.

Finished size:
14�" wide at the base x 11" tall x 2�" deep (19" wide at the widest point) before felting. Finished bag is 6" tall x 12" wide at the widest point x 2" deep after felting
Techniques: This bag begins with a knitted rectangle from which stitches are picked up for knitting in the round, using a series of increase rows then decrease rows. The I-cord
handles are knitted on before felting. The felted rosette is knitted, felted, and then applied after felting.

Abbreviations:
K - Knit; P - Purl; K2tog - Knit two stitches together; SSK - Slip one stitch knit-wise, slip another stitch knit-wise, insert the left hand needle into the front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together; M1 - Pick up the yarn between the stitch you have just made and the next one, place it on the right-hand needle, and knit into the back of it to make one increase; RS - Right side; WS - Wrong side; PM - Place marker; BO - Bind off; RM - Remove marker

Instructions:
Bottom of bag: With Musique and the circular needle, cast on 36. Knit 12 rows in garter stitch.
Body of Bag: PM and then begin to pick up stitches as follows: From the first short edge of the rectangle, pick up 6 stitches, PM. From the other long edge of the rectangle, pick up 36 stitches, PM. From the remaining short edge of the rectangle, pick up 6 stitches, and using the uniquely colored marker, place it on the needle to indicate the beginning of the round. (84 stitches)
Join and begin knitting in the round.
Knit one round, and then begin to increase stitches only on the front and back of the bag as follows (side ends of the bag remain constant at 6 stitches each):
Round 2: *K1, M1, K to the last stitch before the marker, M1, K7* twice
Round 3: Knit
Repeat these two rounds until there are 54 stitches between the markers for the front and back of the bag (120 stitches total, 19 rounds worked)
Rounds 20-31: Knit
Beginning with Round 32, decrease each round as follows: *SSK, K to the last two stitches before the marker, K2tog, K6* twice. Repeat this round until you once again have 36 stitches between the markers for the front and back of the bag (84 stitches, 40 rounds worked)
Change to Fjord and knit 4 rounds. On the 5th round, you will bind off some stitches, leaving others live on the cable for the I-cord handles.
Round 5: Front of bag � K3, BO the next 6 stitches (this leaves one stitch on the right needle after binding off 6), K2 (for the second group of 3 live stitches on the right needle), BO the next 12 stitches, K2 BO6, K2
Side of bag � RM, BO6, RM
Back of bag � K2, BO6, K2, BO12, K2, BO6, K2
Side of bag � RM, BO6, RM
At this point, you will have 12 live stitches on the front (4 sets of 3) and 12 live stitches on the back (4 sets of 3) left on the cable. Do not cut yarn.

Handles:
With the double pointed needles, RS facing, begin working I-cord on the first set of three stitches (outside right front corner) and work 10 rows. Cut yarn, place the stitches on a holder, and work 10 rows of I-cord using the next three live stitches left on the circular needle. Leave the yarn attached, and with RS facing, return the first I-cord stitches to the needle, to the right of the ones just worked (6 stitches on the needle).
Using the yarn that is attached to the 2nd cord, bring the yarn behind the work back to the first stitch on the needle, begin knitting I-cord, and work one row as follows:
K2tog three times (3 stitches left on the needle).
Continue working I-cord until you have knitted 9" of cord.
At this point, you will add stitches, divide the work into two cords, knit more rows and then graft to the remaining live stitches on the front. This will be done in two steps. Be sure you continue working with RS facing and are careful not to twist the cords.
Using the first two stitches, K1, M1, K1, then place the remaining stitch on a holder or a safety pin, making sure it doesn�t get dropped. Work 10 rows of I-cord.

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail long enough for grafting, and then use the Kitchener stitch to graft the three stitches on the needle to the 3 live stitches at the front outside corner of the bag, making sure not to twist the handle in the process.

Place the one held stitch on the needle, RS facing. Using the Fjord, attach the yarn in the V at the base of the right hand cord just knitted, pulling up one loop onto the right needle, and then M1 by picking up the yarn that leads into the last remaining unknitted stitch, knit into the back of that picked up yarn and then knit the last stitch (3 stitches on the needle). Work 10 rows of I-cord and then graft to the remaining 3 live stitches on the inside left front corner of the bag using the Kitchener stitch. Weave in the ends, using the tails to tighten any loose areas at the yarn joins.

Repeat the process for the handle on the back of the bag.

Rosette:
Using the circular needle, cast on 40 stitches using a cable cast on. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch. Holding the needle with the 40 stitches in either your right hand or your left hand, the first stitch on that needle will have each of the other stitches passed over it. This will cause the strip to curl up on itself. Begin passing stitches over that first stitch one at a time until only that one stitch remains on the needle. Cut the yarn and pull the tail through the remaining stitch and tighten. With a tapestry needle, pull the tail from the cast on edge down through the center of the rosette and tie the two tails together. This rosette will be applied to the bag after felting. (Tip: for more curl or a fuller rosette, cast on more stitches.)

Finishing:
Felt the bag and the rosette using your preferred method and shape to dry. Sew the rosette to the front of the bag with a button or bead in its center. Apply
closure hardware, if desired.

 

Pattern Copyright 2006 Crystal Palace Yarns/Straw Into Gold, Inc. - We are happy to share this  pattern with knitters. The pattern may be used for non-commercial personal or knitting guild use. It is not to be used in any publication in print nor should it be reproduced in electronic/digital format without permission. Knitting shops carrying CP Yarns Musique and Fjord are welcome to print and share this pattern with customers of our yarns.

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