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pin curls
04-15-2004, 01:55 PM
Has anyone knitted an item (such as a tote bag) and then felted it? I have seen a few and they are spectacular. Does anyone have or know where I could get a free pattern for a large purse/tote?

04-15-2004, 02:27 PM
Has anyone knitted an item (such as a tote bag) and then felted it? I have seen a few and they are spectacular. Does anyone have or know where I could get a free pattern for a large purse/tote?

I dont know much about pattern sources, but......
You might try knitting up a scarf like piece, about twelve by twenty four (or whatever :) ) then felt it to see what the shrinkage is, then fold it and sew up the sides, and felt it a bit more. every yarn will felt/shrink differently, so it will give you a place to start. Superwash wool has been treated to prevent felting, so always ask about yarn or roving.
You can experiment with old wool sweaters, and add straps of leather. Fun to play with!
If you want to make a purse with no sewn seams, you need to use a resist method. I think there are good instructions on the felting site. I dont have it handy, but search on Google for felting instructions, and you will see the faq page on the felting site. :)

Shirley C.
04-15-2004, 02:40 PM
it isn't free, but i came across this web site just today. i was looking for something completely different and stumbled out here. it took me away for a long time. :D some of these yarns look absolutely glorious!

here's the page on which i found patterns for purses and totes:
SWAK web site (http://www.swakknit.com/miva/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=SWAK&Category_Code=1-08-F07)

04-15-2004, 04:07 PM
Good link Shirley. I'll add it to the stickies.

Pin curl, I have a friend that does that but I don't think she has a web site. Be sure to show us when you do put some work together.


04-15-2004, 04:44 PM

04-15-2004, 07:50 PM
Two more sources:



pin curls
04-16-2004, 07:50 AM
Thanks, everyone for all the replys!
Shirley C., I checked out your website, Jumping jack glass...love the name, love your site! I have been struggling to get a site up and am almost there...Just too many things to do and not enough time on my hands.

Thanks everyone and I will post a pic when I finish a tote...

04-16-2004, 09:32 AM
I knitted a little pouch once with wool I spun. I didn't use a pattern though I know there is a company specializing in pattern for wool to be felted.

In fact, you use any pattern and knit it bigger than the finished item you want. Then, you full it in the washer and drier. THis works as long as you use 100% wool of course.

Good luck

Patchwork Girl
04-16-2004, 08:30 PM
I can suggest a few sites for free patterns and patterns you can buy for knitted-then-felte bags... you might also want to take a look at http://knitty.com (I THINK it is the Winter issue) for an article about felting and washing machines)...

http://boogaj.typepad.com/ has a free pattern for a bag called a Booga Bag, which was a VERY popular pattern for a while, Julie even has a Booga Bag gallery on her site...the link to the pattern is:
http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html and she also sells patterns on her blacksheepbags site...

Another site is: http://www.knitkit.com/MyConstantCompanion.htm an this site has a free pattern at: http://www.knitkit.com/SpecialCompanion.htm

Another group of patterns are by Two Old Bags, they used to be known as Wool You Order...they have several felted bag patterns, do a google search for vendors that carry these patterns...

Also Patons as a pattern booklet called Great Felted Bags can you can find it on http://weavingrainbow.com

I know there are others as I've seen several knitting blogs on the knitting blog ring that discuss felted bag patterns...

I've come up with one but have not yet written out the instructions.. I've made several bags that I wove on a triangle loom using bulky yarn then sewed up the pieces and then felted them... one of these days I'll write out the pattern... I don't know if it will be free or not...



04-20-2004, 01:38 PM
Here's a few that I like, all free -




And although it isn't very big, I made the Booga Bag that someone posted earlier and really love it. Here's a pic of mine.

pin curls
04-20-2004, 04:32 PM
Great bag that you made!
I might try the last link that you sent. The size looks about right for what I want to do...
Thanks for the help!