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Colorful Felted Bag Knitting Pattern

Colorful Felted Bag
Colorful Felted Bag

You can hold just about anything in the durable Colorful Felted Bag. Created by knitting up a larger than life bag and then shrinking it in the washing machine to create a thick, hardy product, this felted bag is a great choice for knitters constantly on the go. The felted material will stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Knitters new to color work will enjoy the forgiving nature of the felting process, which helps obscure any mistakes in the knitting.


Knitting Needle Size8 or 5 mm, Circular Knitting Needles, Double-Pointed Knitting Needles (DPNs)

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge19 stitches, 25 rows, 4 inches. stockinette stitch

Important to know before felting

  • Record all the measurements and changes before and after felting. You will be able to adjust the method to produce proper results.
  • Always test a sample. Different colored yarns may felt differently.
  • Colorfastness can be affected by very hot water.
  • Any knitting that has been properly felted becomes very dense and matted.

How To Felt

  • Using low water level, run a Hot/Cold cycle for 5 to 15 min. Add a pair of old jeans for agitation.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda for a small load. After one cycle, check for size. Repeat if necessary.
  • Run through the rinse and dry spin cycle.
  • Do not use a clothes dryer.
  • Shape piece to correct measurements.
  • Lay felted piece on a dry towel, away from direct heat or sunlight.
  • If an edge ripples, baste a thread through the edge and gather in. Remove the thread after the felting is dry.

Size: [30.5 cm] tall, excluding handles.


  • Patons® Classic Wool (100 g / 3.5 oz)
    • 2 balls of 77707 (That’s Red) as Main Color (MC),
    • 1 ball each of 77734 (Too Teal) as A,
    • 00238 (Paprika) as B,
    • 00204 (Old Gold) as C,
    • and 00203 (Maize) as D.
  • Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) circular knitting needle 32 ins [80 cm] long.
  • Pair of size 5 mm (U.S. 8) double-pointed knitting needles or size needed to obtain tension.

Note: When working from chart, carry yarn not in use loosely across WS of work but never over more than 2 sts.  When it must pass over more than 2 sts, weave it over and under color in use on next st or at center point of sts it passes over. The colors are never twisted around one another.

Felting Tip: When changing colors in Stripe Pat, leave ends approx 2 ins [5 cm] long of each color on WS of work. Knot ends to secure. After felting, snip off knots.


Colorful Felted Bag Chart

With circular needle and MC, cast on 192 sts. Join in rnd, placing marker on first st.
Knit 16 rnds.
Proceed in Stripe Pat as follows:
With D, knit 4 rnds.
With C, knit 4 rnds.
With B, knit 4 rnds.
With A, knit 4 rnds.
With D, knit 4 rnds.
With C, knit 4 rnds.
With B, knit 4 rnds.
With MC, knit 4 rnds.
Rep last 32 rnds for Stripe Pat once more.

Knit in Chart to end of chart, reading rnds from right to left and noting 12 st rep will be worked 16 times.
With MC, knit 15 rnds.

Next rnd: K121. Cast off 71 sts.
Shape base: Next row: (RS). K95. Sl1. K1. psso. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Next row: K70. K2tog. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Next row: K70. Sl1. K1. psso. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Next row: K70. K2tog. Turn. Leave rem sts unworked.
Rep last 2 rows until there are 71 sts. Cast off.
Sew cast off edges tog to close bottom of Bag.

HANDLES (make 2)
With pair of double pointed needles and MC, cast on 10 sts.
Knit 16 rows.
Next row: (WS). *K2tog. Rep from * to end of row. 5 sts.
Next row: Knit. Do not turn. Slide sts to other end of needle.
Rep last row until work from beg measures 18 ins [45.5 cm],
Next row: (RS). Knit. Turn.
Next row: (Inc 1 st in next st) 5 times. 10 sts.
Knit 16 rows. Cast off.


Felt pieces following How to Felt instructions.  Shape pieces to required measurements and let dry, keeping tabs at ends of Handles flat. 

Felting Tip: To shape Bag while it dries, place a cardboard box wrapped in a plastic bag inside Bag. The box should be large enough for a snug fit.  Fold Bag flat and mark positions 5 ins [12.5 cm] in from each side along top edge of Bag. Center tab ends of Handles on markers and sew in position, having top edge of tabs approx 1½ ins [4 cm] below top edge of Bag as shown in picture.


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I knitted this bag on circular needles but unfortunately it came out twisted..what did I do wrong?

You likely twisted the cast-on row when you connected the 2 ends.


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