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Charlotte Felt Handbag


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A super, sweet felt handbag. How can you resist it? This little bag will hold the bare essentials for a trip out, keys, credit cards, phone, a few other little bits and pieces. Ideal for a special event or just because it's so darn cute!! Kids and teens will adore it too! I have written this pattern in 2 versions- Circular ( in the round) or Flat ( 2 needles stocking stitch) so you can choose which method you prefer. My clear and detailed 11 page pattern contains instructions for- Knitting the bag in both circular or flat versions. Making up, Felting Finishing your bag, also a section with my additional tips and tricks to get a fantastic result! This bag is knitted first in pure wool and then felted in an ordinary washing machine. Any felting yarns will work well for this pattern-Look to see if the yarn is called a felting/ filz wool. Most suppliers will say if it is good for felting but always check for hand-wash only!! If you've always wanted to have a go with making a knit and felt bag, this is the ideal pattern for you. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY K=knit P=purl Inc= increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and then into the back of stitch k2tog -knit the following 2 stitches together as 1 stitch. GAUGE 11st x 16 rows stocking stitch SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Felted Size 24cm (9 .5") high 20cm (8") wide SUGGESTED YARN 150 meters of Chunky weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Rico Creative Filz

Supplies Needed

  • Flat knitting version 8mm (UK 0 /US 11) standard knitting needles x 1 pair plus 1 spare 8mm needle. Stitch markers x8 tension - 11sts x 16 rows
  • Circular knitting version 8mm (UK 0 /US 11) Double ended needles x4 and 8mm (UK 0 /US 11) Circular needle x 40cm /16" Stitch markers x8 round/row marker
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Claire Fairall Designs
Claire Fairall Designs
I love to design things!, working out how to solve a construction conundrum and create a new pattern is my idea of fun. So Knitting ticks all my creative boxes. The wealth of shapes, colours and textures, that I can produce with yarn inspire me. Spending time in my sunny studio with my Siamese cat for company whilst my hands are busy clicking the knitting needles, gives me time to plan new ideas, new patterns and new shapes! Then of course, if it’s a felted design there is the excitement of washing my projects and seeing the magical transformation into thick soft felt. In 2007 I started selling my knitted and felted bags at Craft and design events, in 2010 I was awarded a Creative business bursary from Creative Leicestershire. Soon after that I started selling my patterns for other knitters to enjoy. I wrote my first knitting pattern, the “Charlotte” hand bag, in 2006 and in 2015 I developed a variation of that pattern to be sold as a retail kit by House of Crafts. Since then, I have diversified into knitting project designs and my patterns have been featured in “The Art of Knitting” magazine, published by Hachette Press,