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Felted Shoulder Pack


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My shoulder pack is a fun approach to the traditional 2 strap backpack. The (6.5mm/US10.5) needle will cause all of your stitches to blend after felting your bag. Most felted bag patterns use size 13 or larger needles, leaving visible stitching. They also have you use two strands of yarn, which really prices up your costs. I use only 1 strand with my patterns. My felted bags are just as strong and have a very nice 'hand'. I have written VERY detailed step by step instructions for this pattern including a stitch guide and multiple photos for assembling the pack. Perfect for stripe lovers! Before felting, this thing is BIG. You'll be amazed at how the felting process transforms it in the wash. (Check out the pic of me "wearing" the unfelted bag! For its size, it knits up quickly because a large portion of the body is made up of decreasing rows.. You start at the base and work your way up to the strap. The more rows you knit, the less stitches there are on the needles! Yarns suggested: 900 yds any worsted to heavy worsted that felts Yarn weight: Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) Gauge: 12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch Needle size US 101/2 / 6.5 mm BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY p2tog k2tog knit purl i-cord (instructions included with pattern knit in the round mattress seam GAUGE 12 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in Stockinette stitch

Supplies Needed

  • 900 yrds worsted weight yarn that felts
  • US size 10.5 knitting needles
  • zipper

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It all started when I was pregnant with kid #3. I had been using a Winnie the POO (pun intended) diaper bag for 5 years strait and the thought of lugging it around for another 3 years WAS UNBEARABLE!!! At the same time, I noticed a woman with a cute over sized bag and asked about it. When I found out how it was made, I thought, I can do that. And I did! Then all of my neighbors wanted one. I am completely a self taught knitter. When I was an EXTREMELY BORED kid, I fashioned some needles from the dowels I pulled off of a couple of wooden coat hangers. I used an encyclopedia to learn the knit and purl stitches . I did not touch another pair of needles again until I was 34 and needed that diaper bag. Since then, I have sold hundreds of bags, over 2,000 patterns. Although I mostly self publish, my designs have been included in bestselling books, magazines and knitting calendars.