Now I have some dyed skeins of homespun wool to knit with, its time to cast on and start.
When I have an order for bags I ask the client some questions;
What bag shape?
What stitch pattern?
In this case, my client has chosen the petite bag, in black and rainbow colours with the Asthore stitch pattern. So I dug out my bag of reclaimed embroidery wool and saved scraps of pure wool and spliced them together using the Russian join to make two rainbow balls of wool.
|My reclaimed scrap wool pile.|
|Joined together to make…|
|Huge balls of rainbow wool|
|Now I have everything I need; black homespun, reclaimed rainbow, circular needles and coffee. Away we go.|
My favourite bag pattern of the moment is the petite felted bag.
I begin by casting on eight stitches (four on each needle) using a ‘figure 8 cast on’
I then knit the base of my bag by increasing stitches every second row., as indicated by the pattern.
Once the base is big enough I choose a slip stitch pattern and start knitting.
So far I have used these slip stitch patterns to make bags;
Dog’s tooth cross
|The base of my bag is started. Eight stitches on each side have been increased to twelve.|
|The entire base is done; a total of 154 stitches. I am using the Asthore pattern so I needed to add a few stitches to make the number a multiple of 16 (Asthore is a 16 stitch pattern).|
|And the colour knitting begins.|
|The pattern is beginning to emerge.|
This is the quickest part of making felted bags, I can take my knitting anywhere and fill in free moments and I can settle down to a quiet evening watching a movie while I knit too.
Next step; felting. Stay tuned.
Note; I do apologise for my photography, most of the photos are taken in the evening with my phone so they don’t show true colour and are not well focused.