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Home : Patterns : Felted Loopy Tote Bag

Free Knitting Pattern: Felted Loopy Tote Bag

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®
Pattern #: justBag
Designed by Virginia Rowan Rokholt. Hard Lucite handles lend a deco touch to this soft, felted tote, while loopy trim adds girlish whimsy. Smart yet practical, it makes a fun, feminine fashion statement.
Rating: ****3.8 (based on 10 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size
Before felting 20" tall x 25" wide (51 x 63.5 cm), excluding handles
After felting 10" tall x 16" wide (25.5 x 40.5 cm), excluding handles


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Fishermen's Wool®

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Fishermen's Wool®
Natural Oatmeal Brown Heather Nature's Brown Oak Tweed Maple Tweed Birch Tweed
*Fishermen's Wool (Article #150). 100% Pure Virgin Wool
Only 202: 78% Pure Virgin Wool, 13% Acrylic, 9% Rayon ; package size: 8 oz  (227 g), 465 yards (425 m)
ONLY 202: 6 oz (170 g), 348 yards (318 m)

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•  150-098 Fishermen's Wool Yarn: Natural
$ 25.98  
Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 10.5 [6.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 8   $ 5.95  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size G-6 (4 mm)   $ 2.45  
Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)   $ 3.59  
Additional Materials
  1. Lucite handles
  2. 1 yard (1 m) leopard-print ribbon (sample uses Offray # 310054)
  3. Glue gun
  4. Glue sticks

Felted Loopy Tote Bag

Lion Brand® Fishermen's Wool®


14.5 stitches = 4" [10 cm] in stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side) on larger needle before felting. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch

With larger needles, cast on 90 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch for 40" (101.5 cm). Bind off. Fold in half widthwise with wrong sides together. Using crochet hook, slip stitch side seams together.

With double-pointed needles, cast on 6 stitches. *Slide stitches to other end of double-pointed needle and knit them, pulling yarn tightly across the back of the work. (Do not turn work.) Repeat from * until cord measures 20 feet (6 m). With crochet hook, use slip stitch to attach cord around opening of Bag, making the loops approximately 6–7" (15–18 cm) long.

Wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate. To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry. Remove from dryer and lay flat to shape. For more about felting, click here.

Thread large-eyed, blunt needle with yarn and sew handles securely to top of Bag. Fold lower corners up as shown and tack in place. Cut ribbon in half and glue to center points at top of Bag. Tie in bow.


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Pattern Average Rating: ****3.8 (based on 10 reviews)
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Felted Loopy Tote Bag Reviewed by Sharon Robillard on 2013-01-11 *****
Ive made this bag, too many times to count...Its so fun and is well worth it! Lovely pattern thank you for sharing Lion Brand and designer...You are both awesome!

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