Little Treasures Rainbow Pouch

Hehe, this is one of those projects that didn't turn out exactly as I had planned... but totally has it's own charm about it. Of course the trolls add just the right factor of whimsy. There is just something about that hair with the fuzzy pouch...

I knitted up this purse project as a demo for a pattern I am planning for my knitting class, put it in the washer to felt and was then besides myself with giggles when it came out. BOY did it felt! Well it wasn't going to work for an adult or even a tween purse... but it was magically transformed into the perfect little treasure pouch. Pixie quickly found the perfect use for it. Unfortunately I forgot to snap a pre-felted photo.

Materials
size 10.5 needles
7 colors 100% wool worsted weight yarn (I used scrapes of several different brands)

Gauge = 3.75 sts per inch

CO 35 (work in stockinette stitch).
Work color A for 10 rows.
Work colors B, C, D, E, F for 8 rows each.
Work color G for 20 rows.
Work colors F, E, D, C, B for 8 rows each.
Work color A for 10 rows.
Bind off.
You should now have a long rectangle.
Fold over two rows on the top and bottom edges. Using the tail yarn, tack them down so that they are attached on the wrong side and that color A only appears 8 rows long on the right side. This will give the opening a slightly firmer edge.
Fold the rectangle in half in the middle of color G and sew up the sides.
Pick up 5 stitches on the top edge, near one of the side seams and knit an I-cord (or work in st st) for 40” (you don't actually need to work in an i-cord... because the st st curls... it will felt as an i-cord in the wash).
Bind off and attach the strap to other side.

Finished, sewn up but non-felted dimensions = approx 9” wide x 11” long.

Felted it ended up approx 6.5” wide  x 5.5” long with a 30” strap.

BTW - Those of you who have been following along with my knitting lessons will find some new lessons posted again after the holidays. We will learn a new way of casting on, some basic increase and decrease stitches for minor shaping, we will also learn about felting and how to dye our own yarn.

Comments

Hi !

I love mistakes that go so right! Looks like some of the purses I've crocheted and felted. The youngster love them.
eid greetings

Felting is so much fun and

Felting is so much fun and unpredictable! I tend to create hats and felt them by hand (never thought about using the washing machine to felt them). Your rainbow bags are adorable! Happy New Year! www.etsy.com/shop/lilmod

My motto has always been

My motto has always been "there are no mistakes, just a change of plans!" ;o)
xoxo
~ joey ~

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Hi Michelle,

What a lucky girl Pixie is to have such a lovely pouch to carry her trolls around in! You could have told us all that your original plan was to create a pouch to match the color of their hair. But, you blew it. lol

The colors are so bright and cheerful, I'm going to have to visit some better yarn stores - I've not seen those colors in wool - at least not in person.

You're in Tutorial Thursday again. If you keep coming up with so many great projects, I might just have to keep a spot dedicated to your craftiness each week.

Perfect

I love mistakes that go so right! Looks like some of the purses I've crocheted and felted. The kids love them.

I love lemonade!

I love lemonade!

hehe... you can't imagine how

hehe... you can't imagine how many thing in my house weren't what they started out to be :)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher