Monday, January 23, 2006
My Popcorn Bag Pattern
Approximate finished dimensions: 9 3/4”h X 8”w X 5”d
(This bag fits perfectly over the box that 24 packages of Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn comes in from Costco)
Approximately 200 grams of feltable wool
(Wool of the Andes, Peruvian Highland Wool, Fisherman’s Wool, Cascade 220)
Sample knitted of Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool hand dyed
Size 10½ dpn for I-Cord
1 16-inch circular US 10½ needle
BEGIN BAG BOTTOM:
With circular needle cast on 49 stitches. K 35 rows in garter st.
Pick up and k 17 sts along the left edge of rectangle just worked. Pick up and k 49 stitches along the CO edge. Pick up and k 17 sts along remaining side. [132 sts total]
Knit 80 rows. Example: 10 rows avocado, (alternate 2 rows chestnut rows 2 avocado for 14 repeats) 16 avocado for total of 80 rows.
I CORD BIND OFF:
Cast on 3 stitches at beginning of round on right-hand needle, slip the three cast on stitches to the left hand needle. Knit 2 stitches, knit into back of third cast on stitch and first edge stitch at the same time. (1 stitch is bound off) Return the 3 stitches on the right hand needle to the left hand needle. Repeat until there are only 3 stitches remaining, cut thread and with blunt needle thread through the 3 stitches and pull tight. Weave beginning and ending I cord together.
I CORD STRAPS: (make 2)
On 4 stitches with 10 ½ dpn knit 36 inches long.
FELT: (See separate felting instructions)
After bag is completely dry, pinch in the ends so that your bag is folded like a paper lunch sack. Insert a double pointed needle about 1.5 inch in from the side and 1 inch down from top. Go through all four layers. Wiggle around the double pointed needle to open the holes. Remove double pointed needle from one side.
Thread one end of the I-Cord through two left holes on the side of the bag facing you. Thread the other end of the I-Cord through the two right holes. Turn the bag around and repeat with the other I-Cord.
You will now have two ends of the I-Cords sticking out on each side of the bag. Take the two ends on one side and tie them tightly in an overhand (plain old) knot. Or tie them individually.
Thanks and Happy knitting from an addicted "felter."
From a Kansas knitter
1. Once you're knitting the sides, do you continue in garter stitch or use stockingnette? The pattern says to "knit", but I wasn't sure if that meant to continue in garter stitch.
2. Could you give a bit more detail on how to make the I-cords? Is it 4 stitches total with 2 needles? I haven't tried it yet, but it seems like that would be cumbersome.
Thanks for the beautiful pattern - I'm excited about making it.
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I recently made & felted my own purse without a pattern and used an I-cord for the straps. However, the straps stretch. They are sewn onto the bag. Do you have any suggestions? I thought of felting the cord again to see if that would help. I love your bags and am anxious to use your patterns. Thank you.
Kathy - Pgh PA
My I-cord handles do stretch some, but since I felt all my items until you lose all stitch definition they don't stretch a lot.
You could try threading a stablizing thread through the I-cord. You would need to use a sharp needles and a fine strong thread or unwaxed dental floss.
Check on them during the felting process, as they can get tangled. Just straighten them out and keep felting.