Good and Plenty – Felted Keyhole Bag
© June 2007 by Lynne Chantler
I’ve seen quite a few felted keyhole bags, but couldn’t find a pattern that I liked when I was looking to make this, so this is from my head, keeping things very simple. It’s worked from the top (handles) down.
Yarn: 2 skeins of Blackforest Naturwolle Yarn or approx. 220 yards of 100% Bulky weight wool
Needle size US 13 (no need to measure gauge)
Cast on 42 stitches.
Rows 1-6 knit garter stitch
Row 7 Knit 14, cast off 14, K14
Row8: Knit 14, cast on 14, K14
Continue knitting garter stitch until you are almost finished with 1 skein (save enough to sew the sides together and to crochet a chain stitch around the inside edge of the keyhole handle for stability.
Make the other side exactly the same with the second skein.
Single crochet around the inside edges of the handles.
Check both sides to see which ones you like best and place those sides facing each other. Sew up the side and bottom seams. Weave in ends.
Felt by hand or by machine, checking every 10 minutes or so, until it’s felted to your liking.
Lay on flat surface, lining up the handle holes and straightening out the seams to make the edges even and the purse smooth on both sides, let dry throughly. Final size after felting and drying – 10″ wide by 11.5″ tall.