Beginning with the bottom of the bag, cast on 8 stitches.


Sharon Watterson /

Newport, Rhode Island

With a desire to change purses with every season and purses ranging anywhere from $50 up, a felted purse made with a few skeins of yarn and fabric bits could be the answer. Felt is the oldest fabric known to man, made by agitating pure sheep's or alpaca wool, today's knitters are taking on more and more felting projects.

This ’Bucket of Roses’ handbag is knitted in the round, felted, and lined. A double strand of worsted weight wool for felting was used to complete the bag.

Separate on to 4 size 13 double point needles and join, placing two st on each needle. Be careful not to twist the stitches when joining.

Round 1: K1, YO, K1 on each needle, 12 stitches total now.

Round 2: Knit around.

Round 3: K1, YO, K1, YO, K1 on each needle, 20 st.

Round 4: Knit around.

Round 5: K1, YO. Knit to last stitch before end of needle, YO, K1, on each needle, 28 st

Round 6: Knit around.

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until there are about 28 stitches, and transfer work to circular 16” needle, placing markers between end stitches on dp’s. Used here are three blue markers and one red marker to show the beginning of the row.

NOTE: You may to transfer stitches to 16” circular needle to have an easy to knit circle. The needle shown here is shorter than a regular 16” circular.

Knit piece straight up until you have 13.5 inches from purl bead row, AT THE SAME TIME, decreasing each side of markers every 10 rows, 4 times (8 stitches decreased every 10 rows.) 62 st remain.

Straps: Make two and connect them with the Kitchener Stitch at the top.

While working on the strap stitches alone (the ends between the markers), using your 16” circular or straight needles, if you wish, let the rest of the bag dangle on the 24” circular.

1.Knit 1, SSK, Kit 9, K2tog, K1. 13 st.

2.Purl across.

3.Knit1, SSK, K7, K2tog, K1.  11 st.


5.K1, SSK, K5, K2tog, K1. 9 st.



Repeat rows 6 and 7 until strap measures 12 in. Place 9 stitches on holder or spare piece of yarn. Break yarn, leaving 12 inces or so to connect straps.

Finished size before felting: 15” at bottom, 13” tall without strap, 12” wide at top. 9” from middle of strap to top of bag.

Sharon writes online as the Knitting Examiner for Providence, writes for, and you can follow her on Twitter as Knit_in_scribble. You will find more knitting patterns and felted bags on Sharon ‘s blog. Buy Sharon’s designs at her Etsy Shop, Wattery Totteries.

Copyright 2010, Sharon Watterson. All photos and written material are property of the writer and not to be used for commercial gain in any way without permission from Sharon Watterson.

Single crochet with two strands of coordinating color yarn around straps and top.  The “Bucket of Roses” bag has two rows of crochet across the top of the bag only for definition.

To felt: The safest method is to knit a square of the yarn you plan to use and felt it to see how long it takes and what beginning and end measurements are. Run a small tub of hottest water in your machine and throw in some faded jeans with the knitted bag. Add ½ cup of white vinegar and a little wool wash. Agitate until your desired felting is finished. This may take a few minutes to accomplish, but once it begins felting, it doesn’t take long. Felting shrinks less in length than it does in the width, usually.

Do not wring in washer. Squeeze out and rinse in the sink, roll between towels to remove excess. Stuff with plastic bags or bubble wrap to dry. The drying process can take about three days. Measurement after drying: 9 in. across top, 11 in tall (not including strap), 13 in. wide at the bottom.

Lining —

Silk dupioni embroidered dot for outer lining.

Interlining —

Canvas needlepoint and plastic webbing

Using the sides and fronts of the purse, cut matching pieces of needlepoint canvas, ½ in. longer on the sides and bottom to match.  I used the cast off stitch line as a guide plus ½ in. on either side.

Tack the canvas interlining to the inside of the bag, leaving a space of at least

1.5  in. all around the top for folding over the outer lining. I use heavy carpet thread for this and a tapestry needle. You really need three hands for this, but you have only two. Not to worry, it is fidgety, but you'll get through it. NOTE: when tacking the two larger sections for the fronts, leave a space in the center at the top for attaching the magnetic snap closure.

Outer Lining:

Using the cut needlepoint pieces as a guide, both canvas and plastic (bottom and sides and fronts), cut your lining pieces, but add 1.5 inches at the top to fold over the interlining. Cut pocket, if desired, sew on one front side of lining. Lining cut

If you have a label, sew that to the other side of front. Lining 2

Sew all side parts of lining together then attached to bottom piece, using ½ in. seam. Press out seams.

Insert lining and install magnetic snap according to package directions, making sure to center the snap to meet properly. Fold lining over and hand sew all around, securing at heavy stress points.

NOTE: I also made a handle lining on this bag, it isn’t necessary, but thought it would be more comfortable with use in warm months. If you want a handle lining, cut fabric to match knitted handle with seam allowance, press under before hand sewing.


What You’ll Need

4 dp needles size 10.5

16” circular needle US Size 13

24” circular needle US Size 13

½ yard of fabric for lining

¼ needlepoint canvas for interlining

16” sheet plastic webbing

magnetic snap closure

4-5 skeins main color worsted 100% wool yarn, NON-machine washable

2 skeins coordinating color worsted 100% yarn. NON-machine washable

Purl one row for purl bead.

Continue as before knitting rounds 6 and 7, making YO’s before the first stitch and marker, slip marker, knit next stitch and YO. Knit rounds 5 and 6 until you have a total of 100 stitches. Change to 24” circular.

and reattach to bag body, left side of first completed strap.

Bind off stitches of this side of bag in this manner:

K2, PSSO, place BO st back on left hand needle, repeat until all stitches are bound off to next marker.

Repeat instructions for last strap. Bind off remaining stitches in instructions above for second side.  Connect strap with Kitchener Stitch

Using your purl bead on the bottom of the purse as a guide, cut an oval of plastic webbing to match the bottom. Turn the bag inside out and tack the webbing to the bottom.

Note: I am using plastic webbing on the bottom for the first time, as it is sturdier and the bag will stand up, but equally harder to work with than regular canvas needlepoint. Normally use canvas, as it is softer and lends itself to draping for large shoulder bags.

To accent the purse I used some dupioni roses made with different circumference circles, crimped, and sewn together in the middle, with a pin glued on the back.

























Thank you Domestic-Diva for allowing me to design this felted purse. The designer has never been a ‘diva’ and really can’t even sing!  It has been a pleasure.


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