Candy Striper–Free Pattern of the Month!

Candy Striper
Felted Bag
by Vickie Howell

2 Balls each of Vickie Howell Collection’s Vegas (29% Soysilk, 67% wool, and 4% metallic thread; 50gr/100m) in colors: Swingers (red) and Chapel of Love (white)
Size US 15 (10mm), 24″ circular needles
Tapestry needle
6 yds, strung sequin
Fabric or felt glue
Decorative holiday pin (optional)
Psst!…stay tuned for a future post for instructions on how to make the crocheted poinsettia pin showed.

Pre-felting: 18″ x 14 1/2″
Post-felting: 10″ x 10 1/2″

With DOUBLE STRAND of red Vegas, CO 10 sts. Knit two rows straight.
Next Row: Kf&b, k to last st, kf&b.
Next Row: Knit.
Repeat last 2 rows, once more.
Knit straight (garter stitch) until piece measures 12 1/2″.
Next Row: Ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Next Row: Knit.
Repeat last 2 rows, once more.

Leaving existing 10 sts on needle, pick-up 62 sts evenly around (72 sts–you’ll now be working in the round.)
Knit 4 rounds.
Switch to DOUBLE STRAND of white Vegas and knit 4 rounds.
Continue in established stripe pattern (4 rows red/4 rows white) until body measures 11 1/2″, ending with red stripe.

Next Round: Switch to white and knit around.
Next Round: Purl.
Next Round: K 13, BO 20, k16, BO 20, k3.
Next Round: P13, CO 20 (using “e” cast-on), p16, CO 20, p3.
Work 11 rows in garter stitch (when working in the round, this means knit one row, purl the next). BO. Weave in ends.

Place finished purse in a zippered pillow case or lingerie bag and machine felt, using hot water and mild soap. Use short cycles, and repeat as many times as necessary to get the amount of felting you desire. Once it’s done, roll in towel to squeeze out excess water and let dry overnight, taking care to shape as necessary (you might want to even stuff with paper towels to help shape the bottom).

Using fabric glue attach sequin to top of each red stripe. Let dry. Add a holiday corsage or brooch. Line with fabric if desired.

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This pattern is meant for non-commercial use only. Copyright Vickie Howell, Inc. 2007. All rights reserved.


9 Responses to “Candy Striper–Free Pattern of the Month!”

  1. Victoria E

    Wowza – I have no idea how I lost track of your blog for so long. How is every little thing!? You look quite busy πŸ™‚

  2. BellaKarma

    Thank you so much, Vickie, for the free yarn! LOVE is quite lovely. Shelby & Jackson, would that be Steel Magnolias? πŸ™‚

  3. Anonymous

    I thought this was the cutes bag. I can’t seem to find the link to the Vegas yarn that you recommend for this. Can you let me know where to go to get yarn? Thanks!

  4. Sharri

    Can you tell me what the abbreviations mean: Kf&b, I assume that means K in the front and back of the same stitch? And BO must mean bind off? I used to know how to knit in a previous life, but some of these new abbreviations are Greek to me.

  5. SticksandHooksGirl

    Thanks Vickie…I have followed you for a few years now..Love your work, books, patterns.

    I am an old lady knitting and crocheting over 50 years..and yet you inspire me …thank you for that. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for so graciouly sharing this darling felted bag…I am going to so make it…with some darling little embellishments..