The “Options” Bag is a very “Universal” Bag.
This pattern starts with a basic felted bag, and has many options to dress it up.
Options include as pictured, 2 different knit overlays that are sewn on bag after it is felted, 2 flap designs, felted I-cord or store bought handles can be used, and a lining that only takes 1 fat quarter.
The black bag illustrates purchased handles, with the overlay sewn onto the bag vertically, the flap is adorned with a big antique pin purchased a second hand shop (another idea would be to use big holiday pins for each season), and a lining.
The brown bag illustrates the overlay sewn onto the bag horizontally, the flap is slightly larger with a point and adorned with a big button, and a lining.
Both of these bags are knit with the same yarn and the same pattern. But felting is not a science and both bags felted at slightly different sizes.
Size: Both bags before felting: 18” across, 17”(laying flat). After felting: 12.5” across, 10” tall (laying flat)
Gauge: approximately 2.5-3sts per inch, 2 rows per inch.
Materials: 3 skeins of Deluxe Chunky Tweed by Universal Yarns. (Total 360yds) Colors shown are Black Ice & Mochacino
Size 13(24”) needles for bag and size 10.5 for overlays
Optional items, button (shown on brown bag) or big pin (shown on black bag) for flap. 1 fat quarter for lining.
Handles if you are not going to use the I-cord.