Felted a crocheted bag, love the effect!

I was in a yarn shop the other day, where I saw a curious looking bag.

It appeared it was a crocheted bag that was felted afterwards.

Look, here’s an example I found on another blog:

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I really love this effect and wanted to try it myself.

For this purpose I bought the Big Delight Atlantis yarn from Drops.

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It is very important that you use wool, other yarn types (acryl, cotton) will not felt.

The bag I made has a very simple design. You just crochet a big rectangle that you fold over 1,5 times. That makes the front, back and flap. You also crochet a long thin strip that will become the sides of the bag and the handle. The long strip is connected to the front and back of the bag with single crochets.

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Below you see the bag I crocheted, before I felted it.

I only used single crochets. You can make the bag as big or small as you want. Just remember that the felting process reduces the size of the bag by 15-30%, so you need to make the bag bigger than you want it to become after the felting.

Before felting, my bag was 40 cm wide, 25 cm high and the flap was 14 cm high. I used about 2,5 skeins.

 

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This wool has a beautiful pattern!

I added two buttonhooks, which I made by crocheting a row of chainstitches and adding a row of single crochets.

 

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The felting process is super simple, you just put the bag in the washing machine on a program of choice, at about 40-60 degrees Celcius. That’s it!

Are you curious how the bag turned out?

Here it is:

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I’m superpleased with it, and think it worked out great.

The bag became thicker and sturdier by the felting, and is very suitable as a bag (even for heavier goods).

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I absolutely love the color pattern!

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This picture shows the back of the bag.

After felting the bag is 28 cm wide, 22 cm high and the flap is 10,5 cm. It shrunk quite a bit, about 15-30% (depending where you measure), exactly the amout that was predicted!

I also bought 3 skeins of Drops Big Delight Lava, and I’m still working on which felting project┬á want to make next.Perhaps another bag?

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I wish you a nice day!

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