#148 The Bettie Boop
Pattern Difficulty Level
Intrepid Easy to Intermediate: requires knowledge of knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, working in the round on circular needles, simple hand-sewing, finishing techniques such as applying bag feet, bag handles, and closures.
• Work each felted bag and the turnlock flap with two strands of worsted weight, feltable yarn held together throughout. Work the bag on the larger size needle and the flap on size 10 (6mm) needles.
• Instructions for the small bag appear first, with instructions for the larger two sizes appearing in order in parentheses.
• To make unfelted bags, use a single strand of worsted weight yarn (or smaller-gauge yarn that when held double is equivalent to worsted weight) and a size 8 (5mm) 24” (60cm) circular needle or size needed to achieve the “felted” gauge. If using single strand of worsted weight yarn, use approximately 2/3 the yardage listed below; if using two strands of lighter-weight yarn, use the same yardage as listed below. Use the instructions as written for felted bags.
Work each felted flower with a single strand of worsted weight, feltable yarn held throughout on the smaller needles.
Abbreviations Used in This Pattern
Kfb Knit in the front and back of a stitch
K2tog Knit 2 stitches together
M1-L Make 1-left slant increase
M1-R Make 1-right slant increase
RS Right side
Ssk Slip 2 stitches one at a time knitwise, then k2tog-tbl
Approximate Finished Dimensions
NOTE: All finished sizes are approximate. Finished sizes may vary with yarn choice, needle size, gauge, and, if felted, felting time.
10” (25cm) wide opening x 4” (10cm) deep bottom x 9” (22.5cm) tall; 13” (32.5cm) wide at bottom
12” (30cm) wide opening x 4 1/2” (11cm) deep bottom x 10” (25cm) tall; 14” (35cm) wide at bottom
14” (35cm) wide opening x 6” (15cm) deep bottom x 10” (25cm) tall; 17 1/2” (44cm)wide at bottom
Felted Bag Gauge
Pre-felted gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rounds = 4” (10cm) using a double-strand of worsted weight yarn.
Felted/non-felted gauge: 16 stitches and 24 rounds = 4” (10cm). Please check your unfelted and felted gauges by swatching and felting an 8 x 8” (20 x 20cm) first. There will be some variation in finished size if gauge differs due to different needle size, yarn type, or fiber content.
Size 11 (8mm) 24” (60 cm) or 32” (80cm) or longer according to preference circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
Size 10 (6 mm) needles for turnlock flap
Size 6 (4mm) double-pointed needles (set of 5) for flowers
1 Noni “Flowers” Turn Lock in nickel (ftl-n)
6 JUL Colors bag feet in glossy black
1 pair of JUL Hong Kong 18” (45cm) Patent Leather handles
Metal Noni label and four 2mm seed beads
Tapestry needle, sewing needle, and like-colored nylon beading thread
Stitch markers, 1 in contrasting color for beginning of round
Extra stiff plastic embroidery canvas to stiffen the bag bottom
1 – 1 1/2 yds (1 – 1.4m) of lining material according to preference
For a Solid Colored Bag: Approximately 750 yards (685m) worsted weight, feltable wool yarn in spring green
For a Beaded Bag: Approximately 500 yds (458m) of solid-colored spring green yarn and 280 yds (256m) of spring green embellished feltable wool (pictured)
For Flowers: 65 yds (60m) light green
1 Noni 10” (25cm) custom assembled hex frame (hf-10)
5 7mm and 8 10mm Noni sparkle rivets in green
For Bag: Approximately 1000 yards (916m) worsted weight, feltable wool yarn in black
For Flowers: 45 yds (42m) in light green
1 Noni 12” (30cm) custom assembled hex frame (hf-12)
9 10mm Noni sparkle rivets in black
For Bag: Approximately 1250 yards (1143m) worsted weight, feltable wool yarn in light pink
For Flowers: 50 yds (46m) in medium pink and 25 yds (23m) in light pink
1 Noni 14” (35cm) custom assembled hex frame (hf-14)
5 7mm and 10 10mm Noni sparkle rivets in pink
Cover Samples: Pictured felted bags were made with Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool:
The Small Bag was worked in Spring Green held with Tilli Tomas Lime Flurries; Spring Green flowers with green sparkle centers
The Medium Bag is pictured in Black; the flowers were made in Spring Green with black sparkle centers.
The Large Bag is pictured in Pink; the flowers were made in Zinnia Pink and Pink with pink sparkle centers
We suggest worsted weight wool & alpaca yarns.
Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist (double-knitting weight; 100% alpaca; 110 yds 100m per 1 3/4 oz 50g ball)
Louet Riverstone (worsted weight; 100% wool; 193 yds 177m per 3 1/2 oz 100g skein)
Nashua Handknits Julia (worsted weight: 50% wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Mohair; 93 yds 85m per 1 3/4 oz 50g ball)
Plymouth Galway Worsted or Highland Heather (worsted weight; 100% wool; 210 yds 192m per 3 1/2 oz 100g ball)
Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool (worsted weight; 100% merino wool; 250 yds 229m per 3 1/2 oz 100g skein)
Tilli Tomas Flurries (worsted weight; 100% merino wool with glass beads; 70 yds 64m per 1 1/2 oz 50g skein)
Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted (worsted weight; 100% wool; 220 yds 201m per 3 1/2 oz 100g skein)