Formal Boot Bag
Pattern description from Bag Style: “Laura Irwin used buttons and bobbles to decorate this sturdy bag. She began by knitting a rectangular base with the yarn doubled for extra thickness, then she picked up stitches around all four edges and worked the body of the bag to the top, using just a single strand of yarn. Along the way, she worked decreases to give the bag a graceful pouch shape. She added short tabs to the top of each side of attaching metal rings that secure the metal chain handle. To make a dense fabric that will keep its shape without an additional lining, Laura felted the bag in her washing machine. For added interest, she knitted a single stockinette-stitch panel that she decorated with bobbles and buttons and attached to the center of the bag front, base, and back.”
Finished Size: About 14.5” (37 cm) wide at base, 10.5” (26.5 cm) wide at top, and 12” (30.5 cm) long after felting.
Notions: Markers, one of a unique color (m); stitch holder;tapestry needle; two 1.5” (3.8 cm) silver rings (rings shown are item #4804 by La Mode); 20” (51 cm) heavy chain (www.davabeadandtrade.com); 2 sets of pliers; sharp-point sewing needle and matching thread;lingerie bag; twelve 7/8” (2.2 cm) half-ball covered buttons; four 1 1/8” (3 cm) half-ball covered buttons; 1/8 yd (0.15 meter) fabric for button covers.
Additional Gauge: 10.5 stitches and 13.5 rows = 4” (10 cm) with double strand of yarn in stockinette stitch on largest needles, before felting.