Maple by Susan Todhunter


September 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette before felting
US 8 - 5.0 mm
500 - 550 yards (457 - 503 m)
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This pattern is available for free.

Note: Measurements taken after felting. Your bag’s measurements may vary slightly, as differences between washing machines will affect felting results.
Width at top of bag: 7 inches
Width at base of bag: 8 inches
Height: 6.5 inches
Depth: 1.5 inches
Strap length: 22 inches

I’d just finished a big, complicated intarsia project and wanted to relax! There was some yarn left over from the big project – two pretty Cascade 220 greens (great for felting) and a gorgeous Malabrigo in rusty tones. The Malabrigo was just the shade of a maple leaf in late autumn… “Hmm,” I thought, “I wonder how that Malabrigo would felt…”

The bag requires no sewing; pieces are joined as they are worked. The bag’s strap (which also forms the sides and base) is worked first, circularly. Stitches are picked up from the edges of the strap as the front and back of the bag are worked. The flap is formed as a continuation of the back. The maple leaf is worked in intarsia and embellished with backstitching. The bag’s closure is added after felting.