Messenger Bag by Betty Christiansen
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Messenger Bag

October 2006
Aran (8 wpi) ?
12 stitches = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch (St st) before felting (row gauge is not crucial)
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
800 yards (732 m)
One size

Pattern Notes: This pattern is for a felted messenger bag; a “Knitting for Peace” logo can be scanned onto t-shirt transfer paper, transfered to fabric, and stitched onto the bag.

Pattern Description from Knitting for Peace: “Wage peace by carrying your knitting around in this felted messenger bag. Sturdy and good-sized - it’s large enough to accommodate plenty of yarn and any length of needle - it closes with a flap emblazoned with the knitting for peace logo.

This bag is simple to knit: The base is a garter-stitch rectangle, and stitches are picked up along all four edges to form it into the body, all worked in the round. Stitched are then divided for the flap and the straps, worked back and forth.“

Finished Measurements: 20” wide, 20.5” tall, and 5” deep before felting; 14” wide, 12” tall, and 3.5” deep after felting.

Yarn: Approximately 800 yards heavy worsted-weight yarn (must be wool or other feltable animal fiber; do not use superwash wool or wool/acrylic blends). Cascade Yarns Pastaza (50% llama/50% wool)

Needles: One 24” circular needle (circ) size US 10.5 (6.5 mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle, stitch markers, stitch holders, plus for logo (optional) computer with scannin capabilities, printer, T-Shirt transfer paper (sold at craft and stationary stores), iron, muslin, or other light-colored fabric slightly larger than logo, sewing needle, and thread.