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Panier Purse: a Felted Entrelac Bag

Knitting
April 2014
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch - unfelted
US 9 - 5.5 mm
190 - 220 yards (174 - 201 m)
One size
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Entrelac knitting resembles complicated woven basketry, but is actually an intermediate level technique. If you can knit stockinette and pick up stitches, you can do entrelac.

Entrelac is even more impressive when worked in a variegated yarn with long color changes, such as Noro Kureyon. Color changes occur in the length of a round, so blocks above and below appear as contrasting colors, heightening the woven effect. If you choose to work entrelac in a solid color, the woven-basket texture comes to the fore.

The pattern includes options for either an open top or a flap, both with I-cord edging. Instructions for felting are also included.

Skills Needed to Successfully Complete This Pattern: follow directions closely, work in the round on circular needle, knit, purl, stockinette stitch, slip stitches, using markers, purl two sts together and ssk decreases, pick up sts knitwise and purlwise, bind off.

DIMENSIONS
Unfelted: Base width: 12”; top width: 9½”; height: 8½”
Felted: Base width: 10”; top width: 8½”; height: 6½”

MATERIALS
Noro Kureyon, (50 g, 100 m), 100% wool, 2 balls
16” circular needle US #9, or size to match gauge
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, button, matching thread, sewing needle & handle (optional)

GAUGE: 18 sts & 24 rows over 4” (before felting)