Sunday, 17 February 2013

Little felted purse

I have always fancied having a go at wet felting, and now I have finally bitten the bullet I found that it was really easy! I wanted to create a simple purse so I improvised a pattern with chunky feeling yarn. Here is the pattern:

Yarn: Filtzwolle color Zum FIlzen in der washmaschine (40degrees)
100% Virgin wool (color 22, lot 15645)(super bulky weight yarn)
Needles: 8mm

Cast on 42 stitches and continue in stocking stitch for 20 rows.

Cast off 21 stitches

Continue in stocking stitch for a further 5 rows (21 stitches)

At the beginning of the next and following 15 rows (16 rows in total) decreased one stitch by knitting two together, until there are only 5 stitches remaining.

Cast of the remaining 5 stitches.

Place the project in a pillow case (secure the end of the pillow case with a knot) and put in the washing machine on a 30 degree wash. I included a pair of genes in the wash to increase agitation, this helps in the felting process. Here I used the economy quick wash setting and actually run it twice to get the correct effect. Each time I ran the cycle I removed the knitted item and reshaped.

Once your item is felted leave to dry. This may take a couple of days.

Lastly I added a button and cut out a button whole with a seem ripper. Very handy that you don't need to worry about button wholes when felting! Here is the finished item.


  1. Fantastic! Thank you for sharing. What size does this end up please?

    1. Thank you, I am glad you like it! Mine turned out about 4 inches by 6 inches. However depending how well your wool felts this may make it bigger or smaller. The wool I used was especially for felting so it did felt very well and shrunk quite a bit. If you are looking to make it a particular size you may want to knit a small swatch and felt it so see how much it shrinks. I hope that helps. If you need any more info I am happy to help