Fabric

Felted Clutch

By  Jenny Bezingue 

size: 6-1/2"x9-1/2"

  • Felted Clutch

Materials

  • Cascade 220 worsted-weight wool yarn, color #8401, 2 skeins (Cascade Yarns)
  • Black grosgrain ribbon, 1-1/2”, 2/3 yd.
  • Magnetic snap clasp, 3/4” (Prym Consumer USA)

Tools

  • Circular knitting needles, size 13 (16”)
  • Crochet hook
  • Stitch markers, four
  • Knitting row counter or tally sheet
  • Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Sewing needle and black thread
  • Washing machine and mild soap

Abbreviations

k: knit
k2tog: knit two together
p: purl
PM: place marker
st(s): stitch(es)

  • 1. With circular needle, cast on 32 sts. Working back and forth, not circular, work 10 rows in garter st (k every row). PM. With crochet hook, pick up 5 sts along short side and place on needle; PM. Pick up 32 sts on long side and PM. Pick up 5 sts on short side and PM (74 sts).
  • 2. Working circular, k9 rows. Rows 10, 15, 20, 25: K2tog next to markers on each long side. K all other rows through Row 29. Row 30: On short sides, k2tog, k1, k2tog. On long sides, k2tog on each side of markers. Row 31: K1, cast off 28 sts, k29 sts.
  • 3. To make flap, work remaining sts flat, not circular, in stockinette st (k on right side, p on wrong side). Work 11 rows. Rows 12-13: K2tog at beginning and end of row. Cast off. Weave in ends.
  • 4. Felt bag in washing machine on normal cycle, in warm or hot water, using one to two teaspoons of mild soap. To avoid permanent wrinkles, do not use spin cycle. To accelerate felting process, add an old pair of jeans to the wash. If needed, use two washing cycles to felt bag to desired size. Invert clutch over empty bottle and let dry, out of direct sun or bright light.
  • 5. Sew on clasp. Tie ribbon bow; secure center with fabric glue. Sew bow to purse flap.
  • Note
  • 1. Use yarn doubled throughout.
  • Tips
  • 1. Use the Boye® KnitMaster, complete with interchangeable tips and wires of various lengths, to make custom-sized circular knitting needles.
  • 2. Once knitted fabric is felted, it won't ravel; simply cut buttonhole or trim flap to any desired shape.
  • 3. Do not use "superwash" yarn for felting projects; it has a special treatment to keep it from felting in the wash.
  • 4. White yarn is difficult to felt, as well, so look for deeper shades.
  • 5. Information courtesy of Cascade Yarns.