Free Pattern: Felted Black Cat Bag

Hello everyone!

Yes, it’s been a while since I posted, but the quilt retreats have been taking a lot of my time lately (but they are great fun!).

I just got an email from Lion Brand® Yarn , with some of their great Halloween patterns. Since it’s now officially October – I thought this was a great time to post these. After all, do we really want to wait until the 20th of the month to do our crafting for the holiday?

First up is the Felted Black Cat Bag – can be used for candy or as a purse with the right costume! Or just a neat place to put your Halloween greeting cards as they arrive (yes, they do have to move off of the dinning table sometimes for meals).

I suppose I should take a moment out to explain felting to those who may not be familiar with it. In very basic terms – you knit or crochet a project out of wool yarn (must be 100% wool), wash in hot water, and then dry flat (or with a form if needed). Please note – while yarn crafters do call this felting, the technical sites I looked up all said that felting is only done with raw wool. Doing the same thing with a finished piece is called ‘fulling’. (Since this blog is about crafters and not technicians – we’ll stick to calling it felting, but if you want to see what the techs have to say here it is!)

As I said, that’s a very basic explanation – for more information on felting, check this link: Knitty Chick

And now – on to the pattern!

Felted Black Cat Bag

Pattern Difficulty
Easy + (and here is a link to the pattern difficulty chart used by Lion Brand)

Finished Size
About 9” diameter after felting

Supplies Needed

  • 2 skeins of Lion Wool Yarn: Ebony (820-153)
  • 1 skein of Lion Wool Yarn: Rose (820-140)
  • 1 skein of Lion Wool Yarn: Dark Teal (820-178)
  • 1 skein of Lion Wool Yarn: Pearl Grey (820-149)
  • Lion Brand Crochet Hook – Size K (10.5)
  • Large Eye Blunt Needle

GAUGE
10 hdc = 4 in. (10 cm) before felting with 2 strands of A held together.
EXACT GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT.
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

FRONT

  • With 2 strands of A held together, ch 5; join with sl st in first ch to form a ring.
  • Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), work 11 dc in ring; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 12 dc.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 2 (counts as hdc here and throughout), hdc in same st as join, 2 hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 24 hdc.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 2, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 36 hdc.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-2.
  • Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 48 hdc.
  • Rnd 6: Ch 2, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-2.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 2, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 60 hdc.
  • Rnd 8: Ch 2, hdc in each st around; join with sl st in top of beg ch-2.
  • Rnd 9: Ch 2, hdc in next 3 sts, 2 hdc in next st, *hdc in next 4 sts, 2 hdc in next st; rep from * around; join with sl st in top of beg ch – 72 hdc.

Ear

  • Row 1: Sc in next 7 sts; leave remaining sts unworked.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 6 sts.
  • Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 5 sts.
  • Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 4 sts.
  • Row 5: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 3 sts.
  • Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next 2 sts.
  • Row 7: Ch 1, turn, sk 1 st, sc in next st.
  • Fasten off.
  • Sk 10 sts to the left of Ear just completed, join yarn with sl st, rep Rows 1-7 of Ear.
  • Fasten off.

BACK
Work same as Front, omitting Ears.
FINISHING

  • With wrong sides of Front and Back together, join one strand of A at left edge of base of second ear.
  • Rnd 1: Working through both thicknesses, sc evenly around outside edges to base of first Ear to join. Fasten off. Edge between Ears remains open.

HANDLES (make 2)

  • With 2 strands of A held together, ch 57.
  • Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook (counts as 2 hdc), hdc in each ch to last ch, 3 hdc in last ch; pivot to work in free loops along opposite side of foundation ch, hdc in each ch to last ch, 2 hdc in last ch; join with sl st in first hdc.
  • Fasten off.

NOSE

  • With 1 strand of B, ch 2.
  • Row 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook – 2 sc.
  • Row 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in each sc – 4 sc.
  • Row 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first st, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc – 6 sc.
  • Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc across.
  • Fasten off.

EYES (make 2)

  • With 1 strand of C, ch 2.
  • Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; do not join.
  • Rnd 2: Do not turn, work sc in each st around; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
  • Weave in ends.

FELTING

  • Put pieces into a mesh laundry bag or a pillowcase and wash by machine on a hot wash/cold rinse cycle with detergent and several pieces of clothing to agitate.
  • To felt additionally, dry by machine on a regular setting until almost dry.
  • Remove from dryer and pull into shape.

FINISHING

  • When dry, sew Nose to center of Front.
  • Sew on Eyes.
  • With 2 strands of B held together, embroider Mouth in an upside down “Y”shape under Nose.
  • With 1 strand of D, embroider 3 whiskers, each 1 1/2 in. (4 cm) long, on either side of face.
  • Sew ends of one Handle to Front, with about 1 in. (2.5 cm) of ends extending inside Bag.
  • Repeat with remaining Handle on Back.

You’ll love the finished product – and for those who haven’t felted before, believe me, it can be addicting.  (I know several knitters and crocheters that can verify that!)

Tomorrow I’ll post another free pattern from Lion Brand® Yarn – and some links to other great Halloween patterns from them. Don’t forget that in order to view their patterns you need to register – it’s free, and it’s a one time registration (as long as you don’t forget your password!)

Pattern reprinted by permission of Lion Brand Yarn.Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

Sheila

FREE Pattern – Prayer Shawl (knitting)

I have just gotten a link to another great pattern from Lion Brand® Yarn , and have been given permission to post it for everyone on the blog. I have posted other patterns from Lion Brand® in the past, and those can be found at this link.

Lion Brand® Yarn has hundreds of free patterns and ideas on their site – it’s a great way to fire your imagination if you are looking for a new yarn project to create!

The pattern I am going to post today is called the Comfort Shawl – but it has also been called the Prayer Shawl. As Gina Basich from Lion Brand® said in her email to me:

The Comfort Shawl (Prayer Shawl) is one of our most popular patterns. It uses Homespun yarn and is soft, cozy and can be made in any one of the beautiful Homespun colors. Comfort Shawls (Prayer Shawls) are often made to comfort someone who is ill, suffering loss or even celebrating a happy life event such as a marriage, birth, or friendship. This beautiful shawl, featured in Homespun Meadow will be a special gift for both the giver and the receiver.

Even if you are not looking for a shawl to make for someone who is ill – this shawl really is a beautiful finished piece, and the length makes it perfect for both practical use (protection from the cold) and decorative (dressing up a fall jacket or outfit). The pattern calls for Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn, which can be washed and dried, making care of this shawl very simple for anyone receiving it.

Please note – the instructions below will allow you to create a shawl that looks exactly like the one pictured on the right side of this page. Any of the “painterly” category of Homespun yarns (which can be seen at this link) will create this striped look. If you use one of the solid, heathered, or tweed colors, your results will differ.

Shawl

Comfort Shawl

Comfort Shawl
Pattern Difficulty: Beginner
Finished Size: One Size – 20 x 60 in. [51 x 152.5 cm] not including fringe

Supplies Needed

  • 4 balls of Homespun Yarn: Meadow (790-395)
  • Lion Brand Knitting Needles – Size 10.5 [6.5 mm]
  • Large-Eye Blunt Needles
  • LION BRAND crochet hook, any size D/3 – L/11 [3.25-8 mm], for attaching fringe

Pattern

  • GAUGE

12 stitches across and 20 rows down should measure 4 in. [10 cm] in garter stitch (knit every stitch on every row. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

  • SHAWL

Cast on 60 stitches. Work in garter stitch (knit every stitch on every row) until the first skein of yarn is almost finished. At the beginning of the next row, attach a new skein of yarn, leaving a tail of both skeins. Continue working in garter stitch, attaching the third and fourth skeins in the same way. Continue until Shawl measures 60 in. [152.5 cm]. Bind off all stitches. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Thread the tail into a large-eyed blunt needle, and use the needle to weave the tail through the Shawl. Trim end of tail. In the same way, weave in the tail from the beginning of your work and the tails from where the second, third, and fourth skeins were joined.

  • FRINGE

Cut 248 strands of yarn, each 13 in. [33 cm] long. For each fringe, hold 4 strands of yarn together and fold in half. Use crochet hook to draw fold through edge of piece, forming a loop. Pull ends of fringe through this loop. Pull to tighten. Make 62 fringes along both short sides with 8 strands of yarn in each fringe. Trim fringe evenly.

Enjoy – share with a friend or loved one – or keep it for yourself!

Some other great patterns by Lion Brand® Yarn:

Hats
Easy Stripes Hat – Pattern #70732 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice – crochet patterns – level: easy
Textured Beret – Pattern #80005 – Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick – crochet pattern – level: easy

Scarves
Meandering Rib Scarf – Pattern #70539 – Yarn: Wool-Ease – knit pattern – level: easy
Intarsia Polka-Dot Scarf – Pattern #70529 – Yarn: Lion Wool – knit pattern – level: easy
Two-Color Tango Scarf – Pattern #70661 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice / Lion Cashmere Blend – knit pattern – level: intermediate

AmigurumiWhat is Amigurumi? I’m glad you asked! Click here.

Amigurumi Doughnuts – Pattern #80113 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice / Homespun / Lion Cotton / Microspun / Lion Cashmere Blend – crochet pattern – level: easy

Amigurumi Momma Chicken – Pattern #80104 – Yarn: Wool-Ease – crochet pattern – level: easy
For more Amigurumi patterns from Lion Brand®, click here

Other Items
Garter Ridge Baby Cardigan – Pattern #70301 – Yarn: Lion Cashmere Blend – knit pattern – level: easy
Crochet Sampler Afghan – Pattern #20124 – Yarn: Fisherman’s Wool – crochet pattern – level: intermediate
Striped Thigh Highs – Pattern #70691 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice – knit pattern
Basket – Pattern #80096 – Yarn: Vanna’s Choice – crochet pattern
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing
Sheila