For Christmas I was given a big hank of Fleece Artist Bluefaced Aran yarn which came with a pattern for a felted tote bag called Toto.
It was a really quick knit – just a few evenings. I wish I’d taken a “before” photo, but I forgot. I was just too keen to get in the washing machine to felt it! I had it in the machine for half an hour on 40 degrees and was very happy with the amount of felting. I didn’t want to over do it and as a result it is still quite soft to the touch. Sometimes felted items can get a bit too stiff for my liking.
In doing this bag, I learnt how to do provisional cast-on and an interesting technique for joining on the handles. You keep the stitches on the ends of the handles and the spots where they’ll be attached live on a stitch holder. Then to attach them you slip the stitches alternately onto a single needle. Then you simply slip two, and pass the first stitch over the second, slip another one, and pass the first stitch over again – a bit like casting off. It was a really neat join and I’ll definitely try and remember this technique for the future.