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Creative Process of Felted Bag from Crochet So Lovely

One of my favorite projects from Crochet So Lovely is the felted bag. Inspired by the expensive laser cut leather handbags I see in the stores, I wondered if crochet mesh would look somewhat laser cut after felting.

Tada! As an experimental designer, I cannot tell you how exciting it is for me when something goes exactly as planned. The beautiful flowers look sewn on, right? Nope! They are incorporated right into the motifs that are joined as you go for a seamless construction. Awesome, right? I was torn about lining or not lining the bag. I think if you are going to use it for your purse, maybe line it. But if you are going to use it for a knitting/crochet project bag, maybe leave it unlined so you can see more pretty yarn through the "laser cut" design?
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After felting:

New HOW TO VIDEO: Let Kristin help you learn to wind a hank of yarn into a center pull ball: How to Wind a Hank into a Center Pull Ball VIDEO



How to Wind a Hank of Be So Sporty Yarn into Center Pull Ball

Until you know how to do it, winding hank yarn into center pull balls can be a daunting experience! I'm sure we all have sad stories from the trials of learning this important technique. In this video, I give you my tips and tricks from over 10 years experience winding hanks into center pull balls. Hope it helps you!


Free Knit Lace Shawl Pattern & Back Story

Many years ago, when I first began knitting and crocheting, I bought a book of knit shawl patterns called Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle. I read and re-read that book so many times and savored every word and photograph. I learned a lot about shawl construction from that book. I fell in love with feather and fan stitch with one pattern and faroese shawl construction with another. 


I designed this particular shawl with faroese shaping but incorporating feather and fan stitch pattern in the gusset as well as in the border. This is also one of the few patterns I have knit more than one time. I've knit it 3 times so far actually! The first time was in Lorna's Laces Helens Lace, the second time was with Malabrigo Lace and the third time was in Freia Yarns Ombre Lace. 

Another good yarn substitution would be to use one hank of Be So Fine, my fingering weight bamboo yarn in the Bamboo So Fine Yarn Lines. The 650 yard hank of hand dyed bamboo yarn comes with a pod of Wrapture to perfectly block your finished shawl. Now available in 7 colors here: Kristin's Etsy Shop

The pattern is now available here for FREE: Kristin's Knit Scalloped Lace Shawl Free Pattern