Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Craft: Halloween Make a felted "candy corn" tote

For Halloween, make this easy felted candy corn tote and or felted bat.

It is an easy pattern to follow and a great starting place to practice your knitting, crocheting and felting skills. Gauge is not essential for either craft which makes it a good activity for all.

The free Felted Candy Corn Tote pattern is from Lion® Brand Lion® Yarn.

Final size of bag = About 9 in. (23 cm) long after felting and not including handles.
Candy Corn Tote BAG

color A = white
color B = orange
color C = yellow
color D = brown

With 2 strands of A held together, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Place marker for beg of rnd. Move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: (Sc in next st, 2 sc in next st) 3 times - 9 sc.
Rnd 3: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 4: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts) 3 times - 12 sc.
Rnd 5: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 6: (Sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st) 3 times - 15 sc.
Rnd 7: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 8: (2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts) 3 times - 18 sc.
Rnd 9: Sc in each st around; change to B in last st.
Rnd 10: With B, sc in each st, increasing 3 sc evenly spaced around - 21 sc.
Rnd 11: Sc in each st around.
Rnds 12-21: Rep last 2 rnds 5 times; change to C in last st of last rnd - 36 sc.
Rnds 22-29: With C, rep Rnds 10 and 11 four times - 48 sc.
Fasten off.


HANDLES (make 2)
With 2 strands of D held together, ch 45.
Row 1: Work 3 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to last ch, 3 sc in last ch; pivot to work in free loops along opposite side of foundation ch, sc in each ch across; join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.


FINISHING
Weave in ends.


Felting
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.
Sew ends of each Handle to Front and Back at top opening, extending 1 in. (2.5 cm) inside Bag.

To make the Blacked Felted Bat, either use the pattern here or just simply knit a square, felt it and cut out a shape of a bat. Make a few of them, hang with fishing line and make a bat "mobile." If you don't have time, use that sweater that you (I) washed and cut out the bat shape. Either way, have fun!


Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.

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