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The Big Lebowski (1998)
10.5" x 10" x 4" felted
11sts x 16 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch before felting
Front and Back (make 2):
In MC, with larger needles, cast on 31. Knit as follows:
Bottom and Sides:
In MC, with larger needles, cast on 14 stitches. Work in stockinette stitch for 42 rows, work in garter stitch for 46 rows, then work in stockinette stitch for 42 rows again. Bind off.
Top (make 2):
In main color, with larger needles, cast on 62. Work in stockinette stitch for 10 rows and bind off.
To assemble with piping, use a double strand of the contrasting color (this means 4 strands if you are using Cascade 220) and a size K crochet hook. Pick up one stitch from each side as you work in single crochet around all the seams. Do not join the two top pieces together, this is where the zipper will go.
I-Cord Handles (optional; make 2):
If you don't want to use store-bought handles, you can make them out of i-cord.
Stripes can be knitted or needle felted.
Put the bag and stripes in the washing machine on a hot water, high agitation cycle. You may want to secure the bag inside a pillowcase to keep the fuzzies out of your washer. Add a small amount of laundry soap or wool wash. Repeat this until the bag is felted to the desired size. Shape it using towels or grocery bags and allow it to dry. Once the bag is dry you can add the embellishments.
Attach zipper after felting and once the bag is completely dry. Choose a zipper that is between 12 and 14 inches. Center the zipper between the top pieces. With a needle and thread matching the main color sew the zipper to each side and seam any remaining space on the sides. Also, if you are using store-bought handles, you can attach them now.
If you want to add a monogram you can do it after the bag is felted by needle felting. Cut a couple feet of contrasting color and separate out a single ply. Place this ply on the bag in the shape of the name or initials you want. Jab at this ply repeatedly with a felting needle. (See our warnings about felting needles under Stripes, above.)