I usually don’t carry a large wallet. I tend to carry a small change wallet with room for my credit cards. I needed a new one so I decided to knit one up. First pattern I’ve written, too. I’ve made things from scratch before but never actually written down the steps. I thought this would be a good start for practice!
Yarn: Lite-Lopi double stranded in Red
Needle: KP Size 10.5, 40″ Circular
Notions: stitch markers, small piece of stick on or stitch on velcro, scrap fabric for lining, HeatNBond No Sew Iron On Adhesive (optional for no-sew lining)
Gauge: 4 sts and 5 rows = 1″
CO 16 sts. Work in stockinette stitch back and forth for 8 rows. PM, pick up and knit 4 stitches along the side of the rectangle, pm, 16 sts along cast on row, pm, and 4 stitches along other side of rectangle, pm. (TIP: To “pick up and knit” sts, I usually use a crochet hook. I insert the hook, wrap and pull yarn through and then chain 1. If you use this method, don’t forget to untwist your sts as you place them on your knitting needle.) You should now have 40 sts on your needle and will start working in the round. Mark beginning of round.
Work in the round in stockinette until bag is 4″ tall.
Knit 16 sts – these will make your flap. Bind off next 24 sts (basically, all other sts except for the first 16).
Flap is worked in stockinette stitch over the 16 sts. Work 8 rounds.
Row 9: k1, k2tog, YO, k2tog, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, YO, k2tog, k1.
Row 10: purl across.
Repeat these 2 rows until 10 sts left on needle. (These rows make little holes at the beginning of the row so that after felting you can run a ribbon thru the holes if you so wish.)
Next row: k1, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, k2tog, k1. (9 sts on needle.)
Next row: purl.
Next row: knit.
Next row: purl.
Bind off all sts in knit.
Inside prefelting measurements: 6.75″ wide x 6″ tall when flat (without including flap).Throw wallet in your washing machine for a few cycles for felting. Usually a pair of jeans helps to agitate the bag and helps it to felt better.
I used Knitting Betty’s bag lining tutorial for no-sew bag lining.
After FOUR wash cycles in a front-loader laundromat washer, the bag now measures 6″ across by 4″ tall. If you have a washer at home it will be much easier for you to felt the bag. I used a book to block it.