With summer right around the corner a beach bag is the perfect project for your next trip to the beach. The Seaside Beach Bag is the perfect knit beach bag for this summer and beyond. Doubling as a market bag while you are not on vacation you will always have reason to use it.
A felted bottom creates a sturdy foundation for this fun bag. It is perfect for your next outing at the pool or the beach. The mesh sides will leave the sand at the beach while keeping your toys and snacks secure inside.
This bag can stretch and hold a TON! I simply love it.
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When making a bag you want it to be study so that it can hold your belongings. Worked holding two strands of yarn together for base and trim to give more structure to be able to hold all of our necessities. Felting is done after entire bag is complete giving a stronger and sturdy base to the bag.
Felting the Seaside Knit Beach Bag:
Felting can be one of those scary knitting techniques that people are hesitant to try the first time. My biggest piece of advice when it comes to felting is TEST! Knit a swatch using the same yarn in the same colors shown and test felt it before proceeding with your project. Just as I recommend doing a gauge swatch before every project I recommend testing a felted swatch as well. By doing a test swatch you will know exactly how your yarn will react and not have surprises as you work your project.
The effects of all washing machines, detergents and local water conditions cannot be predicted. You are felting at your own risk. Felting is irreversible. Please proceed cautiously with the felting process. It is easy to felt “just a little more”, but impossible to undo the effects of over-felting.
Using Double Point Needles (DPNs):
Another ‘scary’ knitting technique is using double point needles (DPNs). I often hear that knitters don’t want to make socks because they will have to use DPNs to complete the project. The Seaside Knit Beach Bag is a great project to start using DPNs. DPNs are used to start the project at the base and this section will be felted so any inconsistencies will be hidden in the felting.