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Old 08-09-2006, 07:38 PM   #1
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Can you help me with my Booga Bag?
I just started to knit my first Booga Bag. I am using Patons 100% Pure Wool in a multi color. Its a "medium" weight yarn.

I cast on the 34 rows like the pattern says. Plus I am using the 10 1/2 size knitting needles like suggested. I notice there is no gauge to check out before starting this pattern.

Anyway, I got to where I am knitting in the round and the bag is a bit smaller than I would want it and its not even been felted yet!!

So how can I knit this and make it big so it will felt and shrink and be the size it is now?? In other words, if I keep this up it will be a tiny bag after felted.

Do I need to use larger needles or is my yarn weight all wrong? I have felted three other bags with Noro yarns which I love but I really wanted to use a different wool on this pattern.

I appreciate any help!
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Old 08-09-2006, 08:01 PM   #2
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You should do a test felt swatch to see how much this particular yarn shrinks. Then based on that, you can figure out how many stitches to cast on in order to get it just the right size for you.
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Old 08-09-2006, 10:21 PM   #3
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I was surpised my Booga Bag came out bigger than I expected...maybe try doubleing the stitches? That's what I'd do 'cause I never swatch

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Old 08-09-2006, 11:13 PM   #4
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I never swatch

:rofling: Actually, I usually don't. Though I learned with a recent pair of socks that swatching with a new yarn is a good idea, even if it's a yarn weight you use often.
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Old 08-10-2006, 08:31 AM   #5
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I started to reknit the Bag at one and a half times larger than the instructions. I am really surprised because the 34 stitches it calls for as the base of the purse is not big at all even before felting. I tried to double the number but it was huge and I think the one and a half times larger will work. If not...its only a tote bag. Live and learn. I'll keep you posted as to how it comes out.
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:11 AM   #6
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The booga is a VERY small bag. It doesn't look like it in the photo, but if you read the dimesions, it's teeny! 1.5x sounds just right! I can't wait to see it when you're done!
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Old 08-10-2006, 09:41 AM   #7
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I love the size of my booga. It's not big, but it is big enough for the basics. Just the basics, but it is perfect for days when I'm not trying to carry everything I own.
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