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Bobbles Bobbles Everywhere

Difficulty: Easy

The idea for this bag came fully formed into my mind when I was in Virginia walking through a tiny little shopping center filled with antique shops with gilded chairs in the windows, fancy plates for holding oysters on the half shell. There was a shop filled with beautiful linens, some antique, embellished with hand-made lace sienna with age, linen sprays made from botanicals, beautiful stationary of carefully drawn nuts or vines with passion flowers dropping from their coils. And then the next shop: A woman's dress shop. An exquisite pair of trousers, a spare chemise, narrow elegant shoes one wouldn't dare walk in through a be-dewed lawn, and a black sweater with brightly colored felted balls around each cuff.

Instantly I could see the bobble bag. I had only to make it . . .

I have been lucky enough to see quite a few bobble bags in the wild. And what a thrill it is! One was made in muted earth tones. Fabulous. Another was in shades of pink. Still another a sea of blues. I loved them all. What will yours be?

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  • Shepherd's Wool yarn in select colors

    Shepherds Wool Worsted



    Shepherd's Wool by Stonehedge Fiber Mill is a 3-ply worsted weight yarn made and milled in Michigan by a family-owned and run company. The yarn is fabulously soft, made from fine Merino top. There are 17 saturated solids from which the 38 heathers and 4 marls are created for a complete palette of 59 delicious colors. And Noni keeps every single color in stock so you can make Noni your source for Shepherd's Wool.

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  • Magnetic Amazing Snap

    Amazing Magnetic Snap


    Metal Finishes:

    If you want a magnetic snap closure that makes a statement, this is the perfect snap. The pull knob on the snap will immediately become a focal point on the front of your bag, dressing up even the most unassuming bag with its high polish. I especially love this snap on bags with flaps: Anouk, and her upsized cousin Vianne show off the snap at bottom of their curvy flaps, all three of the Dinner Party Backstage bags wear it beautifully along with cabochon rivets and a great JUL handle. The Rather Huge Carpet bag is immediately dressed up with the snap knob on one side surrounded by large, luscious Camellias, and a small Camellia on the other side to cover the snap back.

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  • Bag Feet, 24mm, 16mm, and 12mm

    Bag Feet


    Metal Finish:

    Our line of classic bag feet are low profile with a raised edge around the top. The timeless styling makes these bag feet the ideal finishing touch for both elegant evening bags as well as casual, every-day totes.

    Available in multiple finishes and sizes that work with all of the purse frames and embellishments we carry, we have the perfect feet for your bag. 

    Feet are packaged in groups of 6 for your convenience. We recommend purchasing bag feet in tandem with our extra stiff bag bottom Stiffener.

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Finished Dimensions

Small Bobbled Bag

6" (15.25cm) wide
3 1/2" (8.9cm) deep
9 1/2" (24.15cm) tall

Large Bobbled Bag

10" (25.5cm) wide
4" (10.15cm) deep
9" (22.85cm) tall

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid Easy: Requires knowledge of casting on, knitting and purling, picking up stitches in knitted fabric, increasing and decreasing, knitting in the round on circular needles, and some hand-sewing during the finishing process.


Pre-felted gauge: 12 stitches and 16 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st with a double-strand of worsted weight yarn.


Yarn Requirements

Small Bobble Bag

425 yds (388.6m) Christmas Red
425 yds (388.6m) Sun Yellow

Large Bobble Bag

675 yds (617.2m) Black
100 yds (91.44m) each of the following:

Spring Green
Light Turquoise
Sun Yellow
Spring Chick Yellow
Christmas Red
Hot Pink

Needles and Other Materials

Size 11 (8mm) 24" (60cm) circular needles
Size 11 (8mm) double-pointed needles (set)
2 Acrylic Purse Handles
1 11 1/4 x 13 1/2 in sheet of stiffener
A small amount of polyester fiber fill for inside of bobbles
4 - 6 24mm Big bag feet
1 Amazing or Sew-in magnetic snap closure

Pictured Samples

Both of the bags pictured were created using Stonehedge Fiber mill Shepherd's Wool. Small Bobbles is pictured in Christmas Red and Sun Yellow. Large Bobbles is pictured in Black with Spring Green, Green, Plum, Red, Lilac, Light Turquoise, Turquoise, Sun Yellow, Spring Chick Yellow, Creamsicle, Peach, Raspberry, Pink, Christmas Red, Hot Pink, and Fuchsia Bobbles.

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Small Bobbled Bag

First, Second, and Third Editions

Bind Off: The bind off method for both the small and large bobble bags is a conventional bind off.

Large Bobbled Bag

First Edition

Knit up 55 rows for the large bobbled bag.

First Edition and Second Edition

In the materials for the "Larger Bobbled Bag" the color number for bright yellow should read 7828 and the color numbers for aubergine and bright red are reversed. The pattern should read as follows: 8885 (aubergine) 8895 (bright red)

First, Second, and Third Editions

Bind Off: The bind off method for both the small and large bobble bags is a conventional bind off.

When to Felt Bobbles and Bag: For the large bobbled bag, the bobbles should be tied on BEFORE either bag or bobbles are felted. Please felt in a lingerie bag that is about the same size as the unfelted bag, so that bag does not pull out of shape and the bobbles do not pull away from the bag too much. You want them to pull away a little bit so they bobble around in a fun and flirty way, but not so much that their round shape is distorted. Spend some time after felting getting those bobbles back into nice sphere-ish shapes.

All Editions

Number of Bobbles: The number of bobbles I call for in this pattern is, admittedly, a bit high. If you are daunted by the high number of bobbles, try this first: Make 3 of each size in each color. Lay them out or put them on the bag and then either add more or stop. Do not feel that you have to put all the bobbles on the bag. Only put on as many as you want. Stop when the bag looks the way *you* want it to look. If you have some bobbles left over, make a little cell phone or other Noni bag and put those extra bobbles around the top.