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Nomad Felted Bag in 3 Sizes

3 sizes for your different journeys

Difficulty: Easy

Sometimes you just want a soft bag that drapes over your shoulder and wears like a broken-in pair of jeans. This bag is that bag.

Available in 3 sizes, there is a size that will perfectly fit your purpose: the smallest bag is just right for a day-trip, a jaunt to the mall, for your lunch, or to tuck inside a big bag. It's the little bag you grab when you've got to make a quick trip. The medium sized bag is the classic all-day every-day bag. And the large size is a great tote for your knitting projects, a weekend escape, or for people like me who love a large bag even if all you've got in it is a set of keys.

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Finished Dimensions

Small Nomad Felted Bag

8" (20cm) square bottom
8-9" (20-23cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
8" (20cm) tall to handle

Medium Nomad Felted Bag

9.5-11" (24-28cm) square bottom
12" (30cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
10-11 (25 - 28cm) tall to handle

Large Nomad Felted Bag

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16" (41cm) across the front/back at bag top
15” (38cm) tall to handle

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid beginner: Requires knowledge of knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing, picking up stitches, and working in the round on circular needles.


Pre-felted gauge for felted bag: 12-13 stitches and 16 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st using a double-strand of worsted-weight yarn.

 Gauge for knitted bag: 16 stitches and 24 rounds = 4" (10cm) in St st using a double-strand of DK-weight OR a single-strand of worsted-weight, non-felting fiber.


Yarn Requirements

Felted Small Hobo Bag: 500 yds (457m)
Felted Medium Hobo Bag: 1,000 yds (914m)
Felted Large Hobo Bag: 1,600 yds (1462m)
Unfelted Small Hobo Bag with a single strand: 340 yds (312m)
Unfelted Medium Hobo Bag with a single strand 670 yds (612m)
Unfelted Large Hobo Bag with a single strand 1070 yds (978m)
Unfelted Small Hobo Bag with a double strand 500 yds (457m)
Unfelted Medium Hobo Bag with a double strand 1,000 yds (914m)
Unfelted Large Hobo Bag with a double strand 1,600 yds (1462m)

Needles & Other Materials

Size 11 (8mm) 24" (60cm) circular needles
Size 11 (8mm) double-pointed needles(set)
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
Sewing needle for finishing work, such as sewing in the zipper
Nylon beading thread
Stitch markers to mark bag corners and round beginning
8 cabochon rivets
JUL Mountain Explorer
YKK zipper with closed ends 2 sliders


Pictured Samples

Pictured Bags were made in Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherd's Wool. Small bag pictured in Lime. Medium bag pictured in Misty Blue. Large bag pictured in Lakershore.

Unfelted and Felted Nomad Bags in 3 Sizes

First - Third Edition Patterns

Bag Body & Bag Shaping

Round 13 Decrease on opposite "side/ends" only, while maintaining the 32 (44, 56) stitches on front and back faces as follows: *sm, Knit across front/back face, sm, K1, SSK, K to within 3 sts of marker, K2tog, K1.* Repeat steps between stars for remaining front/back face and side/end. Decrease in this manner every 3rd round 10 (16, 22) times total (12 sts on sides and 32 (44, 56) sts on each front and back face). Work 6 (6, 12) rounds more [48 (66, 90) rounds total].

First & Second Edition

Round 49 (67, 91) rm, BO 32 (44, 56) sts, rm, K12, rm, join a new strand of yarn BO 32 (44, 56) sts, rm, K12.