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  • Kits include 2 skeins of Valley Yarns Berkshire, a luscious wool and alpaca blend and 1 Knitter's Pride Nova size US 15 (10mm) 24" fixed circular needle. The colorway shown in this photo is Burgundy.
  • 2 skeins of Valley Yarns Berkshire shown in Wine colorway.
  • Knitter's Pride Nova US 15 (10mm) 24" circular needles. These needles have a smooth metal surface and are popular with many knitters.
  • Available yarn colors. Please note that colors may vary slightly due to variations in computer screens.

Vermont Felted Bag Kit


 Product Description

Looking to get started knitting? Look no further than our Knit Knits. Aimed towards new knitters who want to jump right in, our Knit Kits include quality wool yarn and Knitter's Pride circular needles, as well as a link to download a popular free pattern. Everything you need to start knitting!

This is a fantastic beginner pattern. Using only 2 skeins of yarn, and huge needles, it's a fast, satisfying knit!  The pattern calls for it to be knit flat and seamed, but most knitters would prefer to knit it in the round, for instance as follows:

On US size 15 24" circular needles (the economical Denise Interchangeable Needle Kit has this size!), CO 28 sts. Knit in stockinette stitch (or garter, or any other stitch pattern--this is the bottom of the bag, so perfect for playing around) for approx. 6 3/4", ending with a RS row (Right Side row--the "outside" of the bag bottom is facing you, and you have finished this row). Pick up and knit 6 stitches along the adjacent side of the bag (the closest 6 3/4" side), then one stitch per cast on stitch, along the cast on edge, then another 6 stitches along the other 6 3/4" side (if you'd like to pick up extra stitches along these shorter sides to avoid holes, and then decrease them on the next round, you may do so). Do not turn the work: Join into the round by knitting the stitch off of the waiting needle. Continue knitting from here, round after round (this will create stockinette stitch), until the work measures about 12 1/2" from the bag bottom. Work the last few rounds (or up to 13 rounds as it appears in the pattern photo)  in garter stitch, starting with a purl round. (So: Purl a round, knit a round, purl a round…end there, or continue alternating knit and purl rounds for up to 13 rounds.)  Bind off. Knit straps and felt according to pattern directions. Sew on optional buttons (not included in kit).

This Knit Kit includes:


  • 2 Skeins of Valley Yarns Berkshire (a soft 85% wool & 15% alpaca blend single ply yarn).
  • Knitter's Pride Nova Circular Needles (size US 15 10mm 24-inch metal needles)

Valley Yarns Berkshire colors available for this knit kit:


Amy's thoughts on Valley Yarns Berkshire: Berkshire yarn is one of my favorite yarns.  The colors are lovely and combine well. There is enough alpaca to add a lovely softness, but not so much to compromise the natural elasticity of the wool. The heavy worsted weight makes it ideal for outerwear. It's my first choice for hats and mittens, and it's soft enough that even kids will wear it for a scarf. It's also ideal for felting!  All this, and it is very affordable.

Special thanks to ThriftyKnitter for allowing us to use her photos of this project. The Vermont Felted Bag is a free pattern published by Valley Yarns. You can download a copy of the Vermont Felted Bag pattern here.

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