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Felted Afikomen Bag
Lion Brand® Lion® Wool
Pattern Number: BK4K-0604003 This simple felted afikomen cover will be a fun addition to your family's Seder at Passover.

SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner (Level 1)
SIZE: One Size
9 in. x 14 in [approx 23 x 35.5 cm] before felting; size after felting varies; example shown is approximately 6.5 x 7.5 inches [16.5 x 19 cm]

CORRECTIONS: None

MATERIALS

820-187 Lion Wool Yarn: Goldenrod Intense, medium yellow
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 5.99
Note: (A)

820-153 Lion Wool Yarn: Ebony Intense, true black
Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 5.99
Note: (B)

820-133 Lion Wool Yarn: Pumpkin

Autumn burnt orange


Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 5.99
Note: (Small quantity used for tassels)

820-099 Lion Wool Yarn: Winter White

Creamy natural white wool


Quantity needed: 1 Skeins
Estimated Price: $ 5.99
Note: (Small quantity used for tassels)

Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 3.60


Lion Brand Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
Quantity needed: 1
Estimated Price: $ 3.59

Additional Materials
Orange felt Fabric Glue Black Fabric paint Piece of cardboard roughly 3 inches x 2 inches
GAUGE:
16 st x 24 rows = 4 in [10 cm.] When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles. Making a Gauge Swatch
Exact gauges is not imporant to this project.


INSTRUCTIONS



AFIKOMEN BAG
Tassels
Cut 2 pieces of A, B and C that are 20 inches [51 cm]long.

These will be used to make the ties for the tassels.

Using one strand each of A, B, C and D, wrap around the longer side of the cardboard 8 times.

Using one each of the strands of A, B and C cut for the ties, tie the middle of the yarn as tightly as you can.

Cut other end open to remove cardboard.


With A, wrap around the top of the tassel and bind as shown.



Holding the two strands of A together, the two strands of B together and the two strands of C together, braid the three long strands for the attachment cord.

When it is about 5 inches [12.5 cm] long, tie in a knot.


Cast on 36 stitches and knit in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until the yarn is used up.

Bind off, weave in ends.



Fold the piece in half.

Using steam, press it flat (the stockinette stitch will cause the piece to roll)
Thread the large-eyed blunt needle with a long strand of (B) and, using blanket stitch, sew one of the long edges together.



When you sew blanket stitch, you insert the needle through the fabric and also through the loop of the thread or yarn.

This makes an edge of yarn that protects the edge of the fabric.



Continue with the blanket stitch and sew the folded side together, too.

Then using blanket stitch to edge the open edges -- but do NOT sew them together!
Felt the piece.



Felting is a process whereby the wool is deliberately handled so that it is matted into a fabric.

Wool fibers have scales and are also crimped.

When these fibers are wetted and softened and then rubbed together they grab each other and are permanently bound together.

This happens when you put a wool item in a washer and agitate it -- it comes out much smaller and also denser, because the fibers have bound together.



Finished bag size depends on how much the piece is felted.

Keep in mind that you can always felt more, but once felting is done, it is not reversible.

For more about felting, click here

Decorate the bag as you wish!

We cut letters out of felt and glued them on with fabric glue.

Then, when the glue was dry, we used glossy fabric paint to outline the letters.

Click here for our stencil master copy!

Thread the remaining yarn of one of the cords of the tassel through the large eyed blunt needle.

Sew it through one of the open corners of the bag and tie off on the inside.

Repeat the process on the other open corner.



The tassels serve as the ties to hold the bag shut and keep the matzoh inside from falling out or making crumbs while it is being hidden.

ABBREVIATIONS / REFERENCES
ch(s) = chain(s)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
sc = single crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
k = knit
p = purl
st(s) = stitch(es)


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