by craftbits (shellie wilson)
What you need
Materials: Size J crochet hook, 1 skein each Cascade 220, Brown and Soft Brown. Black, White and Red felt. Yarn needle. Fabric glue.
Size: Finished size may vary slightly depending on the felting process.
Face is 9 inches at widest point and 9 inches high but when measuring across at ears it is 11 inches wide. If measuring height with the handle it is 18 inches high.
Row 1: with Soft Brown ch 31, sc in 2nd ch from hk, sc in each ch across, turn. (30)
Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in same st, sc across to last st, 2 sc in last st, turn. (32)
Row 3: rep row 2. (34)
Row 4: rep row 2. (36)
Row 5: ch 1, sc across, turn.
Row 6: rep row 2. (38)
Row 7: rep row 2. (40)
Row 8-14: rep row 5.
Row 15: ch 1, dec sc over first 2 sts, sc across to last 2 sts, dec sc, turn. (38)
Row 16: rep row 15. (36)
Row 17: rep row 5.
Row 18: rep row 15. (34)
Row 19: rep row 15. (32)
Row 20: rep row 15. (30)
Row 21: rep row 15. (28)
Row 22: rep row 15. (26)
Row 23-31: rep row 5.
Row 32: rep row 15. (24)
Row 33: rep row 15. (22)
Row 34: rep row 15. (20)
Row 35: rep row 15. (18)
Rnd 36: attach Brown, working down side of head ch 1, sc in 35 row ends, sc in same row end (st counts as first st across bottom) sc in each of next 29 sts across bottom, sc in same st as last st across bottom, (this also counts as first row end st) sc in each of next 34 row ends, sc in same st and each of next 17 sts across top, join to beg sc.
Rnd 37: ch 1, sc in each st around, join.
Rnd 38: rep rnd 37. Fasten off.
First head made, now rep Row 1 – rnd 38 for 2nd head but do not fasten off. Join 2 heads by ch 1, and work sc through both sc thicknesses of next 99 sc, Fasten off.
Row 1: with light brown ch 12, sc in 2nd ch from hk, sc in each ch across, turn. (11)
Row 2: ch 1, sc across, turn.
Row 3-5: rep row 2.
Row 6: ch 1, dec sc over first 2 sts, sc across to last 2 sts, dec sc, turn. (9)
Row 7: rep row 6. (7)
Row 8: rep row 6, fasten off. (5)
Row 1: attach brown in row 1 end, ch 1, sc in each of 8 row ends, sc in 5 sts across top, sc in each of 8 row ends down side, turn. (21)
Row 2: ch 1, sc across, turn.
Row 3: ch 1, sc across, fasten off, stitch to head side down 14 row ends.
Row 1: with brown attach in free sc next to side opening on right side, ch 1, sc in same st, sc in next 3 sts, turn.
Row 2-52: ch 1, sc across, turn. Fasten off at end of last row and stitch to top opening on left side.
Turn bag and rep 2nd handle the same.
Set your washing machine to the smallest load with hot water, place crochet bag and add 1 tbs. of laundry soap. Run agitation cycle only.
(I leave the lid open on my machine so it does not spin).
Check bag several times during the agitation cycles until hat is felted to your liking. You may want to stretch and shape hat as you to.
When your bag is felted to desired size wring out excess water shape and let air dry. DO NOT RUN SPIN CYCLE BAG MAY CREASE.
Use felt to cut out face and attach after bag is dry with fabric glue.