Monday, May 28, 2012

Sparkling Ocean Blue Drawstring Purse

Sparkling Ocean Blue Drawstring Purse

I love knitting with fine yarns and small circumference needles.  For this little number, I used my 9' circulars and size 4 needles.   The photo doesn't do this pretty purse the justice it deserves. It has the most beautiful tiny Swarovski glass beads and sparkles just enough to make it glisten!   It didn't take long to knit either.  It measures just 6" long and 4" wide,  It's quite delicate looking,  but sturdy enough and stretchy enough to hold a     lipstick and a hankie.
 Here's the pattern if you'd like to knit one up yourself. There's lots of room for your design elements here too, so feel free to improvise the design.  I only request that if you use this exact pattern  you respect my design and use it for personal use only, but feel free to knit up a bunch for the whole wedding party or whatever - this makes a really sweet gift. 
What you'll need: 1 skein of Berroco Seduce,  a rayon, silk, linen blend, this yarn is 100 yards per skein and I probably used less than half of my skein. I used color #4448.  A similar weight mercerized cotton, silk or linen would also be lovely; 1 spool 2 ply metallic thread (I used Finca Metallic color #0003/silver, 55 yds per spool); 
US 4/3.5mm needles, 9" circulars and 1 set dps or just the dps;  crochet hook: .75mm or size to fit through the opening of your beads , a twisted wire beading needle (Colonial Needle), about 75 small glass beads, a tapestry needle  and a stitch marker.
Gauge was approximately 5.5 sts per inch. 
PB:  purl bead
tbl: thru back loop 

With your beading needle, thread about 30 beads onto your yarn.  Cast on 43 sts, slide last st from right needle to left needle, pm on right needle, and knit the first 2 sts on left needle tog to make a secure join. (42 sts)   Knit in the round for 2 rows.
Row 3 -Bead row: * K2, pu next stitch, pw, slide your 1st bead up to this stitch and now purl this stitch (PB),  repeat from * across row.  
Knit 2 rows
Row 6: *K2tog, YO, repeat from* across row. 
Knit 2 rows
Row 9:  Eyelet row for drawstring:  *K5, k2tog, YO,  repeat  from across row 
(6 eyelets created) 
Knit 2 rows
Repeat Row 6
Knit 3 rows
Repeat Row 3- Bead row
Knit in the round for 2"

Next Row, Add metallic thread (you will now be knitting with your main yarn and the metallic thread together) 
*K2, add bead with crochet hook
  Slide the bead onto the crochet hook and let it slide down the shaft.  With your crochet hook, lift the metallic stitch only and pull it through the hole in the  bead and then  replace this part of your stitch back to its place on  the left needle. (Your bead will now be sitting firmly and securely on the metallic thread). Knit this stitch thru the back loop (tbl) of both yarns and voila: your bead has now been integrated into your knitting.  For a more detailed and visual explanation see this video:  . 
*Continue adding a bead every 3rd st across this row. 
Knit one row
Repeat this bead row using a crochet hook, as described above,  every other row 2 more times. (you will have 3 rows of beads).  Knit one row.

Decrease section: 
Row 1: *K4, k2tog, repeat  from * across row
Row 2: *K3, k2tog, repeat  from * across row
Row 3: *K2, k2tog, repeat  from * across row
Row 4: *K1, k2tog, repeat  from * across row
Row 5: *k2tog, repeat  from * across row (7 sts) 
Cut yarn, leaving a 10" tail, thread this tail thru a tapestry needle and draw thru the remaining 7 sts.  Carefully and securely weave in your ends.

 Drawstring I-cord:  With size US4/3.5mm needle and both yarns, knit a 30", 
 2 st i-cord.  Weave thru eyelets and graft ends together.  


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