What you needFingering weight yarn
One pair US 4 needles
50 size 6 (or Ã½E") beads (MichaelÃ½s or Wal-Mart for the cheapies, your favorite bead shop for better quality)
Finished bag measures about 4.25Ã½ x 2.5Ã½.
The first thing you have to do is string the beads on your yarn. What I did, because I used synthetic yarn, is hold a length over (not in) a candle flame. When it starts to soften and melt, pull it apart gently. This creates a nice, stiff, narrow end that you can then thread the beads onto easily. When all your beads are threaded, snip the melted end off the yarn and youÃ½re good to go.
You’ll have to keep sliding the beads back as you work so they don’t interfere when you’re not actually placing them.
Note: SB = Slip bead. Yarn forward (as if to purl) and slip the next stitch purlwise. Move a bead up to the surface of your work. You want this to be snug. Then bring the yarn back between the needles, leaving the bead on the surface of the fabric covering the slipped stitch.
Cast on 19 stitches.
Do 4 rows of stockinette, ending ready for a right side row.
Next row: K1, [K2tog, YO] 8 times, end K2
Next row: Purl
Do 6 rows of stockinette, ending ready for a right side row.
1. K9, SB, K9
3. K8, SB, K1, SB, K8
5. K7, [SB, K1] 2 times, SB, K7
7. K6, [SB, K1] 3 times, SB, K6
9. K5, [SB, K1] 4 times, SB, K5
11. K6, [SB, K1] 3 times, SB, K6
13. K7, [SB, K1] 2 times, SB, K7
15. K8, SB, K1, SB, K8
17. K9, SB, K9
Work 4 rows of stockinette, ending ready to do a right-side row.
One side of the bag is completed.
*Purl the next two rows.
Now just reverse through the directions for the second side of the bag. Bind off, sew up the sides and tuck in the ends.
*This is a matter of taste. The purled rows make a nice little Ã½foldÃ½ line on the inside of the bag but you can just as easily substitute a couple of rows of stockinete if you prefer.
You are free to use this pattern, copy it, distribute it, even claim it as your own. You may not change the pattern, or sell either the pattern or the bag.
This project was contributed by Robyyn Kenyon
(C)Copyright, Robbyn Kenyon, 2004 Not for commercial use. For more patterns and thrice weekly nonsense, visit the Yarnpath