The bookworm princess received her First Holy Communion last month. Initially I harboured notions of knitting her a dress but life and indecision got in the way. I still wanted something to mark the occasion so I designed this elegant beaded bag made with Twilley’s 4ply bamboo, which is sadly discontinued.


This bag is started by knitting the lace beaded flower edge for the flap. Then stitches are picked up along the edge, the flap is shaped with short rows and the remainder of the bag is knit in stocking stitch with purl rows for turning and increases and decreases for shaping before sewing up. Lining is added to give it stability and strength. An icord becomes the handle. A flower petal hole is used as a button hole and a pretty mother of pearl button finishes the little purse. You could deepen the bag by adding extra stocking stitch rows if you wanted a bigger purse. The little purse holds a child’s prayer book nicely or for a grown-up, would hold a phone, some money and a key, perfect for any glamorous occasion.

IMG_4187The pattern is available to purchase here.



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