This project has been developing as a possibility for some time, but I finally got my act in gear and just went for it. This evening bag is knitted with “Navy Lindy Chain” yarn (Knitpicks) and combines both a Honeycomb stitch, with a bead inserted in the middle of each diamond formation. The casing for the facile hex purse frame is knitted in Stockinette. The dazzling strap is beaded spiral rope construction of .06 multi iris transparent beads and Curio crochet thread, both from Knitpicks.
The evening bag is 9 by 5, with a 42 inch spiral beaded strap.
Each of these photos were taken with different setting of the camera, because shiny beads are hard to capture. The “night” and sunset” modes seem to do the best.
In the above photo, you can see the inside of the bag. You will notice that I put a zipper pocket in the inside purse. I made a complete purse with lining in a nice cotton fabric, then hand stitched the knitted purse over the top. This gave me great stability, and as you can see, it even stands by itself.
There are “D” rings on each end, which hold the strap in place, yet don’t interfere with the hinge.
I have created a pdf instructional guide/pattern for you to use if you like. Caution! This is not a quick knit, and it takes patience, but I think it was well worth it.
I will be working on various alternative straps and will upload the instructions as each one is completed.
This has been great fun, and definitely has gotten all kinds of “oo’s and ah’s” from everyone who has seen it.
I have never worked with beads before I designed the bathroom curtain that I shared in my recent post, but now that I have-look out!
Happy Knitting- KT