How to Knit Beaded Purses

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How to Knit Beaded Purses
Intermediate knitters could make a beaded purse in a few hours. (knitting image by spe from

Knitted beaded purses can be lovely evening bags that add a bit of sparkle to your outfit. Most knitted purses are small in size, as the weight of the beads on the yarn can pull the bag out of shape. These projects can be easy to do, although they will require knitters to learn how to string beads onto their yarn and how to set the beads in place while knitting. This pattern is for a small rectangular beaded clutch that could be completed in a few hours by intermediate level knitters.

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Things you need

  • Knitting needles
  • Yarn
  • Graph paper
  • Beads
  • Beading needle
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Snap
  • Needle
  • Thread

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    Check your gauge. Knit a small gauge swatch in stockinet stitch to determine how many stitches per inch you get. Multiply your gauge by the desired width of the purse. For instance, if your gauge is six stitches per inch, a purse that is 6 inches wide will need an initial cast on of 36 stitches.

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    Determine your bead placement. You may want to chart this out on graph paper for a visual reference. You can easily do a single row of beads, a diamond pattern or even a random scattering of beads across the front of the purse. Charting it out will also tell you how many beads you will need to string on your yarn.

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    String the beads on your yarn. Thread your yarn into the eye of the beading needle. Insert the tip of the needle into the hold of a bead and push the bead down onto the yarn. String as many beads onto the yarn as you want; but try not to string more than 5 inches at a time to avoid damaging the yarn.

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    Cast on and knit in stockinet stitch. Begin from the front flap of the bag, which will be decorated with beads, so that you are not carrying the beads along the entire length of the yarn.

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    Move the beads. Knit until you have reached one stitch before you want to place a bead. Slip the stitch purl-wise. Slide a bead from your left needle to your right needle. Slip the stitch back to the left needle and knit. Repeat this for each bead in your design.

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    Continue knitting until you have made a rectangle that is at least three times as wide as the desired width for your purse to complete the rest of the bag. Bind off all stitches.

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    Seam the sides of the bag. Fold your rectangle into thirds, with the beaded area as the top flap. With your tapestry needle use the mattress stitch to seam the bottom flap of the bag to the back of the rectangle, which will be the bottommost layer of the bag. Weave in all ends using your tapestry needle.

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    Sew in the snap. Using a sharp needle and thread, sew in the snap to the back of the top flap and the corresponding area at the base of the bag.

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