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Embellish Me

A beaded knit pendant bag

This is a very simple basic pendant bag for the beginner. I gave it the name Embellish Me because it is so simple that it begs to be embellished in some way. You could add fringe, silk flowers, a charm, antique buttons, or whatever strikes your fancy. Let your imagination run wild.

Finished Size: Approximately 2 inches wide by 2 inches long.

Materials: 1 ball of size 8 perle cotton, about 5 grams size 11 seed beads (3 strands of Czech size 11 seed beads), a strap of your choice.

Tools: Size 0000 knitting needles, tapestry needle.

Gauge: Not important, but I got 10 sts with beads per inch

Abbreviations: K = Knit, sl1b = slip 1 bead up to the needle so it will lie between the stitches, st(s) = stitch(es)

String or transfer 2 yards of beads onto the perle cotton.
Cast on 21 sts.
Row 1: Right side facing you--Knit all sts.
Row 2: Wrong side facing you--Slip first stitch purlwise, *K1, sl1b. Repeat from * across ending with K2.
Row 3: Slip first stitch purlwise, knit across.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 2 inches from cast on edge. Mark each edge with a piece of thread. This is the bottom of the bag.

Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 until piece measures 4 inches from cast on edge.
Bind off.

Finishing: Fold the bag in half at the markers, with wrong sides together. With the tapestry needle and a strand of pearl cotton, weave side seams. Attach strap of your choice.

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