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Destrehan, LA (near New Orleans)

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Bella's Beads Cloche (2 designs)

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Bella's Beads Cloche (2 designs)
Bella's Beads Cloche (2 designs)

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl

Pattern Description:

Bella's Beads is a flapper style hat, inspired by the movie "Agatha" with Vanessa Redgrave. Women in the 20's and 30's wore these lovely cloche hats. Laura envisioned one with a beaded band ... which started us on the way to creating this hat design. A second inspiration was a biography of Bella Abzug, a politican who did a lot for women's issues. Bella was famous for always wearing a hat; hence Bella's Beads.

The design has a beaded roll brim followed by plain knitting, then a beaded band emphasized in purl stitches. Two versions for the crown are given - one with beaded purl circles (left), and the other with beaded garter spokes (right). For the beaded areas, you will be manipulating two strands of yarn, one with and one without beads. This is a simple way to introduce the beads as needed into the knitting.


4.5 stitches/inch over stockinette on larger needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Adult small[medium, large] - finished circumference 193/4[21, 221/2]" to fit head approximately 21[22, 23]"


  • Heavy worsted weight or UK 12-ply yarn - 105[115,125] yards
  • Suggested needle sizes US 6 and 8

You Will Also Need:

  • 40 g size 8/0 seed beads
  • Supplemental thread for carrying the beads: 35[40,45] yards

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