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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Cranford: A Beaded Bag

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Cranford:  A Beaded Bag
Cranford:  A Beaded Bag
Cranford:  A Beaded Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • following a pattern

Pattern Description:

I designed this little bag for a workshop at my LYS. I called it Cranford since I was watching the BBC presentation while knitting it ... and it just is as delicate and feminine as that show!

This little beaded bag is a fun knit and a great first knitting project. You have to string the beads before starting, but the Cleo holds up nicely to the size 6/0 seed-beads and the beads look awesome. The pattern is easy to work and the beads are slid into place when needed.

You'll need 85 size 6/0 seed beads for this design - pre-strung.

Knit in the round, this bag goes to gather quickly and would be stunning for a wedding party (all the bridesmaids could have bags as their remembrance) or as a little bag for the bride (filled with tissues or rose petals/potpurri to exude a lovely fragrance during the ceremony!).

The directions are both charted and written.


20sts x 29rnds = 4 inches stockinette, worked in the round

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • one size - approx 7-1/2 inches long x 11-inches around


  • approx 80 yards DK weight fiber (mercerized cotton, wool or other smooth yarn will work nicely for this design)
  • 85 size 6/0 seed beads
  • US #4 circs (16-inch) and dpns
  • stitch markers

Suggested yarn:

85 yards of DK weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Plymouth's Cleo


Sage Green