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Sally’s Beachcomber Bag

Dreamy sea glass beads and shells accent this bulky cotton-yarn bag, making it perfect for shopping or exploring at a sea side port.

Time: Weekend Project

Skill Level: Easy

Size: 11.75” [30 cm] wide and 11.75” [30 cm] tall, excluding handles

Gauge: 15 sts and 8 rows = 4” [10 cm] in garter st (gauge is not critical for this project)

Materials

Circulo Yarns Natural Cotton 4/10 (100% cotton; 518 yards [474 meters]/700 g): #20 Natural, 1 ball

Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) straight knitting needles

Notions:

#56982 White Nassa Shell Charm 8-13×14-24mm, 1 pkg

#27263 Desert Gold Recycled Glass Flat Freeform 15×13-15mm, one 3.5 strand

#35051 Opaque White Recycled Glass Sand Dollar 20mm, one pkg of 6

#30924 Peridot Recycled Glass Round 8mm, one 8” strand

#43021 Turquoise Bay Recycled Glass Teardrop Round 17x10mm, one 4″ strand

#60521 Turquoise Bay Recycled Glass Puffed Coin 12mm, one 4″ strand

#36017 Turquoise Bay Recycled Glass Tube 8x4mm, one 8″ strand

#56985 White Arca Shell Focal 16-27×13-21mm, one pkg of 10

#41487 Abalone Flat Oval 12x8mm, one ½ strand

#50750 Peridot Recycled Glass Flat Freeform 15×13-15mm, one 3.5″ strand

#36012 Peridot Recycled Glass Tube 8x4mm, one 8″ strand

#63679 Peridot Recycled Glass Sea Horse Pendant 17x29mm, one pkg of 4

#36008 Shamrock Recycled Glass Teardrop Round 17x10mm, one 4″ strand

#63680 Turquoise Bay Recycled Glass Sea Horse Pendant 17x29mm, one pkg of 4

#27318 Desert Gold Recycled Glass Small Nugget 12-17×10-12mm, one 4″ strand

#60526 Peridot Recycled Glass Irregular Nugget 11-17×10-13mm, one 4″ strand

#52989 Tiny Nassa Shell Charm 6-10×10-20m,1 ounce pkg

#48365 Sunshine Fused Glass AB (matte) Round 8mm, ½ strand

#48354 Aqua Fused Glass AB (matte) Round 8mm, ½ strand

#55084 Emerald Fused Glass AB (matte) Round 10mm, ½ strand

#51631 Desert Gold Recycled Glass Starfish 21mm, one pkg of 10

#36007 Peridot Recycled Glass Teardrop Round 17x10mm, one 4″ strand

#24345 Peridot Recycled Glass Round 6mm, one 8″ strand

#63688 Peacock Blue Recycled Glass Fish Pendant 12x24mm, one pkg of 6

#24368 Desert Gold Recycled Glass Round 6mm, one 8″ strand

#27270 Peacock Blue Recycled Glass Flat Freeform 15×13-15mm, one 3.5″ strand

All beads from www.limabeads.com

Tapestry needle, 2 safety pins, hand sewing needle, dental floss threader, crochet hook for lark’s head knot, optional cream sewing thread

Pattern Notes

Bag is worked as one wide rectangle that is then folded in half and seamed along one side and the bottom edge.

Pattern

Bag

CO 88 sts. (88 sts)

Rows 1-9: K.

Row 10 (RS): K.

Row 11: *K4, p4, rep from * across.

Rows 12-15: Rep Row 11.

Row 16: K.

Row 17: *P4, k4, rep from * across.

Rows 18-21: Rep Row 17.

Rows 22-57: Rep Rows 10-21 three times.

Rows 58-66: K.

BO sts kwise.

Handle

CO 7 sts.

Row 1: P.

Row 2: Wyib sl 1, *wyif sl 1, k1; rep from * across.

Row 3: Wyif sl 1, p across.

Rep last 2 rows until handle measures 24” long.

BO sts kwise.

Finishing

Fold bag in half with RS tog, matching up row-ends. Thread yarn through tapestry needle and use your favorite seaming method to sew row-ends and bottom edge of bag tog. Turn bag right side out.

Separate 24” lengths of yarn into its separate plies. Using photo as bead placement guide,

thread each ply through hand sewing needle and use doubled strand to sew beads and shells

where desired on one side (Front) of bag.  (Optional: If desired instead of yarn plies, use a doubled

strand cream sewing thread for sewing on beads.)

Place a safety pin in center st of top edge bet front and back at each side edge. With handle RS facing, center one handle end behind pinned top edge of bag having 3/4” of handle end below top edge. Use a strand of yarn and tapestry needle to sew handle to bag. Rep with other handle end to add to opposite top side edge of bag.

Bead dangles:

Separate 3 plies from two 9” lengths of yarn to create six sets of 3 plies. Insert hook from bottom to top up through pinned st at top edge of bag, place center of 3 sets of 3 plies over hook and pull through st,  remove hook, thread yarn ends through loop just made to create a lark’s head knot, pull ends gently to tighten and secure. Insert each end of each ply through dental floss threader, insert threader through desired bead, knot yarn below bead and trim excess to 3/8”. Rep to add second bead dangle to opposite side of bag.

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