Bee's Knees by Andre Sue
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Bee's Knees

February 2013
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
3.5 stitches and 4.5 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 10 - 6.0 mm
272 yards (249 m)
one size
This pattern is available for free.

This charming purse is knitted in a honeycomb stitch pattern and features pleated sides and a large front pocket.

Using bulky weight yarn and a size 10 needle, this purse knits up fairly quickly. 272 yards are needed. Shown here, made with 2 balls of Knit Picks Brava Bulky. This purse uses every bit of yarn in the 2 balls of Brava. If you think you might want to go taller, or have the handles a bit longer, I would have 3 balls of yarn on hand to make sure you don’t run out.

While you don’t have to line this purse, I would recommend at least lining the handles with ribbon to prevent them stretching out.

Feb 15, 2013 Errata: I’ve updated the pattern on the website, but if you have an old copy and you are having issues with the pocket set up row, here’s what it should read:
p2, k2, p4, k4, p4, k4, p4, k4, p4, k2, p2

March 3, 2012: SticksofFury is an awesome knitter and I’m so glad she was brave enough to take on a new pattern from a new designer. She was the unfortunate soul who found all the problems with the pattern. However, the pattern has been updated on the website and hopefully, all the funky instructions have been corrected.

If you have an older copy- please download the updated version.

Below are the updates that have been made to the old pattern:

The start of the purse bottom has been changed to read:

Repeat increase round 5 more times. 112 sts (56 per needle)
Even Round: k to marker, sm, k40 in pattern, sm, k to end of needle. Repeat across second needle.
Repeat an increase round followed by an even round one more times. 116 sts (58 per needle)

The Pleats and Reduce section have been changed to read:
Reduce: On first needle, k across to marker, sm, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog five times, sm
And, the second Reduce round should read:
Reduce: Continuing on second needle, sm, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k1, k2tog five times, sm.

Finally, the stitch count after the fourth pleat should read:
74 sts (37 per needle)