Lucy Steele's Fancy Work Bag
Instructions include complete written instructions for two sizes as well as a complete chart. Video demonstrations are linked to the PDF, as are some tutorials and technique descriptions published in Interweave Knits “Knitting Daily” to cover some of the techniques employed.
I’ve just uploaded instructions to create a fabric liner for the worsted weight bag. CLICK HERE to download that free pattern to compliment your bag!
The gauge given on the description above is for the larger needle size and aran or worsted weight yarn.
I got 7 stitches and 9 rows/inch using sock yarn and size 4 needles.
The inspiration for this pattern comes from Miss Steele’s obvious desire to marry well, her chatter about trimming and finery, and generally fussy demeanor as compared to Elinor Dashwood. Beading and lace are plentiful, but the seamless construction leaves blissfully little finishing at the end. I’ve knitted up the same pattern in two sizes using different gauges & yarns, leading to delightfully different finished results.
You will have the option at finishing to utilize an integrated icord handle if you’d like your bag to have handles.
This bag does involve some beading.
Modification notes from my own experimentation include eliminating the bead at the start of row 21, eliminating rows 35-38 in the smaller bag, and eliminating all beads to replace them with purl stitches (this one didn’t turn out so well, so it’s frogged). Have fun with your own dabbling!
As always, if there are any questions or concerns about the pattern or project, please contact me and I’m happy to offer support.