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Edwina Delight Charlotte
Bead Knitted Victorian Style Necklace

by Coy Roberts

The Edwina Delight Charlotte Bag measures 2.25in x 5.25in.

Kit requirements:

Purse frame (Purse frame shown above can be purchased at www.coysdelight.com)
2 jump rings
30 inch chain
2 cards YLI silk buttonhole twist thread
1 hank size 9, 10, or 11 3-cut seed beads
3 5mm bicone crystals
3 8mm drop crystals

Edwina Delight Charlotte Bead Knitted Bag Instructions:

Be sure to read all of the instructions before beginning

K = Knit
Inc = Increase one stitch (knit in the front and the back of the stitch)
Dec = Decrease one stitch (knit two stitches together)
S1B = Slip 1 bead up to the work before knitting the next stitch. The bead is between the stitches.

Make 2 of the following:
Cast on 20 stitches
Row 1-6: (6 rows) K.
Row 7-8: (2 rows) K5, (S1B, K1) 2 times, S1B, K6, (S1B, K1) 2 times, S1B, K5.
Row 9-13: (5 rows) K4 (S1B, K1) 12 times, S1B, K4.
Row 14: Inc 1, K 2, (S1B, K1) 14 times, S1B, K2, Inc 1 (22 stitches on needle).
Row 15-21: (7 rows) K4, (S1B, K1) 14 times, S1B, K4.
Row 22: Inc 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 16 times, S1B, K2, Inc 1 (24 stitches on needle).
Row 23-25: (3 rows) K4, (S1B, K1) 16 times, S1B, K4.
Row 26-29: (4 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 18 times, S1B, K3.
** Place a marker at the beginning and end of next row.
Row 30: Inc 1, K1, (S1B, K1) 20 times, S1B, K1, Inc 1 (26 stitches on needle).
Row 31-47: (17 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 20 times, S1B, K3.
** Place a marker at the beginning and end of the next row.
Row 48: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 18 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (24 stitches on needle).
Row 49-51: (3 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 18 times, S1B, K3.
Row 52: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 16 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (22 stitches on needle).
Row 53-55: (3 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 16 times, S1B, K3.
Row 56: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 14 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (20 stitches on needle).
Row 57-59: (3 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 14 times, S1B, K3.
Row 60: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 12 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (18 stitches on needle).
Row 61-63: (3 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 12 times, S1B, K3.
Row: 64: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 10 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (16 stitches on needle).
Row 65-67: (3 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 10 times, S1B, K3.
Row 68: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 8 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (14 stitches on needle).
Row 69-71: (3 rows) K3 (S1B, K1) 8 times, S1B, K3.
Row 72: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 6 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (12 stitches on needle).
Row 73-75: (3 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 6 times, S1B, K3.
Row 76: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 4 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (10 stitches on needle).
Row 77-79: (3 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 4 times, S1B, K3.
Row 80: Dec 1, K2, (S1B, K1) 2 times, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (8 stitches on needle).
Row 81-83: (3 rows) K3, (S1B, K1) 2 times, S1B, K3.
Row 84: Dec 1, K2, S1B, K2, Dec 1 (6 stitches on needle).
Row 85-87: (3 rows) K3, S1B, K3.
Row 88-90: (3 rows) K6.
Row 91: Dec 1, K2, Dec 1 (4 stitches on needle).
Row 92: Dec 1, Dec 1 (2 stitches on needle).
Row 93: Cast off in knit. This is the bottom of the purse.

Finishing:

With right sides together sew a seam from the marker at row 30 around the bottom of the purse to the marker on the opposite side. Fasten off thread. Be sure to use FrayCheck on all knots. Turn to right side.

Find the center of the top of the knitted purse and the center of the purse frame. Line the knitting up neatly behind the frame. Use the same thread to attach the frame that you used for the knitting. Use the small tapestry needle and begin to sew on the frame by bringing the needle up through the knitting and the frame one hole left of the center.

Keeping the knitting lined up you will now put the needle down through the center hole and come up two holes left of the center. Now put the needle down into the first hole left of the center and up through the third hole left of the center. Continue in this manner (back stitch) until the left half is sewn into place. Ease the knitting in as you go so that it fits as neatly as possible. Sew in the right half of the frame in exactly the same manner except that you will find it easier to hold the entire purse upside down and begin one hole left of the center and sew back stitches.

Be sure to ease in the knitting as you go. Sew the opposite side of the frame to the knitting in the same manner. Use the Nymo beading thread and a beading needle to sew a bead tassel to both sides of the purse at the markers placed on row 48 and one at the very bottom.

Using the beading thread doubled, string 3 seed beads, a 4mm bicone crystal, 5 seed beads, a large drop bead, 5 seed beads. Next bring the needle back up through the 4mm crystal and the 3 seed beads. Be sure to pull up all the slack in the thread, but don't pull so tightly that the tassel becomes stiff. Knot off the thread and dab with some FrayCheck.

(Optional) Use the beading needle and Nymo thread to place a bead in each stitch around the purse frame. Attach the jump rings and chain.

Enjoy your beautiful Charlotte Amulet Purse!

How to prepare the beads and thread for bead knitting:

Do not untie the bead strands. They are tied in such a way as to be able to simply pull gently on a strand and it will release from the hank. Pull gently on a thread close to the knot to achieve this. Release only one end of strand and continue as below:

Unwind approximately 15 yards of the silk knitting thread. Following the diagram below, tie on one strand of beads. After tying the bead strand thread to the silk you may release the other end of the thread from the bead hank. Carefully slide the beads onto the silk thread. Push the beads all the way along the 15 yards of thread.

Now put the second strand of beads onto the thread in the same manner. Next begin to wind the beaded thread back onto the card. Spread the beads out somewhat as you go. Continue in this manner until 4 strands of beads have been place onto one card of thread. Keep the beads spread out but leave about a yard of unbeaded thread with which to begin the knitting. Prepare the second card of silk in the same manner.

You are now ready to begin bead knitting. If you should run out of beads before you have completed the bead knitting you will need to unwind the remainder of thread and add more beads from the other end of the thread. Only add the number of beads that you think you will be using to complete the knitting.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to E-mail me at Coysdelight@aol.com

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