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Netherfield Evening Bag

A beautiful little lace bag to knit.

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Inspired by the ball scene in Pride and Prejudice, this reticule is designed to reflect the delicate, ornate style of Regency era evening wear. Leafy vine and wave patterns contrast with blockier design elements reminiscent of the Regency era’s neoclassical architecture and interior design styles. This elegant accessory is ideal for a ball, but it also makes a handy cell-phone bag. This design incorporates some stitch patterns that were originally recorded in the sewing book The Young Ladies’ Journal Complete Guide to the Work-table (E. Harrison, 1884) and is a great way to practice lace knitting. Make a larger bag by using heavier woolen yarns and larger needles to make a tote.


Finished Size: About 8" wide and 9" tall.

Yarn: Louisa Harding Mulberry (100% silk; 136 yd [124 m]/1. Oz [50 g]): #36 golden, 2 skeins. Distributed by Knitting Fever.

Needles: Size 1 (2.25 mm).

Notions: Tapestry needle; safety pin; 9" × 13" piece of fabric for lining, preferably of a natural fiber such as linen or silk, in a contrasting or coordinating color (optional); sewing needle (optional), sewing thread (optional), small glass beads (optional).

Gauge: 30 sts and 36 rows = 4" in Double Leaf Lace patt.

Originally Published: Jane Austen Knits Fall 2012

SKU: EP7452

Author/Speaker/Editor: Anna Cole

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Customer Reviews

Finished!! Review by Peggy

This is an update to my previous review. I finished this evening bag. It is beautiful. I lined it with pale peach silk. Note to other knitters: When sewing the front and back together, put wrong sides together and stitch neatly around the edges. I seamed with right sides together and when I turned it, the seam was lumpy and awful. So....I had to tear and redo.

(Posted on 5/2/14)

Beautiful pattern Review by Peggy

I am presently knitting this evening bag in white silk yarn. I am 3/4 of the way finished. I chose this pattern because I have never worked with silk yarn before and this is a small project that can be finished quickly. I am enjoying watching my progress. This would be a beautiful bag for a bride!

(Posted on 4/25/14)