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Sweetheart Bag

This little drawstring bag will have you knitting a pretty color work motif inspired by sixteenth-century embroidery.

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Could a reticule serve more than one purpose? Perhaps Catherine Morland carried such a bag—the heart-shaped vine intertwined with leaves and flowers carrying a subtle message of one looking for love. Who will notice? Certainly not someone as boorish Mr. Thorpe, but perhaps the observant Mr. Tilney? The bag is worked circularly from lace top to shaped bottom with a simple I-cord drawstring. The motif is adapted for knitting from a sixteenth-century embroidery pattern.

Finished Size: 14 3/4" circumference and 7 3/4" tall.

Yarn: Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (100% Shetland; 115 yd [105 m]/7⁄8 oz [25 g]): #815 ivy (A), #140 rye (B), 1 ball each. Distributed by Simply Shetland.

Needles: Size 2 (2.75 mm): 16" circular (cir) and double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); tapestry needle.

Gauge: 31 sts and 35 rnds = 4" measured over blocked bag chart.

Originally Published: Jane Austen Knits Fall 2012

SKU: EP7447

Author/Speaker/Editor: Donna Kay

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