Diamond and Cross Reticule Knitting Pattern Download
Say what you will about the insufferable Mrs. Elton and her caro sposo, but the lady could accessorize! When Emma arrives at the home of Mrs. and Miss Bates, she sees Mrs. Elton "with a sort of anxious parade of mystery, fold up a letter which she had apparently been reading aloud to Miss Fairfax, and return it to the purple and gold reticule by her side, saying, with significant nods, 'We can finish this some other time you know.'" Our methods of sharing notes may have changed from ink and paper to smartphones, but a great little bag for stowing away treasures never goes out of style.
Worked seamlessy in a traditional lozenge shape, this charming reticule features the Cross and Diamond mosaic pattern from Charted Knitting Designs (Schoolhouse Press, 1998) by Barbara G. Walker, worked stranded rather than slip-stitched. Other than the I-cord handles and tassel, there is virtually no finishing, making this a wonderful, quick gift or a special indulgence for yourself.
Finished Size: About 7¾" in circumference and 7¾" tall, excluding handles and tassel.
Yarn: Yarn Love Elizabeth Bennet (65% superfi ne Merino wool, 20% bamboo, 15% silk; 195 yd [178 m]/50 g): stallion (brown; MC) and saff ron (CC), 1 skein each.
Yarn Weight: #2 - Fine
Needles: Sizes 2 and 3 (2.75 and 3.25 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Waste yarn for provisional CO; markers (m); tapestry needle.
Gauge: 31 sts and 38 rnds = 4" in St st on smaller needles; 31 sts and 30 rnds = 4" in charted patt on larger needles.
Originally Published:Jane Austen Knits, 2011