Bands of Beads Tote Bag

This pattern comes courtesy of The Snuggles Project, which was founded a few years ago to provide nice soft beds for animals kept in cages in shelters. This is a volunteer project, and the website lists dozens of patterns for snuggle beds in knit, crochet, and sewing. Clicking on the link below the picture will lead you not only to the bag pattern, but also to this compassionate organization.

Love the way the beads dress up this otherwise basic bag.

Worsted weight cotton, G crochet hook.


Crochet Beaded Trim

One of Interweave’s interesting on line magazine pages is
crochetme , and today they’ve posted a free pattern for a lovely Turkish “oya” edging. They’re also offering a new book for sale, along with some photos showing examples of how this sort of edging might be used. Very elegant! It’s a traditional technique, but bringing it back sounds like a good way to create a new look for some of your textile projects.

beaded scarf

Originally uploaded by katknit.

Above is pictured one of my favorite projects. This lacy scarf, crocheted and beaded, lends itself to all kinds of yarn/bead combinations. The pattern is easy enough to memorize, so when I’m away from home, I often bring along materials to make a scarf or two. This lavender one is done in a sport weight yarn from Bernat, which is inexpensive yet works up nicely.The pattern is from one of my favorite books, which contains beautiful designs that are adaptable to all kinds of yarns: