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Free 1902 Purse Pattern: Crocheted Bead Chatelaine

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This handbag is a glimpse at the history of fashion accessory styles and needlearts in the early 1900s; you can now make an authentic reproduction.

Written at the beginning of the pattern directions, in the year 1902: "The fancy for bead chatelaine bags has in no way abated and new designs are constantly being put forth. The one here illustrated is of simple character and can easily be made by following the directions carefully and paying due attention to the detail shown [on Detail of Beaded Star Chart]."

The materials called for in original directions are black crochet silk and steel beads. You can substitute today's crochet threads in your choice of thread weight, according to the finished size of purse you have in mind. Choose beads according to weight of thread. (Bead holes have to be large enough to string that weight of thread through them.) If using a size 10 cotton thread, rocaille beads work well for stringing on that size thread weight. Sources for purse frames and for beads given at end of the pattern directions.


Detail of Beaded Star
Square with dot = bead crocheted into that sc

Crocheted Bead Chatelaine Instructions

Abbreviations: sc = single crochet, ch = chain

String a large number of beads on thread. The purse is worked entirely in single crochet and into some stitches beads are dropped according to the detailed chart; on chart a spot representing a single crochet with a bead. One eighth of the bead pattern is given in detail (chart) so that each row is repeated eight times for one round. The rounds should be joined each time so that each pattern will be perfect. If one continuous round is worked it will show slightly in the bead pattern when the rounds pass each other. Every round is increased eight times. In the detail (chart) the squares running up like steps are the ones to increase, by working two singles into the square of the previous round.

First Round: Start in the centre before starting the bead pattern chart; ch 2; into the first st work 8 single crochets. Now join (every round the same) with a slip stitch into the first sc.

Second round: Start every round with 1 chain and work one sc in the stitch where joined. In this round work another sc in the same place and in both drop beads; this is the beginning of the bead pattern (on chart). Now in each of next 7 stitches work 2 sc with beads. This makes 16 beads for this round. Join to the first beaded single crochet.

Third round: It will be noticed that this round has no beads. Start with 1 chain and a single crochet in the joining, then 2 single crochet in the second beaded single crochet, which on the detail pattern (chart) is the last beaded square in the second round. Repeat this 7 times more, which makes 24 single crochets in the round. Join on first single crochet.

Follow the bead pattern very accurately and (after completing last round on the chart), work around once plain, without any increases for a finish unless more rows are desired to increase the size. Work double crochets on the sides of the top, as far as the mounting (frame) is to extend. This is to go in under the mounting (frame). The circle for the back is worked exactly the same, excepting that the beaded design may be omitted. Sew these two circles together to form the bag and finish off with a beaded fringe or a metal fringe as shown in illustration above.

Crocheted Bead Chatelaine Pattern and above illustration were originally printed in The Delineator Magazine, April 1902 issue (now in the public domain).

My HTML arrangement of this pattern copyright 1999 by Sandi Marshall. Do not copy onto any other website or otherwise distribute. Instead, please give the URL of this page to anyone who would like to have the pattern. Thank you. US Government Copyright Office web site: http://www.loc.gov/copyright

URL of this page is http://crochet.about.com/library/weekly/aa121299.htm

How long does copyright last? See US Government Copyright Office web site at http://www.loc.gov/copyright. Under "Publications" heading, click on "Information Circulars": Circular 15 (Renewal of Copyrights), Circular 15a (Duration of Copyrights) and Circular 15t (Extension of Copyright Terms)

Creating Beaded Fringe: The following page at the About.com Beadwork site can help you get started in knowing how to add a beaded fringe to the bottom of your finished purse. Scroll down to the "Designing the Fringe" section. Emily Hackbarth's diagrams can help you see how a beaded fringe strand is made. (The fringe shown is for the bottom of a lampshade, so the bead strands are long. You'll want to create a shorter fringe for a purse but this will help you see how to proceed.)
Another possibility for a different type of purse edge: Vertical Net Edging from Emily Hackbarth's Article on Beaded Edgings.

Purse Frame Sources:
Decorative purse frames for crocheted purses.

Swallow Hill Creations
Kits for crocheted bags of different styles; also knitted kits. Sells bead packs for when you want to make the design a second time. Sells purse frames separately also.

Bag Lady
Kits for crocheted bags include detailed instructions, beads, perle cotton thread and purse frame.

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