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Pretty Bauble

Difficulty: Easy

Bauble is a term we don't hear very often anymore, but in the early modern texts I used to study, a bauble is a lovely, pretty thing. A play thing. A trifle. 

The Pretty Bauble is a lovely knitted and felted (or leave it unfelted) bag that is as playful as it is pretty. It is certain to become the favorite of both the woman who loves ruffles and flourishes, and the blue-jeans-wearing woman who is practical in her dress but loves a trifle of a bag. Make it felted or unfelted, in embellished or unembellished yarns. Decorate with sparkley beads and hang on an Elegant Frame. Dress with Cabochon Rivets that match the finish of the frame for a more understated sparkle. 

The construction of this bag, with increases just below the frame, allows for a romantic, vintage-style, roomy finished bag that will accommodate all of the essentials, allowing it to go from day to evening to day.

A terrific bag to give as a gift!

Pretty Bauble uses the Elegrant Frame plus a Classic 27" Chain. Please take a look at Additional Details below for information about dimensions, gauge, materials, and hardware kits.

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Finished Dimensions

6.8”(17cm) wide across the front/back at bag bottom
6” (15cm) wide across the front/back at bag top
9 - 10” (23 - 25cm) tall

Pattern Difficulty

Intrepid beginner: Requires knowledge of knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round on circular and double pointed needles, some hand-sewing in the finishing process.


Pre-felted: 16 sts and 22 rounds = 4" (10cm) on size 8 (5mm) in St st with a single strand of worsted weight yarn.
Unfelted: 24 sts and 32 rounds = 4" (10cm) on size 4 (3.5mm) in St st with a single strand of DK or light worsted weight yarn.


Yarn Requirements

Felted Bag: 420 yds (384m) worsted weight, feltable wool
Unfelted Bag: 285 yds (260m) DK or light worsted weight yarn

Needles & Other Materials

Size 8 (5mm) 16" (40cm) circular needles
Size 4 (3.5mm) 16" (40cm) circular needles
Tapestry needle
Sewing needle
Nylon sewing thread
Stitch markers
Elegant snap frame
Noni Tassel

Pictured Samples

The embellished, unfelted bag was created using Tilli Tomas’s Superwash Whistler in Ruby Wine on a US4/3.5 mm. The felted bag was created using Stonhedge Fiber Mill Shepherd's Wool in Midnight Lake.

Let us put a custom hardware kit together for you. Contact Nora at nora@nonipatterns.com for details and pricing.

Felted and Unfelted Versions of the Pretty Bauble

First - Third Editions

Round 78     NOTE: you may need to switch to double-pointed needles at this point. *K8, K2tog.* Repeat between *s for entire round (72 sts).

This correction increases by 1 the round numbers for the remaining instructions - round 92 is the last round.

Unfelted Version of the Pretty Bauble

First and Second Editions

The Unfelted bag should use a Size 4 (3.5mm) needle throughout.

Bag Flaps
Text should read as follows:

Make separately or simultaneously using US 4/3.5mm needles..