This cable-knit bag is fun to make and a stylish accessory for yourself or a friend.
- One 4-ounce skein of Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Bulky yarn
- size 11 (7.5mm) straight knitting needles or size needed to obtain correct gauge
- cable needle (a double-point needle can be substituted)
- size G/6 (4.25mm) crochet hook
- large button for closure
- 1/3 yard of matching or coordinating fabric for the lining
- matching all-purpose thread
- size 13 tapestry needle
- standard sewing supplies
GAUGE: When working in St st on size 11 needles, 9 sts and 9 rows = 2 inches. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Patterns/stitches used: Refer to the knitting/crocheting abbreviations below.
- K-b: Knit in back of lp for a twisted st.
- P-b: Purl in back of lp for a twisted st.
- K 1, p 1 rib twisted rib: Row 1: * K-b 1, p-b 1; rep from * across row, ending with k-b 1.
- Row 2 and all other rows: K-b the k-b sts and p-b the p-b sts.
PATTERN 1 (Wheat Ear Cable): Pattern 1 is worked on 13 sts with 2 purled sts on each side for a total of 17 sts.
- P-1 Row 1 (RS): P 2; k 13; p 2.
- P-1 Row 2 (WS): K 2; p 13; k 2.
- P-1 Row 3: P 2; sl next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in back of work, k 3, k 3 sts from cable needle, k 1, sl next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in front, k 3, k 3 from cable needle; p 2.
- P-1 Row 4: K 2; p 13; k 2. Rep P-1 Rows 1-4 for pattern.
REVERSED WHEAT EAR CABLE: Work P-1 Rows 1, 2 and 4 as for Wheat Ear Cable. Replace P-1 Row 3 as follows:
RP-1 Row 3: P 2; sl next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in front of work, k 3, k 3 sts from cable needle, k 1, sl next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold in back, k 3, k 3 from cable needle; p 2.
PATTERN 2 (Coin Cable): Pattern 2 is worked on 5 sts with 2 purled sts on each side for a total of 9 sts.
- P-2 Row 1 (RS): P 2; sl next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold in back of work, k 1, sl the last 3 of the sts from cable needle back onto left knitting needle and bring cable needle with the one remaining st to the front, passing to the left of the yarn, k 3 from left needle, k last st from cable needle; p 2.
- P-2 Rows 2, 4 and 6 (WS): K 2; p 5; k 2.
- P-2 Rows 3 and 5: P 2; k 5; p 2. Rep P-1 Rows 1-6 for pattern.
DIRECTIONS: Before you begin, refer to gauge, patterns/stitches used, etc.
BAG: With size 11 needles, starting at upper edge, cast on 41 sts. Work in k 1, p 1 twisted rib for 1 inch, ending with a WS row.
- Row 1 (RS): P-b 1, k-b 1; work first row of Pattern 2 across next 9 sts; k-b 1; work first row of Pattern 1 across next 17 sts; k-b 1; work first row of Pattern 2 across next 9 sts; k-b 1, p-b 1.
- Row 2 (WS): P-b 1, k-b 1; work second row of Pattern 2 across next 9 sts; k-b 1; work second row of Pattern 1 across next 17 sts; k-b 1; work second row of Pattern 2 across next 9 sts; k-b 1, p-b 1.
- Continue to work as established until piece measures 10 inches, ending with a WS row.
- Change to Reversed Wheat Ear Cable and continue as established until the piece measures 21 inches, ending with a WS row.
- Work in k 1, p 1 twisted rib for 1 inch, ending with a WS row. Bind off in rib.
- FINISHING: Lining: Block piece. Use as a pattern to cut a matching-size piece of fabric for the lining.
- Fold the knit piece in half so the short ends meet and use tapestry needle and matching yarn to hand-sew the long sides together, leaving the top open.
- With right sides together, fold the fabric in half so the short ends meet. With matching thread and 1/4-inch seams, machine-sew the side edges, leaving the top open. Leave wrong side out.
- Turn top 1 inch along the open edge to the wrong side and insert lining inside purse. With matching thread, hand-stitch folded top edge to inside of purse just below the ribbing.
- Closure: Sew a large button to the front of the bag about 1 inch down from the center top edge.
- Crochet a long enough chain to loop around button. Attach both ends of chain to top of bag at center back.
- Handle: Cut five 2-yard lengths of yarn. Holding the lengths together as if they were one, tie one end to a doorknob or ask someone to hold the end. Twist yarn until it is very tight.
- Carefully fold the twisted strand in half. Let go of the folded end so the two halves twist together.
- Tie a knot about 2 inches in from each end of twisted yarn. Cut the folded end and let it untwist so the end looks like a tassel. The opposite end will already look like a tassel.
- With matching yarn and tapestry needle, stitch handle to sides of bag.
FINISHED SIZE: Excluding handle, purse measures about 10-1/2 inches high x 9-1/2 inches wide.
- dec decrease
- inc increase
- k knit
- p purl
- psso pass slipped st over
- rem remaining
- beg beginning
- lp(s) loop(s)
- rep repeat
- rnd(s) round(s)
- RS right side
- sl slip
- st(s) stitch(es)
- tog together
- WS wrong side
- yo yarn over
- * or [ ] Instructions after * or between brackets are repeated a given number of times.
- ( ) Instructions in parentheses are all worked in one stitch or space as indicated
Cable-Knit Bag from Janet Mysse of Ingomar, Montana