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  • Cabled tote bag
Helen Ardley takes inspiration from the A/W catwalks with a chunky cabled bag

The perfect project for cable fanatics, this accessory could be knitted in a weekend and is sure to be the next it-bag. Adding a lining gives structural integrity so you can stash all your essentials, even your next LK make!


Pattern Instructions

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  • Side panel (make two)

    Using 6mm needles cast on 72 sts
    ❒Row 1 (RS): (p1, k1) twice, p1, k8, p3, (c4b, c4f) five times, p3, k8, (p1, k1) twice, p1
    ❒ Row 2: (k1, p1) twice, k1, p8, k3, p40, k3, p8, (k1, p1) twice, k1
    ❒ Row 3: (p1, k1) twice, p1, k8, p3, k40, p3, k8, (p1, k1) twice, p1
    ❒ Row 4: as Row 2
    ❒ Row 5: (p1, k1) twice, p1,c8b, p3, (c4f, c4b) five times, p3, c8b, (p1, k1) twice, p1
    ❒ Row 6: as Row 2
    ❒ Row 7: as Row 3
    ❒ Row 8: as Row 2
    These eight rows form patt
    ❒ Cont in patt until Front meas 25cm
    Change to 5.5mm needles
    ❒ Next row: *k2, p2 rep from * to end
    ❒ Rep last row until rib measures 8.5cm
    ❒ Cast off

  • Sides (make two)

    Using 6mm needles cast on 26 sts
    ❒ Row 1: k1, (c4b, c4f) three times, k1
    ❒ Row 2 and all alt rows: p
    ❒ Row 3: k
    ❒ Row 5: k1 (c4f, c4b) three times, k1
    ❒ Row 7: k
    ❒ Row 8: p
    These eight rows form the patt
    ❒ Cont in patt until work meas 25 cm
    Change to 5.5mm needles
    ❒ Next row : k2, * p2, k2 rep from * to end
    ❒ Next row : p2, * k2, p2 rep from * to end
    ❒ Next row: *k2, yrn, p2tog, rep to last two sts, k2
    ❒ Next row: p2, * k2, p2 rep from * to end
    ❒ Cont in rib for a further 4cm
    ❒ Cast off

  • Base

    Using 5.5mm needles cast on 23 sts
    ❒ Row 1: k1, *p1, k1 rep from * to end
    ❒ Row 2: p1, * k1, p1 rep from * to end
    These two rows form the rib
    ❒ Work in rib for 36cm
    ❒ Cast off

  • To make up

    Sew in loose ends. Sew base to front and back cast-on edges, sew two sides to base and front and back. Fold over top of rib on front and back and sew down side seams to secure. Sew leather handles to either side of the bag. Make a lining to fit inside the bag (see Knit wise) and sew to cast-off edge of folded over rib on front and back and base of rib. Thread leather string in and out of the eyelets at either side of the bag. Add beads to end of leather string

  • Special abbreviations

    C4b: Sl next two sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, k next two sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle
    C4f: Sl next two sts onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, k next two sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle
    C8b: Sl next four sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, k next four sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle

Pattern Instructions

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Side panel (make two)

Using 6mm needles cast on 72 sts
❒Row 1 (RS): (p1, k1) twice, p1, k8, p3, (c4b, c4f) five times, p3, k8, (p1, k1) twice, p1
❒ Row 2: (k1, p1) twice, k1, p8, k3, p40, k3, p8, (k1, p1) twice, k1
❒ Row 3: (p1, k1) twice, p1, k8, p3, k40, p3, k8, (p1, k1) twice, p1
❒ Row 4: as Row 2
❒ Row 5: (p1, k1) twice, p1,c8b, p3, (c4f, c4b) five times, p3, c8b, (p1, k1) twice, p1
❒ Row 6: as Row 2
❒ Row 7: as Row 3
❒ Row 8: as Row 2
These eight rows form patt
❒ Cont in patt until Front meas 25cm
Change to 5.5mm needles
❒ Next row: *k2, p2 rep from * to end
❒ Rep last row until rib measures 8.5cm
❒ Cast off

Sides (make two)

Using 6mm needles cast on 26 sts
❒ Row 1: k1, (c4b, c4f) three times, k1
❒ Row 2 and all alt rows: p
❒ Row 3: k
❒ Row 5: k1 (c4f, c4b) three times, k1
❒ Row 7: k
❒ Row 8: p
These eight rows form the patt
❒ Cont in patt until work meas 25 cm
Change to 5.5mm needles
❒ Next row : k2, * p2, k2 rep from * to end
❒ Next row : p2, * k2, p2 rep from * to end
❒ Next row: *k2, yrn, p2tog, rep to last two sts, k2
❒ Next row: p2, * k2, p2 rep from * to end
❒ Cont in rib for a further 4cm
❒ Cast off

Base

Using 5.5mm needles cast on 23 sts
❒ Row 1: k1, *p1, k1 rep from * to end
❒ Row 2: p1, * k1, p1 rep from * to end
These two rows form the rib
❒ Work in rib for 36cm
❒ Cast off

To make up

Sew in loose ends. Sew base to front and back cast-on edges, sew two sides to base and front and back. Fold over top of rib on front and back and sew down side seams to secure. Sew leather handles to either side of the bag. Make a lining to fit inside the bag (see Knit wise) and sew to cast-off edge of folded over rib on front and back and base of rib. Thread leather string in and out of the eyelets at either side of the bag. Add beads to end of leather string

Special abbreviations

C4b: Sl next two sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, k next two sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle
C4f: Sl next two sts onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, k next two sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle
C8b: Sl next four sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, k next four sts from left-hand needle, then k sts from cable needle