Easy-Peasy Cable-Knit Bag

In current knitting news, I tackled cables and discovered that they aren’t beyond me…at least the most basic cables anyway.  I’ll leave the intricate celtic knotwork types of cables for the pros .  As always, Youtube has a wealth of instructional videos on knitting cables without a cable needle…easy peasy once you see someone else do it.

I knit this bag in the round with some yummy chunky yarn I picked up at A.C. Moore last winter.  (pattern below if anyone wants to try it)  


Easy-Peasy Cable-Knit Bag:

I knit  this in the round starting from the opening off the bag and working down to the bottom.   I would just use whatever stash yarn you’ve got laying around and needles that would result in a close knit (just so there are no gaps between the stitches for any bag contents to slip through).  I used some chunky wool yarn with size 8 circular needles.

Cast on 120 stitches (or whatever you want as long as it is in multiples of 8 – my bag has 15 lines of cable running down it.)  Join to knit in the round.  Use a stitch marker to help keep track of the beginning of each round.

For the first 4 rounds I did the seed stitch for the edging:
row 1: knit 1, purl 1 (K1, P1) – repeat all the way around
row 2: purl 1, knit 1 (P1, K1) – repeat all the way around
row 3: same as row 1
row 4 : same as row 3

Begin cable pattern:
row 5,6,7 : K4, P4 (repeat around)
row 8 : Repeat  this pattern all the way around-
Slip 2 stitches onto a double pointed needle (size 8 or smaller) and bring them to the front of the knitting.  Knit the next 2 stitches and then knit the 2 stitches on the double pointed needle , Purl 4

Continue knitting rows 5-8 until the bag is as deep as you want it.  I repeated the pattern 10 times.

To finish, I went back to seed stitch (rows 1 & 2) for 4 rows and then switched yarns and knit another 4 rows of seed stitch.

To seam the bottom of the bag together I bound off  using the three-needle bind off (Another youtube video lesson).

The strap is an i-cord.

voila…all done


Facebook comments:

February 28, 2010 - 2:22 am

Jane - It would be a dream come true for me if you could teach me to knit….sigh…only you could have the patience for my endless questions and awkward lefthandedness…
This is so adorable!!
Love and miss you!!!!!!!

March 2, 2010 - 12:44 am

Amy - LOvE it!! How’d ya know I wanted to learn cables? ;-)

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