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Free Knitting Pattern: Chic Cabled Bag

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern #: L40183
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: One Size

About 15 1/2 in. (39.5 cm) wide x 11 in. (28.5 cm) tall, not including Straps

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Practice your cables with this elegant knit bag made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®. Use it to transport your current knitting projects or as a library bag! Designed by Bobbie Fitzgerald.

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•  640-149 Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Charcoal
$ 28.47  
Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 10.5 [6.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
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Additional Materials
Wood dowel, 1/2 in. (13 mm) diameter and 24 in. (61 cm) long
2 yds. (2 m) of 1 in. (25 mm) wide grosgrain ribbon to match yarn color
Sewing needle and thread

Chic Cabled Bag

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®


15 sts + 17 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Cable Pattern.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


3/3 LC (3 over 3 left cross) Slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in front, k3, then k3 from cable needle.
3/3 RC (3 over 3 right cross) Slip 3 sts to cable needle and hold in back, k3, then k3 from cable needle.


1. Bag is worked in 4 pieces: Back, Front, and 2 Straps.
2. Back and Front are identical. Both are worked in a Cable Pattern with a casing at top edge. The casing is folded and seamed to create a sleeve for the dowels.
3. Straps are worked separately, then reinforced with grosgrain ribbon and sewn to Bag.
4. Cable Pattern can be worked by following written instructions or by reading the Chart. If working from Chart, read RS rows of chart from right to left and WS rows from left to right.

Cable Pattern

Cast on 59 sts.
Row 1 (RS): P1, k1, *p2, k9, p2, k1; rep from * 3 more times, p1.
Row 2: K1, *p1, k2, p9, k2; rep from * 3 more times, p1, k1.
Row 3: P1, k1, *p2, 3/3 LC, k3, p2, k1; rep from * 3 more times, p1.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Rows 5 and 6: Rep Rows 1 and 2.
Row 7: P1, k1, *p2, k3, 3/3 RC, p2, k1; rep from * 3 more times, p1.
Row 8: Rep Row 2.
Rows 9-40: Rep Rows 1-8.
Rows 41-44: Rep Rows 1-4.
Row 1 (RS):
(K2tog) twice, *k1, (k2tog) twice; rep from * across – 35 sts at the end of this row.
Beginning with a WS (purl) row, work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) for 7 rows.
Bind off.

Make same as Back.

STRAPS (make 2)
Cast on 4 sts.
Work in Garter st (k every row) until piece measures about 24 in. (61 cm) from beg.
Bind off.

With WS of Back and Front tog, sew cast-on edges tog for bottom of Bag. Sew side edges of Back and Front tog, beg at lower edge and ending about 3 in. (7.5 cm) below first row of casing. Fold Front casing in half toward the inside of Bag and sew edge of casing to inside of Bag. Rep with Back casing. Sew one end of Front Casing closed. Cut dowel to the same length as Front casing and slide into casing. Sew rem end of Front casing closed. Rep to insert dowel into Back casing.
Cut 2 lengths of ribbon, each the same length as Strap. With sewing needle and thread, sew a length of ribbon to one side of each Strap. This is the WS of the Strap.
Pin ends of one Strap to WS of Front, about 1 in. (2.5 cm) in from sides and 1 in. (2.5 cm) below top edge. Sew in place. Rep to attach 2nd Strap to Back.
Weave in ends

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 together p = purl
rep = repeat(s)(ing) RS = right side
st(s) = stitch(es) tog = together
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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Chic Cabled Bag Reviewed by Pam Bok on 2015-01-15 ***
I'm working on this bag but ran out of yarn, I purchased 3 balls of the required yarn and am short! Too bad, I'll have to go out and buy another skein to finish up the last 4 inches of a handle! Otherwise I love the pattern and I'm sure I'll love the bag when it's done. I plan to line mine too.

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