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.
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.
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.
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