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4 - color cabled bag
designed by Sally Converse-Doucette

Inspired by a vintage knitting bag – this “4-Color Cabled Bag” is perfect to use as a purse, travel tote, etc… Four separately knitted cabled strips are sewn together and lined- An EASY PROJECT for the beginning cable-knitter.

New Tweed (skeins come in 103 yard/50 gram balls) by Tahki · Stacy Charles, Inc.,, or similar yarn of appropriate gauge. 1 skein each of 4 colors:
Color A – #026, Color B – #013, Color C – #028 and Color D – #012.
1 set U.S. 8 or size needed to obtain appropriate gauge.

Large tapestry needle, sewing needle, 8” circular bamboo handles, ½ yard fabric -for lining, upholstery or other heavy sewing thread and regular sewing thread.

20 stitches = 4 ¼”.


Row 1: (WS – all wrong side rows) K7, P6, K7.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8:  (RS) K3, P4, K6, P4, K3.
Row 10:  K3, P4, Slip next 3 stitches onto a cable needle and hold in front of knitting. Knit next 3 stitches. Slip stitches from cable needle back onto left needle, K3, P4, K3.  

Cast on 20 stitches using color A.
Row 1:  K3, P4, K6, P4, K3.
Row 2:  K7, P6, K7.
Repeat these 2 rows once more.
Row 5: K3, P4, K6, P4, K3.
Rows 6 – 145:  Start working 10 pattern rows. Repeat these rows a total of 14 times (14 cable crossovers).
Row 146:  K7, P6, K7
Row 147:  K3, P4, K6, P4, K3.
Repeat rows 146 and 147 once more.
Row 150:  K3, P4, K6, P4, K3.
Bind off.

Follow these directions in each of the 3 remaining colors (B, C & D).

Using large tapestry needle and matching yarn, sew 4 strips together along selvedge edges, in desired order. Block. Cut lining fabric to same dimensions as knitted rectangle plus ½” seam allowance all the way around. Fold knitted rectangle as indicated below and stitch up at sides from bottom fold up 6 “. Sew lining fabric together to match. Press under ½” seam allowance at lining along top and side edges where not sewn together. Pin upper edge forming casing over circular handle. Stitch in place using upholstery or other heavy thread. Line up lining and bag at sides, stitch in place. Repeat on other side of bag. Load it up with your knitting or other items
and enjoy.


finished dimensions

graph 2

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