I made this as part of the Cable-Along.
Pattern: my own
Yarn: one skein Red Heart Super Saver in color 0382 Country Blue
Needles: US 8
Dimensions: 11.5" X 9.5" without handles
The fabric pictured is what I'm thinking of using for a lining. I'm not sure, though.
I really enjoyed making this bag, but I have so many bags, I don't think I'll ever use it. Anyone want to swap??
I did the best I could at writing up a pattern. I kept detailed notes, but the handles are kind of tricky. I explained what I did as thoroughly and simple as I could, but if you have any questions, feel free to pm me.
Braided Tote Pattern:
~One 7oz. skein Red Heart Super Saver--0382 country blue
~US 8 needles
~cable needle (or dpn)
~stitch holders (large safety-pins or spare yarn works fine)
~4 stitch markers (optional)
~lining (optional, but highly recommended)
~magnetic clasp/snap (optional)
~twist A = place 3 sts on cable neeld, hold in back, k3, k3 from cable needle, k3.
~twist B = k3, place 3 sts on cable needle, hold in front, k3, k3 from cable needle.
~pm = place marker.
~slip markers as you come to them.
Pattern (make 2):
CO 14, pm, CO 9, pm, CO 20, pm, CO 9, pm, CO14 (=66 sts total).
(1-ws) p13, k1, p9, k1, p18, k1, p9, k1, p13.
(2) k13, p1, k9, p1, k18, p1, k9, p1, k13.
(3) repeat row 1.
(4) k13, p1, twist A, p1, k18, p1, twist A, p1, k13.
(5) repeat row 1.
(6) repeat row 2.
(7) repeat row 1.
( k13, p1, twist B, p1, k8, p1, twist B, p1, k13.
Repeat rows 1 through 8 a total of eight times.
(65-ws) p1, *k2, p2* 3 times, k1, p9, k1, *p2, k2* 4 times, p2, k1, p9, k1, *p2, k2* 3 times, p1.
(66) k1, *p2, k2* 3 times, p1, k9, p1, *k2, p2* 4 times, k2, p1, k9, p1, *k2, p2* 3 times, k1.
(67) This is the tricky part. Basically you bind off all sts in pattern except the cables and 1 st on either side of each. So, you'll BO 13 sts, p9, k1, BO 18 sts, p9, k1, BO 13 sts (= 2 sets of 11 sts each).
Place one set of 11 sts on a stitch holder. Work the other set for six repeats of the cable pattern. On the right side the edge sts will be purled. On the wrong side the edge sts will be knit. Work the cable in stockinette st (and the edge sts as usual) for 2 rows. Place on a holder. Do the same for the other set of 11 sts.
This is another tricky part. I wanted the handle to look like the braides sort of morphed together to make a smaller cable at the very top. The only way I could produce this look was to alternate running the yarn through one stitch from each cable stip until all 22 sts were enterlocked on one peice of yarn. I did this holding the two cable strips together with right sides facing one another. Then, I whipped stitched into the row jsut below to make a stronger seam. You'll end up with a section of stockinette wider than your cables. So, I pulled together the two "points" of the seam just created and stitched them together on the back of the handle to create that thinner, rounded-off look.
Using mattress stitch (or method of choice) to seam together the sides of the front and back pieces. Turn inside out. Crochet (slip stitch, or method of choice) the bottom closed.
Add lining and magnetic clasp. Be sure to line the handles as well, to prevent stretching.