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Topic: Braided Tote **Now with pattern**  (Read 4841 times)
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« on: July 06, 2007 07:54:46 PM »

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.  Cheesy 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)
~yarn needle
~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.
(Cool 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.

« Last Edit: March 25, 2010 02:17:54 PM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed a coding issue » THIS ROCKS   Logged

I like to do personal swaps now and again.

I knit, crochet, and make stitch markers.

Just pm me if you wanna swap. Smiley
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2007 08:05:26 PM »

I really love it! I think the lining would look great. Any chance of you posting the pattern? Or are you going to sell it?
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2007 08:14:19 PM »

What a pretty bag. The fabric looks great with it.

« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2007 09:07:44 PM »

I really love it! I think the lining would look great. Any chance of you posting the pattern? Or are you going to sell it?

I added the pattern. I would have posted it to begin with, but I had to hunt down my notes. lol.

I like to do personal swaps now and again.

I knit, crochet, and make stitch markers.

Just pm me if you wanna swap. Smiley
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2007 03:44:04 AM »

That is a beautiful bag. The lining is perfect for it.
Thank you so much for posting the pattern.

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CarEll EllDar
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2007 05:34:15 AM »

That's a lovely bag.  I think the fabric you picked is exactly right.  Thank you for posting the pattern!

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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2007 06:34:43 AM »

Very pretty and I think the lining is perfect.

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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2007 07:23:31 AM »

Thank you for posting! I'm going to bookmark it for a future project. I think the cabled handles are just too cute.
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2007 07:35:37 AM »

oooh the handles are gorgeous ^^ bookmarked for when i learn how to do cables Tongue

(on another note, i'd be interested in doing a swap for it but i don't know what you like so pm me if that's a possibility Cheesy)

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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2007 07:37:04 AM »

I am so glad I clicked on this topic... those handles are fantastic!  Great job!
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