Fashion Cable Knit Bag

Hello everyone,

I have begun to knit a cable knit bag and don’t understand the instructions for row two of the Panel Patern. The first row contains knit and purl stictches as well as T5B. The second row directions say “knit all knit stitches and purl all purl stitches as they appear”. Does that mean that when you begin your second row, that what was a knit on row one a purl, or do you just do row one again? Thanks for your help.

It depends on whether you are using strait needles or cable

if strait: do the opposite, if cable: do the same

I’m assuming it’s on strait so I’ll explain, when you pull the stitch off the needle you leave a little hump behind you, if you are doing a knit stitch, the “hump” is on the back and with purl, the “hump” is on the front. You want to do the stitches to match so keep the “hump” on the front or back


Thanks for your prompt response. I will take a look to see if I understand. I am using both cable and strait needles for this pattern. Has anyone seen the pattern for the purse I am speaking of? It is one of the free patterns picked up at a craft store.

If I’m not mistaken this means: The knit stitches are the “V” shaped stitches and the purl stitches are the “bumps”. (At least that’s how I identify them.) When you get the “V”'s on the needle, knit them. When you get to the “bumps” on the needle, purl them. Does that make sense?

And yes, I think what was a knit on one row will appear to be a “bump” on the next row and so you will purl it.

some people are confused by this, but I find that this has helped a few people understand the mechanics of knit and purl stitches
WAY back in the past, they used to call purl stitches “reverse stitches” because they are the same as a knit stitch only reversed. So, the back of a purl stitch is a knit stitch and the back of a knit stitch is a purl stitch. Knitting is just a series of interlocking loops, it just depends on if the stitch is pulled through the front or the back of a loop to make a bump(purl) or a V(knit).

When it says to work stitches as they appear, you just work in stockinette for that particular collumn of stitches (knit the V’s and purl the bumps)
I hope that made it clear.
some people hear that and just go “OOOOH” :thumbsup:
and others look at my like i’m crazy :whoosh:

I will let you know- I started over last night, got to the point of starting the pattern again, so hopefully I wil get a chance to check it out tonight. Thanks.

Sounds interesting. Is this a free pattern which you can share a link?

[FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=blue]This is all good advice, and it is CRUCIAL to be able to recognize your stitches, but recognizing what’s a ‘bump’ and what’s a ‘v’ is kindof hard once the v’s get stretched out by cabling ! Just take it slow and steady ! If in doubt, turn the work around and trace back what you did on the previous row and do the opposite.[/COLOR][/FONT]
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[FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#0000ff]I just finished the third repeat of the 12 row panels and am making myself do one per night ! This thing will work your forearms ! And I think I’m going to add one more repeat on top of the six they ask for…it seems to be coming out much too wide for how short 3 repeats per side gets ya’.[/COLOR][/FONT]
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[FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#0000ff]I just started another thread about this bag, because I couldn’t find anything in about it in a search for ‘knitted cable purse’. Guess that’s because it’s called a bag, not a purse ! :wink:[/COLOR][/FONT]

dotty~ I just wrote to you on the other thread about this bag. check it out!:stuck_out_tongue:

Dhar35~ Did you finish this one?


Loooooove that cable bag! Only, I might would like it with different handles.

What’s the link to the other thread? I want to see the finished product.

You are making this much harder then it is .They write it like that so they don’t have to write to many directions.So when it says k the k & purl the purl, when you start a row if it is a purl st you are looking at then purl it,if the next st is a purl,purl it.If the next st is a knit,knit it and thats all there is to it.The purl sts have like a loose around its neck,thats how I learned it from my grandma.So I always thought of a hang-mans -loose.

Arielluria~Hi! I agree about the handles. I was thinking about making mini versions of this where i put in straight handles like a little clutch!


[B][COLOR=teal]Sorry, I haven’t finished mine yet…took a few days break from it.[/COLOR][/B]
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I have not finished this project yet, HOWEVER, I am well on the way. I have done a lot of "rip it"s to get the braid right, but I am on the last pattern of 6-, I agree that you have to do a pattern to get to that “I get it” part. Needless to say this has been a challenge. The pattern on Michael’s website is more user friendly than the free sheet at the store. Did you put a lining in yours? Also interested in ideas for other choices of yarn and colors. Now that I “got it” I am thinking of maybe making a couple for Christmas presents. Thanks for all your help and advice. I think I may have given up without it.

Arielluria~Sorry, I forgot to post the link so you can see my finished bag. Here ya go.

DHar35~Here is a link to knit bags you can BUY for $125:roflhard:. But it may give you some good ideas about color choices.

Thanks for the link- they are very pretty-

I have those handles, but i was going to use them on another bag… hmm I might want to make this bag and it would be nice to have everything that i need to make it… but i really dont know if i like those handles. perhaps i will post a thread about it… has anyone made this bag using a different handle? would it look good?

I think as long as you use a round or oval handle, it will look good. I’m not so sure about any other handle style.

Why don’t you finish the knitting and then take it to the store with you. Then you can hold the handles up to it and get an idea of how it will look.

I also picked up that pattern, but I haven’t started it yet. Please let me know what you think of it. The bag is so beautiful, but when I initially saw the pattern I found some things a litle confusing, too. Good luck! :waving: