Knitted Women's Cable Crossbody Bag

The Knitted Women's Cable Crossbody Bag combines style and functionality effortlessly! This charming accessory is perfect for those who appreciate both a trendy look and practicality. The lovely cable-knit design adds a cozy touch, making it an ideal companion for any casual outing or shopping spree. The crossbody style ensures hands-free convenience, allowing you to carry your essentials with ease while keeping your hands free for other activities. Whether you're running errands or meeting friends for coffee, this bag is sure to be a versatile and stylish addition to your wardrobe. Treat yourself to this must-have accessory and elevate your fashion game in a delightful way!

Knitting instructions:

Bag dimensions: 20.5 cm in width x 23 cm in height.

Materials

  • Yarn: 2 skeins of 100 g (100 g = 100 m) 100% wool in sea wave color.
  • A pair of knitting needles No. 7.
  • A cable needle.

Additional materials

  • 125 cm of corsetry ribbon, 2.5 cm wide (for the strap).
  • A piece of stiff lining or dense cardboard measuring 20.5 x 23 cm to give the item shape.
  • Lining fabric: 24 x 73 cm.
  • A sewing needle and matching thread.

Gauge: 18 rows of 12 stitches in stockinette stitch on needles No. 7 = 10 x 10 cm.

Instructions

Knit the flap edges with seed stitch.

Knit the flap with a cable pattern.

Knit the main part of the bag and the strap in stockinette stitch.

Make the lining.

Work steps

Bag

Flap: Cast on 27 sts with needles No. 7.

1st row: (RS) 1 knit st., * 1 purl st., 1 knit st., repeat from * to end of row.

2nd row: 1 purl st., * 1 knit st., 1 purl st., repeat from * to end of row.

3rd row: 1 purl st., * 1 knit st., 1 purl st., repeat from * to end of row.

4th row: 1 knit st., * 1 purl st., 1 knit st., repeat from * to end of row.

Increase row: (1 knit st., 1 purl st.) twice, 2 knit sts, 1 yarn over, 1 knit st., 3 purl sts., 2 knit sts, 1 yarn over, 3 knit sts., 1 yarn over, 2 knit sts., 3 purl sts., 1 knit st., 1 yarn over, 2 knit sts., (1 purl st., 1 knit st.) twice = 31 sts.

Next row: (1 purl st., 1 knit st.) twice, 4 purl sts., 3 knit sts., 9 purl sts., 3 knit sts., 4 purl sts., (1 knit st., 1 purl st.) twice.

Continue knitting cables as follows: 1st row: 1 purl st., 1 knit st., 2 purl sts., 4 right cross, 3 purl sts., 4 right cross, 1 knit st., 4 left cross, 3 purl sts., 4 left cross, 2 purl sts., 1 knit st., 1 purl st.

2nd row: 1 knit st., 1 purl st., 2 knit sts., 4 purl sts., 3 knit sts., 9 purl sts., 3 knit sts., 4 purl sts., 2 knit sts., 1 purl st., 1 knit st.

Continue with the pattern until the total length of the fabric reaches 23 cm, finishing with a pattern row.

Decrease row: (WS) (1 purl st., 1 knit st.) twice, 2 purl sts., p2tog purlwise, 3 knit sts., p2tog purlwise, 5 purl sts., p2tog purlwise, 3 knit sts., p2tog purlwise, 2 purl sts., (1 knit st., 1 purl st.) twice = 27 sts.

Front and back parts: Starting with a knit row, work in stockinette stitch until the piece measures 43 cm from the last cable row. End with a purl row. Next row: 1 knit st., * 1 purl st., 1 knit st., repeat from * to end of row. Next row: 1 purl st., * 1 knit st., 1 purl st., repeat from * to end of row. Next row: 1 purl st., * 1 knit st., 1 purl st., repeat from * to end of row. Bind off, maintaining the stitch pattern.

Strap: Cast on 11 sts with needles No. 7. 1st row: (RS) 5 knit sts., 1 purl st., 5 knit sts. 2nd row: 5 purl sts., 1 knit st., 5 purl sts. Repeat these 2 rows until the strap measures 122 cm. To adjust the length of the strap, "try it on": throw it over the shoulder diagonally. If the strap is too long, unravel the extra rows; if too short, knit the needed amount. Bind off.

Finishing: Press each piece according to the yarn care instructions. Place the strap parts together, wrong sides facing inward, and join them along the entire length with a backstitch seam, ensuring the stitches are small enough. Thread the corsetry ribbon through the strap, trimming any excess ribbon. Fold the stockinette stitch-knitted part of the bag in half, wrong sides together, so that the cast-on edge aligns with the last row of the flap cables. This will form a pocket with a height of 23 cm. Sew the side seams.

Place the bag on a flat surface with the back side facing up. Measure 2.5 cm from the cables and mark these points. Align the ends of the strap with these marks and sew them in place, securing from the marks to the top edge of the bag. Ensure the strap does not twist.

Lining: Measure the finished bag in height (from the cast-on edge to the bound-off edge) and in width. Cut the lining according to these measurements, adding 1 cm for seam allowance all around. Fold the top and bottom edges of the lining fabric towards the wrong side for seam allowances. Fold the lining, wrong sides together, to form a pocket with a height of 23 cm. Pin in place and sew the side seams. Fold the seam allowances of the flap lining.

Insert the lining and the piece of cardboard into the bag (the cardboard should be placed between the back of the bag and the lining). Pin in place and sew the lining to the bag with an invisible stitch around the entire perimeter of the opening and around the flap. Fold over the flap.

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