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Cable Tote

By: Angelina for Knitted Creations

With plenty of cables and buttons, this Cable Tote is too cute not to make! Knit with DK light weight yarn, this free knitting pattern makes a great summer accessory. To prevent any stretching, make sure to line the handles of the bag with fabric.


Knitting Needle Size3 or 3.25 mm

Yarn Weight(3) Light/DK (21-24 stitches to 4 inches)

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Am I missing something in the instructions. The picture seems to show a flap over the pocket but I don't see any instructions for same. Anyone know?

I would use wooden handles as this does not stretch. The only problem is that the knit handles can be made to go over the shoulder but the wooden ones definitely last longer. Anne Lustig

Make the handles double. Run the webbing thru the handles, down across the sides and botton of the bag and up through the other handle. Sew the webbing to itself and to the bag inside. Close up the handles. You can carry whatever in the bag without loosening the handles or damaging the bag. I've done this with the juice/milk on occasion, temporarily putting the craftwork in the plastic grocery bag.

I use 3 I-Cords and weave them together to make a cable-looking handle and then weave the ends around the wooden dowels or whatever your purse body is connected to.

I also use cotton belt webbing which can be purchased in most fabric/craft stores.

First of all--line the purse with something that isn't going to stretch. I would use a piece of cotton poplin or even muslin. For the handles, you can find wooden or plastic ones at most craft, fabric or yarn shops. If they don't look right, cover them with the knitted ones. When you attach them though, make sure they are attached to the liner.

I use felt to line the handles of my purses, strong durable washable and very inexpensive!! good luck everyone

I too always use grossgrain ribbon with my knit handles; inside if it is a tube, or sewn to the back if is flat. It usually comes in a color that works well with your knitting.

I went in to edit my post and my fingers hit the wrong key.. Sorry all...I was going to edit my post to read, " I would sew the cotton belt webbing to wrong side of the lining fabric FIRST (sewing all around the edges of the belting to secure it), then sew the fabric layer to the knitted strap." Mandy

Hi there. I would suggest putting in cotton belt webbing sandwiched in between for the handles, somehow fasten the ends down. Even if you used pellon sew in heavy weight interfacing, it will still stretch over time and won't hold up. I would also make a fabric underside for additional strength. I use to do alterations for a dry cleaner and as a business on the side. This is what I would suggest. Hope this helps! Mandy

I would use elastic.

You should sew some grosgrain ribbon to the back of the handles, with this the handles will not "grow"

I would knit the handles double and slip a piece of poly or cotton belt webbing inside the straps. This would support the weight of the purse and not distort your handles. If you didn't want to knit the straps double you could just whip stitich the webbing to the knitted handles and face with fabric of your choice.

Make 4 handles instead of 2. Cut plastic canvas to fit the inner portion of the handle and sew 2 handles (Front and Back) together, sandwiching the plastic canvas between them.

I usually hand sew a small piece of ribnbon on the underside to keep it from stretching. Any stable ribbon will do a little smaller than the width of the handle. Hope this helps.

I would put astabilizer in the handles to prevent stretching

I usually make the handles double and put a piece of stabilizer or material in the center. I then sew on machine across the bottom and top and down both sides. Use a longer straight stitch so as not to stretch the handle and put your machine on slow sew. Sewing diagonal lines every inch or so also helps. It reinforces the handle and will last a lot longer and it will retain its shape. This works for me. Good Luck.

The handles will stretch if you don't do something. You could try & buy premade handles from a craft store an sew the knitted handles around them.

Take some cross grain ribbon of same color and sew underneath length of handles , works very well keeps handles from stretching.

DK is a weight of yarn. It stands for "double knit." See here for definitions:

Please tell me what you do about the handles. Do you put in an interfacing to keep them from stretching? If so, what weight? Thank you. Janice Yancy

I am a beginner+. Pls, what is DK yarn? ty. Can't wait to knit this bag, just lovely!


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