Introduction: Cabled Purse

I was shopping for a Christmas present for my very fashion-conscious sister-in-law when I saw a knitted purse in a high-end clothing store. Instead of paying the $150 for the purse, I decided to make it myself!

I took a picture of the purse and made up a pattern for it by combining and altering several cable patterns from Traditional Aran Knitting by Shelagh Hollingworth. I then sewed on leather handles and lined it with fabric so that it could function well as a purse. The purse was a success and saved me over $100, which is very nice considering I am a 19-year-old college student and saving money is important.

It was the first time I had made up a pattern and I learned many new techniques, such as how to knit bobbles. I used a now discontinued yarn, but comparable to Lion Brand's Wool Ease yarn on size 8 needles. I knitted the front and back panels identically, and I knitted a long garter stitch panel for the sides and bottom. I sewed them all together with a machine. For the side tabs, I knitted a single cable and attached by hand with buttons.

I added pictures of the purse that I drew my inspiration from. As you can see, the purse I made is not exactly the same (I learned after making it how I should have done it to make it identical), but I have grown to like my design well :)

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arenea0 (author)2014-01-09

could I please get this pattern? that bag is amazing! ronan17987@gmail.com

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nmarzooq (author)2013-09-03

hi there, I'm really interested to try this out .. could you please email me the pattern at nooneymar@gmail.com? Thanks so much ♥

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Kipara (author)2012-12-25

Please email pattern to Kparadise9@gmail.com

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teresafelina (author)2012-12-10

I love it!! Would you send me the pattern, please? My email tessa.felina@gmail.com

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Songbird4god (author)2012-10-02

That is so beautiful!!
Would you send me your pattern and instructions? Thank You!!
Songbird4god05@gmail.com

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humearielle1 (author)2012-05-22

I would love the pattern and instruction please?! My e-mail is ariellehume@yahoo.com
Thanks in advance, this is an amazing job! I give you props, I wouldn't have the patience.

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dryherd (author)2012-04-07

You did an amazing job with this. I would love to give this pattern a shot; my mom loves purses and I bet she'd love this. My e-mail is tsukishine at gmail.com

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sbates5 (author)2011-12-05

sorry forgot to add my email, it would be same.doriebates@gmail.com thank you so much, hope the gf likes it too .

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sbates5 (author)2011-12-05

heya, came accross this, and I was looking to knit a purse and wallet for my gf, trying to step it up for xmas, after the basic scarf. ;) I would love it if you could share this pattern, as it would be cool for me to try my best to recreate this wonderful bag. thks. x

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aboard (author)2011-10-16

Could I get the pattern for this? I absolutely love it. My email is: screamolover6659@yahoo.com

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kblalock (author)2011-08-08

Could I please get this pattern?
thefutureisbulletproof@gmail.com
Thanks in advance :)

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wrongsideofthemirror (author)2011-07-28

Hi, that is the cutest purse I've ever seen! I'm just starting into knitting, and I would love to try to make one for myself - could you please email me the pattern you created? My email is ciara89@live.ie
Thanks for sharing such an adorable design, I'm looking forward to seeing what else you come up with!!
Ciara

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isanavland (author)2011-07-26

Hi, I loved your purse! It's so beautiful. Could I get your pattern? Thank you in advance for sharing!
Isabel
Isanavland@gmail.com
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dmendoza7 (author)2011-07-23

Your purse it amazing! I would love to try the pattern, can you please send it to me at sux_lollipop@hotmail.com, thank you so much!

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smk107 (author)2008-02-08

This is a gorgeous purse. I would LOVE the pattern. I just mastered cables and knitted a small cable purse but it doesn't compare to yours... Thanks for sharing your purse.

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jrc0610 (author)smk1072008-02-09

The pattern is in a word document, so if you give me your email address, I can email it to you.

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atremaine (author)jrc06102011-07-23

anyway you could email me the pattern... aimeefrances@gmail.com.... thanks bunches

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nerdette (author)jrc06102010-03-02

me too pretty please!!
nerdette@gmail.com

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marty21 (author)jrc06102009-06-26

Hi! I would love to get the pattern too :) My email is marty11@walla.com thank you so much

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bftmc9q (author)jrc06102009-03-05

Could I get the pattern for your cabled. purse. It is so nice. Thank you. My email address is actgwu@aol.com. Again, thank you.

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rockymountbet (author)jrc06102008-03-15

JRC Your bag is breathtaking. You are so talented. I too would like to have your pattern for it. Please send it to rockymountbet@hotmail.com

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lalita (author)jrc06102008-02-22

JRC your work is awesome. I would like to receive your pattern and try to do something as beautiful as you did. Thank you. Lalita

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jrc0610 (author)lalita2008-02-22

Lalita, I would love to send you my pattern. If you just send me a message here on instructables with your email address, I can send it to you via email because it's in a word document.

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lalita (author)jrc06102008-02-23

So sorry, my e-mail is delacruzro16@yahoo.com

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porcupinemamma (author)2011-06-27

Have I missed something? Is this a galery only? I didn't know Instructables had a gallery. I've always thought that the site meant instructions had to be included in the post. Wondering...

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SweetCharms (author)2011-04-06

I love it! may I please have the patterns? Mainguyen71608@gmail.com. Thank You.

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Niccupp (author)2011-02-06

This is a beautiful purse. Could you send me the pattern? Niccupp @ yahoo . com (remove spaces)

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kitty897 (author)2011-01-16

Like everyone who sees it I too think your purse is gorgeous and would love the pattern. Could you please sent it to me, my email is lunakitty6@yahoo.com. Thank you so much for being generous and giving your pattern out for us to enjoy.

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melmc30 (author)2010-12-03

this is the nicest knit purse i have ever seen can you email the pattern to melmc30@gmail.com ?

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robicars (author)2010-12-01

I love the pattern, if it is still available, please email to robicars@yahoo.com. This will make a great gift for my daughter this Xmas.

Thanks a bunch for posting it.

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zeldaa (author)2010-08-12

absolutely beautiful. could you send me the pattern would love to make it diana_smith87@yahoo.com thanks in advance diana

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lkliner (author)2010-07-25

Absolutely love it! I'd love the pattern please! lkline08@hotmail.com Thank you so much!

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macropidia (author)2010-06-13

Looks great! I'd love to have a copy of the pattern if possible please........... corbysusan@yahoo.com.au

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danielleisgreen (author)2010-05-29

That is gorgeous! Good work on formulating a pattern. If you still have it, could you email a copy to distressedcarrot@yahoo.com?
Thank you!

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lady55 (author)2010-05-04

I would love this pattern too.  Please can you send it to lynne_johnson@fwuk.fwc.com.  Thank you very much.

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feistymiss (author)2010-04-30

i would love to ask for this pattern.  its so clever.  fluffybritches@googlemail.com.  thank you so much

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feistymiss (author)2010-04-30

i liked this idea too, but like others thought it could be adapted and would welcome a copy of your pattern if it is still available.  its a great idea, thank you

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BABYDIVA (author)2010-04-06

Wow I love this purse!!! I am new here this is the first project I have come across that I absolutly love!!! Could you please e-mail me the pattern. uniquebabydiva@hotmail.com. Thanks So Much!!!!!! You did an awsome job I love yours better the the one that was 150.00 lol!!!

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hollybd (author)2010-03-15

beautiful purse, well done! you have an eye for design. I would love to have the pattern for this and make one for myself hollybd@gmail.com. thanks so much!

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firefly84 (author)2010-03-10

Please can i have the pattern for this laura.bass.09@gmail.com

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nerdette (author)2010-03-02

Can I please have a copy too? nerdette@gmail.com

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jessw1986 (author)2010-02-06

 Please please please may I have the pattern for this, it's gorgeous!!! My email address is jess.walter@gmail.com Thanks in advance :D

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Kay359 (author)2009-12-18

Love your purse! If your still sending the pattern, i would love getting a copy.  my email is Kay359@aol.com

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mmflygirl (author)2009-09-27

Could I please try to make your beautiful pattern, my email is mmflygirl@gmail.com Thank you

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asteriskchick (author)2009-06-29

That purse looks gorgeous, I have some friends who love high-end purses and bags and this would be a great x-mas present for them! (and for me since I'm also a college student on a budget) do you think you could send the pattern to me as well, I'm not quite as daring as you to just go off the photos! Thanks, Katie- ker12@case.edu

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nobodysfool (author)2008-05-31

I think I will try this idea using an old sweater I´ll buy in a thrift store for like a dollar hehehe (I´m lazy ), I´ll save both money and time lol, great Instructable BTW.

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Tamaresque (author)nobodysfool2009-06-27

As soon as I saw it, that's exactly what I thought, too. Although I'm a pretty good knitter and I'm quite happy to knit Aran cables, bobbles, etc. the cost of wool / yarn is pretty steep and I think buying a jumper would make for a good sized bag (or two) and maybe even some wallets from the sleeves, too!

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elefantita (author)2009-06-11

These are the cutest bags ever!!!....... they're just adorable.... I have a 13yr old daughter and I'm sure she'd love to have one, I'm not an expert but maybe I should try too.... could you please......... please send me the pattern to monikaba3@hotmail.com....... thanks in advance........

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Rkds (author)2009-05-16

hey great bag beautiful design. I was just wondering if you could please send me the pattern and order of construction of the bag please to yp.rkds@gmail.com this would be greatly and kindly appreciated thankyou

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pulaj66 (author)2009-03-15

nice job if you like to send me ur pattern i will be very happy...paul_el@hotmail.com

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