Introduction: Cabled Purse

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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 :)


arenea0 (author)2014-01-09

could I please get this pattern? that bag is amazing!

nmarzooq (author)2013-09-03

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

Kipara (author)2012-12-25

Please email pattern to

teresafelina (author)2012-12-10

I love it!! Would you send me the pattern, please? My email

Songbird4god (author)2012-10-02

That is so beautiful!!
Would you send me your pattern and instructions? Thank You!!

humearielle1 (author)2012-05-22

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

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

sbates5 (author)2011-12-05

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

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

aboard (author)2011-10-16

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

kblalock (author)2011-08-08

Could I please get this pattern?
Thanks in advance :)

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
Thanks for sharing such an adorable design, I'm looking forward to seeing what else you come up with!!

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!

dmendoza7 (author)2011-07-23

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

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.

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.

atremaine (author)jrc06102011-07-23

anyway you could email me the pattern... thanks bunches

nerdette (author)jrc06102010-03-02

me too pretty please!!

marty21 (author)jrc06102009-06-26

Hi! I would love to get the pattern too :) My email is thank you so much

bftmc9q (author)jrc06102009-03-05

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

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

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

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.

lalita (author)jrc06102008-02-23

So sorry, my e-mail is

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...

SweetCharms (author)2011-04-06

I love it! may I please have the patterns? Thank You.

Niccupp (author)2011-02-06

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

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 Thank you so much for being generous and giving your pattern out for us to enjoy.

melmc30 (author)2010-12-03

this is the nicest knit purse i have ever seen can you email the pattern to ?

robicars (author)2010-12-01

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

Thanks a bunch for posting it.

zeldaa (author)2010-08-12

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

lkliner (author)2010-07-25

Absolutely love it! I'd love the pattern please! Thank you so much!

macropidia (author)2010-06-13

Looks great! I'd love to have a copy of the pattern if possible please...........

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
Thank you!

lady55 (author)2010-05-04

I would love this pattern too.  Please can you send it to  Thank you very much.

feistymiss (author)2010-04-30

i would love to ask for this pattern.  its so clever.  thank you so much

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

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. Thanks So Much!!!!!! You did an awsome job I love yours better the the one that was 150.00 lol!!!

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 thanks so much!

firefly84 (author)2010-03-10

Please can i have the pattern for this

nerdette (author)2010-03-02

Can I please have a copy too?

jessw1986 (author)2010-02-06

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

Kay359 (author)2009-12-18

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

mmflygirl (author)2009-09-27

Could I please try to make your beautiful pattern, my email is Thank you

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-

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.

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!

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 thanks in advance........

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 this would be greatly and kindly appreciated thankyou

pulaj66 (author)2009-03-15

nice job if you like to send me ur pattern i will be very

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