A Wild Oak Cable Bag Knitting Pattern Using Bulky Yarn and Aran Cable Knitting

cable bag knitting pattern

Use this Aran cable bag knitting pattern to learn how to knit cables and create a small tote bag.

The central panel is made up of a wild oak cable. It is basically four 3-stitch cables criss-crossing each other. Both written instructions and chart for the cable panel are included.

It is knitted in the round. The wild oak panel can be repeated on both sides or just one side. If you are new to cable knitting, practise knitting the wild oak cable until you get the hang of it.

Materials

  • 1 hank of Wool of the Andes Bulky Yarn from Knitpicks (color: Storm). I like the feel of the Peruvian wool on my needles and it blooms slightly after washing. You can use bulky yarn from any brand but wool is probably best.
  • 4mm or 16-inch circular needles (If you do not have a 16-inch cable needle, you can use the 40 or 47-inch ones and use the magic loop technique to knit in the round.)
  • A sewing needle for weaving in the ends
  • Stitch markers
  • 2 cable needles

Body

Cast on 84 stitches.

Cast on 84 stitches. (Use the long tail cast on and leave a tail slightly longer than the circular needles. It will be used to seam the bag.)

Join in the round to knit 2 rows. Place a distinctive stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. Knit 42 stitches and place another stitch marker.

The instructions in the square brackets are for the wild oak cable central panel. It is flanked by a 2×3 rib. The cabling work are in the even rows. Once you have knitted the 2 rows, start on Row 1.

Row 1: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P2, K3, P4, K6, P4, K3, P2], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat for the other side.

Row 2: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P2, K3, P4, slip 3 to a cable needle and hold at front, k3, k3 from cable needle, P4, K3, P2], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat one more time.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1

Row 4: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P2, slip 3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle. P2. S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. S3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle. P2. S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. P2], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat one more time.

Row 5: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P3, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P3], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat one more time

Row 6: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P3, S3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle. S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. P2. S3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle. S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. P3], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat one more time

Row 7: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P4, K6, P4, K6, P4], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat one more time.

Row 8: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P4, S3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, K3, K3 from cable needle. P4. S3 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3, K3 from cable needle. P4], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat one more time.

Row 9: Repeat Row 7  

Row 10: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P3, S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. S3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle. P2. S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. S3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle. P3], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat one more time.

Row 11: Repeat Row 5

Row 12: P1, K3, P2, K3, [P2, S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. P2. S3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle. S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. P2, S3 to a cable needle and hold at front of work, P1, K3 from cable needle. P2], K3, P2, K3, P1. Shift marker. Repeat one more time.

Row 13: Repeat Row 1

Row 2 to 13 makes up one complete cable pattern.

Repeat Row 2 to Row 13 three more times. 

The chart and the legend are attached. Source: Canadan Living.

Symbol Chart of Cable Bag Knitting Pattern
The wild oak cable chart
Symbol Chart Legend of Cable bag knitting pattern
Aran Cable Tote Bag – Chart Key

Shaping for the handles

The handles are basically 2 slits using casting off and casting on in the middle of the work.

I recommend watching this video by Roxanne Richardson: https://youtu.be/ZCV-3q3DEdM for a visual tutorial for the casting off technique.

To make it easier to see which stitch to KFB* and K2tog, mark out the 14th stitch from each edge with stitch markers. (KBF* refers to Knit Front and Back)

Cast off Row: P1, K3, P2, K3, P2, K2, KBF, cast off 14 stitches, pass the last stitch to the left needle, K2tog, K2, P2, K3, P2, K3, P1. Repeat for the other side.

Cast on Row: P1, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, turn work, cable cast on 14 stitches, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P1. Repeat for the other side.

After this, repeat Row 1 seven times. Bind off.

Making the slits larger

The slits might be too small for some people. They can be enlarged by increasing the cast off and cast on stitches.

The original division for the stitches per side is as follows:

14 stitches | 14 stitches | 14 stitches

To enlarge, divide as follows: 12 stitches | 18 stitches | 12 stitches or 10 stitches | 22 stitches | 10 stitches

Finishing

Sew up the bottom seam of the bag using back stitch or mattress stitch using the yarn from the long tail cast on.

Lining the bag is optional but I highly recommend it. So is blocking. See detailed instructions here.

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6 responses to “A Wild Oak Cable Bag Knitting Pattern Using Bulky Yarn and Aran Cable Knitting”

  1. McFeinics Avatar

    Can you clarify row 10? The pattern says to work 10 stitches from the cable when you’re only holding one stitch on the cable needle.

    1. Phoebe Avatar

      Hi, I have rectified the mistake. Please try it again. Thanks for using the pattern. 🙂

  2. Jennifer Gray Avatar
    Jennifer Gray

    I am trying this bag via the written instructions (second attempt) and it’s still not looking quite right. I looked at the chart and I noticed a slip 4 in the instruction/legend box. There is no slip 4 in the written instructions. I am not a chart reader, but is there an error in the written instructions? I shall set this project aside in hopes i hear from you soon.
    Thank you so much, the bag is adorable!
    Jennifer
    jdgray94@gmail.com

    1. Phoebe Avatar

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your patience (2nd try) with this pattern. I made a colossal mistake. I wrote up the written instructions reading the chart from left to right when it should be from right to left. I have rectified everything now. The written instructions should work perfectly now. Have fun!

  3. Nicholas Chan Avatar
    Nicholas Chan

    I have knitted one myself using leftover yarn. I think I did alright. Don’t look too close, I have a few boo boo hahahah

    1. Phoebe Avatar

      Hi Nicholas, I can’t see the boo boos at all. Nice colour.

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