Knitting Pattern for Aran Cable Tote Bag

My Aran cable tote bag sitting on the dashboard of my car

This knitting pattern for the Aran cable tote bag is inspired by the Aran laptop cover pattern at Canadian Living’s website.



It is not a very big bag, just enough for my wallet, mobile phone, tissue and some knick knacks. The central panel is made up of a wild oak cable “borrowed” from the Aran laptop cover. It is knitted in the round so you need to mark out the left and right side of the bag and then repeat the pattern twice.

Materials

I used 1 hank of Wool of the Andes Bulky Yarn (color: Storm) from Knitpicks. 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.

Equipment

4mm circular needle (16 inch)
Sewing needle for weaving in the ends
Stitch markers
2 cable 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.)

Body

Cast on 80 stitches. Join in the round and knit 1 row. Place a stitch marker to indicate the start of the round. Count 40 stitches and places another stitch marker.

The instructions in the square brackets are for the wild oak cable central panel.

Row 1
K3, P2, K3, [P2, K3, P4, K6, P4, K3, P2], K3, P2, K3. Repeat one more time.

Row 2
K3, P2, K3, [P2, K3, P4, S3 to a cable needle and hold at front, k3, k3 from cable needle, P4, K3, P2], K3, P2, K3

Row 3
K3, P2, K3, [P2, K3, P4, K6, P4, K3. P2], K3, P2, K3

Row 4
K3, P2, K3, [P2, 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. P2. S1 to a cable needle and hold at back of work, K3. P1 from cable needle. P2], K3, P2, K3

Row 5
K3, P2, K3, [P3, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P3], K3, P2, K3

Row 6
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

Row 7
K3, P2, K3, [P4, K6, P4, K6, P4], K3, P2, K3

Row 8
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

Row 9
K3, P2, K3, [P4, K6, P4, K6, P4], K3, P2, K3

Row 10
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

Row 11
K3, P2, K3, [P3, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P2, K3, P3], K3, P2, K3,

Row 12
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

Row 13
K3, P2, K3, [P2, K3, P4, K6, P4, K3, P2], K3, P2, K3

Row 2 to 13 makes up one complete cable pattern. Repeat the pattern 3 or more times till desired length.

If you prefer the chart version, I’ve attached a screenshot of the chart from the original pattern. Source: Canadan Living.

Chart for Aran Cable Tote Bag

The wild oak cable chart

Aran cable tote bag chart key

Legend for the chart

Shaping for the handles

Knit 10 stitches, bind off 20 stitches and knit 10. Repeat one more time
Knit 10 stitches, cast on 20 stitches and knit 10 stitches. Repeat one more time
Knit all stitches for 10 rows.
Bind off.

Finishing

Sew up the bottom seam of the bag using back stitch or mattress stitch.
To finish, line the bag with fabric.

  • 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

    • http://www.homemade-chinese-soups.com Phoebe

      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!

  • http://twitter.com/McFeinics McFeinics

    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.

    • http://www.homemade-chinese-soups.com Phoebe

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