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Hi, my name is Mary Gildersleeve. I began designing shortly after teaching myself to knit at the age of 8, primarily because I do not take commands very well and I also could not afford the fancy ...

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Classic Celtic Cabled Clutch (or pillow)

from By Hand, With Heart
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Classic Celtic Cabled Clutch (or pillow)
Classic Celtic Cabled Clutch (or pillow)
Classic Celtic Cabled Clutch (or pillow)
Classic Celtic Cabled Clutch (or pillow)

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • understanding of cables and how to work them
  • working in the round and flat
  • ability to work i-cord

Pattern Description:

A fun bag (or pillow top) I designed for a cable-knitting class.

This 10.5 x 10.5 "messenger bag" is not only a useful bag, but also a great way to show-off your cabling skills. I've given you directions for knitting this in the round, with the flap worked flat -- it's done all in one piece so that the only finish work is sewing the bottom closed and putting on a button. Worked in a worsted- weight wool, you can knit-up this classic accessory in a weekend.

Directions are charted and round-by-round. I've also given you clear instructions for turning this bag into a removable pillow top.


16sts x 28 rnds = 4" stockinette, worked in the round and blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 10.5 x 10.5 "messenger bag" (pillow top will fit nicely with a 12-inch square pillow form)


  • approx 300 yards of worsted weight wool -- sample used Knit Picks' Swish Worsted in Bare
  • US #8 circs (16-inch)
  • cable needle or dpn to hold sts
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle to tuck in ends
  • 3/4 inch button
  • if making the pillow - 12-inch pillow form

Suggested yarn:

300 yards of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Knit Picks Swish Worsted