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Classic Celtic Cabled Clutch (or pillow)


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  • Cables

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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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY understanding of cables and how to work them working in the round and flat ability to work i-cord GAUGE 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) SUGGESTED YARN 300 yards of Worsted weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Knit Picks Swish Worsted COLORWAY Bare

Supplies Needed

  • 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

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By Hand, With Heart
By Hand, With Heart
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 yarns back then. Knitting and designing were my constant activities throughout undergrad, grad school and family life until, in 1997, I finally went professional and established By Hand, With Heart ... traditional hand-knit designs with a modern twist. I now create designs for various knitwear outlets (including published designs in Knitters, INKnitters, Cast On), custom knit original designs, and self-publish my own patterns . I maintain a website ( where I discuss my work, my finds (reviewing books and supplies) and suggestions for teaching everyone this age-old art. I particularly love teaching all aspects of knitting ... from beginner to expert, from learning to read charts to designing your own. On most Saturdays, you can find me working at my LYS, Dog House Yarns in Culpeper. I am the exclusive designer for the cashmere-farm, Spring Gate Farm, located in Barboursville, VA. I earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, VA) in 1988 and a BA in Print Journalism from Gonzaga University (Spokane, Washington) in 1983. I continue with my knitting education by attending seminars, voraciously reading all knitting books, magazines, and websites, and constantly honing my practical knitting skills. I was an active member of the Association of Knitwear Designers (which shut down, unfortunately). I am married, have 5 children (10 to 23 yrs) and keep busy homeschooling, working on the computer, writing articles, and knitting, knitting, knitting in rural Virginia. In 2008, a book I wrote was published "Great Yarns for the Close-Knit Family: over two dozen hand-knit designs inspired by a dozen fantastic family read-alouds"; a year later, another book I wrote hit the bookstores, "In His Image: Nurturing Creativity in the Heart of Your Home" (both are available on Amazon and other book outlets)..