Quinn: Cabled Bag Knitting Pattern

Quinn, a cabled bag

Quinn is a small-to-medium-sized cabled purse with a long braided strap so it can be worn over the shoulder or messenger-style across the body.

This bag is knit in two pieces. First, the top horizontal band is knit flat, and then the ends are grafted together to form a loop. Then the stitches for the main body of the bag are picked up and knit in the round. At the end, the stitches for the front and back of the bag are divided and grafted together.

The strap is knit separately and sewn to the inside.

Placeholder Ad

FREE! Download (pdf, 351K)

  • 01/11/2009: New pattern template, but no major changes to the instructions.

Although this pattern is available free for non-commercial use, please consider making a small donation in support of the time and effort that went into this design. Thank you!

Placeholder Ad

Quinn, a cabled bag

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: 9" (23 cm) square

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (100% superwash wool; 220 yds/201 m per 3½ oz/100g), shown in #844; 2 skeins

If you choose not to do the braided i-cord strap, one skein will be enough. However you will have little left for swatching.

This pattern would be great for beginning knitters ready to move into more complicated territory, or for experienced knitters who want something relaxing, but not boring to knit. You may find that this pattern is a good prelude to Rogue. This pattern includes:

  • Provisional cast-on
  • Beginner-to-intermediate cables—all cable patterns are easily-memorized 12-row repeats and are provided in both chart and written form
  • Grafting (three-needle bind-off may be substituted)
  • Knitting in the round
  • I-cord

If You Like This, You May Also Like:

Placeholder Ad


  1. Ginger says:

    AWESOME purse! Thanks for the free pattern, this will definitely be my next project.

  2. Lakaya says:

    NICE!!! But I altered mine a bit…I like my purse to have “sides” so I made it in 4 piece. Top, body, side 1, side 2. But the pattern is so cute. Thank you for posting it.

  3. Fenrii says:

    In the part that says main body I dont get it
    it says: “Beginning at the seam, pick up 144 stitches all the way around. You
    will be picking up one stitch for each row. Join for knitting in the
    how do I pick up the 144 sttches??
    and what does it mean that I need to pick up one stitch for each row??

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Fenrii,

      At that point in the pattern, you should have made a loop. That loop will form the top band of the bag. Starting where you grafted the loop together, pick up 144 stitches.

      If you need help picking up stitches, I recommend this Knitty tutorial.

      The comment to pick up one stitch for each row is to help you pick up the correct number of stitches. In many patterns (and in the example shown in the Knitty tutorial), you need to figure out how to space out the stitches you’re picking up in order to make it even. In this case it’s easy: just pick up one stitch for each row in the loop–the loop has 144 rows in it. If you do that, when you’ve picked up the 144th stitch, you will be back where you started and will be ready to join to knit in the round.

  4. Judy says:

    I’ve wanted to make this lovely purse for some time. Started it this morning and ran into T3F and T3B. I’ve done cables before but haven’t seen this. How is it done? Thanks!

    • Yvonne says:

      Hi Judy,

      Directions for the T3F and T3B are on the last page of the pattern. Please let me know if you have further questions.


      • Judy says:

        Thank you so much. For some reason, when I printed the pattern out, it didn’t print page 7. I appreciate your quick response.

  5. Barbara says:

    The purse is so pretty!I’m a beginner but I can’t wait to try this!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will never be published or shared. Required fields are marked with *.

Allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

19 Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. [...] pattern: Quinn yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash needles: Clover Bamboo notes: I loved knitting this bag.  Ok, eventually I loved it.  I had some trouble at the beginning, but that was all operator error, nothing to do with the pattern it’s self.  The pattern is wonderfully well written and the results are amazing.  This pattern did offer some challanges for me, grafting in pattern, sewing in a zipper and lining , and knitting 12′ of i-cord (it was supposed to be 16′ but I gave up at 12′).  I was thrilled with the way the lining turned out and I was lucky to find an almost perfect zipper match.  [...]

  2. [...] Jul 11th, 2007 by twinsunplus1 Since the Wallaby is finished, I started on Quinn.    [...]

  3. [...] starting the Quinn Cabled bag because I need rescue from all this stockinette in the round. I’ve already gone down two [...]

  4. [...] have cast on my Quinn bag—my first attempt at cables. I’ve finished two repeats of the top band, and I only had to [...]

  5. [...] Quinn has been on the needles for a couple of weeks now, and I’m starting to get the hang of cabling. I now only need to refer to the pattern page, but I can remember what the abbreviations mean without referencing them each time. [...]

  6. [...] this week I decided that I either had to pick up Quinn again, or I had to face that it had been cast aside, and mark it as “Hibernating” on [...]

  7. [...] working on my Quinn bag, trying to finish the Pinwheel Sweater (ugh-sleeves) and I have a star on the needles that just [...]

  8. [...] to this video. I was not able to graft the stitches in my first project that called for it, the Quinn  Cabled Bag, and to Yvonne- who graciously commented on my early blog when I started her pattern – I promise [...]

  9. [...] 7, 2008 in Knitting Tags: Knitting I pretty much finished the little Quinn Cabled Bag  and it’s gorgeous. I say pretty much because I didn’t get the strap sewn on before I [...]

  10. [...] I couldn’t try it on. So what did I do instead? I started a new project. Gah! I’m doing Quinn (a cabled bag) in some TLC Essentials that I have in my stash from the old granny square project I [...]

  11. [...] another project with my other ball of Malabrigo.  This color is Bobby Blue.  It’s the Quinn Cabled Bag from CogKnition.  [...]

  12. [...] I couldn’t try it on. So what did I do instead? I started a new project. Gah! I’m doing Quinn (a cabled bag) in some TLC Essentials that I have in my stash from the old granny square project I [...]

  13. [...] Quinn Cabled Bag by Yvonne Kao (Rav link here). It’s got plenty of cables, as you can see. Though there are [...]

  14. [...] (mmmm, probably not, but humor me) whether I was serious when I said I was going to cast on for the Quinn Cabled Bag asap. Well, I did. And I’ve made some progress. Not much progress, but apparently the sound [...]

  15. [...] Central (like ya doooooooo – hahahaa. Thank you, Eddie Izzard…) I ran across the Quinn: Cabled Bag pattern. And I will make it. Asap. I’ve decided to use some of the off-white Simply Soft that [...]

  16. [...] I couldn’t try it on. So what did I do instead? I started a new project. Gah! I’m doing Quinn (a cabled bag) in some TLC Essentials that I have in my stash from the old granny square project I [...]

  17. […] Quinn Bag (free pattern; Rav Link; Website link) […]

  18. […] of my many works in progress right now is the Quinn bag (ravelry link). I have been working on it off and on for about 2 weeks now. I hardly have any free […]

  19. -->
  20. sew.crafty » Blog Archive »
  21. little bit of crazy leaking out » Blog Archive » quinn
  22. Quinn « Land o’ Sunshine
  23. The Gift Must Come First « The Shaggy Dog Story
  24. knitting pretty » Blog Archive » Beginning Quinn
  25. knitting pretty » Blog Archive » Heading for the Cape
  26. knitting pretty » Blog Archive » Pick me up?
  27. Kelly’s Blog » Another post
  28. I swear I’m Knitting « The Shaggy Dog Story
  29. I really need to Post! « The Shaggy Dog Story
  30. wifeKnits » Quinn
  31. Love Me Some Malabrigo « Knelley Knits
  32. Quinn | mamaLove
  33. Two bags full « Where is she now?
  34. Imagine » Some knitting progress
  35. Imagine » Well, there goes that idea…
  36. Quinn « mamaLove
  37. Episode 1: Hello World | Through The Yarny Curtain
  38. Quinn in Progress | MinervaTurkey