Basic Cable Handle

This simple 6-stitch front cross cable makes a wonderful handle. The width is 1 to 3 inches, depending on gauge. To make it, you need a cable needle (cn).

4 Row 3: Slip first 3 sts to cn and hold at front, k3 from left needle, k3 from cn.

5 Rep rows 1-6 to desired length, ending with row 5.

6 BO purlwise.

7 Go to "Finish and Attach Handles," on the next page. BRAIDED HANDLE

Here is a fun handle. Instructions are given for a handle that is 1/2-2V2 inches wide, depending on gauge. You need two stitch holders.

2 Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end of row.

3 Row 2 (WS): P1, *k1, p1; rep from * to end of row.

4 Rep rows 1 and 2 until piece measures approx 2 inches, ending with a WS row.

5 Next row (RS): K1, p1, k1; put rem 6 sts onto holder.

6 Working on first 3 sts only, cont in rib patt until piece is 1-2 inches beyond desired length. Braiding will shorten it. Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail. Put these 3 sts on second holder.

7 Slip center 3 sts to needle and beg with RS row, work in patt through same row, and cut yarn as for first set of sts. Slip these sts onto holder.

8 Slip last 3 sts to needle and work in patt through same row as other two sets of sts.

9 Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.

0 Lay handle RS up with connected end at top. Braid the sections: Lay right piece over center, lay left piece over center, right over center, and so on, ending with left piece.

  • Slip all sts to needle, ready to beg a WS row.
  • Rejoin yarn and work in patt for approx 2 inches.
  • BO in patt.
  • Go to "Finish and Attach Handles," on the next page.

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