Bulky Felted Fair-Isle Bag for Beginners

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Published July 16, 2018

Fair-Isle felted bag shown hanging on bench

Felted Fair-Isle bag, top view

Blue and green felted Fair-Isle bag, shown with yarn

Bottom view of Fair-Isle bag, with purse feet

This Fair-Isle felted bag pattern is an easy pattern for learning two-color knitting. Felt the bag in the washer to make a soft and sturdy purse or knitting project bag. Options: You can knit the bag handles and attachment loops, or buy leather or plastic purse handles for a dressier look.

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Pattern Details

  • Sizes: One size
  • Finished Measurements: After felting, the bag will be approximately 9 inches (23 cm) long by 7 inches (18 cm) wide by 10 inches (25 cm) tall.


  • Yarn: Approximately 170 yards each of 2 colors chunky weight yarn (referred to as col A and col B in pattern).
  • Needles: 1 pair circular needles, straight needles, 24-inch-long
  • Needle size: US 11 - 8.0mm or size required to get gauge (3.5 sts/in)
  • Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle. Optional: 4 metal rings for handle attachment, 4 metal feet.


  • 3.5 sts/in in St st


BO – Bind Off
BOR – Beginning of Round
CO – Cast On
K2tog – Knit 2 Together
M1 – Make One
PM – Place Marker

Recommended Course: Fair-Isle Knitting

Fair-Isle knitting is the art of knitting with more than one color in a row. Following a Fair-Isle chart, you can make beautiful patterns and designs, like sweaters, tams, pillow cushions and more.

Our Fair-Isle Knitting class teaches you how to Fair-Isle Knit from the very beginning, including reading a chart, fixing mistakes, Fair-Isle Knitting in the round... all on a fast, fun project of an easy felted bag with handles.

Related Blog Post: NEW: Easy Felted Fair-Isle Bag Free Pattern… And World Travels

Felted Fair-Isle bag, top viewBy Liat Gat – Founder / New Patterns, World Travels / June 23, 2012 / 19 Comments

If you already know how to Fair-Isle knit, this bag will be a really quick knit. It’s knit in bulky yarn and the chart just flies by. If you are curious about learning to knit Fair-Isle, this is also a good beginner pattern for you. Felting is also a fun thing for beginners to learn.

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I Have Learned So Much

In regards to: Fair-Isle Knitting

This was my first felted and Fair-Isle project. I felted it too much but I believe it still turned out good for my first one. My sister loved it for her birthday present. I’m making another one for my daughter and myself. Thank you Liat Gat for your Ebooks. I have learned so much. :)
  – kbatten67 on Ravelry

2 thoughts on “Bulky Felted Fair-Isle Bag for Beginners”

  1. What a beautiful pattern. Learning to knit fair isle is on my bucket list and this looks like it will be a lovely, functional way to start.

    Thank you

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