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Bulky Felted Fair-Isle Bag for Beginners

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Bulky Felted Fair-Isle Bag for Beginners

Category: Accessories
Gauge: 3.5 sts/in in Stockinette stitch
Technique: Fair-Isle Knitting
Yarn Weight: Bulky (7 wpi)

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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 Weight: Bulky (7 wpi)


  • 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

Pattern Notes

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Recommended Course: Fair-Isle Knitting

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Fair-Isle knitting is the art of knitting with more than one color in a row to make fabulous repeating designs in your knitting.

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

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KnitFreedom Fair-Isle bagBy 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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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

Published July 16, 2018
Last Updated: - Current Version: 2.1
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    1. Hi Anita,

      The bag will be a very large, loose, and open knit if you do not felt it. What you could do if you do not want to felt it is use smaller needles, say US size 9 or 10. But even so, you may need to sew a fabric lining in it to make it usable as the knit fabric will have holes that items could slip out through. You could also pop in one of those purse organizers that are everywhere these days.

      I hope this helps!

  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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