Easy Fair Isle Bag

Easy Fair Isle Bag
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Step 1: Getting Started

 

With spring in the air, it's time to refresh your wardrobe and accessories. Why not use our free knitting pattern to create a pretty fair isle bag to go with just about any outfit? This knitting project is fun to work on and won't take long at all to finish.

Fair Isle knitting patterns are a good way to improve your beginner or intermediate knitting skills and to show off your talent. Knit an easy fair isle bag for yourself or for a friend this week and become a knitting star in your corner of the fashion world!

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials:

                200 yards of worsted weight yarn in black (color A)

                200 yards of worsted weight in a variegated (color B)

The sample was knit using Deborah Norville Everyday soft worsted in colors black and parfait

                16 inch size 7 circular needle

                Yarn needle

                Stitch marker.

Gauge: 5 stitches to the inch

Stitches used:

                K = knit

                P = Purl

Special notes: To make an I cord after you cast on the required stitches slide the stitches down to the right tip of the needle. DO NOT TURN WORK. Bring the yarn from the back knit the 4 stitches, and repeat

When working color work make sure you loosely carry the yarn that will be changing in the back. If you pull the yarn too tightly it will pucker.

bag

Step 2: Pattern Instructions


Bag Pattern:

Using color A cast on 70 stitches

Round 1: Being careful not to twist, place marker and P around.

Round 2: Slip marker, K around.

Round 3: Repeat round 1.

Rounds 4-5: Changing to color B, K around, slipping marker as you come to it.

Rounds 6-8: Changing to color A, K around, slipping marker as you come to it.

Rounds 7-10: Adding color B, K1 with color B, K 1 with color A, repeat around, slipping marker as you come to it.

Rounds 11-12: Drop color B and K around with color A only, slip marker as you come to it.

Rounds 13-17 : Drop color A and K around with color B only, slip marker as you come to it.

Rounds 18-19: Drop color B and K around with color A only, slip marker as you come to it.

Round 20: Picking up color B, (with color A K 2, with color B K1, with color A K2) repeat around slip marker.

Round 21: (With color A K1, with color B K 3, with color A K1) repeat around, slip marker.

Round 22: (With color B K 2, with color A K 1, with color B K 2) repeat around, slip marker.

Round 23: Repeat round 20.

Rounds 24-25: Drop color B and K around with color A only, slip marker.

Round 26: Drop color A and pick up color B and K around, slip marker.

Rounds 27-28: Repeat round 24.

Round 29: Picking up color A, (K 1 with color A, K1 with color B) repeat around, slip marker.

Round 30: (K 1 with color B, K 1 with color A) repeat around, slip marker.

Rounds 31 -32: repeat rounds 29 and 30.

Rounds 33- 34: Drop color B and K around with color A, slip marker.

Round 35: Drop color A and K around with color B, slip marker.

Rounds 36-37: Repeat round 33.

Round 38: Pick up color B, (K 2 with color A, K 1 with color B, K 2 with color A) repeat around.

Round 39: (K 1 with color A, K 3 with color B, K 1 with color A) repeat around.

Round 40: repeat round 38.

Rounds 41- 43: Drop color B and K around with color A, slip marker as you come to it.

Round 44:  Drop color A and pick up color B, K around, slip marker.

Round 45: Pick up Color A, (K 1 with color A, K 1 with color B) repeat around.

Round 46: repeat round 44:

Round 47-48: drop and cut color B, with color A k around.

 

Finishing it all up

Bind off- divide stitches in 2 (35 on each needle tip) use 3 needle bind off to bind off and sew the bottom of the bag closed.

If desired add fringe to bottom of bag.

 

Handle

Starting at one side of the top pick up 4 stitches and proceed with a 4 stitch I cord for desired length. Cast off and sew to other side of bag. Weave in all ends.

bag

 

About The Author

Melanie has more than 25 years experience as a Hands-on fiber artist and fiber arts teacher specializing in crochet, knitting, spinning, weaving and tatting. She has taught classes through various yarn stores, Community Education Programs, fiber fairs; as well as in 4-H programs around Idaho. She has been designing her own unique projects and patterns for numerous year and she has spent several years as a pattern tester for many yarn and design companies. You can usually find her working on something or planning her next project.