Fair Isle Felted Bag — A Free Beginner Fair Isle Pattern

Fair-Isle felted bag shown hanging on benchFelted Fair-Isle bag, top view
Blue and green felted Fair-Isle bag, shown with yarn

Bottom view of Fair-Isle bag, with purse feet

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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.

I’ve included links to KnitFreedom videos for each technique you need to know, and some optional tricks that will help you if you are using Magic Loop.

Pattern Details – Fair Isle Felted Bag

Skills Required:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Basic pattern-reading skills

Tricks You’ll Learn:

  • How to read a Fair-Isle color chart
  • How to pick up and knit stitches
  • How to make an i-cord

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.

Options: You can knit the bag handles and attachment loops, or buy leather or plastic purse handles for a more formal look.


  • Yarn: Approximately 150 yards each of 2 colors chunky-weight yarn.
  • Gauge: Not important
  • Needles: US size 11 (8 mm) or 13 (9 mm) 24-inch circular needle
  • Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle. Optional: 4 metal rings for handle attachment, 4 metal feet.

The Fair Isle Felted Bag Pattern is FREE to all newsletter subscribers. This is a quick project that you can make in a day or two – great for a gift. Pair maroon and deep brown with leather handles for a gorgeous knitting bag.

About the Yarn
The Malabrigo Chunky yarn for this pattern was provided generously by Stix Yarn. Shop their online yarn store at http://stixyarn.com/store.