Funky Fair Isle Bag by Pam Allen
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Funky Fair Isle Bag

September 2008
Aran (8 wpi) ?
21 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
in Fair Isle pattern on larger needle
US 6 - 4.0 mm
US 7 - 4.5 mm
About 16" (40.5 cm) wide and 17" (43 cm) tall, excluding strap

Pattern Description from Color Style: “Pam Allen started her bag on small double-pointed needles to form a sturdy garter stitch base. When the circular base was big enough around, she switched to a larger circular needle and a repeating Fair Isle pattern. To create more color play, she intermittently changed the background and pattern colors but kept the light-dark contrast fairly constant. The bag ends at the top edge with a striped garter rib. The shoulder strap continues on stitches left open at the top edge of the bag; it’s shaped at the bag ends with full-fashioned decreases.”

Finished Size: About 16” (40.5 cm) wide and 17” (43 cm) tall, excluding strap.

Yarn: Worsted weight (#4 Medium)
Classic Elite Renaissance (100% wool; 110 yd 101 m/50 g): #7178 tiled roof (rust; A), #7155 Renaissance red (dark red; B), #7181 green grape (olive; C), #7135 celery (pale green; D), #7168 Vatican gold (E), #7172 green pepper (bright green; F), #7185 portofino orange (G), and #7124 giotto grape (purple; H), 1 skein each.


  • Bag base - size U.S. 6 (4 mm): set of 4 double-pointed (dpn) and 16” (40 cm) circular (cir).
  • Bag sides - size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm): 24” (60 cm) cir.
  • Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Markers (m); large holder or waste yarn; tapestry needle.