My BFF Maya recently requested a custom knit bag with a 1 stitch x 1 stitch Fair Isle pattern, like the beautiful Arctic Wrap from The Purl Bee. She saw and felt the actual wrap on our recent trip to Purl Soho and fell in love with it. I think turning it into a bag is a marvelous idea and I’m delighted to make it for Maya, but I panicked a little because I’ve never knit a Fair Isle pattern before.
Over the weekend, I dusted off a few skeins of leftover Amy Butler yarns and made itty bitty baby hats to practice the pattern. I didn’t want to commit to a large project so I settled on the hat … but I had so much fun with it that I ended up knitting three in two days. I knit as I went, with no pattern, which allowed me to make them very quickly. I think I’m now ready to knit that custom bag for my BFF!
I’m no expert in pattern writing but if you would like to try making the hat, here it is! It’s a great solution to use up your yarn stash, especially if you have some half-used skeins you didn’t know what to do with!
- Circular needle in US size 7, in 16 inches (You can omit the circular needle if you’re just using the double pointed needles)
- 4 double pointed needles in size 7
- 2 different color yarns (about 25 grams each)
- A pair of scissors to cut off yarns
- Tapestry needle to bind off loose ends
Note: The first number in the pattern is for the small size (pink) with a 14 inch circumference; the larger size (gray and yellow ones are the same size), in parenthesis, is for a 16 inch circumference.
Using circular needle US size 7 in 16 inches, cast on 80 (88) stitches with Color A (pink).
Knit 2, purl 2 in a round and repeat this rib stitch until it measures about 2 inches.
Now, add Color B (yellow) and knit, alternating colors at each stitch. You might need to M1 at the end of the first row to avoid repeating same color twice. Continue to knit until the entire hat measures around 4.5 (5) inches. Note: Because you’re knitting in a round, you don’t have to worry about purling the alternate rows. You can knit all the way around to create a stockinette stitch.
Cut off Color B. Using Color A only, knit for 1 (2) inches. At this time, the hat should measure around 5.5 (7) inches.
Row 1: k2tog, k2. Repeat this for the entire row. Change the circular needle to double pointed needles. Note: If you are left with uneven number of stitches, simply stay as close to the pattern as possible.
Row 2: K2tog, until you are left with one stitch.
Bind off lose ends. Add a pom pom on top (optional). I ran out of yarns but I would have loved to put it on the top!
Amy Butler Rowan belle organic dk in Cilantro (016) and Tomato (012)
Amy Butler Rowan belle organic dk in Cilantro (016) and Slate (015)
Same as the hat above, in contrasting colors.