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Home : Patterns : Fair Isle Tote

Free Knitting Pattern: Fair Isle Tote

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Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky
Pattern #: 70435AD

Knit: Easy

Finished size: 12 X 13 inches

Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Easy + (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size

12 in. wide x 13 in. high (30.5 cm x 33 cm)

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Experiment with colorwork for a beautiful winter tote.

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Color (A)
Wool-Ease® Chunky

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Color (B)
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Color (C)
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Color (D)
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Wool-Ease® Chunky
Fisherman Bluebell Indigo Walnut Eggplant Charcoal Black Silver Grey
Willow Nantucket Mulberry Tinsel White Wheat
*Wool-Ease Chunky (Article #630). Solids: 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
301 Tinsel White: 78% Acrylic, 19% Wool, 3% Other
402 Wheat: 86% Acrylic, 10% Wool, 4% Other; package size: 5.00oz/140.00 gr. (153yds/140m) pull skeins

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•  630-152 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Charcoal
$ 17.58  
Note: (A)
•  630-127 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Walnut
$ 8.79  
Note: (B)
•  630-155 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Silver Grey
$ 8.79  
Note: (C)
•  630-188 Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Mulberry
$ 8.79  
Note: (D)
Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 10.5 [6.5 mm]   $ 4.95  
Lion Brand Split Ring Stitch Markers   $ 2.49  
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Additional Materials
Set of 2 purse handles with ring attachment, 1/2 x 25 in. (1.3 x 63.5 cm)
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Fair Isle Tote

Lion Brand® Wool-Ease® Chunky


13 sts + 16 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) and Fair Isle pattern.

When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

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Carry colors not in use loosely across WS of work. Pick up new color from under old color to twist yarns and prevent holes.

With A, cast on 39 sts.
Rows 1-9: With A, knit
Rows 10 and 11: With B, knit.
Rows 12-47: Beginning with Row 1 of Fair Isle Chart, work chart rows 1-36.
Rows 48 and 49: With B, knit.
Rows 50-59: With A, knit.
Rows 60-62: With B, knit.
Bind off.


Work same as Front.


With B, cast on 7 sts.
Rows 1-3: With B, knit.
Change to A and work in Garter st (k every row) until piece measures 13 in. (33 cm) from beg, AT THE SAME TIME, inc 1 st each side every 3 in. (7.5 cm) 3 times - 13 sts. Mark each end of last row.
Continue in Garter st with A until 12 in. (30.5 cm) above markers, mark each end of last row.
Work even in Garter st until 4 in. (10 cm) above second set of markers, dec 1 st at each side of next row - 11 sts.
Continue in Garter st with A, until 12 1/2 in. (32 cm) above second set of markers, AT THE SAME TIME, dec 1 st at each side every 3 in. (7.5 cm) twice more - 7 sts.
Change to B and knit 3 rows. Bind off.


Sew Gusset between Front and Back, lining up markers with corners. Sew on handles. Weave in ends.


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beg = begin(s)(ning) dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing) k = knit
p = purl RS = right side
St st = Stockinette stitch st(s) = stitch(es)
WS = wrong side  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 1 review)
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Downloadable Pattern: Fair Isle Tote Reviewed by Monica Watson on 2008-04-10 ****
beautiful and easy it seems

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