fair isle zippered pouch closed

Fair Isle zipper pouch

This knitted zipper pouch is a little different format from my previous two (argyle and chevron) pouches. It has a flat bottom so it can stand up on its own, making it good for traveling.

To make this one open all the way so it’s easy to see what’s inside, I adapted the tutorial for Open Wide Zippered Pouch for sewing with a knitted exterior rather than a fabric one. I also changed the zipper tab up a bit so it’s a pocket that the zipper slides into before stitching it down, rather than the folded-over style from the tutorial.

fair isle zippered pouch open

inside the fair isle zippered pouch

I designed the pouch using a variety of stitch patterns from Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting, after creating a gauge swatch and determining which stitch patterns would work for my stitch count. I wanted it to be more organic with some plant references rather than modern and geometric in style.

To make this pouch approximately 5 1/2 in. wide x 4 in. high x 2 1/2 in. deep, I started by casting on 46 stitches on size US 3 DPNs and worked a linen stitch, alternating the three yarn colors. I worked this back and forth for 38 rows to form the bottom of the pouch. Then I picked up the stitches around the edge to form the sides of the pouch, placing 41 stitches on each of the long side needles and 19 stitches on each of the short side needles.

After blocking, I sewed the interior (using interface-supported natural cotton canvas), added the zipper, and finished by hand-stitched the exterior to the lining. For this stand-up style pouch, I really like the way the zipper extends past the end and opens all the way up. I’m really happy with how this one turned out.