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.

fair isle zippered pouch in chevron pattern

Chevron Fair Isle zipper pouch

A friend and I were recently chatting about how much we like little zippered pouches. What is it about them that makes them so appealing?? Anyway, we love them. Luckily, we had this conversation after I had finished knitting her Christmas gift: a little zippered pouch.

I’d describe her style as clean, modern, and casual, so I chose a Fair Isle stitch pattern that fits this style. The color scheme is based on her affinity for greys and peacock blue.

inside the chevron fair isle zippered pouch
Surprise! There’s a bright peacock blue lining hiding in this otherwise muted and mellow pouch

The piece was worked in the round on double pointed needles: size US 2 for the stockinette stitches and US 3 for the pattern rows. I cast on 128 stitches and divided them equally onto 4 DPNs (32 stitches each). The chevron pattern is an 8-stitch repeat, 4 rows high. This resulted in 16 total repeats of the pattern around the piece and 46 total rows: 6 rows in stone; 25 rows of blue/stone chevron pattern; 4 rows blue/grey chevron pattern; 10 rows of grey. The final size is 9 in. wide x 5 in. high.


knitted space invaders kindle cozy

Space Invaders Fair Isle Kindle Cozy

A friend recently asked me if I’d like to make a cover for his new Kindle. Um, yes! He liked the green houndstooth Fair Isle sleeve I’d made for my husband, and likes red and black. Other than that, he was pretty open. So I suggested a few directions, including a video game theme because he’s a big gamer, and he selected a Space Invaders theme. I would have enjoyed making any of the ideas, but I was particularly excited to do something unconventional like Space Invaders.

This project was a great learning experience. The first yarn I bought was way too thick to accommodate the stitch pattern given the dimensions of the Kindle. The thinner yarn I replaced it with worked better, but it was still a challenge. I used size 0 needles, which seems to have affected the stretch and give in the finished piece because it’s not very stretchy. I might have fared better going down even more in yarn weight and using a size 5 needle.

After settling on my yarn and needles, I tested the fitting every so often and found that despite making a gauge swatch and customizing the stitch pattern for my specs, it was too tight. This required starting over a few times to get it back on track. My experience has pretty consistently been that my gauge swatch is looser than my final knitted piece for some reason.

fair isle space invaders kindle cozy
On one side I worked in a zap and exploding invader

Once I got the sizing right, things rolled along very well and it was completed in about a (big) day’s work. After blocking it, the Space Invaders Kindle Cozy was off to its new home.

knitted zippered pouch with argyle stitch

Argyle Fair Isle zipper pouch

This zippered pouch is for my knitting needles and little knitting tools. I used a 12-inch zipper and my stash of leftover sock yarns, making a color combination that I didn’t care for at first but has really grown on me.

The stitch pattern is an argyle pattern from Alice Starmore’s Book of Fair Isle Knitting. It’s a 12-stitch repeat, 10-row pattern.

fair isle argyle stitch pattern pouch
Fair Isle argyle stitch pattern
zipper tab
I included these little zipper tabs to make the finish cleaner

I lined it with a zippered fabric pouch liner and attached the knitted piece to the zipper, using this zipper lining tutorial. It has a heavy interfacing, making it hold a solid rectangular shape.

Also pictured in the main photo is a little zippered pouch I made following the Craftsy.com course Bag-Making Basics (one of the free courses). I’m so in love with Craftsy.com these days.