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About the designer

Hi! I'm Mary Ann Stephens, owner of Kidsknits.com, an online yarn shop specializing in Norwegian and Fair Isle knitting. I do a fair amount of designing and teaching. As I've gotten older, I've had ...

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Birds of All Feathers Bag

from Mary Ann Stephens Knits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Birds of All Feathers Bag
Birds of All Feathers Bag Birds of ALL Feathers Bag
Birds of All Feathers Bag Birds of ALL Feathers Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic knowledge of circular fair isle knitting and chart reading required

Pattern Description:

Normally, I don't like to write schmoozy sales pitches for my designs. But, in this case, the design truly was born from heartfelt inspiration, in response to a tragedy that occurred a few years ago in my hometown, Binghamton, NY - a place where birds of ALL feathers could flock together. (Follow the blog link for the whole story.)


Gauge before felting = 22 sts and 24 rows = 4" / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with colorwork.


  • Dale of Norway "Heilo" sport weight 100% Norwegian wool, 50 g / 100 m per ball
  • 2 balls in A, 1 ball each in B, C, D, E & F.
  • A = Black #0090
  • B = Natural #0020
  • C = Wine #4246
  • D = Soft Blue #5943
  • E = Asparagus #9145
  • F = Sunglow #2126

You Will Also Need:

  • Circular and double-pointed needles (for I-cord handles) in US size 6 (4.0mm).
  • Needle note: I used the same size needle throughout. Slight tension differences in the stranded versus single-colored sections are apt to vanish after felting and blocking. However, if you know there's a significant difference in your tensions, or if you are new to stranded knitting, you might want to use a circular needle one size smaller just for the solid-colored sections.
  • Optional: tapestry needle, for embroidered birds
  • Optional: small, black, glass beads for birds' eyes.

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Dale of Norway Heilo 100% Norwegian wool yarn

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