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What to knit for a little girl’s SPA party

November 1, 2008

My big girl attended a ‘spa’ themed birthday party today for her friend.  When I talked with the mom about just what sort of ‘things’ her daughter was into in order to get gift ideas she suggested a gift card.  I wanted to package the gift card in a unique and girly sort of way, and what better way than to knit a little gift card bag?!?!

I knit Julia’s gift card bag with leftover Claudia’s Handpainted fingering in ‘watermelon’ colorway that was gifted to me by Chan last spring on my visit with her…   The bag knitting instructions are really a template for knitting a bag of whatever size you’d like based on your gauge for your yarn or whichever needle size you want….

Instructions are as follows:

Materials:

Sock yarn (leftovers are great for this project)
US3 needles
Button

Abbreviations:

CO- Cast On
BO- Bind off
sts- Stitches
K- Knit
P- Purl
k2tog- Knit two sts together

CO 28 sts
K 8 rows
Change to knitting in Stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row), and knit the first two and last two stitches of every row (creating a garter stitch edge)

continue in stockinette stitch until you reach your desired ‘width’ of your purse.  My finished purse is 4″x4″ in size.  I knit stockinette stitch for 4″ then began grafting as I knit the ‘back’ side of the purse in the following manner…

On the first knit row pick up a stitch from the edge of the row below between the garter bumps, knit across and then pick up a second stitch from the row below.

On the purl row, k2tog, k1, purl to the last 3 stitches, k1, k2tog

On subsequent knit rows, pick up  your first and last stitch on the row below the last row where you picked up.  It will be easy to see which row to pick up from especially early on because the last picked up stitch will leave a ‘stretched’ looking hole from where you then knit the two together on the purl side.  Pick up your stitch between the garter bumps on the row below that hole.

Continue your stockinette knitting in this manner until you’ve grafted up the side of the previous knit rows forming a pocket.

Knit the flap in this manner…

In garter stitch (knitting on both sides of the fabric), knit 4-8 rows, ,then begin decreasing two stitches per row by k2tog on each end of one row, and then knitting the next row.

Continue in this manner until you reach the point in which you want to place your button.

To create the button hole, bind off 4 stitches in the middle of the row, and knit the remaining stitches across the row.  On the next row, knit to the bound off stitches.  CO 4 stitches using the backwards loop method, and then continue knitting the remaining stiches from the row.  Continue decreasing to final 2 stitches, K2tog, and cut yarn and thread through last stitch.  Weave in your ends.

Create a strap by making an icord, or by creating a twisted cord in this manner,

Cut a 36” piece of yarn and fold in half, tying the loose ends together.  Attach the yarn to a hook or have a friend hold one end of the yarn loop as you twist it around until the yarn begins to fold onto itself.  Remove the looped end from the hook or holder.  Pinch the twisted yarn in the middle and allow the yarn to twist on itself as you let go of the other ends.  Tie a knot in the loose ends and trim.

Stitch either end inside the purse along the top edge.

Enjoy your gift card bag!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2008 10:19 pm

    How cute!

  2. November 1, 2008 11:31 pm

    Very cute!

  3. chanknits permalink
    November 3, 2008 9:36 am

    You are just too clever and talented…

  4. November 3, 2008 7:08 pm

    I bet it was a big hit too

  5. November 4, 2008 9:18 am

    Great gift card holder!!!

  6. March 30, 2010 10:09 am

    How cute! Looks like a relatively quick little project, and something the receiver can use in addition to the gift card. 🙂

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