Working at the shop has been an enlightening and happy experience for me. Every time I come to the store, I am inspired by all the different textures and colors that surround me. I'm always stumbling upon something new or that I haven't necessarily noticed before. Along with that, we are also constantly receiving a beautiful variety of hand selected yarns in the shop. One of my favorites that was recently added was Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift. It's a classic fingering weight that is perfect for Fair Isle stranded color work, but I just love to take the classics and use them in new and surprising ways. The small marled balls of yarn are spectacular and so inviting cozied up together in our antique shop cabinet. How to choose just one or two colors... impossible. I decided a delightful pocket-sized freebie pattern to knit up would be just the thing.
These little Medicine Pouches are so sweet and simple to make. They are worked in one rectangle piece and then whip stitched together using a contrast pop of color to give them a warm, handmade feel. Knit these cuties for all your little treasures, or tuck a small gift inside and give one to a friend.
Left to right colors used: 112 Shaela/White (MC) & 323 Cardinal (CC), 120 Eesit/White (MC) & 150 Atlantic (CC), 111 Sholmit/Shaela (MC) & 1190 Burnt Umber (CC)
Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift: approximately 40 yd of Main Color (MC) & 5 yd of Contrast Color (CC) including fringe.
US 2 / 2.75mm knitting needles
Size B / 2.25mm crochet hook
Small tapestry needle
Gauge is not crucial, but may effect the yardage needed.
Using MC cast on 20 stitches.
Knit 5 rows.
(WS) Purl 1 row.(RS) Knit 1 row.Continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures 2", ending with a WS row.
Purl 1 row. (This creates a nice crease in the stockinette for your pouch to fold over on.)
(WS) Purl 1 row.(RS) Knit 1 row.Continue in stockinette stitch until piece measures 4.5", ending with a WS row.
This is what you will have knitted at this point.
Knit 6 rows, ending with a WS row.
(RS) K1, SSK, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.(WS) Knit 1 row.Repeat last 2 rows 7 times more. (4 sts remain)
Bind off. Leave approximately a 24" tail after bind off. Using the tail and crochet hook, crochet a chain long enough to fit the button you have chosen. Attach the chain to other end of flap. Weave in all ends.
Picture shows attached button loop.
(Optional) The white and blue version shown above had a strand of yarn woven up and down the stockinette section of the pouch before the pouch was sewed up. Using a tapestry needle and a long strand of CC, weave the strand of yarn in and out of the fabric up along the ladders in between two knit columns and then back down the next column. Repeat the up and down weaving method until you have decorated the pouch to your liking.
Picture shows how the yarn is being woven up a column of ladders.
Using CC, whip stitch side seams and sew button onto front of pouch. You could alternately use mattress stitch to seam the sides for a more invisible look.
Picture shows how the sides are being whip stitched together.
(Optional) Cut 6" lengths of CC for fringe. Attach cut strands to bottom of pouch. One strand per opening.
Picture shows where and how the fringe is being attached.
Using MC and crochet hook, crochet a chain to desired length for the necklace cord. (Samples shown were approximately 30" before being attached.)
Pull necklace cord through top flap of pouch on both edges. Cut a 12" piece of CC. Leaving a small tail, wrap tightly around end of necklace cord to secure into place. Using the two tails, tie a knot and then use your small tapestry needle to run the ends of the tails through the interior of the tube created by the wrapping. Being careful, cut remaining ends close to work.
Picture shows necklace cord being attached and secured with wrapped CC strand.
Tuck a love note or small treat inside your new pouch and gift or enjoy!
Hugs & stitches,
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