Add a key ring to each of these holders so you can take them anywhere. These little pouches are great quick patterns and also make wonderful and thoughtful gifts.
YARN AND MATERIALS
StyleCraft Naturals Organic Cotton (100% cotton) light worsted (DK) weight yarn, approx. 115yd (105m) per 1¾oz/50g ball
4in (10cm) piece of card
NEEDLES AND EQUIPMENT
US size 4 (3.5mm) straight needles
2 stitch markers
Approx. 4¾in (12cm) wide, 3¾in (8cm) high
24 sts x 47 rows = 4 x 4in (10 x 10cm) over slip stitch pattern, using US size 4 (3.5mm) needles.
The keepsake holders are designed using four colours and are shown in two colour variations. Colourway 1 uses Carrot as colour 1, Fondant as colour 2, Sea Green as colour 3, and Plum as colour 4. Colourway 2 uses Amethyst as colour 1, Carrot as colour 2, Citron as colour 3, and Fondant as colour 4.
Using colour 1, cast on 29 sts.
Knit 2 rows.
Row 1 (RS): Using colour 1, knit.
Row 2 (WS): Purl.
Row 3: Using colour 2, k1, *sl1p, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 4: K1, *yf, sl1p, yb, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 5: Using colour 3, knit.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: Using colour 4, k2, *sl1p, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 8: K2, *yf, sl1p, yb, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
These 8 rows set slip stitch pattern.
Work 26 more rows in patt, PM at either end of last row to mark fold, work 38 more rows in patt.
Break off colours 2, 3, and 4.
Row 73 and 74: Using colour 1, knit 2 rows.
Row 75 (RS): K2, ssk, k to last 4 sts, k2tog, k2. (27 sts)
Row 76 (WS): K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep last 2 rows 8 more times. (11 sts)
Row 93 buttonhole row (RS): K2, ssk, k1, yo, k2tog, k2tog, k2. (9 sts)
Row 94 (WS): K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 95: K2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2. (7 sts)
Row 96: K2, sl1, p2tog, psso, k2. (5 sts)
Row 97: K1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1. (3 sts)
Row 98: Sl1, k2tog, psso, fasten off.
MAKING UP AND FINISHING
Using markers for placement, fold the pouch (WS facing each other) and sew both side edges together using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.
Attach the small button to the front of the envelope using the buttonhole for placement.
Using colours 2 and 3, wrap yarn thickly around a 4in (10cm) piece of card (approx. 50 times). Cut a 10in (25cm) length of yarn in either of colours used for tassel, thread under strands around card and knot at top edge, leaving a tail to attach tassel to keyring. Remove tassel from card by cutting through threads at bottom of card. Using one of remaining unused colours, bind tassel together by wrapping yarn just below top and fastening with a knot. Attach key ring to top left-hand corner of pouch and attach tassel to key ring.
Fill these holders with tiny keepsakes that bring back happy memories, so you can open them and reminisce whenever you need a pick-me-up. If you’re giving one of these to a friend or someone in your family, you could fill it with notes listing the reasons you love them and the memories you have shared together.