This coming Saturday, I will be teaching the knitted version of a last minute gifts class at Fibers, while Kristin (who I have only met through Ravelry so far) will be doing a crocheted version. I have been busy the past few days getting samples ready.... my version will concentrate on learning the technique of double knitting to make a small pouch, which you can then turn into any number of gifts.
I originally learned this technique over 30 years ago, from a defunct magazine called American Home Crafts, and used it and leftover bits of yarn to make dozens of sachets for sweet, little gifts.
This example is only about 20 stitches wide, and incorporates garter stitch borders on either side of the double knitting portion.
I am just about ready to take the piece off the needles and open up the pouch to fill with this....
Garden potpourri left over from last summer!
Once the stuffing is inserted, the stitches go back on the needles in the same order, and then you have two options. You can simply bind off the entire row, or, for a smoother edge, you can K2 tog, k1 across the double knitting portion to tighten up the edge, and then bind off.
Voila! You have neatly sealed up your potpourri in a cute little sachet. You can embellish, crochet an edging around the whole piece, trim in any way you like.
Once you get bored with stuffing little pouches full of potpourri, you can move on to adding bars of soap instead... new gift, same trick!
As you can begin to see, this technique has lots of possibilities.... if you don't want to fill your pouch with ANYTHING, you can simply open it, rearrange your stitches on the needle, bind off, and add a strap for an Ipod holder, or knit on a flap for a purse... or even make a Tooth Fairy pillow for your favorite wee one.
I love the fun of this and the open-ended possibilities, and invite anyone interested in learning it and close enough, to sign up! The class is from 2-4 PM, and I will be bringing spicy Christmas potpourri to share... the phone number is 530.272.9276.
If you are too far away, or can't make it, search for soap sacks on Ravelry, and you will come up with some directions, but then you will also miss out on the fun.... be thinking of you all as you finish up those knitted gifts!