I promised a second donation to Médecins sans Frontières. Here is Gifted – an adorable gift bag. I know there are other knitted gift-bag patterns out there, but I wanted something that looked familiar to non-knitters. Cute, but not so, well…weird, for non-crafters to receive.
This is a gift-bag to re-use, endlessly. We’re knitters. We have stash. We have scraps. This bag can go out into the world, spreading knitterly love, wherever it goes.
The bag is knit all in one piece, with i-cord handles. If made in wool, as shown, the finished bag can be fulled (slightly felted) by giving it a rub in hot soapy water. It’s an easy intermediate knit.
There are three sizes on the pattern, though it’s easy enough to customise it by changing the yarn weight, number of stitches, or the height you knit up. It starts with a rectangular based, then it’s picked up and knit upwards to the finished height. Eyelets make spaces for the cord handles to pass through, then just join each i-cord into a loop on the inside. So simple.
I used Noro Kureyon (100% wool, 100m/110yds per 50g ball) for the samples. The smaller bags were each made with less than one ball, in shade 274. I took the leftovers and added them to the bright rainbow that is shade 319. So, I got all 3 bags out of 3 balls of yarn. I do think the brightest colours work best for gift bags – so cheerful. But tasteful is good too! Make them your own.
The smallest size, XS, on the pattern is perfect for gift cards and small items of jewellery…or some gorgeous stitch markers. The size S will hold some expensive chocolate, perhaps perfume…or two balls of yarn. The largest size, M, holds a couple of paper backs…or maybe a gorgeous set of interchangeable needles and a couple of skeins of luxury yarn. Am I drawing on my own wish list here?! If you’ve a bottle of wine to give, see Three Cheers bottle bag, which was also designed for MSF.
I guess what I’m trying to say is there are a range of sizes on the pattern, and you can adjust it to the size you need. I’ve just cast on in super-bulky to see what happens – it’s a fun knit. Do remember to choose 100% wool, and NOT superwash so that you can give it that light felting that helps it stand up well.
Spread more love by donating the “price” of Gifted (or whatever you wish) to Médecins Sans Frontières.
PS if you’re coming to Purlescence open day tomorrow, I’ll have printed copies of both patterns available in return for a donation – see you there.