For most holidays and events, I like to send a little something to school with Grace for her friends…Valentine’s Day is no exception! Traditionally, our Valentine’s Day treats are for close friends, so I get a little “fancier” than I would for Christmas (when I send enough goody bags for pretty much everyone she might accidentally stumble across). This year, I decided to go with some soft, fuzzy gift pouches in pretty, neutral colors…and, of course, that meant I had to get my knit on! 🙂
Now, before we go any further with this, let me explain that high school kids absolutely do still love getting goody bags…even when they’re just full of candy and silly trinkets. They freakin’ love these things, actually. If you’re feeling sad that your kids have gotten “too old” for treats and goodies, feel sad no more…you can totally still do this. Shoot, I’m in my 40s, and I’d be thrilled with a goody bag…wouldn’t you? 😉
Okay, moving on to the gift pouches!
Even though these things are super-quick to make, you’d probably have to be some sort of ninja knitter (or a time traveler, perhaps?) to put them to use on this Valentine’s Day (since that would be today). So, you may be wondering why I even bring them up at this point. Simple! These little pouches would be great for any holiday or treat occasion! There’s nothing Valentine-specific about them other than their contents.
So, let’s begin at the beginning, shall we?
I snagged some yummy, soft, floofy super bulky yarn:
And then I knitted like the wind! Okay, not really. I spent a couple of weeks making one or two per day. I can whip one of these out from start to finish in the time it takes one episode of Gilmore Girls to swirl past my eyes…so I totally used that as an excuse to watch more Gilmore Girls. 🙂 (Gilmore Girls and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are my two favorite shows to craft by.)
Next thing you know, those balls of yarn had turned into a lovely stack of pouches…
Want to see a closer view of the finished product? Of course you do! 🙂
When I purchased my yarn, I had also snagged some ribbon and “inspirational medallion thingamabobs” to complete the pouches. (The pink ribbon was really my only nod to Valentine’s Day as far as the pouches went, but the contents are another story.)
After finishing the pouches, I stuffed them full of all sorts of goofy stuff…candy, bubbles, temporary tattoos, those little skateboard thingers, slime (slime is très cool right now, y’all), bouncy balls (I’m sure the teachers will absolutely adore me for that one!), and some more candy. 🙂
Here, have a little look at some of the stuff that went into making these pouches:
Now you know (I hope!) that I wouldn’t tell you about these nifty pouches without sharing how to make them. That would just be a bit mean.
If you’re a knitter who desires to make these, go grab your size 13 double pointed needles, and have a look at this nifty “pattern” I created for you. (I say “pattern” because these things are so silly simple that it’s not even really a pattern…more a list of suggested maneuvers.) 😉
If you’d like a larger, printable version of the directions,
And, of course, if you need to create these for larger gifts, it’s just a matter of casting on more stitches (in multiples of 4) and adding rounds until the pouch is the size you would like. Spiffy!
What about you? Do you think you’ll be knitting any gift pouches in the near future? Are you working on any other knitting projects right now? Later in the year (after I get some ducks wrangled and in a row), would you be interested in a Nerd in the Brain knit-along? (I’ve designed some fabulously nerdy fingerless arm warmers that I’m itching to see on lots of people!) Do you send Valentine’s Day goodies to school with your kids…regardless of their age? What about your co-workers…do you bring treats for them? Let me know in the comments!