18 July 2012

Double Knit Sachets

It is almost time again for Christmas in July at The Whole Nine Yarns. I've missed the last couple years because I've been out of town during the event. The challenge is always to come up with a quick gift knit. Since I've been doing quite a bit of double knitting lately (see the soap sack), some double knit sachets seemed like a good idea.
The yarn is Classic Elite Soft Linen, which is a linen, wool, alpaca blend. The linen gives it crispness and structure, while the animal fiber gives it softness.

I came up with two different double-knit patterns. In the first, you start with Judy's Magic Cast-on, double knit the sachet, and bind off using purlwise grafting. The edges are rounded.
Since some people are not going to like the cast-on and the bind-off, I designed a second pattern with a crocheted cast-on and a three-needle bind-off. The difference is that a line of chain stitch goes all the way around the sachet. The edge is squarer and sharper.
It is this second pattern that will be available at Christmas in July, which is Sunday 22 July from 11 AM - 4 PM at The Whole Nine Yarns in downtown Woodstock. For $5 (to cover printing costs), you leave with a folder full of patterns for making knit or crocheted gifts. Most of the regular instructors will be in the shop that day to demonstrate the various techniques used in their patterns. And there will be several special guests as well! Sometime after Christmas in July, I'll post these patterns on Ravelry as a booklet download.

One final note, I stuffed one sachet with lavender and the other with cat nip. The cat nip version was very popular with the used knitter's cats!

1 comment:

Laura said...

I can't wait to see all the great patterns from this year! I hope the event went really well.