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Nifty Knit Gift Bags

These adorable DIY gift bags will make all of your gifts look spectacular. These Nifty Knit Gift Bags are the perfect way to wrap your presents. It's hard to make a pretty presentation out of gift cards, money, checks, or small jewelry. Don't let your tiny gift look like a small effort! These knitted gift bags will show the time and thought that you put into the presents you pick out. They're also reusable! Don't waste wrapping paper that only ends up in the trash. This thoughtful gift package will last a lifetime.

Easy

Knitting Needle Size9 or 5.5 mm

Yarn Weight(4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Gauge1 stitches, 2 rows, 3 inches. stockinette stitch

Materials:

  • Simply Soft Party (85 g/3. oz;150 m/164 yds) Royal Sparkle (0005) 1 Ball
  • Simply Soft Party (85 g/3. oz;150 m/164 yds) Purple Sparkle (0006) 1 Ball
  • Simply Soft Party (85 g/3. oz;150 m/164 yds) Spring Sparkle (0002) 1 Ball
  • Note: Yarn quantities are sufficient to make all three bags.
  • One circular needle, size US 9 (5.5mm), 20"/50cm or 24"/60cm long, or size to obtain gauge
  • 23"/58.5cm sage green organdy ribbon (for small bag)—3/8"/10mm
  • 32"/81.5cm cream organdy ribbon (for medium bag)—7/8"/22mm
  • 1yd//91.5cm cream wired organdy ribbon (for large bag)—7/8"/22mm
  • Yarn needle

 

 

Gauge: gauge is not critical for this project.

 

 


Measurements:

  • SM: 4 x 6 1/4"/10 x 16cm
  • M: 7 1/2 x 10"/19 x 25.5cm
  • L: 8 1/2 x 11"/21.5 x 28 cm

 

 


Abbreviations:

  • K = knit
  • k2tog = Knit next 2 stitches together.
  • P = purl
  • RS = right side
  • st(s) = stitch(es)
  • WS = wrong side
  • yo = yarn over the needle (makes 1 extra stitch)

 

 

 


Instructions:

NOTE
Circular needle is needed to accommodate large number of stitches in ruffle. Work back and forth on circular needle, as if working on straight needles.


SMALL BAG


With C, cast on 30 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to end of row. Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 5"/12.5cm from beginning, end with a WS row.


Eyelet Row (RS): K2, *yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1—9 eyelets.


Ruffle
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1-f/b in each st across—60 sts.
Row 3: Purl.
Rows 4 and 5: Knit.
Bind off in knit. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew side and bottom seam.


Finishing
Block if desired. Fold piece in half with WS together, bringing side edges together. Sew side and bottom seam. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Weave the 23"/58.5cm ribbon through the eyelet row, beginning at center front of bag. Tie ends of ribbon into a bow and trim ends.


MEDIUM BAG


With B, cast on 50 sts. Beginning with a WS row (purl row), work in Stockinette st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 8 1/2"/21.5cm from beginning, end with a WS row.


Eyelet Row (RS): K2, *yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row—16 eyelets.


Ruffle
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1-f/b in each st across—100 sts.
Row 3: Purl.
Rows 4-8: Knit.
Bind off in knit. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew side and bottom seam.


Finishing
Block if desired. Fold piece in half with WS together, bringing side edges together. Sew side and bottom seam. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Weave the 32"/81.5cm ribbon through the eyelet row, beginning at center front of bag. Tie ends of ribbon into a bow and trim ends.


LARGE BAG


With A, cast on 76 sts.
Row 1 (RS): *k2, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: P1, *k2, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 9 1/2"/24cm from beginning, end with a WS row.


Eyelet Row (RS): K1, *yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row—25 eyelets.


Ruffle
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1-f/b in each st across—152 sts.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5: Purl.
Rows 6–8: Knit.
Bind off in knit. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew side and bottom seam.


Finishing
Block if desired. Fold piece in half with WS together, bringing side edges together. Sew side and bottom seam. Using yarn needle, weave in all ends. Weave the 1yd/91.5cm ribbon through the eyelet row, beginning at center front of bag. Tie ends of ribbon into a bow and trim ends.

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