Knit a Card Keeper:
The traditional method of storage for Valentine's cards seems to be a decorated cardboard box or envelope. If you want to take your (or your child's) card exchange up a notch, knit up this simple heart-shaped bag that's the perfect size for holding valentines.
Knit in two pieces held together with contrasting yarn and blanket stitch, this can be worked up in a few hours and be ready to hold cards, a small gift or even regular paperwork you want to store in a pretty way.
- about 40 yards medium weight pink yarn (mine is a silk and cotton blend), divided into two balls
- about 10 yards contrasting or coordinating yarn for trim (mine is Zitron bottone tweed in color 1105)
- one pair size 7 US knitting needles
- scissors and yarn needle
20 stitches and 24 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 6 rows per inch) in Stockinette Stitch. Gauge is not critical.
Finished bag is 7 inches wide at widest point and about 6.5 inches tall at center. Will fit most greeting cards or valentine-sized cards.
- Cast on 3 stitches. If desired, place stitch markers around the second stitch.
- Knit 1, yarn over, k1, yo, k1.
- Next row, purl.
- Next row, k to 1 stitch before center stitch, yo, k1, yo, k to end.
- Repeat last two rows until piece measures about 7 inches wide and 6.5 inches tall, or size of your choice.
- On next right side row, k1, slip, slip, knit, k to 4 stitches before center stitch, knit 2 together, k1. Join second ball of yarn, bind off three stitches, ssk, k to 3 stitches from end, k2tog, k1.
- Purl next row.
- Repeat these 2 rows until 4 stitches remain.
- Next row, ssk, k2tog.
- Bind off.
- Make two.
Putting the Bag Together:
Once you've knit your two heart shapes, you need to get them together into a bag shape. First, weave in your ends. If desired, you can use the ends to stitch the bag together, and/or use more of the same yarn to stitch all around the bag.
If you want to add the extra decoration that I did, use a length of coordinating or contrasting yarn to work blanket stitch around the edges, sewing the two pieces together at the same time.
To make a bag add a piece of ribbon or, as I did, three more lengths of the contrasting yarn braided together. My strap is 18 inches long, but you can change it as you wish.