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Box Stitch Passport Pouch

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Box Stitch Passport Pouch

The Box Stitch Passport Pouch showing off what it can do.

(c) Sarah E. White, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Stitched Up Storage:

Box Stitch is a really easy knitting stitch pattern in which blocks of knits and purls alternate, and its used to give a lot of texture to this Passport Pouch.

This little project is sized just to fit a passport in the main pocket and an ID card, credit cards or cash in the interior pocket. It could be used to hold other little things as well, while traveling or at other times.

Materials:

  • about 80 yards of light worsted weight yarn (I used Lion Brand LB Collection Cotton Bamboo in Gardenia)
  • one pair size 6 US (4 mm) knitting needles
  • one set of 4 size 6 US (4 mm) double-pointed knitting needles
  • one half-inch button
  • tape measure, scissors, yarn needle

Gauge:

20 stitches and 30 rows per 4 inches (5 stitches and 7.5 rows per inch) in Box Stitch. Gauge is not incredibly critical, though a much smaller gauge will result in a bag that's too small for a passport.

Size:

Finished pouch is about 5 inches square with an interior pocket 3.25 inches long. The large pocket is sized to fit a standard passport, while the inside pocket fits an ID card.

Instructions:

  1. Cast on 26 stitches.
  2. Work in Box Stitch for 1 inch as follows:
    • Row 1: Knit 2, *purl 2, knit 2. Repeat from * across.
    • Row 2: Purl 2, *knit 2, purl 2. Repeat from * across.
    • Row 3: Repeat row 2.
    • Row 4: Repeat row 1.
  3. Next row, work 7 stitches as established, bind off 12 stitches in pattern, work remaining stitches.
  4. Next row, work 7 as established, cast on 12, work rest of row. 26 stitches.
  5. Continue in pattern until piece measures 12 inches from cast on edge.
  6. Next row, work 12 stitches as established, bind off 2, work rest of row.
  7. Next row, work 12, cast on 2, work rest of row.
  8. Continue as established 1 inch.
  9. Bind off.

Knitting the Interior Pocket:

  1. Using double-pointed needles, pick up and knit 26 stitches around edge of the large bound-off hole (12 on each side and one in each "corner").
  2. Join in the round and work in Stockinette Stitch for 3.25 inches.
  3. Arrange stitches on two needles and bind off with the 3-needle bind off.

Finishing:

Fold knitting so that it forms a bag about 5 inches deep, with the smaller pocket on the inside. Sew side seams.

Weave in any remaining ends.

Sew a button to the front of the bag to correspond with the buttonhole on the flap. Make sure you only sew the button to the main body of the bag, not through the smaller pocket.

If desired, you could also add a strap or sew in a zipper for extra security.

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