The Easiest Way to Give Handmade: Knitted Gift Card Holders

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Let's be real, even when you set the best intentions, sometimes it's just not possible to knit something for everyone on your list. Except maybe it is, because we bet you can knock out these handknit gift card holders in about the same amount of time it will take you to buy the gift card itself.

Pro Tip: The gift card I'm using for this tutorial measures 3-3/8" wide and 2-1/8" tall. All of the gift card holders have a bit of stretch, but if your card is way bigger or smaller, you may have to make a few adjustments.

Garter stitch gift card holder

This pattern is beginner friendly! Knit a little bit of ribbing (that's just knits and purls), then kick back with everyone's favorite garter stitch (all knit stitches, all the time). Seam it up, and you're good to go.

What you need:

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch

Instructions

Cast on 12 stitches.
Rows 1-5: *Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * across the row.
Row 6: Knit across the row.
Repeat Row 6 until the work measures 4-1/2" long. Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Fold the work over, bringing the long sides to meet. 

Using the yarn needle, seam the side and bottom of the gift card holder together. Weave in any loose ends.

Seed stitch gift card holder

Ready to take your knits and purls to the next level? Say hello to seed stitch. This gift card holder features a buttoned flap, but since the yarn is so bulky, no special buttonhole is needed. Just slip the button between two of the stitches in the flap and you're in business!

What you need:

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch

  • Instructions

Cast on 14 stitches.Row 1: *Knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * across row.
Row 2: *Purl 1, knit 1; repeat from * across row.
Repeat, working in seed stitch until work measures 7-1/2" long. Bind off in pattern, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Fold the work for seaming, leaving about 2-1/2" at the top for the flap.

Seam the two sides together. Weave in all the loose ends.

Using sewing needle and thread, attach a button to the front of the gift card holder. (Reminder: there's no need to make a special buttonhole. Just work the button through the stitches on the flap to close it.)

Cabled gift card holder

Experienced cable knitters will breeze through this pretty little project, and if you're a newbie it's a great one to learn on. (If you already have a favorite cable stitch, you can substitute it here instead.)

What you need:

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch
Abbreviations: C4F – Slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold to the front of the work. Knit 2, then knit 2 from the cable needle.

Instructions

Cast on 8 stitches.

Row 1: Purl 2, knit 4, purl 2.
Row 2: Knit 2, purl 4, knit 2.
Row 3: Purl 2, CF4, purl 2.
Row 4: Knit 2, purl 4, knit 2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until work measures about 8 inches long. Bind off in pattern, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Fold the work in half, then seam the sides together using the yarn needle. Weave in all the loose ends.

Stockinette stitch gift card holder

If you already know your way around socks, this will look familiar. It's knit in the round, then grafted on the ends just like a cuff-down sock. If you want to dress up your gift card holder even more, you can embroider or add a duplicate stitch design.

What you need:

Gauge: 4 stitches per inch

Instructions

Cast on 20 sts. Join to work in the round.
Rows 1 & 2: Purl around.
Row 3: Knit around.
Repeat Row 3 until work measures 3 -1/2" long.

Arrange the stitches evenly on two needles. Using the yarn needle, graft the ends together. (Here's a nice tutorial on the Kitchener Stitch if you need a refresher.) Weave in all the loose ends.

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