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Alright, I’ll admit it: I don’t like Valentine’s Day.
Even after being married to my true love for going on 9 years, I just can’t get on board with it.
To begin with, I don’t like pink. Or hearts, really, either.
But the bigger reason is that I think we should be sweet to each other all year round, rather than saving it all up for a grand gesture one day a year because society tells us we should.
So I debated whether I should even bother with a Valentine’s-Day-themed post.
As I thought about it, though, I remembered something my parents used to do. They had a little stuffed toy that they would rubber band notes to and pass back and forth. It would go in my dad’s lunch bag; it would appear on my mom’s bookshelf; always carrying a love note to deliver.
That, for me, is what Valentine’s Day should be.
So I began thinking about other delivery methods. I like the simplicity of just leaving a note on a piece of paper somewhere, but a loose scrap of paper on my desk stands no chance. (I’m not the most organized person ever.) I like the idea of a little stuffed toy, but I wanted something with a pocket for the note, preferably a pocket big enough to hold chocolate too.
So I’ve made a little pouch, big enough to hold a love note (and chocolate!), but small enough to fit in a coat pocket, a lunch bag, a desk drawer, anywhere that it could deliver a surprise pick-me-up.
(If you want something bigger and more Valentine-y, check out Sewrella’s love note crochet pocket pillow.)
What you’ll need:
- Size 8 needles
- Worsted weight yarn
I used a wool yarn that I bought when I studied abroad in Ireland. I apologize for (again) using a yarn that I don’t know any details about, but looking at the colors of this yarn makes me happy, and that’s kind of the point. (Plus, I didn’t think my husband would like something pink and fluffy appearing in his lunch bag.) You could try using Patons Classic Wool Yarn or Lion Brand Amazing Yarn, or any worsted weight yarn that you like.
You could even use a different needle size/yarn weight combo–whatever you like, really. Just cast on enough stitches to give you the final dimensions. If you do use a different gauge, though, make sure you cast on an ODD number of stitches so that the seed stitch repeat that I used will work right.
My gauge in seed stitch came to about 4.25 stitches per inch.
Cast on 23 sts (or about 5 inches)
Each row: k1, *p1, k1, repeat from * to end
Continue until it measures 3.5 inches from cast on edge.
Bind off. Cut yarn 10-15 inches from end. Fold rectangle in half so that your pouch is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches; use tail to sew up the bottom and side of pouch.
|Pouch is knit as a 5″ by 3.5″ rectangle, folded in half, and sewn together.|
Fill with love and deliver to someone special!