Mini Knit Presents

These adorable little presents are a fantastic way to incorporate knitting into your festive décor. Perfect for stash busting, make a variety of colorful knit gifts to decorate your mantel this holiday season. Tip: to create a nice, firm fabric for your stuffed presents, make sure to use needles that are one size smaller than the recommended size for your yarn weight. Not only do these knit up quickly, but they pair perfectly with gift cards!

Skill Level: Beginner

Size: 2” cubed (alternative yarns will result in differing final measurements)

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Medium weight yarnYarn: Cascade Yarns Cascade 220 (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 220 yards [200 meters]/100 grams): 2415 Sunflower (C1, 1 ball), 8010 Natural (C2, 1 Ball), 9658 Fired Brick (C3, 1 ball)

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm) DPNs

Notions: Stuffing, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Duplicate stitch: Thread a length of yarn onto your tapestry needle. Insert the needle from back to front into the bottom of the first stitch you will cover (at the base of the stitch between the two legs) and pull the yarn through. Then, insert the needle from right to left behind the top of the stitch (both legs) and pull the yarn through. Finally, insert the needle from front to back at the bottom of the stitch (the same location you first pulled the yarn through). You have now covered one stitch.

Pattern Notes

Use one colour (your main colour) for working up the box. Use a contrasting colour for the duplicate stitch.

Pattern

Top

Using your main colour, CO 10 sts.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Rep previous 2 rows 5 more times.

Sides

Set-up Row: Knit 10 sts, do NOT turn. *Rotate the work 90 degrees to the right, pick up 10 sts along the side that is now at the top; rep from * 3 more times. (40 sts)

Rnd 1: Sl1, k9; rep from * until end of rnd.

Rnd 2: Knit.

Rep previous 2 rnds 6 more times.

Final Rnd: K10, BO 30 sts. (10 sts)

Bottom

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Purl.

Rep previous 2 rows 5 more times.

BO all sts.

Finishing

Ribbon

Apply Ribbon with Duplicate Stitch

Using a length of yarn in a contrasting colour on a tapestry needle, embroider ribbon as follows:

Line A: Hold the Present with the flap pointing upwards and opening towards you. Starting at the point indicated by the blue circle, work the Ribbon with duplicate stitch down the centre front of the box, along the bottom, along the back, then across the top.

Line B: Starting at the point indicated by the blue circle, work the Ribbon with duplicate stitch down the left side, across the bottom, and up the right side.

Line C: Starting at the point indicated by the blue circle, work the Ribbon with duplicate stitch across the top.

Stuff. Sew closed, weaving in ends as you go.

Turn right side up and tie a bow where the Ribbons cross.

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