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Tiny Pouch Variations



DESCRIPTION:  This pattern includes mix-and-match variations for small pouches suitable for wearing around your neck or over your shoulder, hanging on a wall, tucking in your handbag or suitcase to hold a small treasure, or using as a small gift container. They are all worked from the top down. The two pouch-top variations are a drawstring closure or a button closure. The three bottom variations are a rounded bottom, a pointed bottom, or an envelope-style bottom. You can mix and match the top closures and bottom shapings, because all are based on the same stitch count.  The samples shown at the bottom are all knitted of basic cotton so you can see the stitches easily, but luxury yarns would be most wonderful to use, as shown in the picture at left.

SIZE:  Depends entirely on the yarn you select. Thick yarn makes a large pouch, thin yarn makes a tiny pouch. For example, the pouches I knit on size 5 needles of cotton yarn are all three inches wide and are from 2.75 to 4.25 inches tall.

SKILL REQUIRED:  Intermediate; you must be able to work circularly on double point needles.


  • YARN:  Any size (meaning weight or thickness) of any yarn, such as silk, alpaca, fine wools, rayon, chenille, ribbon, "eyelash", or mercerized cottons. Pouches can be made in one or more colors. Drawstrings can be made of the same yarn and color as the pouch or of a coordinating or contrasting color of another yarn. Luxury yarns are especially wonderful, and you can usually make several pouches from a single ball of yarn.
  • NEEDLES:  One set of double point needles in an appropriate size for stockinette stitch in the yarn you’ve chosen. Pick your yarn first, then determine the needle size needed by checking the ball label.
    • Stitch marker for end of round marker
    • Darning needle for weaving in ends
    • Electric mixer with one beater for making the drawstring (optional)
    • Button (purchased or handmade) to fit the button loop – you might want to wait until you’ve made the pouch to find or make your button, so that you can be sure that it fits the button loop.

GAUGE:  Make a small swatch, trying different needle sizes until you find one that produces a firm stockinette stitch fabric (you don’t want a limp or overly stiff pouch).

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