The things we do with yarn

It’s been one of those weeks where it feels like the only accomplishments I have to show for it are a project that I’ve ripped out and cast on now for the third time (all since Monday), and that I’ve managed to fight off a cold (I am ready to extoll the virtues of hot lemon with honey). So as I contemplated my cast-on-for-the-third-time project (I think this will be the right one now), I decided to pause and knit some little cozies for gift cards.

Why yes, yes I did.

I’m no stranger to cute tiny knitted things around the holidays, and a couple of weeks ago I came across this little free pattern by Julie Tarsha over at Simply Notable, and could not let go of it.


I started to do Julie’s pattern (which is 100% delightful) which is worked as a long flat strip, and then realized I just wanted to work in the round because it seemed mentally easier at the time, and then said oh heck, I’ll just do plain ribbing. That’ll be fine.

And you know, it really WAS fine. These are adorable. Each one took maybe an hour, possibly less.


I mean, they’re also entirely non-sensical, let’s get that straight too. It’s a knitted cozy for a gift card, which is itself already a fully-formed gift. The card does not need wool to keep it warm. At this point you’re essentially putting it in hand-knit wrapping paper. But I just love the whole idea of adding the handmade touch because it still conveys the “I got this just for you, I hope you like it” sensibility. I actually don’t mind gift cards because then you get the excuse to go buy something fun, but the actual packaging does feel a bit impersonal. But grab some leftover wool and sha-zam! Personalized touch.

I hope you’re all doing well with your holiday plans or prep or whatever may be keeping you busy this week! I am looking forward to getting in the knitting time when I can, and some cookies on the side for sure.

How I made my gift card cozies, in case you want to do the same thing:

Cast on 28 sts with worsted weight wool, in 3.75mm DPNs or closest similar needle size to hand. Work in the round in k2, p2 ribbing to length of gift card (3.5 ins or so). BO and graft bottom closed, or use kitchener stitch to close bottom of tube. Sew button to one side of top, work short single-chain crochet closure to finish.




  1. I wouldn’t normally make something like this but I think because that is the hubs only gift this year …..I’ll make an exception.

  2. Looks like a few minor adjustments of length & width, you would have a great cell phone cover, or storage for all those member/bonus/club cards for every merchant!

  3. Huh. I was thinking Judy’s Magic Cast on (or Turkish or figure 8) and then work it like a sock toe but without increases. I like toe-up socks, so I think that’s why I’d default to that direction.

  4. Hey! That’s ME! 🙂 Thanks for the link love, Glenna. ♥ I love your blog ♥

  5. Love those! What a great idea! I hate buying presents, especially gift cards, because it just seems so impersonal. This makes it so much more special 🙂

  6. Any other thoughts on how the recipient can repurpose the cozy after they have read the card?

  7. Very cute gifts bag for you gifts. Thanks for the details. Merry Christmas to you, Glenna.

  8. I just finished a “gift card cozy”. It came out really well and perfect for the last minute gift cards I bought. Thanks for a quick and easy knitting idea!

  9. This little ditty seems like a natural to use up some cute novelty buttons. I have a fair collection: teddy bear, Paddington Bear, kiwi bird, flowers, hearts, etc.

  10. My first thought when I saw your photos was “very pretty – iPod cosies” – i guess the pattern would be easy to scale up a bit to make an iPod-igan or iPhone-igan?

  11. Love this idea, I have been making phone cases for my friends and wish I’d thought of this for the Xmas gift cards I gave to my daughters!

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