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How to Make a Beginner's Lace Sachet Bag: Perfect for Moms and Brides

comments (7) April 30th, 2009     

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Tina_Hilton Tina Hilton, contributor
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Elegant and easy—perfect for your first lace project.
The first 12 rows are completed.
Ready to seam together.
Elegant and easy—perfect for your first lace project.

Elegant and easy—perfect for your first lace project.

Photo: Tina Hilton

Try your hand at knitting lace with my fun and practical project. This adorable Beginner’s Lace Sachet Bag is a great way to launch your journey into the fascinating world of lace. You will be amazed at how quick you will get into the groove of the pattern and complete your very first lace masterpiece. Working with a fingering-weight yarn versus a lace-weight yarn is like lace knitting with training wheels! You will find these bags are so much fun to make you will want to craft more than one! They are perfect bridesmaid's gifts or for an extra-special Mother's Day present!

Supplies

  • Needles: size 4
  • Row counter
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Crochet hook: a small-gauge hook like a 00 or E for joining the edges
  • Yarn: four-ply fingering weight, 100% cotton (I used Wendy Supreme)
  • Organza drawstring bag, 4 inches x 5 inches
  • Potpourri

Abbreviations
k: knit
k1: knit 1 stitch
k2tog: knit 2 together
psso: pass slipped stitch over
rep: repeat
RS: right side
sl 1: slip 1 stitch as if to knit    
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over


Pattern Design
The pattern is built on a multiple of 6 stitches plus 1.
Row 1 (Wrong side row and all other WS rows): Purl
Rows 2, 4, and 6: k1, *yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2 tog, yo, k1; rep from *
Row 8: k2, *yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k3; rep from *, end last repeat k2
Row 10: k1,* k2tog, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k1, psso, k1; rep from *
Row 12: k2tog, *yo, k3, yo, sl 1, k2tog, psso; rep from *, end yo, k3, yo, sl 1, k1, psso

Step-by-Step Instructions
Cast on 25 stitches (6 x 4 = 24 + 1 = 25).

If you wish to have a wider piece or a narrower piece, add or subtract in multiples of 6.


The first 12 rows are completed.

Repeat row 12 of the pattern six times. Bind off purl wise. This will give you a rectangle 4-3/4 inches wide by 10-1/4 inches long.


Ready to seam together.

Fold lengthwise with right sides together.

Seam the sides together to form a bag using slip stitch crochet. Feel free to use an alternative seaming technique. I like the crochet seam for this project because it is easy to pick up the stitches without adding extra bulk.

Work one stitch at a time. Starting at the top edge, insert the hook through both sides. Catch the yarn and draw the loop through both sides. Draw another loop through the first, then insert the hook into the next stitch through both sides and through the loop on the crochet hook.


Try to keep the stitches uniform for a professional finish. The crochet hook is your friend.

Repeat until you reach the bottom. Repeat on the other side.

Finishing
Fill the organza bag with potpourri, and pull tight to secure the contents.


Organza bags come in several colors. Try a color that contrasts with the lace or make one in a different color for each bridesmaid.

Untie the ends of the ribbons so you have four ribbon ends.

Slip the organza bag into the lace bag and weave the ribbons in and out of the openings in the lace pattern at the top of the bag.


Weave the ribbon through the top of the bag. Thread the ribbon on a tapestry needle for easy going.

Tie the ends of the ribbon securely.

You now have a refillable heirloom potpourri bag that can be enjoyed for many years to come. Most importantly, you have gained the confidence to try more lace projects in the future. Who knows, you may have a Shetland Lace shawl in your future!

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Comments (7)

DueDrop writes: This looks like a very sweet and personal way to jazz up a bag of potpourri for a gift. I'll be adding this to my "to-knit" list, most definitely. =D
Posted: 8:46 am on July 27th
Fwani writes: Great pattern--you can also, for all of you beginners, go a couple sizes up in needles and a size up in yarn (sock weight and size 6) and make a scarf, or worsted and size 8, depending on how lacy and light you want it to be. This pattern knits up beautifully and is a great way to learn that lace is really not that difficult, just takes some concentration. Also, don't forget to use a "lifeline"--that means a strand of something silky and easy to remove every pattern or so threaded thru all of your stitches on the needle so that if (heaven forbid) you were to drop a stitch you have a point beyond which your project can't unravel because let me tell you, lace loves to unravel and is the very devil to pick back up. The lifeline runs through the stitches and won't let them drop farther down.
Posted: 6:00 pm on May 11th
maggiejr writes: Hello! I have just found this site and am having fun finding my way around.
I have looked at several patterns and cannot wait to get started on a few projects.
Thank you for sharing.
Posted: 12:07 pm on January 17th
julieknits writes: Hi I am new to the site, and this is a lovely pattern. A perfect gift for a friend.
Posted: 5:31 am on June 13th
PoochPal writes: Tina, this is the perfect little project with spring coming on and all the fresh lavender, herbs and rose petals soon to follow!! Thank you!
Posted: 1:36 pm on May 2nd
Tina_Hilton writes: Yarn in the ball is like money in the bank - it only collects interest!

Don't worry Jennifer, yarn does not have an expiration date.

Try the sachet. It will take less time and you will achieve knit satisfaction.


Posted: 7:08 am on May 2nd
JenniferStern writes: Hi Tina, as I sit down to write this comment, I glanced up and noticed that the yarn that I got for the mini-cardi are still just balls of yarn... Anyway, I love this little project, it is sweet! (Your photos are great too!!!!)
Posted: 6:25 pm on May 1st
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