Dispatch noun a message sent with speed
Look I get it. These are going to be polarizing. Either you'll think they're ridiculous and have no desire to ever make something so absurd, or you'll think they're ridiculous and need a pile of them right this very minute. Either way we're cool!
If they're not for you, you should totally go find something more respectable to do with your yarn and needles. No hard feelings at all. The world needs more than one kind of knitter.
But if they are exactly what you've been looking for and you're excited to get started, then go grab that pile of yarn leftovers you've been meaning to use, dig out your button jar, and cast on. This is going to be fun!
What to do with the sweet, silly little things:
- Use them when you give someone gift cards or cash
- Write a note for your sweetheart, put it in an envelope, and leave it under their pillow or tucked in their coat pocket
- Put a note and maybe a candy in an envelope and leave it in your kid's lunchbox
- Make 24 of them and have the very coolest advent calendar ever
- Use them to help the tooth fairy in her appointed rounds
- Make some for your favorite kiddo so they can play post office
Your imagination is the limit here. I suspect you already have a whole host of ideas for exactly how you could use a few of these!
The pattern is tremendously detailed and has lots of room for customization. The envelope comes in three sizes (42, 50, and 58 stitches around), and you can make it with any weight of yarn. You can duplicate stitch on a little heart post mark (the pattern includes three sizes of hearts) or design an initial or other symbol (there's blank grid to design your own motif if you want to get creative).
It's quick and easy knitting. Each envelope took less than 50 yards of yarn and just a few hours to knit. And it's almost all plain stockinette with just a little bit of shaping to make them extra cute.
You'll want a button (you only need one per envelope, so this is a perfect thing to do with a special, single button), and a yard or two of contrast yarn or embroidery floss if you want to add a postmark.
And just in case you’re feeling a bit nervous, the pattern includes a *lengthy* photo tutorial to walk you through every step of the process. There are all sorts of helpful tips on everything from how to cast on to how to block them to how to add a postmark. It’s almost absurdly detailed, but it really does mean you can totally make these!
These are perfect for you if:
- You really just need something you can start this morning, finish this evening, and call a win…because some days you just need a quick win
- You know someone who could really really really use a tiny, sweet note right about now
They’re not for you if:
- You don’t like charts (the pattern uses charts)
- You are looking for a proper, serious, grownup sort project to impress strangers with