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4 FREE Knitted Gift Card Holders Patterns for Every Skill Level

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We knitters wish we had time to make handmade gifts for everyone we know, but sometimes it just isn’t possible. You can still add a little dose of handmade — even when you’re giving a gift card — with a simple, quick knitted gift card holder pattern.

Knitted gift card holder pattern on Craftsy

Give a gift card in style!

We’ve created a knitted gift card holder pattern to fit every knitting skill level:

  1. The first is a basic garter-stitch pattern that’s ideal for beginners who have mastered knits and purls.
  2. The second pattern adds just a little bit of texture, using the seed stitch.
  3. The third pattern features a beautiful cable that experienced knitters will love.
  4. The fourth pattern is knit in stockinette stitch in the round and grafted on the end for a nice, neat finish.

The gift card I’m using for this tutorial measures 3 3/8″ wide and 2 1/8″ tall. All of the gift card holders have a bit of stretch, but if your gift card greatly differs in size, you may have to make a few adjustments to get it to fit.

Garter stitch gift card holder

This pattern is perfect for beginners, since you only need to know the knit stitch. There are no complicated flaps or other closures — the gift card simply fits snugly inside. The ribbed edging ensures that the gift card doesn’t slide out.

Garter Stitch Gift Card Holder

Yarn: Cloudborn Baby Alpaca Bulky in Silver Heather
Needles: US 11
Gauge: 3 stitches per inch
Other supplies: Yarn needle

Cast on 12 sts.
Rows 1-5: *K2, P2; repeat from * across the row.
Row 6: Knit across the row.
Repeat Row 6 until the work measures 4 1/2 inches long. Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Garter stitch gift card holder finishing

Fold the work over, bringing the long sides to meet. 

Garter gift card holder finishing

Using the yarn needle, seam the side and bottom of the gift card holder together. Weave in any loose ends.

Seed stitch gift card holder

If you’re comfortable with your knits and purls, as well as using a needle and thread, give seed stitch a try. This gift card holder features a buttoned flap, but since the yarn is so bulky, no special buttonhole is needed. Just slip the button between two of the stitches in the flap and you’re good to go!

Seed Stitch Gift Card Holder

Yarn: Cloudborn Highland Roving in Stormy Skies
Needles: US 15
Gauge: 2 stitches per inch
Other supplies: Yarn needle, 1″ (25mm) button, sewing needle and thread

Cast on 14 sts.
Row 1: *K1, P1; repeat from * across row.
Row 2: *P2, K2; repeat from * across row.
Repeat, working in seed stitch until work measures 7 1/2″ long. Bind off in pattern, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Seed stitch gift card holder seaming

Fold the work for seaming, leaving about 2 1/2″ at the top for the flap.

Seam the two sides together. Weave in all the loose ends.

Stitching the seed stitch gift card holder button

Using sewing needle and thread, attach a button to the front of the gift card holder. There’s no need to make a special buttonhole. Just slip the flap stitches over the button to secure it!

Cabled gift card holder

Experienced cable knitters will breeze through this pretty gift card holder. I love the stitch definition that this yarn gives the simple cable! If you have a favorite cable stitch, you can substitute it here instead.

Cable gift card holder

Yarn: Cloudborn Superwash Merino Bulky in Grey Heather
Needles: US 11
Gauge: 3 stitches per inch
Other supplies: Yarn needle and cable needle
Abbreviations: C4F – Slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold to the front of the work. K2, then K2 from the cable needle.

Cast on 8 sts.
Row 1: P2, K4, P2.
Row 2: K2, P4, K2.
Row 3: P2, CF4, P2.
Row 4: K2, P4, K2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until work measures about 8 inches long. Bind off in pattern, leaving a long tail for seaming.

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Fold the work in half, then seam the sides together using the yarn needle. Weave in all the loose ends.

Stockinette stitch gift card holder

Sock knitters will breeze right through this pattern. This gift card holder is knit in the round, then grafted on the ends just like a cuff-down sock. If you want to dress up your gift card holder even more, you can embroider or add a duplicate stitch design.

Stockinette stitch gift card holder

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Seaspray
Needles: US 8, set of double-pointed or long circular for Magic Loop
Gauge: 4 stitches per inch
Other supplies: Yarn needle

Cast on 20 sts. Join to work in the round.
Rows 1 & 2: Purl around.
Row 3: Knit around.
Repeat Row 3 until work measures 3 1/2 inches long.

Stockinette gift card holder grafting

Arrange the stitches evenly on two needles. Using the yarn needle, graft the ends together. (Here’s a nice tutorial on the Kitchener Stitch if you need a refresher.) Weave in all the loose ends.

3 Comments

Drue Marie McKelton

I understand that chunky yarn is the *in* thing, but some of us would like to see more projects in fiber yarns or threads.

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Drue Marie McKelton

That is, FINER, not fiber.

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Naomi Weisz

Are the needle sizes correct? 11? 15? Thanks for the patterns!

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