This gift card holder is a great way to dress up a last minute present. It can also double as a Christmas ornament.
Working seamlessly from top down, you begin with Judy’s Magic Cast-On, working in the half-round on magic loop, transitioning to flat knitting, and then joining work to knit in the round. The pocket is knit on DPNs and attached during the body construction, and raglan sleeves are picked up and worked down after the body and pocket have been completed.
Instructions for Judy's Magic Cast On can be found at www.knitty.com.
Gauge is intentionally tighter (more stitches and rows per inch) than normal to ensure durability.
Matching gauge is only important if you want to use this as a gift card holder. If you just want a cute ornament, you can use any yarn with needles that suit.
The pattern is written to require minimal printing. There is a second part - construction overview - with pictures that show different stages as you knit.