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A year of new yarns and patterns mean lots of swatches for us to play with here in the Brooklyn Tweed office. So we thought, what better way to repurpose our Peerie colorwork swatches than to refresh our Lavender Sachets tutorial and share the inspiration?

We love how cheerful, festive, and sweet-smelling this new batch of colorwork sachets turned out. They’re also delightfully quick and satisfying to make — so much so that we couldn’t help but zip up Svenson Pullover cabled swatches too. (Last-minute stocking stuffers, anyone?)

Eager to repurpose your own swatches? Revisit our tutorial below!

In the second and third installments of our Foundations series, we covered the basics of swatching and seaming to aid you in tackling your knitting projects skillfully and confidently. Today, we’ll show you a quick and easy way to further practice these foundational techniques: by repurposing and seaming swatches to make lavender sachets!

These sachets are a delight to make for a number of reasons. First, they hit the sweet spot for both process knitters and project knitters — they’re truly approachable and suitable for practice because of their size and they make lovely, sweet-smelling finished objects that you can keep in a knitting bag or use in your knitwear care routine.

Second, they can be a great way to keep inspiration around you at all times. Perhaps you have a swatch for a visually-appealing intricate colorwork motif, or for a tactile-pleasing textured stitch pattern, or even for a simple stockinette fabric in a memorable yarn. Zip them up into a sachet that you can take with you for moments when you need a boost of creativity, or use to decorate your living or work space. (This project was inspired by the many development swatches we have strewn about the Brooklyn Tweed office!)

Third, they also make charming holiday gifts, either on their own or as a companion to another handknit.

What you’ll need

1) Two swatches of the same size

You can repurpose swatches that you already have or knit up two squares following our instructions in Swatching 101. Alternatively, you can use or knit up one large swatch that you can then fold in half to create your sachet (this method leaves fewer edges to seam).

2) A darning or tapestry needle

3) A few yards of firmly-spun seaming yarn in a matching color and of equal or lighter weight than your swatch yarn

4) Locking stitch markers or coilless safety pins

5) A sharp pair of thread/yarn snips

6) Loose lavender (cedar chips or shavings work well, too)

7) Fiberfill for stuffing (you can use wool roving or polyfill)

Zip it up!

Stack your two swatches with wrong sides facing each other, then seam the bottom and the two sides following our instructions in Seaming 101.  You can play around by mixing and matching the swatches that you choose! We made the sachet pictured above using two swatches for Galloway, with one side using the main colorwork motif and the other side using the lice motif on the body of the cardigan.

Once the bottom and sides are seamed, stuff your sachet with fiberfill and a couple scoops of loose lavender using the top opening. You can sandwich your loose lavender in between the fiberfill to prevent them from coming out of your fabric or bunching at the bottom of the sachet. Finally, seam the top closed. To hide the end of your seaming yarn, snip it leaving a tail of a few inches, then bury the darning needle in the sachet from a corner while scrunching the sachet. Push the needle back out, snip the end, then let the tail retract back inside as you coax the sachet into its original shape.

Alternatively, you can fold one large swatch in half; the fold will eliminate one seam. You can then seam two more sides before stuffing and seaming the sachet closed. You can also play with swatches knit in the round. We made the sachet below with a colorwork “tube” swatch by simply seaming the bottom, stuffing the pouch, then finishing off the top.

The rectangular shape makes this particular sachet work well as an eye pillow or as a wrist rest, so you can experiment with sizing too! For example, if you enjoy knitting large swatches, you can certainly repurpose them into a luxurious lavender-stuffed cushion.

However you choose to customize your sachets, we hope you’ll delight in the opportunity to practice foundational techniques on a small but gratifying project!

Originally published on December 6, 2017.

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26 responses to “Applying Techniques: Lavender Sachets”

  1. What a great idea! I hate swatching because I don’t like to “waste” yarn on something that won’t be used; this way, I’d feel like I was completing a project, rather than delaying the start of another.

  2. Thank you so much for this article. A neat way to make use of those swatches or just knitting up those leftover yarns!

  3. I love this idea which also motivates to make preliminary swatches. Lavender will be blooming in my garden in time to make these as stocking fillers for Christmas (Southern hemisphere). We also have some small camphor offcuts and sawdust from my husbands wood turning to try out!

  4. This is genius! But I’d have to keep them all! Lavender is good protection against moths isn’t it?

  5. I love this idea! Your examples are a pleasure and inspiring. Though with only two weeks for Xmas I’d better start for next year! Its not that I couldn’t knit one or two now but there is so much to do!
    I love your work.

  6. I love this idea! I hate wasting yarn and dislike making swatches. Thank you – you are truly brilliant!!

  7. Wonderful!
    I now have a reason to knit a swatch more frequently, because the yarn won’t “go to waste”.

  8. Love the idea I rarely swatch because I think it’s a waste of time and yarn but I love this idea. We have been having some moth problems in our closet! Thank you for idea

  9. This is a great idea. When my granddaughter was little, I used to give her my swatches and she used them to play with her dolls. I never thought of making sachets. Thanks for this tip.

  10. These are beautiful and I hope will be a good way to try fair isle for the first time – such a brilliant idea! I sometimes make a little muslin or cloth lining bag when I make patchwork lavender bags – that would work with these too.

  11. I am past retirement age and I love this idea. Recently I have been doing simple, things where I have not had a need to do a swatch. But I am thinking of some nicer, projects where a swatch would be a good idea. This give me something practical to do with the swatch and a way to practice a new pattern. Thanks!

  12. I love this idea! I stuff mine using washed unspun wool from my sheep, rather than fiberfill, and it makes for an excellent small pillow (as you describe), with extra “wooliness” FTW. Happy holidays!

  13. Could you provide links to all of the patterns you swatched for all the pictures sachets?? I love the cable knit!

  14. Hello Stephanie,

    Of course! For the Peerie swatches we worked from the following patterns: Voe, Stasis, and Seasons. We worked the cabled swatches in Arbor, using motifs from Svenson.

    The colorwork swatches from the original post we wrote last year are worked in Shelter, using motifs from Galloway.

    All the best,
    Korina Yoo | BT Marketing Coordinator

  15. May I ask what pattern is the sachet at the very bottom? I’ve searched the BT patterns and can’t seem to identify it.

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