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You've Been Gifted! A Free Pattern from Mags Kandis

Aug 4, 2010

The following quote from Mags Kandis (from the introduction to her new book, Gifted) encompasses so much of what knitting (and working on other crafts) means to me:

"I love making stuff, and one of my greatest joys as a knitter and crocheter is to make special stuff for friends and family. I admit to a few late nights and more than one last-minute frenzies button-attaching session over the year. Bur ultimately, the expression of delight on the face of the 'gifted' always makes it worth the effort."

Wrist Rest from Gifted by Mags Kandis
I'm a "process" knitter, and while I love finished objects as much as the next gal, I enjoy the journey of knitting and creating even more. And giving those creations as gifts is the icing on the cake. I know I cherish handmade gifts, and the people I give them to are so very grateful and gracious. It's so gratifying.

Mags Kandis is über-creative, and Gifted is an amazing collection of her distinct, joyous design style. When I was browsing the book looking for a pattern to share with you, I came upon the Wrist Rest, which is something anyone who spends a little time on the computer will want to receive! I think I'll make one for my friend Molly and one for myself, too.

Wrist Rest
Finished Size: About 4½" (11.5 cm) wide and 6½" long

Fabric: Piece of fabric from lightweight sweater that has been lightly felted or fabric rescued from a well-loved T-shirt or sweatshirt, cut to measure 8" (20.5 cm) wide and 12" (30.5 cm) long; remnant of green felt or felted sweater fabric for leaf accent, cut to measure 2" (5 cm) wide and 4" (10 cm) long.

Notions: Sharp-point sewing needle and matching thread; lightweight paper for wrist-rest template card stock for leaf template; card stock for leaf template; pencil or washable marker to trace templates; sharp scissors; straight pens; embroidery needle and six-strand cotton embroidery floss to match green felt; about 250 grams (9 ounces) of whole flax seed.

Notes: To help fill the pouch with seeds, insert the small end of a funnel or paper cone into the opening and pour the seeds into the wide end. For maximum comfort, do not appliqué anything exactly where your wrist will rest.

Making the Wrist Rest
Fold the fabric in half with RS facing together. Trace the wrist-rest template onto lightweight paper, cut out, and place the pattern on the folded fabric. Cut shape through both layers of fabric.

With RS together, sew around the edge of the shape by hand or machine, allowing a ½-inch seam allowance and leaving a 1½-inch opening for filling opening for filling with seeds. Press. Trim seam and clip curves, being careful not to cut through stitching. Turn the pouch right-side out.

Fill with flax seeds then handstitch the opening securely closed.

Trace the leaf template onto green felt and cut out. Pin leaf as desired onto wrist rest. With cotton embroidery floss and embroidery needle, sew the leaf in place as shown, using a backstitch for the center of the leaf and adding straight stitches for stem and veins.

Cute, huh? I hope you make one of these, or one of the other gifties in Gifted!


P.S. For more about Gifted, including an introduction to Mags and instructions for making some amazing bangles, check out the video below!

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Carol Y wrote
on Aug 7, 2010 12:11 PM

One could always make this a knitted project by knitting squares, felting them and then following the directions from there...

pattischenck wrote
on Aug 5, 2010 11:07 AM

Beautiful, thank you so much.

ZassZ wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 4:57 PM

It's a cute decoration for the desk.  

I do see that in the intro Kathleen prefaces Mags' quote by her comment  in ( ) which reads,

              "(and working on other crafts) means to me:"

So it seems that the possible "Conundrum" with the quote is more of the Mags' intro quotation rather than Kathleen's.  

So this is another craft, and there are times when we need a little diversion from knitting and crocheting, yarn dying, spinning, felting, etc., eh?  

DaleN wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 1:58 PM

I'm not sure this really falls into the knitting spectrum.  

My main reason for commenting though, is RE the instructions:

"insert the small end of a funnel or paper cone into the opening and pour the seeds into the wide end."  

LOL-LOL!  Are there really people out there who don't know how to use a funnel??

on Aug 4, 2010 11:31 AM

While this is a very cute project, a wrist rest can be >responsible< for repetitive strain injury because it immobilizes the rest of the arm!  Please do some research on this!  As far as I can tell, it's far better to use the >arm< to move the mouse around, whether it's a mouse, a track ball, or....  I am always asking my music students, esp. those dealing with RSI of any kind, if they use a wrist rest at the computer, and if so, to throw it out.  I hope everyone who reads this will consider this.  Let's enlarge today's project into a small bag instead.  It's safer and still very handy!

on Aug 4, 2010 10:54 AM

I love it! Awesome! : )

Baileysnana wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 10:42 AM

Thanks Kathleen for the Easy Way Wrap - It's going to be fun!!

J. Smith

Clinton, TN, USA

MalenaB wrote
on Aug 4, 2010 8:09 AM

How exactly is this a knitting pattern?  The constant advertising in Knitting Daily is awful enough, but false advertising?