A friend of mine showed me some tea wallets she had sewn up for Christmas gifts, and when I saw another dear friend carrying her tea bags and sweetener packets in a plastic bag–imagine! I leapt to my needles immediately. You can definitely knit one of these in the time it takes to view a major sporting event.
1/2 ball of your favorite dishcloth cotton
Cast on 18 stitches. Slip the first stitch of every row.
Knit 2 rows.
Beginning with a purl row, knit 20 rows in stockinette stitch. Your knitting should be a square at this point (check by folding your knitting on the diagonal to see if it makes a triangle) so if it’s not, add or subtract rows until it is (you are smarter than this pattern. Srsly.).
Make the first turning ridge: starting with the wrong side facing you, knit 2 rows, purl 2 rows.
Starting with a purl row, knit 22 rows of stockinette. When you fold the piece at the first turning ridge, the end on the needle should extend 1 row above cast-on edge.
Make the second turning ridge: starting with the wrong side facing you, knit 2 rows, purl 1 row, knit 2 rows.
Begin the cover. You can knit the cover without a buttonhole (skip the directions for adding the buttonhole and continue in pattern), stitch a snap on the inside of the cover, and add a button on the outside of the cover for decoration.
Cover pattern (remember to slip the first stitch, even though it’s not specified):
Row 1: Knit 6, purl 6, knit 6
Row 2: Purl 6, knit 6, purl 6
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: Knit 3, purl 6, knit 6, purl 3
Rows 6-8: Repeat row 5
Row 9: Purl 6, knit 6, purl 6
Row 10: Knit 6, purl 6, knit 6
Row 11: Repeat row 7
Row 12: Repeat row 8
Row 13: Purl 3, knit 6, purl 6, knit 3
Row 14: Repeat row 13
Row 15: Add buttonhole: Purl 3, knit 5, bind off 2, purl 5, knit 3
Row 16: Purl 3, knit 5, cast on 2, purl 5, knit 3
Repeat rows 1-8 (knit more or fewer rows until you’re two or three rows short of making the cover a square). With the right side facing you, purl one row, knit one row, then cast off (knit the first stitch of the cast off row to make the corner square).
Sew in ends. Stitch up sides. Sew on button or snap and buttons.
This pattern is free for your personal use, or to knit as a fundraising project for charity (please tell me so I can brag on you!). Please contact me if you have ideas for other uses.