Bind/cast off when the rectangle reaches 9" in length.
Sew a fabric bag using 100% cotton fabric and 100% cotton thread. The size to cut the fabric, ideally, is at 9 1/2" x 9 1/2". However, your knitting gauge may vary from mine, so it's best to take the exact measurements of your bag folded in half. Then, add 1/2" to the length and width for seam allowance. Leaving a hole for turning/stuffing, sew a 1/4" seam around the bag, right sides together. Then, zig-zag stitch around the bag to reinforce it. Turn it right side out. Set this bag aside for now.
Now comes the odd part! Stuff the fabric bag a bit more than halfway full with cherrystones! You can buy cherrystones online, but what they really are is thoroughly dried out cherry pits. Do not fill the bag all of the way, because you will want it to be able to conform to what it's placed on. Sew up the hole very well. Set this bag aside for now.
Get the knitted rectangle back out, and fold it in half. Beginning on the folded edge, single crochet tightly and evenly around using a G crochet hook and the yarn color of your choice. Go in every other knitted stitch for your crochet stitches (in other words, skip a stitch between crochet stitches). Crochet three stitches in each corner to allow for the turns. Before crocheting the last edge, remember to place the sewn "bean" bag inside.
This "soother" can be used cold or hot. Store it in the freezer if you wish to use it for cooling bumps and bruises. If you prefer heat, it can be microwaved, but times will vary and the products are flammable, so be sure to proceed with caution. These are lovely to use heated, since they release soothing moist heat, rather than dry heat.
Says:If you plan to use the bag for heating, I strongly recommend adding a zipper to the exterior bag. Cherrystones can burn, and the cover may be ruined if the cherrystones are overheated. It's easy to make a new cotton interior bag in case of overheating, but you will want to protect that knitting! Remember to never heat up the exterior bag if a zipper is used--zippers and microwaves don't make good friends.
Providing crafts since October 2011. Soother instructions from December 2011. Copyright 2011- and all contents by Millie. Resulting products can only be kept or given away as gifts. Always keep safety in mind.