Soap Sack Knitting Pattern: Chain Link Stripes

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When I recently learned about the Soap S.A.C.K mission, I knew I had to get involved. These are so fun to make and good for the soul, as an important way to give back to our community. I have a lot of cotton sitting in my stash, so this was the perfect time to get to work.

As a knitter, I struggled a bit to find patterns ... when I found a seed stitch pattern on Ravelry, I was off to the races.


I made about a dozen with this pattern but I wanted to play around with different stitches to create some variety for other knitters out there.


Most patterns are written as 6" across and 8" tall, but since this is a horizontal pattern, I flipped it. So you will cast on enough stitches for 8" across (to fold in half) and knit 6" from the cast on.


I love how a simple decrease/increase sequence can create such an interesting element that is perfect for a soap sack. When I tested this stitch with Sugar'n Cream Stripes, I was amazed at the result and knew this one was a keeper! The sample is made in the Country Stripes colorway.


This is excellent for beginners or TV knitting. If you can knit a stitch you can make this!


MATERIALS & INFO


Yarn: 65 yards (1.1 oz) Sugar'n Cream Stripes


Gauge: 22 sts per 4”/10 cm


Needles: US 7 - 4.5 mm & Size G or 7 Crochet Hook (for loop)


Notions: Darning needle


Finished size: 4" x 6"


Experience Level: Beginner



ABBREVIATIONS


CO = Cast on


K = knit


K2tog = Knit two stitches together (decrease 1)


Kfb= Knit into the front and back of the single stitch (increase 1)




PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS


CO 44 sts


Row 1 (RS) knit.

Row 2 K1 *K2 tog* repeat to last stitch, k1.

Row 3 k1, *Kfb, rep from* to last stitch, k1.

Row 4 k1, purl to last stitch, k1


Repeat until fabric measures 6” from cast-on edge, ending with row 4.



FINISHING


Bind off. Transfer last live stitch to a crochet hook, chain 18, with crochet hook use single crochet to attach the loop to the flat knit piece.


Cut yarn tail of 30” for seaming and pull through remaining live stitch to bind off.

Fold piece in half, seam side and bottom edges.


Add a bar of soap and help your community!




Please post your projects on Ravelry! I can't wait to see what you create!