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.
If y'all have seen the Woven Waves dishtowel you know that I'm obsessed with this slip stitch pattern. Naturally, I had to use it for a soap sack, and it doesn't disappoint. It doesn't have quite as much "scrubby" texture as my other patterns, but it still produces a nice fabric conducive to a washcloth.
The pattern is easy to memorize and great for beginners or TV knitting. The finished product appears more complicated than it is.
MATERIALS & INFO
Yarn: 50 yards (1.1 oz) of 100% cotton worsted weight
I have quite a variety in my stash so I've used KnitPicks Dishie, Lily Sugar'n Cream, Bernet Handcrafter Cotton, and Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton.
Gauge: 18 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
CO = Cast on
K = knit
P = purl
Sl = all stitches are slipped purlwise
slip as if to purl, with right needle in front of the left
wyf = with yarn in front
bring yarn through the needles to the front on the working side
Cast on 34 stitches with back loop method or preferred cast-on method.
Start with the wrong side purl row.
The stitch pattern is an 8-row repeat starting with row 2.
Row 1 (WS): k1, purl to last stitch, k1.
Row 2 (RS): k1, * K2, sl 2wyf, repeat from * to last stitch, K1.
Row 3 (all wrong side rows): k1, purl to last stitch, k1.
Row 4: k1, * sl1 wyf, k2, sl1 wyf, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Row 6: k1, * Sl 2 wyf, k2, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Row 8: k1, * k1, sl 2 wyf, k1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Repeat Rows 2 – 9 until the piece measures 6 inches, ending with a Row 9. Bind off
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!