This morning, I woke up with the worst crick in my neck/shoulder that I've been alternately icing and heating all day, but which is still very painful. Let's just say my shower was not a totally pleasant experience and I had to deal with the soap on top of it all. I got to thinking about the soap socks and sacks I'd seen on Ravelry when I was looking for something else. They're kind of awesome because they make the soap easier to hang onto, you don't have to worry about them getting soggy gross soapiness on a soap dish in between showers, you can use the bag itself as a scrubby instead of a separate wash cloth, and tiny pieces aren't an issue since they're contained in the bag. And so I found an easy pattern and whipped myself up a little soap sack.
|All ready to be filled with soap!|
(link to the Ravelry page)
25 yards worsted weight 100% cotton
Size US 7 knitting needles
Ribbon, raffia, or yarn for drawstring
Cast on 15 stitches.
Rows 1-4: Knit in stockinette (knit one row, purl the next, repeat).
Row 5: *K2tog, YO* then knit the last stitch.
Row 6: Purl
Rows 7-10: Knit in stockinette (starting with a knit row).
Row 11: Knit the entire row, wrapping the yarn twice around the needle when forming each stitch (so that it looks like you have double the number of stitches by the end of the row).
Row 12: Purl, dropping the second loop of every stitch (as in purl one, drop one, repeat). You should be back to 15 stitches when this row is complete.
Repeat these 12 rows two more times (for a total of three times).
Knit four more rows in stockinette (starting with a knit row).
Knit one row *K2tog, YO* then knit the last stitch.
Knit four rows in stockinette, starting with a purl row this time.
Cast off. I chose to cast off knitwise to match the cast on, but binding off purlwise would have resulted in a smoother edge.
Seam the sides of the bag using mattress stitch. Line up the YO rows and the drop stitch rows, noting that the middle drop stitch row is the bottom of the bag. (I was lazy and didn't use the mattress stitch, partially because my knitting wasn't neat enough to do it easily.)
Weave a piece of ribbon, raffia, or yarn through the top row of YO's, insert soap, and tie the drawstring. I chose to braid some left-over yarn for the drawstring.
I can't wait to fill it with my soap and use it tomorrow!