I’ve been knitting a lot of washcloths to go with the soap I’ve made. I wanted to make a soap pocket/soap saver for myself, without going to a pattern. I modeled it after a sock and came up with a stitch pattern that I like, and just went to it. I wrote it all up, because I liked it so well. Not that I think that it was difficult, but because it was satisfying and I like to share. It’s soft, lathers the soap like crazy, and I think it’s nice to look at. Enjoy.
Simple Seamless Soaper
(Perfect for luxurious handmade soaps!)
This is an easy knit for those just starting knitting in the round. It does finish up with Kitchener stitch grafting, but I’ve included detailed instructions. It makes for a slightly less bulky bottom. Everyone wants that, right?
Size 8 DPNs (or 7, or 9 , it matters little)
Worsted cotton yarn, 50 yards or less
Crochet hook or smaller DPNs to make tie for the top. A ribbon of your choosing could substitute nicely.
Cast on 32 (small) or 36 (larger) stitches using whatever method you’re comfortable with. I use long-tail method.
Divide between 3 of your DPNs.
Round 1: join, being careful not to twist. Knit around.
Round 2-4: knit
Round 5 (eyelet for cord): *(YO, k2tog), * repeat to end of round
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *(p3, k1), *repeat to end of round
Round 8: repeat round 7
Round 9: *(p1, k1, p2), * repeat to end of round
Round 10: repeat round 9
Repeat rounds 7-10 until your total project measures 5 inches (or as long as you desire).
When it is long enough for your satisfaction, do one round of plain knitting so it is easy to graft at the bottom, forming a nice flat surface.
Place 18 stitches on each of two needles. The working yarn needs to be at the right end of the back needle. Make sure you can work through the next section without distraction.
Cut yarn, leaving at least a foot with which to graft. (Remember, your yarn is hanging off of the back needle on the right side). Place on a blunt tapestry needle, and thread through the right most stitch on the front needle as if to PURL. Do not take this stitch off. Leave it where it is. Make sure the yarn does not loop over or around either needle, then pull up the slack in the yarn. Then put the needle through the right most stitch on the rear needle as if to KNIT. Do not take this one off either. Pull up the slack in the yarn. After these two steps, you are ready to start removing stitches.
Since the front needle has KNIT stitches facing you, you will KNIT the first stitch, let it drop off the needle, then PURL the next stitch on the top (nearest you) needle and leave it on. Pull up the yarn. PURL the rightmost stitch on the back (furthest from you) needle and let it drop off, then KNIT the stitch next to it, allowing it to remain on the needle. So, it is top (knit side facing you) needle: Knit Off, Purl On, and bottom (purl bumps facing you) needle: Purl off, Knit On. Continue by going back to the top needle and Knit off, purl on, then to the back needle to purl off, knit on. Continue until you have one stitch on each needle, then knit the top stitch and drop off the needle, purl the back stitch and let it drop off the needle. Check over your stitches and snug up the yarn before continuing. Then poke the needle through the corner you just made to the inside of the soaper, where you can weave in the end invisibly.
Weave in the other end(s), and make a crochet chain or a small icord, 8 to 12 inches, to loop through the eyelets. Place your favorite handmade soap inside, cinch the top and lather up!
You can find the soap deck/dish pictured on Etsy by crochetgal. Good stuff.