Have you ever used a soap saver before? They are great for extending the life of your bar of soap, eco friendly, and gentle on your skin!
I hope you enjoy this free pattern. Make sure to leave me a comment if you make one!
This soap cozy is knitted top down in the round, and sewn together at the bottom using the Kitchener Stitch (click for a helpful video). This method is commonly used for the toe of socks, but works perfectly for this pattern because it gives you a nice, seamless finish.
The pattern is designed to fit over a large bar of soap and cinch with a drawstring at the top. It’s a very stretchy texture, as well. The soap cozy laying flat measures approx. 3×5″. To make your cozy larger or smaller, cast on more or less stitches in multiples of 2.
k – knit
p – purl
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over
k2tog – knit 2 stitches together as one stitch
** – repeat as directed
Approx. 50 yards of worsted weight (4) cotton yarn. I used Dishie from KnitPicks in the color Linen.
US 8 / 5.0mm knitting needles. I used 9″ circular needles, but the Magic Loop method or DPNs will also work for this pattern.
Cast on 36 sts. Join to knit in the round and place a st marker on your right needle.
Round 1: k all sts
Round 2: k all sts
Round 3: p all sts
Round 4: *k2tog, yo* repeat until end of round. Don’t forget to yo before moving your st marker. You should still have 36 sts (including yos) at the end of this round.
Round 5: p all sts
Round 6: k all sts
Round 7: k all sts
Repeat rounds 1-7 three more times so you have a total of 4 eyelet sections. Then continue…
K 2 more rounds so you have 4 total rounds of k sts before closing the bottom.
Divide sts in half so you have 18 in the front and 18 in the back. If you’re using 9″ circulars it’s easier to switch to DPNs here.
Now use the Kitchener Stitch to close the bottom. Weave in your ends.
I created a drawstring by cutting two pieces of yarn and tying the ends together. You can create a cord however you like! Some other ideas would be a braid or a crochet chain.
Next, feed the cord through the first eyelet section. Insert your bar of soap and pull the cord tight and tie a bow.
This soap saver is quick to make and would make a lovely gift for Christmas or other holidays! If you make one, I would love to see. Upload a picture to Instagram and tag me @kneedlesandlife. You are also welcome to sell these in your online shop or markets. Enjoy!