The need for a few additional holiday and birthday gifts prompted an unexpected foray into felt-able soap socks. Inspired by soap socks by Designated Knitter (pattern here), mine were quickly executed with Boku wool (a Noro look-alike) and US 7 (4.5 mm) dpns. These will shrink around their scented soap filling (Green Tea, Lavender and Oatmeal soaps from Trader Joe’s); I’ll have to try to make a re-fillable version next time around.
Here’s my recipe for making simple soap “sweaters” for rectangular soap bricks (approximately 2.5″ x 4″ x 1.25”):
- CO 24 using 2 dpns and Turkish cast-on (or Magic 8), 12 sts on each side.
- K 2 rows straight
- Increase 1 st each side twice (28 sts total)
- knit straight until the piece reaches the top of the bar of soap (for me, 32 rows total); unwrap the soap as needed and try it on to be sure
- k2 tog each side over next 2 rows; the cozy should now fit entirely over the bar of soap
- work a 3 needle bind-off to the last 4 sts
- work 3-4” in I-cord on the last 5 sts; bind off these remaining sts and break yarn (leaving 8-10” tail for sewing).
- sew the handle to the other side of the cozy.