This is one of my most practical patterns yet & can you believe it incorporates the traditional knit stitch?!! It’s the one my family and I get the most use out of at our place as well! This pattern is quick and simple to make & to show you just how I did it I’ve added a few videos to Youtube just to show you how I get it done; in hopes that you soon will too!
Want to skip the chatter? Just scroll down to the pattern!
There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Sylvia Plath
The Spring Soap Saver Pattern is one those instant classics. Who is ready for it? With markets, spring vending opportunities and sales popping up just around the corner you could whip up a few of my Spring Soap Savers & add soap to one or two (for the sake of visual presentation) then sell them as a set or individually.
In sales always remember to factor in your PROFIT, which should not only include material costs, but an hourly wage (these take 1 hour to 30 mins or so - no biggie) PLUS your profit (even if it’s only 20% it’s something Mamma!)
Helpful tip: If you are ever prepping for a craft fair or art show, always prepare a minimum of three of the same item (unless it’s a huge piece & simply there to grab attention). Making multiple of the same small pieces will not only have you shaving down your production time (by allowing yourself the time to get comfortable with the stitch repeats while working in multiples), but it will allow your future customers to imagine that you are a hustler & do have some stock produced with them in mind. Remember all ‘sales’ tactics take advantage of learned human psychology so all info is helpful when utilized through your own filter. This tends to yield higher sales & profits (but always do your own research and due diligence. I have noticed many people do not want to buy the last of an item: so I never make just one.
Perhaps our potential customers react this way in fear that it has been touched all day on display, or just second thoughts about taking the last of your precious makes without a clear vision of what they will use it for. ATTN: This soap saver solves both of those problems, taking very little time to make & being inherently useful for anyone with a body that needs to be cleaned. It’s truly a win win.
ALSO before you worry that you will be unable to make this due to the knitting, DO NOT FEAR! The techniques I share are how I (as an avid crocheter for 23 years) taught myself how to cast on and off (with only crocheting experience). It’s my ‘hack’ method & maybe it’s been done before, but I haven’t in all honestly spent any time looking up knitting cast on or cast off techniques (because they were all too confusing)
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an #OtHM Original Pattern
For this project you will need:
1. 4.5 mm Knitting Needles
2. 3mm Crochet Hook
3. Worsted weight yarn: cotton (shown in white)
5. A darning needle to weave in your tails
6. soap! (completely optional)
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Ch = chain stitches
NOTE: the Ch 1 @ the start of a new row
K = knit
SC = single crochet
NOTE: the first SC of each row will work into the first space of each row unless noted otherwise. All sts (unless otherwise noted will be Single Crochet stitches.
DC = double crochet
NOTE: creates height allowance at the top to later weave in the rope.
SLST = slip stitch
NOTE: SLST’s will be used to join the piece at the top just before finishing off.
BLO = back loop only.
NOTE: Any sts worked into a Row 1 foundation chain will be worked in the BLO of those sts.
STS = stitches
FO = Fasten Off
NOTE: after the last slip stitch pull working yarn through loop & Cut a length for sewing later. Pull your hook up with yarn on & the tail will come through. Tighten this & you have your knot at the end of each piece!
This pattern will be worked in only two pieces. It will first be worked flat, then folded in half, seamed with SC sts and then the I cord will be woven into the open spaces. I will also teach you how to create the small I cord necessary to weave into the top of the project.
How to Cast on: VIDEO
Soap Saver Pattern
4.5mm knitting needles and worsted weight yarn in any colour (preferably light for spring)
CO 30 sts ( This means insert into your slip knot & add 29 more sts - the SLST counts - VIDEO)
(Row 1-26) K30
Note: When you finish Row 26 if you are unsure how to Cast off watch my video here, I use a crochet hook & find it makes the finishing off a lot simpler for me.
Embellishment & Finishing
Once you have cast off all 30 sts with your 3mm crochet hook & are left with one loop on the hook, you will begin the TOP of the project ( the section that holds the rope)
Chain 4 & SKST, DC,*Ch 1 & SKST, repeat from * to the end. (15 DC’s) DO NOT FO (next step below)
SLST the two top ends together & then Chain 1 from & fold the fabric together. Holding both sides together Insert your hook through both DC sts & SC them together. You will do that twice; then begin working down through the knit fabric for 26 more sts. (one stitch per row)
The bottom corner will start with ch 2, then you will reinsert your hook into the corner stitch & work across the bottom the same way the side was worked
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Creating an Icord
For a video on how to do this click here or scroll down!
For this part Chain 3 sts & pull up loops in 2 of them individually, there will be 3 loops total; on and off of the hook at all times. Repeat this for the length you prefer. I worked 50 Rows for a nice short cord (it stretches quite a bit). You will find the video helpful if you have never attempted this before & in no tipme it will be another skill you’ve mastered!
I can’t wait to see what you make of this pattern, the colours you use (I have another special how to regarding that if you’re interested - COMING SOON -) If you are a social media goer, find me @off.the.hook.mamma on Instagram & tag me in your market prep! I am always 100% nerves this time of year (and fall) but I love the rush of adrenaline a new season brings! Send me a message on any platform if you have questions and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as I am able! Take care & Happy April Mamma (or Daddy)!