Sunday 28 February 2010

Liquid Soap and Wash Cloth/Dish Cloth Set

Simple, but pretty pattern for a Liquid Soap Sleeve and matching cloth. Would make an ideal Mother's Day present, or housewarming. I used cheapish hand soap - I was really going for shape of the bottle, rather than breaking the bank. Try to pick ones up that you can soak the labels off of, rather than bottles that have printing on. When I gift mine, I'll add a handmade tag - "moisturising hand soap", rather than "Sainsbury's Bargainous Soap" ;)

For the beige kitchen set, I used Anchor Magicline, 100% cotton in Beige Block. It took over one ball to make the pair, but I did get the tawashi out of the second ball too. The tawashi is not my pattern, but is wonderful, simple and available free on ravelry here.

For the Beige Soap Sleeve -

Needles - one pair of 4.00mm, UK8, US6.

Cast on 18 stitches.

Row 1 - (K1, P1), repeat to end.
Row 2 - (P1, K1), repeat to end
Row 3 - as Row 1
Row 4 - as Row 2
Row 5 - K1,P1,K1, k2, (yo, sl1, k2, psso the 2k sts), repeat to last 4 stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 6 - P1, K1, P1, purl to last 3 stitches, K1, P1, K1
Row 7 - K1, P1, K1, K1, (sl1, k2, psso the 2k sts, yo), repeat to last 5 stitches, K2, P1, K1, P1
Row 8 - P1, K1, P1, purl to last 3 stitches, K1, P1, K1
Repeat Rows 5-8 until work will fit around liquid soap, ending with a wrong side (purl) row, then finish off with the buttonhole band as follows -

Row 1 - (K1, P1), repeat to end.
Row 2 - P1, K1, P1, cast off 2 stitches, continue in moss stitch to last 5 stitches, cast off 2 stitches, K1, P1, K1
Row 3 - K1, P1, K1, cast on 2 stitches, (P1, K1) x4, cast on 2 stitches, P1, K1, P1
Row 4 - (P1, K1), Repeat to end
Cast off in moss stitch.

To finish - weave in ends and sew 2 buttons to correspond with button holes.

Cloth -

Needles - one pair of 4.00mm, UK8, US6.

Cast on 54 stitches.

Row 1 (K1,P1) repeat to end.
Row 2 (P1, K1) repeat to end.
Row 3 - as row 1
Row 4 - as row 2
Row 5: k1,p1,k3,*yo, sl1, k2, psso the 2k sts* K1,p1,k1,p1
Row 6: p1,k1,p1,p to last 3 stitches, k1,p1,k1
Row 7: k1, p1, k2 *sl1, k2, psso the 2k sts, yo* K2, p1,k1,p1
Row 8: p1,k1,purl to last 3 stitches,k1,p1,k1
Repeat rows 5-8 12 more times
Repeat rows 1-4, cast off in moss stitch and weave in ends.

Block pieces if necessary.

My cloths measure around 7" square, because I prefer a smaller cloth. If you'd like to make yours larger, increase number of stitches cast on in multiples of 3, and adjust the number of rows accordingly.

The green set has a slimmer sleeve on the soap - 15 stitch cast on. I was experimenting, but prefer the sleeve to be larger - might try a 21 stitch cast on next time. The Green Set is destined for my bathroom, rather than kitchen and therefore the cloth will be used on my face. With that in mind, I used Rowan Luxury Cotton DK - 50% cotton, 50% viscose and 5% silk - it's wonderfully soft and kind to my skin.

Finally, I used Regia 4ply bamboo sock yarn to make a sleeve for a candle jar (I think I just spent a few days totally addicted to the lace mesh pattern to be honest)

Holler at me if there are any glaring errors - there shouldn't be, I've checked it carefully...but if there are, yell. Loudly. Edited to add that there was an error, that has now been corrected...many thanks to SouthernComfortKC on Ravelry for pointing it out :)



  1. hi, can you tell me what pattern used for the bath pouf?

  2. I am also interested in making the pouf.
    Can you please share the pattern?

  3. any decisions about the pattern for the pouf? would love to make one! please! :-)

  4. Sorry - I've been stuck without internet for a while. The pattern for the scrubby isn't one of mine, but you can find it here -

    1. The tawashi is not my pattern, but is wonderful, simple and available free on ravelry here." Just as you stated in the original. I get so annoyed with people who ask for something when it's right there in front of them, but they're too lazy, unobservant, whatever... On top of which, they don't even have the manners to thank you for what you've already made available to them. Where have manners gone?
      Thank you for the lovely patterns. They are very well done and the photos are great. You went above and beyond with the photos. I appreciate your efforts and your generosity.

  5. Such a beautiful pattern - Thanks so much for sharing this gift idea. I absolutely love it

  6. Do you have the pattern for the scrubber shown with the brown cloth and sleeve?
    Thank you Holly

    1. There's a link to the tawashi pattern in the link - end of second paragraph :)

    2. Thank you so much!it's wonderful idea!I'm so happy to find it!:)photo so nice and delicious!I have alot project's on my needles but my mind already knitting this beauty;) so I think I must trust for my hart and let my hands follow him;)

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  11. what a wonderful set, I love the soap cover. thanks for sharing

  12. where did you get the yarn?

  13. These are lovely I cant wait to try it

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  16. Hopefully its not too late to ask a question. Its on the cloth rows 5 and 7. Has * so i guess it means to repeat it until you get to the last 4 but i dont know. I am a new knitter and i live this pattern! Thank you!

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