2014 Item A Day: Day 12–Soap-Sack.
I used 4.5mm needles and Bernat Handicrafter yarn to make this soap-sack, a great way to learn the 1849 stitch pattern and use up the last little bit of this cream-coloured worsted weight cotton.
NOTE: Canadian/US crochet terms used for the little shell edging.
To make one, cast on 30 stitches.
1. Knit 1 row.
2. Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn at back; *yarn over, knit 1* and repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
3. Slip the first stitch purlwise with yarn at back; *slip the yarnover from the last row purlwise with yarn at back, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over;* repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 nine times more, ending after row 3.
Cast off, but do not cut yarn. Fold the piece with the right sides out, and use a crochet hook to single crochet through both sides, fastening them together. Single crochet across the narrow end too, and then up the other long side. chain 3 for the first double crochet, *chain 2, miss a knitted ridge, double crochet in the next;* repeat from * to * around the top of the bag. join with a slip stitch to the 3rd chain at thee beginning of the round. Chain 1, *single crochet in the first chain 2 space; in the next chain 2 space work 1 double crochet, 1 treble crochet, 1 double crochet;* repeat from * to * round the sack. join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
For the cord you can either make a twisted cord, knit an i-cord, or–as I did–hold the yarn doubled and crochet a cord. Weave in the ends.
To make a cloth instead of a soap-sack, just continue knitting until the piece is square! End after a Row 3, cast off, weave in ends.
Here is a photo of the right side first, showing the cross stitch; then of the wrong side, which resembles garter stitch.
I will be experimenting with this stitch to make a tapestry-like piece, as it so closely resembles the embroidered cross stitch.