1849 Stitch Pattern Soap-Sack

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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.

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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.

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I will be experimenting with this stitch to make a tapestry-like piece, as it so closely resembles the embroidered cross stitch.

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