Easy Knitted Soap Sack – a FREE Pattern

Knitting reminds me of my grandmother. It introduces me to new friends in knitting circles. It brings me joy thinking of the smiles that a hand-knitted item brings to those who wear or use them. It’s much like soap in those respects, bring joy through simple things. So, why not combine them and knit a soap sack?!

Soap Sacks serve a few purposes:

  1. You can stash all of your end pieces (those last bits of soap that are a bit hard to use, or that you found in your mystery soap grab bag) until you have a full sack to lather up with.
  2. If you don’t have a soap dish in your shower, you can hang your soap with a soap sack. They do a great job of keeping your soap dry between uses.
  3. Some people have a hard time holding onto a bar of soap. With a soap sack, the drawstring doubles as a wrist strap preventing the soap from dropping to the floor. And, the texture of the fabric makes the soap easier to hold onto.
  4. The texture of the fabric in my pattern is a wonderful scrubby for the shower!

I have some personal experience with #3. When my husband was diagnosed with ataxia, showering became a real challenge for him. We tried lots of soap options. Soap on a rope was pretty good, but the soap was still too slippery for him. We also tried soaps with loofas embedded in them and a few other ideas, but the soap sack was hands down the best bet. These soap sacks brought a bit of “normalcy” into our life, and I hope they bring a bit of joy into yours.

Knit a soap sack and turn our handmade soap into an extra special gift.

If you’re a knitter, this quick knit will be a snap (about 30-60 minutes of knitting). Add in a bar of handmade soap and you’re all set with a much-beloved gift (that can be tossed in the washing machine too!)

If you know a knitter, download the pattern and give it, along with a bar of handmade soap, for the perfect knitters treat. No need to include yarn with your gift, this is a great stash/scrap-buster and your knitting friend will be thrilled to receive a pattern to use up their yarn scraps… so thrilled that they might even knit one for you too!


  • Size 9 DPNs or circular needles.
  • 15 grams worsted weight yarn (or any scrap yarn, I used Sugar ‘n Cream cotton).
  • Tapestry needle
  • Crochet hook
  • Guage does not matter with this pattern.


  1. Cast on 24 sts. Join for knitting in the round.
  2. K 2 rows.
  3. Make eyelet row: K2tog YO to end
  4. *K 2 rows. Purl 2 rows*
  5. Repeat * to * 3 more times for a total of 4 sets of 2 purl rows.
  6. Knit 1 row
  7. Kitchener stitch to bind off.
  8. Make draw-string: crochet a chain long enough to make a loop around your hand. This is usually about 1/2 inch longer than the circumference of the bag.
  9. Weave drawstring through eyelets and tie off.

Don’t forget to include a bar of handmade soap with your knitted soap bag!

Free Knitted Soap Sack Pattern Square
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