Knit by Bit

Published on September 21st, 2015 | by Merion


Knit by Bit: Bubble Bath Mitt

What can you make with one ball of cotton yarn? A face cloth! Merion folds one in half to make a handy bath mitt that is perfect for the bubbliest of baths!

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I love hand-knitted face cloths – 100% cotton yarn is wonderful for the skin, and you can machine wash it and use it over and over again!  I’ve been making fun cotton bath mitts for my children in all the colours of the rainbow – so I decided to make a grown-up one for myself, in a cool slate grey!

I’ve used pebble stitch, which creates a gorgeous texture that is ideal for exfoliating (although the days of fake tan are long over in rainy London), and it’s a fabulously easy four row repeat that you’ll memorise in a wink!  I’ve used a DK weight cotton, but you can make this up in DK or aran weight, but it must be cotton for a face cloth.

I used one ball of Rowan Handknit Cotton in Slate (347) and a pair of straight 4mm needles.

free bubble bath knitting pattern on LoveKnitting

The pattern

Cast on 50 stitches.

Rib 6 rows, begin pattern on row 7 as follows:

Row 1: (RS) K all.

Row 2:  P all.

Row 3: K2tog all the way across the row.

Row 4: *K1, K1 in horizontal bar before next st*, all the way across the row.

Repeat these 4 rows until square until your piece is long enough to cover your hand, with the rib sitting on your wrist.  Cast off, and then fold in half right sides together, sew up the side seam and top to make the mitt, and turn inside out.  Sew in ends.

This would make a wonderfully thoughtful small gift – knit to match somebody’s bathroom colours, and add luxury soap!  Make them up in reds and greens for Christmas, or knit them in fabulous brights for bathtime fun for children!  (pssst, what about knitting them in palest blue and white for Frozen themed stocking fillers?!)

free bubble bath knitting pattern on LoveKnitting

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Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

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7 Responses to Knit by Bit: Bubble Bath Mitt

  1. ANNE MURDOCK says:

    Could you please tell me how to knit the horizontal bar stitch—thank you—-Anne

    • Merion says:

      Hi Anne – it isn’t an actual stitch – you just knit into the little bar of yarn that sits inbetween the stitches, the same way that you would knit into a stitch to M1.

      Hope that helps!
      Merion and the LoveKnitting team

    • jesslin says:

      What Merion said. It’s a Make 1 that doesn’t leave a hole as big as a YO would have done.

      Having said that, is row 4 supposed to be: “*K1, K1 in bar before next stitch* across row”? Because as written it doesn’t make any sense.

  2. Mrs. Elizabeth Bamfield says:

    What a great idea!! I will be making some of these up in time for Christmas hopefully!! Thank you!

  3. Gwen says:

    I have some leftover Rico Cotton Soft DK yarn which is a 50/50 cotton and acrylic mix – is this going to be too soft for these Bubble Bath Mitts?

    • Merion says:

      Hi Gwen,

      It might be fine – it depends what it’s like when wet. I would knit a little swatch and test it in water.

      Let us know how you get on!
      Merion and the LoveKnitting team

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