Cleopatra Bath Set

Tuesday, June 30, 2009
It is said that Cleopatra nurtured her beautiful skin by bathing in fresh milk and honey. You can do her one better by using a milk/cotton or pure milk yarn for your bathing accoutrements. Milk fiber is soft, silky, has the same pH as human skin, and is naturally antibiotic.

This bath set consists of a quick and fun soap sack and washcloth. The stitch is an adaptation of the Roman Stripe - Cleopatra did love her Roman men! - made to be reversible for the washcloth but not for the soap sack. Instructions are given for the sack to be knit either in the round or flat. This set would make a great gift, but remember to keep one for yourself!

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Gauge: 21 stitches and 33 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

- 80-120yards of DK weight cotton/milk blend yarn. The testers also used worsted weight cotton (such as Sugar and Cream) with good results.
- US 5 (3.75mm) needles, or to make gauge.
- 1 stitch marker for the soap sack knit in the round.
- Tapestry needle.

Inspired by the eXtreme Spinning July 2009 spin-along club selection - 100% milk fiber. Join the club at

Many thanks to my pattern testers, CarolSch (Carol), MrsFife (Swapna), and TheNoviceKnitter (Jenessa).


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