1932 Wool Soaker adapted for knitting in the round


1918 soaker adapted for knitting in the round


Even with all the other fancy-pants knit wool soaker patterns out there, one of my all-time favorites remains the 1932 wool soaker. This simple ribbed soaker is easy as pie to make – the biggest hurdle is boredom from all of that ribbing! I wrote about it first a while back when I made my first soaker with the pattern.

The pattern itself has been adapted by a kind lady on her blog from an old pattern printed by Lux soap company – she adapted it for modern yarns and needles.

About 3 years ago, I decided to make another adaptation of this pattern – into knitting in the round. It makes it seem to go a bit faster, though of course, it’s the same amount of knitting. For the soaker pictured, I used Peace Fleece in worsted weight along with some solid pink worsted weight from my stash (unlabeled!).

So here goes, my first published knitting pattern.

1932 Soaker Adapted for Knitting in the Round

#5 circular needles

#5 DPNs

Worsted weight yarn, 1 skein

gauge:  5 st./inch in k2p2 ribbing


CO 104 stitches

Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker to mark start of round.

Complete 8 rounds in K2P2 ribbing

Make one Eyelet round: *k2 yo p2tog* repeat to end of round.


Continue in K2P2 ribbing until piece measures 6 or so inches total


Slip 52 stitches onto a stitch holder or waste yarn.


Knit remaining 52 stitches back and forth (flat), continuing in K2P2 pattern, for another 8 inches.


Graft the stitches on your needles with the stitches on the stitch holder using kitchener stitch.   Or, for a decorative line across the back of your soaker, knit the two rows together, then bind off in pattern. Honestly, I find grafting in ribbing to be such a hassle, that I went for the second method. I like the way it looks, though you may not.


Pick up 52 stitches around one leg hole using DPNs. Knit 10 rounds in K2P2 ribbing, bind off loosely. Repeat for other leg hole.


Make an I-cord to thread thru eyelet holes.

And that’s all there is to it.


Author: sarahtar

Hi, I am Sarah, owner of Wallypop (wallypop.net) and Boulevard Designs (boulevarddesigns.etsy.com). I homeschool, work from home, and, along with my husband, raise 3 kids, one of whom has special and medical needs. Turn ons are people who are polite, honesty, and really good root beer. Turn offs are mean people and people who make my life more difficult.

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