Soap Bubble Wrap

Designer: Connie Chang Chinchio
Published: February 13, 2009
This pattern was only available free for a limited time.
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Technique: Knitting
Skill Level: Intermediate.

Lovely in linen with touches of lace, this versatile wrap sweater has unusual detailing at shoulder and hip. Wear it over a skirt for an office showstopper, or over jeans for a bit of "wow!" on the weekends. The wrap styling and deep V-neckline flatters a variety of figures, so we think this pretty cardigan will end up being a wardrobe favorite!

Finished Size: 34½ (38, 42, 45½, 49½, 54)" bust circumference. Jacket shown measures 38", modeled with about 4" positive ease.

Yarn: Worsted weight (CYCA #4, Medium) yarn. Shown here: Louet Euroflax Light Worsted Weight Solid (100% linen; 190 yd [174 m]/100 g): emerald, 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins.

NOTE:  Louet Euroflax is no longer available in worsted weight. Try knitting to the same gauge with Euroflax sport weight for a garment with an airy, fluid hand—or substitute a worsted-weight cotton or linen/cotton blend.

Needles: Size 7 (4.5 mm): 29" or 32" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Tapestry needle; markers (m); removable markers or waste yarn; stitch holders; spare cir needle same size or smaller than main needle for
three-needle BO; size D/3 (3.25 mm) crochet hook.

Gauge: 19 sts and 26 rows = 4" in St st.

Skill level: Intermediate.

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66 thoughts on “Soap Bubble Wrap

  1. Well, I probably would be trying to do the 119. Funny story – I’m a beginner, and the BEGINNER washcloth I was just trying to do said to cast on 4 stitches. Later in the pattern it talks about 40 stitches in the row. I’m reading and re-reading trying to figure out how to get to 40 stitches. The last part of the instructions indicate that you DECREASE each row until you get back down to 4 stitches. (picture online wasn’t clear showing that you work in diagonal rows). Finally, dawns on me, that they never mention increasing stitches each row!

  2. Thank you for that pattern. I love it. I just hope I’ll manage to do it one day because as I am French I am affraid I might get lost with the English explanations and the “inch” measurements.

  3. Thank you for giving us an early Valentine gift! Because I have not really looked at the instructions yet, I was going 119 sts to 26 rows when I saw the comments. Ms. “Newbie” to knitting was puzzled and went, “Hope this is a typo.” 🙂 But I am ready to tackle this with the help of my local yarn shop.

  4. Beautiful!
    I’ve not had the courage to try a sweater, and this may be too much for my first; but because I really want to wear it, I’m vowing now to try an easier sweater pattern.
    Can’t wait to wear my first sweater now!

  5. Another thing I love about this sweater is that it would suit a woman of any age! I am thinking of making one for myself and for my mom!

    Thanks for the pattern, its great!

  6. I love this pattern, and I love Louet Euroflax yarn, but I would like to see some discussion about alternate linen blend yarns of the same weight called for, principally because the Louet is at least $21 per skein – yikes!
    What do you all think of Berrocco’s Linen Jeans yarn – would something like that work? Or their Naturlin?

  7. I love this pattern! It’s my favorite of the ones shown so far online! I wonder if you could knit it with wool, instead?

    Thank you, Sandi & Connie! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  8. This is a beautiful pattern. I’m looking forward to making it. I don’t know if we have any real yarn shops in my new home city, so this will encourage me to explore.

  9. Just started my first sweater so it will be a while before I can get to this lovely piece. It has everything, short rows, lace work, chart reading, what’s not to love. I did the Aran shrug from a couple of years ago. This looks about as fun, Ican’t wait!

  10. I am just finishing up the Tangled Yoke Sweater from IK Fall 2007 and believe that the Bubble Wrap will be my next project. Not sure which yarn yet, but it will be purple.

  11. I love the pattern, but I think providing a chart for the ENTIRE pattern would have been nice. So many lines of instruction, I thought we were coming away from that.
    Aside from the above, the modeled wrap is beautiful, the color is glorious, it is a shame that that particular yarn has been discontinued.

  12. PatJ, try logging in first, I can never download unless I first to a ‘sign in’.
    1moreproject, I think it would be adorable in bamboo! I was all set to start it in wool as we are just coming into autumn here, but now you have me thinking…

  13. I’ve just started the pattern, and the numbers don’t add up with rows 9 and 21, etc. The ssk followed by a yo and a p2tog results in a pattern shift along the row such that the p3tog no longer sits in the middle of the 7-p sections. Is there a correction anywhere?

  14. Oooohhhhh what a lovely pattern. Living in England I will have to check out the tension as American wool is not available here, so its either mail or checking out what we have here (which is not much so many shops are closing – its all card making in England at the moment). I do so love the patterns. Many many thanks

  15. I’m a new knitter; have completed a few sweaters, have accomplished cables and easy lace patterns. I need help with this pattern though. I have never knitted anything using charts. I need some further explanation regarding the “NO STITCH” part of the charts. Help please.


  16. I’m just sad that yet again, they’re putting cool patterns in the magazine and then NOT PUBLISHING THE PATTERN IN THE MAGAZINE.

    Its not fair to the people who pay $7 an issue to find out that we have to print a copy of a pattern that’s not going to last nearly as long as the magazine. They’re de facto charging us for doing their work for them.

    I love the pattern, but I’m disappointed again.

  17. Love this pattern! I ordered the Louet Euroflax sport weight to make this for my daughter. It’s the first time I’ve worked with a linen “yarn” and I’m surprised at how stiff it is. Should I wash it first or does someone have some advice for me on working with Euroflax?

  18. I’d like to try using the pattern motif in a scarf sampler just for practice first. I’m not ready to do a whole sweater, timewise, but I am accumulating experience with various pattern stitches. I want to learn to do them by looking at my work instead of reading line by line instructions. There is no way to do this but by repeated practice, right?

    Thanks for the pattern!

  19. Oops, forgot to ask – VERY IMPORTANT:

    Which lines in the pattern would I use (in which part of the pattern) to create a repeat of a three bubble pattern and what should I add for a couple of rows of edging that won’t curl?

    Please respond as in: Use lower-left front, rows N – N and add 2,3,4 stitches of BLANK on both ends of each row. (such as 2 repeats of garter stitch, or whatever?)

    Response from anyone who knows would be very much appreciated!


  20. For all those having download problems: 1. Make sure you log in. 2. Get the latest Adobe Reader from 3. Do NOT right-click on the download links to save the. The links on the first page actually lead to a second page where you can download the PDF. 4. Click (left-click) the download on that second page. You should get a panel asking whether to save it or display it in Adobe Reader. 5. If you want to check the validity of the file, open it in Adobe Reader before saving. If it’s OK, then use “File -> Save a copy” on Adobe Reader to save the file to your hard drive. Hope this helps. __k’, the web diva

  21. I downloaded the pattern easily and it looks lovely, but I have to say that all the previous comments from people who are knitting it have put me off trying it. To be fair, it is intermediate level, and I’m not yet an intermediate-level knitter–I guess that I was being far too optimistic.
    It would be nice to see pics of people of different sizes wearing it (and other patterns). Speaking as a larger person, I find it is hard to judge what a pattern would look like on me when all the models in the pics seem to be tiny–everything looks good on tiny women.

  22. I consider myself an intermediate / advanced knitter, and have made many sweaters over the years. I would love to make this pattern, but without specs that show the dimensions of the pieces (fronts, back & sleeves), I cannot realistically make it. I rely on this information to know which size will work for me, as I rarely fit the standard sizes, and adjust where needed to make it fit me. Alas, even from the picture, I cannot guage how much overlap is included the front pieces. Sigh.

  23. Although Euroflax Worsted Weight yarn has been discountinued, you can acheive the same results by using Euroflax Sport Weight & Euroflax Lace Weight held together.

  24. I would like to knit this in the sport weight euroflax, but how do I know how much yardage to get? Will it be the same number of yards as the worsted weight, if I knit to the same guage?

  25. Love this pattern. I am knitting in Seduce. Hope it fits when I am done. I am between sizes and am not sure which way to go since there is 4″ of ease. Would love to see this is the gallery. Thanks.

  26. Just completed the Soap Bubble Wrap. It turned out great EXCEPT for the bottom edges rolling up. After all that work, the bottom edges are a great disappointment!. Now I’m trying to figure out what to add to the bottom edge to alliviate the problem.

    Any suggestions?

  27. And for anyone who’s having issues downloading the pattern (like I was for the past 15 minutes), it seems that it doesn’t work with Firefox. I switched to Internet Explorer and it downloaded first try. Sigh… I strongly dislike IE and it drives me crazy when something only works with that browser.

  28. Thanks Lynn, I did manage to get the dishcloth pattern figured out. I took a SOCKS 101 class Saturday, and am much more confident in my knitting skills. Still a beginner, but much more comfortable! Now I just need to figure out how to make my tension a little looser. My sock was about 3/4 the size of the class sample, and the girl I took the class with, hers was about twice the size!

  29. Why don’t you take the download off since it’s no longer available instead of making us – TRUDGE – through the other goop to get there? Thanks

  30. If this pattern is no longer available then why is it still in the free patterns file? I wanted to make it and then I see that, kind of upsets me!

  31. Yeah–if a pattern is posted in the magazine as available online, it should stay that way in my opinion. Unless they have the goodness to announce that it will only be free for a limited time. I’m annoyed that I didn’t go online and download it right away, since I’m a magazine subscriber and this is the only pattern in the magazine that interested me.

  32. This is EXACTLY my point in only making the pattern available online. I paid for my magazine issue, and now that I’m ready to make the project, I’m supposed to pay for the pattern, too! What a rip-off!

  33. Me too. I even sent them an email asking how a new subscriber could possibly know that the online patterns have a “free” deadline. They didn’t have the decency to answer it.

  34. Luckily, I found this pattern online when it was still free and saved it…
    But my actual question is, in the pattern it says to do a double increase, ‘please see stitch guide’ and the guide doesn’t say anything about a double increase! I had to look it up on google, sure hope it’s the right thing to do… (whoops, not really a question)

  35. Even though I bought this magazine it said nothing about the pattern only being listed for a limited time. I only bought the magazine for this pattern. I could not help it that I was fighting cancer at the time. It’s really a disappointment and you should put that on the magazine. I do not wish I had not wasted my money on the issue.

  36. I am deeply disappointed in Interweave’s behavior with this pattern. There is nothing in the magazine that says it will only be free for a limited time. It’s enough of a pain that the pattern isn’t in the magazine that I already paid for. Now you want me to pay an additional $5.50 on top of that? I believe in giving designers credit for their work, but if you aren’t going to KEEP the pattern free, you need to say so in the magazine so I can go and download EVERYTHING every time the magazine is published.

  37. I have been keeping my magazines, but now have to clear them out and this is one of the patterns I wanted to keep.  NOW I see that I cannot get it any longer.  One of the BIG problems with the pattern not being printed in the magazine in the first place.  Not happy.

  38. In future, please publish the expiration date of your limited time only pattern offers. Also, check with your legal department if you can actually “bait and switch” by making an offer with purchase without a published time limit and then randomly stating: time’s up! [even though you never informed those who purchased the magazine with the expectation of having that pattern available to them]. Not the bit of “wow!” I anticipated.

  39. I bought this issue of the magazine.  I sought it out, searching high and low because it was a back issue that was difficult to find.  I am infuriated that this pattern is not published in the magazine, although photographs were featured prominently.  I certainly should NOT have to pay extra to get the pattern when I’ve already purchased the magazine.  This is a disgrace.

  40. As a subscriber (long term subscriber) to Interweave Knits, I don’t think I should have to pay for this pattern.  There is nothing in the magazine to suggest that I should have downloaded it immediately to have access to it.  If it is featured in the Issue I have already paid for, why do I have to purchase it?

  41. What a bummer.  I finally dig out my old Interweave Knits Spring 2009 issue and found out this pattern was for download online only.  When I get here, it is only available by purchasing it.

    Sorry, not going to happen.  I already bought the magazine.

  42. I am a subscriber and resent  that the soap bubble wrap is no longer free.  It was fatured in a magazine I paid for, and I believe as a subscriber it should be here, free for me, when I need it.  I am very dissatisfied with Interweave for this tactic.

    Carol T

  43. Add me to the long list of people unhappy that this was only available for free for a limited and unspecified time. We don’t always get through an entire issue in a month, we knitters, as we are to busy knitting!!!!!

    Make it free again. Soon.

  44. Add me to the long list of people unhappy that this was only available for free for a limited and unspecified time. We don’t always get through an entire issue in a month, we knitters, as we are to busy knitting!!!!!

    Make it free again. Soon.

  45. I have to agree, if you are including pics in your mag, people are liable to believe the pattern is in there already! Instead of putting it in fine print, it should have been boldly captioned, THIS PATTERN IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE MAGAZINE! FREE ONLINE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!  I know when I buy a knitting pattern magazine, it is not because I am looking for free patterns on the internet.  There is a right way and a wrong way to do everything, and this is just plain wrong.