Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Large size soap saver or bath scrubber

I normally use shop purchased soap saver, but my local shops have stopped selling them, so I start making them using some cotton yarn. This is a large size, I also make a smaller one with a different handle, I will post that at a later date.
This is my own design, I would like to share it with you but please do not reproduce the pattern elsewhere.
Ch = chain
Sc = single crochet
St = stitch
Material: 100% Cotton yarn, worsted weight. I used Peaches & Creme by Elmore-Pisgah
Crochet hook size: 4mm
Finished size: about 5" x just over 7¼" excluding the handle loop
Front piece
Cast on 20 ch
Row 1: sc in second ch from hook, and SC in each ch to the end (19 sts)
Row 2: ch 1, 2 sc in first stitch, sc across to last st, 2 sc in the last st (basically increase 1 st at both ends of the row, 21 sts)
Row 3 – 4: repeat row 2
Row 5: ch 1, sc evenly across the row
Row 6: repeat row 2 (27 st)
Row 7 – 16: ch 1, sc evenly across the row
Row 17: ch 1, sc first 2 sts tog, sc across to last two sts, sc last 2 sts tog
Row 18: ch 1, sc evenly across the row
Row 19 - 21: repeat row 17
Row 22: ch 1, sc evenly across the row. Fasten off.
Place markers at row 2 and 7 counting from top and from bottom row.
Back piece: Make one same as the front but do NOT fasten off.
Now putting the pieces together
Working on back piece only, sc the edge, 1 sc per row, to the second marker, ch 40, slip stitch to back piece on the third marker.
Slip stitch along the 40 ch all the way back to the second marker.
Slip stitch to the back piece and then carry on sc along the edge of the back piece to the 4th marker.
At the 4th marker, put the front piece on top of the back piece, sc through the two pieces together along the edge all the way around until you are back to marker 1. (make 2 sc in the corners of the soap saver if you feel that it needs the increase)
At marker 1 work along the front piece only, sc to marker 2 ...
...and ch 6
wrap the 6 chs around the handle, slip stitch to front piece, sc on front piece along edge across to 3rd marker, ch 6, wrap chs around handle, slip stitch to front piece, sc to marker 4, fasten off.
I kept the markers on to show you the handle and the two loops. I normally take the markers off as I crochet pass them.
The handle and the two loops also act as a lock to stop the soap coming out from the pocket.
These soap savers are handy to have when you travel especially for those hotel size soap.

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