Crochet soap holder & body scrubber free patterns

One of my favourite things, using the things you have to improve your life.

I found this lovely soap holder http://woolykicks.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/image11.jpg?w=650&h=870 and decided I needed to make a bunch. I also branched out and made crochet body scrubbers.

Everyone has soap, and most soaps are aromatic. I need a moisturizing soap like Dove and since I like to experiment too, I try each new scent. My bathroom closet smells very nice.

I googled patterns for soap holders and found this; more functional than pretty, but they’ll do. You could go really fancy with proper crochet yarn and ribbon and little flower accents. I’m not that gal.

When Hubby saw me start to crochet this he got all excited: “Is that a scrubby bag you put the soap in to really scrub your body?!?!?” “Not this particular model, this is a sachet, but the next one I’m making is for body scrubbing as well as display.” Apparently I am filling a void in his life; cool.

http://priscillascrochet.net/freepatterns.html (she’s got LOADS of free patterns for all sorts of things).

Soap Saver http://priscillascrochet.net/free%20patterns/Bed%20&%20Bath/Soap%20Saver%20or%20Sachet.pdf

Despite having the correct size hook, or at least I think I do, maybe a Canadian 7 is not the same as an internet 7, when I followed her pattern my scrubber was humungous. So I downsized it. Twice. The first pattern is if you want to put the bar in horizontally, the second for putting it in vertically.

Materials: Size 10 crochet cotton thread, I used The Original Sugar’n Cream; the 100% cotton yarn every dishcloth on Earth is knit/crocheted with, I think I could squeeze a third soap holder out of the skein; Crochet hook size 7

Horizontal
Starting at the bottom, ch 15.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; ch1, turn. (14 sc)
Row 2: Sc in each sc across; ch1, turn. (14 sc)
Rows 3 – 8: Repeat row 2.

Working in rounds from now on…
Round 1: Sc in each sc and in the sides of sc all around piece; join with a sl st to first sc. (25 sc) Do not turn.
Round 2: Ch 4, *skip next st, dc in next st, ch 1*. Repeat from * to * all the way around; join with a sl st to the 3rd chain of beginning ch 4. (21 dc and 21 ch-1 spaces) Do not turn.
Round 3: Work 2 sc in each ch-1 sp around; join with a sl st to first sc. (42 sc) Do not turn.
Rounds 4 – 7: (Repeat rounds 2 and 3) 2 times.
Round 8: Repeat round 2.

Ruffle
Round 9: Sl st into first ch1 sp; ch 4, work (dc, ch1) 2 times in same space; (dc, ch1) 3 times in each ch1 sp around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.
Round 10: Sl st into first ch1 sp; ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 2, (sc, ch 2) in each ch1 sp around; join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing
Crochet an 18” cord (or use 18” length of ribbon). Weave cord or ribbon through the ruffle row of dc. Pull up a loop for hanging in the back of the piece (opposite the cord ends) and secure so the cord won’t pull out. Insert a bar of soap. Pull cord or ribbon tight, gathering ruffle, and tie a bow.

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To put the soap in vertically
Starting at the bottom, ch 11.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; ch1, turn. (10 sc)
Row 2: Sc in each sc across; ch1, turn. (10 sc)
Rows 3 – 6: Repeat row 2.

Working in rounds from now on…
Round 1: Sc in each sc and in the sides of sc all around piece; join with a sl st to first sc. (16 sc) Do not turn.
Round 2: Ch 4, *skip next st, dc in next st, ch 1*. Repeat from * to * all the way around; join with a sl st to the 3rd chain of beginning ch 4. (14 dc and 14 ch-1 spaces) Do not turn.
Round 3: Work 2 sc in each ch-1 sp around; join with a sl st to first sc. (28 sc) Do not turn.
Rounds 4 – 7(13): (Repeat rounds 2 and 3) 2 times for sideways bar, 5 times for vertical bar.
Round 8(18): Repeat round 2.

Ruffle
Round 9(19): Sl st into first ch1 sp; ch 4, work (dc, ch1) 2 times in same space; (dc, ch1) 3 times in each ch1 sp around, join with a sl st to 3rd ch of beginning ch 4.
Round 10(20): Sl st into first ch1 sp; ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 2, (sc, ch 2) in each ch1 sp around; join with a sl st to first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing
Crochet an 18” cord (or use 18” length of ribbon). Weave cord or ribbon through the ruffle dc row. Pull up a loop for hanging in the back of the piece (opposite the cord ends) and secure so the cord won’t pull out. Insert a bar of soap. Pull cord or ribbon tight, gathering ruffle, and tie a bow.

(Left) Hubby's Ivory soap bar in sideways in his personal body scrubber.  (Right) My Dove bar in vertically to hang in my clothing closet.

(Left) Hubby’s Ivory soap bar in sideways in his personal body scrubber. (Right) My Dove bar in vertically to hang in my clothing closet.

If you’re going to use this as a body scrubber soap holder, then you can collect up soap shards in the sachet and use them all up. Myself, as indicated in a previous blog, make liquid hand soap out of the shards at that point.

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