I decided to write up this pattern thanks to a request on Instagram when I shared the green version. It’s a great first pattern to write, as it is quite simple (except one step, illustrated below) and it is just so useful.
The pattern works up quickly, is adaptable for smaller or larger soap bars (modifications explained below), though it worked well for both my husband’s favorite soap, and a new soap I decided to try. It makes a great eco-friendly gift. It can be made using a small amount of worsted-weight cotton scraps. It’s just all-around very practical.
I have provided instructions below and as a downloadable PDF here.
Approximately 5 inches wide by 5 inches high by 1 inch deep, as written. For other sizes, please refer to instructions at end.
- About 40 g/65 yards of worsted weight cotton yarn
- Yarns used in samples: Knit Picks Dishie (Green) and Wool and the Gang Cotton (Mauve)
- Size H/8/5mm crochet hook
While exact gauge is not important for this project, the samples were crocheted such that 16 dc = 4 inches (10 cm) and 8 dc rows = 4 inches (10 cm).
Please note that the instructions below are written using American crochet terminology.
Base chain: 11ch loosely or with one size larger hook
Round 1: 2sc in second ch from hook, sc in each ch until last ch, 4sc in last ch
Illustrated Step at Right: Turn and work in back side of ch: sc in the back of next ch (top and middle images)
Sc in the back of each ch until final ch, 2sc in final ch
Sl st in first st to join in the round (24 sts)
End of Round 1 is pictured in the bottom image.
From this point on, it may be useful to add a stitch marker in the first stitch of every round.
Round 2: 1ch (does not count as a st on this round) 2sc in each of the first 2 sts, 1sc in each of next 8 sts, 2sc in each of next 4 sts, 1 sc in each of next 8 sts, 2sc in each of the last 2 sts, sl st in first st of round (32 sts)
Round 3: 1ch (does not count as a st on this round), sc in each st around, sl st in first st of round (32 sts)
Round 4: 2ch (counts as one st), 1dc in first st, [skip 1 st, 2dc in next st] until you reach the last st, skip last st, sl st in top of beginning 2ch (32 sts)
Round 5: Sl st into center between beginning 2ch and first dc of previous round, 2ch (counts as one st), dc in same space as 2ch, [2dc between next two dc of previous round] around, sl st in top of beginning 2ch (32 sts)
Rounds 6-15: Repeat round 5, 10 more times, or until you can pinch the top of the sack closed with the soap inside.
Round 16: 2ch (counts as one st), dc in first dc and each dc around, sl st in top of beginning 2ch (32 sts)
Cut yarn and weave in ends.
Finishing: Create a long, tight chain (about 60ch or 12-13 inches) and weave through the dc of round 16 (illustrated at right). A yarn needle is useful, but not required. Tie the ends into a knot. After you put the soap inside the bag, tie another knot at the cinched top to keep the opening shut.
For larger or smaller soap bars:
If you find the pattern is too wide/narrow for your bar of soap, you can modify the pattern easily to fit. For a narrower/wider soap saver, subtract/add stitches to the initial base chain, then adjust the blue colored stitch counts by 1, for each 1 stitch change in the initial base chain. For example, if you decide to use an initial 10ch instead of 11ch, the blue stitch counts in row 2 will be 7 stitches. The total stitches in each round will change by 2 stitches for each 1 stitch change in the base chain. For the example, with an initial 10ch, the total stiches in round 1 would be 22 (24 minus 2). If your bar of soap is longer than the standard pattern, you can add rows in the “Rounds 6-15” repeat section.
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