Crochet Face Scrubbie Tutorial

Crochet Face Scrubbie Tutorial

HELLO!!  Welcome to the second in the series of gorgeous, cotton crochet spa product tutorials.  This time we’re going to make a seriously cute and useful crochet face scrubbie, which works up in no time at all!  These are absolutely perfect for removing makeup and applying toner or other products.  It’s also so easy – perfect for the beginner crocheter.

You’ll be doing your bit for Planet Earth, too, of course by choosing reusable instead of disposable cotton facial pads and as a bonus, you’re avoiding all of that icky plastic it usually comes packaged in!

Did you know:

“Cotton is thought to be the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, using the most dangerous pesticides to human and animal health.1 Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land, yet it accounts for 24% of the world’s insecticide market and 11% of sale of global pesticides; or $2.6 billion worth of pesticides making it the most pesticide-intensive crop grown on the planet.”  Source – Organic Authority.

So while yes, we are still using cotton to make our face scrubbies, at least we’re going with a zero-waste, reusable option.

Please note this post contains affiliate links, which just means that if you click these and end up buying something, I may make a tiny commission on the sale, at absolutely no cost to you – that just helps support the cost of running this blog!

If you missed the first crochet spa tutorial, a detailed photo tutorial to help you make a gorgeous soap saver pouch, make sure you check it out HERE.

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial FE

OK, so let’s get on with this tutorial.

Supplies

Cotton Yarn – I’m using quite a lightweight yarn that I’ve had for ages – it’s an 8 ply, but thin compared to most.  I prefer this for my face scrubbies, but you’re welcome to use any cotton / bamboo / natural fiber yarn you like.  I wouldn’t recommend wool, though, unless you want some unexpected exfoliation!  A great organic option would be the Simply Cotton Organic Sport Yarn from KnitPicks.

Crochet hook – As cotton can be a bit splitty at times, I definitely recommend going with your glidiest (yes, I think that’s a word) hook.  As always I go for my beloved Clover Amour soft handled hooks, as I’ve never had any issues with yarn not gliding smoothly over them!  I’m using a size E (3.5mm) with my particular yarn.

Darning needle – for sewing in ends

Scissors – for snipping!

Crochet face scrubbies supplies

Terminology

Magic Ring – this is the way I highly recommend that you make your starting circle so that you can pull it firmly closed afterwards.  I know a lot of beginner crocheters have trouble with the magic ring, in which case you must check out the PlanetJune video tutorial, which is by far the best I’ve seen.  It’s also what I used to learn a few years back.

Double Crochet (DC) – I use US terms in this tutorial, and if you’re in the UK, this would be known as a Treble Crochet.

Slip Stitch (Sl St) – This is used to finish off each round before starting the next round.  If you’re not sure how to do it, you can find it really clearly explained here on the Lion Brand site.

 

Instructions

Start by making a magic ring and then chain 3.

Crochet facial scrubbies step 1

 

That chain 3 will count as your first DC.  Then crochet 11 more DCs into the magic ring, making a total of 12 stitches in this round.  Crochet over your starting tail as you go, to make it easier to secure later.

Face scrubbies step 2

Face scrubbies step 3

At this point you can use your starting tail to pull your centre ring tightly shut.  You can either sew in the last of the tail now or do it at the end.  I prefer to leave it!

To close off this round you’re going to slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the chain 3 you started this round with.

To start Round 2, chain 3 again.

As we want our circle to stay nice and flat, we have to increase the number of stitches we do in this round.  There’s a really easy way to work out how to do this.  Basically, every round will increase by the number of stitches you originally did in your magic ring.  As we started with 12 stitches, we need to add another 12 stitches, so we just put 2 DC in each of the stitches from the previous round.  Don’t forget that your chain 3 counts as your first DC.

crochet facial scrubbies step 5

Once you’ve got a total of 24 stitches in your round, slip stitch again into the 3rd chain of your starting chain 3 to finish off Round 2.

Chain 3 to start Round 3.

Now we need to add another 12 stitches to our previous total of 24.  To do this, we’re going to alternate 1 DC then 2DC in each stitch around.  Our chain 3 counts as our first DC, so we’ll put 2 DC in the next stich, 1 DC in the following stitch, and just repeat this all around until we have a total of 36 stitches.

Crochet face scrubbies step 6

That’s it!

All you have to do now is finish off the round then use your darning needle to securely weave in your ends.  As this crochet face scrubbie will be very frequently washed, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure that when you finish off you pull that final knot tightly closed and then really weave the end back and forth under a few stitches.

As you can see in the photo below, you can change the size of your scrubbie by varying the yarn weight, hook size and how many rounds you use.  Just remember that if you start with 12 DC in the magic ring, you’ll have to add 12 stitches to each round to keep it flat.

 

Final face scrubbies

 

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I hope you’ve had fun trying out this tutorial, and that you’ll soon have a whole stash of handmade, eco-friendly crochet face scrubbies on hand.  Next in the series of crochet spa products will be the ever-popular shower puff, so make sure you bookmark / Pin / subscribe so you’ll be the first to know when this tutorial is being released.

As always, if you’ve got any questions or comments just pop them below, I love hearing your feedback!  Also, if you enjoyed this tutorial I’d be most grateful if you’d pin / share / tweet all about it and share the love!  Here’s a ready-made Pin just waiting to find a home on your Pinterest Crochet board!

Crochet Face Scrubbie Photo Tutorial Pin

 

Customise your Crochet & Knitting with Cricut Monograms

Customise your Crochet & Knitting with Cricut Monograms

I’ve had a lot of queries from fellow yarn-obsessed pals regarding ways we can customise our crochet and knitting creations with lettering.  While there are a few options with embroidery or crocheted letters, probably the most versatile way is to add on some fabric lettering made using Cricut monograms.

Please note this is a sponsored post on behalf of Design Bundles, but, as always, Stashing Yarn won’t say nice things about something unless we know it’s pretty darned awesome!

These are downloadable SVG files that you just whack into your machine of choice, and let it do all the hard work.  Seriously, it’s like magic, and I like magic.  I consider myself quite a creative person, but I can barely draw a stick figure freehand, and my hand writing is… well… it’s not great!!  That’s why I stick to crochet, knitting and weaving – no drawing required!

This is actually quite new to me, as I hadn’t personally experienced the joy of what these terribly clever machines can do until recently, when I had the opportunity to play with one over a weekend at a friend’s house.  Let’s just say my upcoming birthday / Mother’s Day / Any Other Day wish list has a new item on it!  (Cue groans from my grown children at home as I clearly have a new obsession!)

The library of fonts, styles, images lettering, frames and more is mind-blowing, so you can completely customise your yarn-based work of art to suit your needs.  Just have a look at what’s available at Design Bundles. No matter what you’re making, you can find pretty much any design, any style you’re after, load it into your Cricut and your fabric, vinyl,paper or leather will be cut exactly as you need it.

 

Cricut Monogram Design Bundles

You can either create individual letters or graphics and add them directly to your knitted fabric, or layer some lettering and images on top of some background fabric to create a customised brand label or slogan.  You could do this with either iron on, or stitched on applique, or even embroidery if your crocheted or knitted fabric isn’t too thick.

The team at Design Bundles have got cricut monograms to suit every theme and every style.  And while I’m obviously most interested in how I can use them with crochet and knitted items, they can also be used for paper and leather crafts, embroidery and much more.  I just have to keep myself limited to yarn crafts at the moment, until I can assign a whole room in my house purely for crafting!

 

Design Bundles Monograms SVG

 

Here are just a couple of the ways you can add on some awesome finishing touches to your crochet / knitted projects:

Labels

You may want fabric, leather or card labels for your knitted projects, and a monogram cricut can be a great way to achieve this. Just have a look at what some creative folks below have come up with!

 

Crochet Pouch - The Hook Nook Life

Via The Hook Nook Life

Cotton scrubby wrap label cricut monogram

Via 5 Little Monsters

Embossed leather tags

Via 5 Little Monsters

Iron On or Applique

The sky’s the limit with this one!  You can add finishing touches of all kinds to your projects, like the examples here.  Just be very cautious when ironing-on and be sure to keep in mind the type of yarn you’re using.  Some acrylic yarns can’t take too much heat, but most can handle iron on transfers if done carefully.

Via Moogly Blog

 

Via VeryPink.com

I hop you’ll give some of these ideas a go and let me see the results.  I think my next project will be to make some custom labels for the growing stash of crochet spa items I’ve been working on.  Then again, those leather tags…  This will take some thought!

If you have any questions or comments, just drop me a line below and, if you enjoyed this post, pinning and sharing it is most appreciated!

Customise your crochet knitting projects with cricut monograms

How to Crochet the Suzette Stitch

How to Crochet the Suzette Stitch

I’m excited to bring you this photo tutorial on How To Crochet The Suzette Stitch.  The Suzette stitch is probably my absolute favourite stitch.  I’ve used it for blankets, soap savers, wash cloths, scarves – pretty much everything.  It’s such a simple stitch, and yet it creates a really lovely textured finish.

Please note this post contains affiliate links, which just means that if you click these and end up buying something, I may make a tiny commission on the sale, at absolutely no cost to you – that just helps support the cost of running this blog!

Once you’ve mastered this really simple stitch, you should check out our  Easy Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial, which uses the Suzette Stitch.

Easy Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

Items made using Suzette Stitch also have a lovely, dense fabric without holes, which is great for spa products and anything you want to be really warm and cosy.  I’ve also found that the denseness works really well when making crochet baskets, or anything you want to hold its shape well.

It’s basically done by crocheting one single crochet stitch and one double crochet stitch in the same stitch, and then skip the next stitch.  In the next stitch you’ll once again do one single crochet and one double crochet stitch, then skip a stitch and continue.

SUPPLIES

Crochet supplies

Yarn – any yarn is fine, but I find the stitch definition shows up really beautifully when you use cotton yarn.  In this tutorial I’m using Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton Yarn, which I love because it really does show off the stitch definition, and is very sturdy for items that are going to be washed a lot.

Crochet hook – use whatever size is recommended for the yarn weight you’re using.  When making spa items – washcloths and soap savers – I tend to go down in hook size just a tiny bit so I get a really dense fabric, which works well when using the cloths.  

That’s just optional, though.  If you are making a blanket, or anything else you’d like to have a bit more drape, you may want to go up half a size.  Just try out a few combinations until you find one that works for you.

In this tutorial I’m using my trusty Clover Amour hook in a size 4mm (US size G).  These are pretty much the only hooks I ever use, and trust me, I’ve tried every brand there is!  I just find their brushed aluminium tips allow the yarn to glide really smoothly over the yarn, and the soft handles are the only ones that don’t give me wrist and shoulder pain if I’m on a crocheting marathon session!

 

TERMINOLOGY

Please note that I use US terminology throughout in this tutorial.

Starting Chain – this is the first set of chain stitches you make to work into, which will end up creating the very foundation row of your finished item.  If you need help making a starting chain, there are lots of excellent online video tutorials you can search for.

Single Crochet – this is called double crochet in the UK.

Double crochet – this is called treble crochet in the UK, and, again, if you need a quick refresher, there are hundreds of online video tutorials available online.  I’ll be making some myself soon, so be sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out on new tutorials and patterns coming soon!

That’s it!  All you need to know how to do is to chain, single crochet and double crochet – yes, it sounds easy, and that’s because it is!

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by making a slip knot on your hook and then chaining an even number of chains.  In this tutorial I’ve done 22.

how to crochet the suzette stitch

 

How to crochet the suzette stitch

 

Row 1

In the 2nd chain from the hook (don’t count the loop that’s actually on the hook) make one single crochet stitch.

How to crochet the suzette stitch

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

In that very same stitch, make one double crochet stitch.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

SKIP the next chain stitch.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

In the following stitch make one single crochet and one double crochet stitch.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

SKIP the next chain stitch and repeat along the row until there are 2 stitches remaining.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

Skip the 2nd to last chain, and crochet just one single crochet into the last chain stitch.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

Turn your work and chain one.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

Row 2

In the very 1st stitch, the one with the turning chain 1, do one single crochet stitch and one double crochet stitch.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

SKIP the next stitch.  In the next stitch (this will be on top of a single crochet from the previous row) crochet one single crochet stitch and one double crochet stitch.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

Continue to repeat this along the row until you have 2 stitches remaining in the row.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

 

Skip the 2nd to last chain, and crochet just one single crochet into the last  stitch.

How to crochet the Suzette stitch

Turn your work and chain one.

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve achieved your desired length.

Final Suzette stitch swatch

So, there you go, now you have mastered the beautiful Suzette stitch!  Let me know in the comments what you’re planning on making using this stitch.  Also let me know if you have any questions at all, I’m happy to help.

As always, any shares and pins of this post are most appreciated, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this photo tutorial on how to crochet the Suzette stitch!

 

Creative Yarn Link Party #2

Creative Yarn Link Party #2

Hi, everyone, and welcome to the Creative Yarn Link Party #2.

 

As you may know, I only started up this link party last week, and was delighted to have 3 awesome posts shared, and, as it’s new and exclusive, I’m so excited to feature ALL THREE on here this week!

Our first feature post is Getting hooked on crochet: which type of crochet hook is best for you? by Gemma from The Sweetest Geek, which is a name I love so much, as I’m a geek in so many ways, and her post is a really in depth look at different crochet hooks, their make up, uses, and how to pick the right hook for your project.

Her geek pop culture references are so on point, her advice is savvy, and her blog is downright fabulous, so make sure you check out this really valuable post.

 

Next we have the Colourful Mandala Set by Hooks & Loops.  If you’ve ever had a look at my Instagram feed, you’ll know how much I love colour.  Bright colours. themed colours, muted romantic colours – I love them all!

This pattern by Hooks & Loops is simple, stunning and can be used either as a project on its own, or as a start for a basket, bowl or bag.

 

 

Our final featured post from this week’s Creative Yarn Link Party is the Charisma Cowl Free Crochet Pattern also by ChristaCoDesign.  This is a gorgeous, squishy, cosy cowl worked up in chunky yarn that you can easily whip up in a flash to keep your own neck warm or as a lovely gift.  It’s still summer for me here in Australia, but I’ve put this on my list to have made and ready for when our winter kicks in soon!

 

 

OK, I hope you’ve enjoyed those featured posts from last week, now it’s time to jump on board and share your own posts for this week’s Creative Yarn Link Party.

The rules are simple:

  • Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  I will check, and no follow, no feature, that only seems fair – I’m also really good at following back, because I love a bit of Creative Yarn love in my feeds!
  • Click through to at least one post others have shared and give it some loving – comment, Pin, share – just anything nice to share the love
  • Only post your own creations, and no links to sales pages, Etsy etc – just a blog post with some Creative Yarning Fabulousness of your own creation
  • Post up to 3 links every week, but for each you post, make sure to check out someone else’s and let them know you found them via this link party
  • Put a link to this party somewhere on your blog – in a post or on your sidebar, it’s up to you.

I like to be all helpful, and I’d like to have this Creative Yarn Link Party open to as many a possible, so below you can find the code you need to put a link or button your own blog or to post on social media.

If you’ve been featured or are sharing this link party, here’s your code –

Stashing Yarn


Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

 

Inlinkz Link Party

12 Awesome Free St Patrick’s Day Crochet Patterns

12 Awesome Free St Patrick’s Day Crochet Patterns

Hi, and welcome to the Stashing Yarn round up of 12 awesome free St Patrick’s Day crochet patterns and tutorials!

Being born as Irish as they come (hello – my name is Tara!) St Patrick’s Day is one of my favourite celebrations of the year. Although I never got the chance to live in Ireland myself, my entire extended family are mostly still there, and my sister and I used to spend every summer in Ireland when we were kids.  I will never forget how eternally green it is there, so it makes total sense that St Patrick’s Day Crochet projects usually feature GREEN in every shade!

Ireland is also a land full of ancient lore, so Leprechauns also feature a lot in all things St Patrick’s Day.  I’m showing my age here, but I remember being both awed and a bit terrified when my dad took me to see the Disney movie Darby O’Gill and the Little People as a child.  Mmmmmm, to a very dapper and young Sean Connery, but YIKES, this had some serious scare factor!

 

So sorry, am getting distracted by young Sean Connery and childhood memories here, so let’s get on with my round up of 12 totally free and utterly gorgeous St Patrick’s Day crochet patterns and tutorials.  I hope you enjoy them!  Titles and images are all links to the full patterns.

 

12 Awesome Free St Patrick’s Day Crochet Patterns

 

  1.  I love this super bright rainbow wreath with its very own pot of gold!  St Patrick’s Day Wreath Pattern with Pot Of Gold by Petals To Picots

 

2.  These would be a great, quick and easy project to work up. St Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Boot Cuffs by Intertwined Art

 

3.  This stitch is absolutely stunning, and the leaves look just like shamrocks!  Beautiful Crochet Lace Leaf Stitch Tutorial by MyPicot that looks just like a shamrock!

 

4.  There are so many things you could do with this – sew them onto clothing, make a banner or necklace, add to granny squares – the options are endless!  DIY Crochet Shamrocks for St Patrick’s Day by Sugar & Charm

 

5.  I think I have to confess that these are my favourite out of this round up – they’re so utterly adorable!! St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Baby Booties by Hopeful Honey

 

6.  This is another really beautiful shamrock motif that could be used in so many ways!  Shamrock Motif by Dot Drake for Talking Crochet

 

7.  How cute is this li’l guy?  I’m thinking he’d bring you the luck o’ The Irish all year around!  Lily Sugar N Cream Lucky Leprechaun from Yarnspirations

 

8.  There definitely seem to be a lot of crochet hat patterns around when it comes to St Patrick’s Day Crochet projects, and this is one I thought was really cute and also beginner friendly. Lucky Crochet Top Hat by BHooked Crochet

 

9.  Love the snuggly warmth and the different shades of green in this St Patrick’s Day Crochet scarf.  Crochet Shamrock Scarf by Repeat Crafter Me

 

10.  Another utterly adorable hat for the little leprechauns in your life! Lucky Leprechaun Hat Pattern by Micah Makes

 

 

11.  Another great free crochet hat pattern here, this one adult sized – St Patrick’s Day Chapeau by Red Heart Yarns

 

12.  It wouldn’t be St Patrick’s Day without talk of beer, so why not whip up a few of these?  Leprechaun Hat Beer Cosy by You Should Craft

 

So, there you have it – a round up of my own very favourite St Patrick’s Day crochet patterns, projects and tutorials!  I hope you have fun trying some of them out!  I’m about to start making up a whole bunch of shamrock motifs and will decide what to do with them later – too many choices!

St Patricks Day Crochet Pattern

Easy Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

Easy Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

Please note this post does contain affiliate links, which just means that if you click these and end up buying something, I may make a tiny commission on the sale, at absolutely no cost to you – that just helps support the cost of running this blog!

Hi, and welcome to the Stashing Yarn photo tutorial for making a crochet soap saver pouch using the gorgeous Suzette Stitch.  I’m so excited to share this with you, as it’s a quick and easy project, beginner friendly and you end up with a gorgeous and useful handmade item to use or gift to a loved one!

If you’re a more experienced crocheter and want to miss out on the fun stuff, you’re welcome to scroll down to near the bottom where there’s a more simplified version of the pattern written out.

UPDATE:  The next tutorial in the series of gorgeous, reusable, eco-friendly skincare items has just been posted – the Crochet Face Scrubbie Tutorial – so don’t forget to check it out, too!

Face scrubbie tutorial featured image

 

The idea for making this actually started with a dear friend who started up an eco-friendly handmade candle and soap business last year.  You absolutely must have a look at her deliciously scented and lovingly handmade products – FREYJA BLACK.  Mentioning her business is not a sponsored mention in any way – as I said, she’s a friend, a fellow single mother trying to make a living, and very talented at what she does, so definitely check her site out!

Anyway, I tried a couple of her amazing soaps, and realised that I really needed something to keep them in, that would double up as a lovely, sudsy washcloth all at the same time.

I saw a few photos online of sewn and crocheted soap savers, and tried making a couple in single and double crochet, but they just weren’t giving me the texture I was after (this gal needs to exfoliate!), so I decided to play around with other stitches to see if I could get a better texture going ensure I get the best out of these amazing soaps.

 

After some trial and error and discovering a potentially life-long hatred for the bobble stitch, I came to the conclusion that the lovely Suzette stitch was exactly what this item needed, and have finally put the pattern down on paper.  Well, screen, to be fair.

UPDATE:  I’ve just posted a full beginner-level photo tutorial on How to Crochet the Suzette Stitch, so if you’re not sure about the stitch itself, or need more detailed instructions, be sure to check this post out!

 

You can make these any size you like, as you can see in my picture above – depending on the yarn weight, hook size and number of starting chains and rows, this can be adapted to any size.  I’ve made one big enough to use as a small handbag!

For that reason, this crochet soap saver pattern doesn’t specify a particular number of starting chains or rows, but in the tutorial below, I started with a chain of 21 stitches with a 3.5mm hook.

SUPPLIES

Cotton yarn of your choice.  I like to use the Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton which comes in a great range of colours and I love working with it and using it for spa products – it washes up beautifully and lasts well.  I’ve also dabbled in cotton/bamboo blends and, on one memorable day, some handspun hemp/nettle yarn, which was AMAZING, but not the easiest to work with!

Crochet hook – I’d suggest going slightly down from the yarn’s recommended size, as cotton can have a tendency to stretch a bit.  I’m using a 3.5mm Clover Amour hook here, which is, by now, pretty much the only brand I ever use – yarn just glides over it so smoothly – LOVE!!

Scissors and darning needle to work in ends

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Chain enough stitches for the width you want – I recommend 9 or 10cm

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

 

ROUND 1

SC in to the 2nd chain from the hook, then along to end of row.

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

Now we’re going to bend around the corner so we can work into the other side of the starting chain.  These SC rounds will form the base of your crochet soap saver.

To do this, simply do 3 SC in the very first chain you made.  If you find your slip knot loosens up as you do this, just pull on the tail to tighten it up.  From this point you can also crochet over your tail to hide it.

Turn your work as you work around the corner so you have the bottom side of your starting chain at the top, and SC along to the row.  Add in another 2 SC to make 3 in the final stitch of the row, to work around the corner and SS into the first stitch to finish the round.

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

 

ROUND 2

Chain 1 and SC in the same stitch you made the SS and then 1 SC along the row until you get to the corner where it starts to turn.

Time for the next corner, but we need to increase the number of stitches so that it lays flat.

2 SC into the next stitch, 1 SC in the next, and then 2 SC in the next – turn work as corner forms to keep working in a circle.

SC in each stitch until you get back to where it starts to turn, then 2 SC, then 1 SC, then 1 in the final (there’s already one there, so this makes a total of 2 for this corner).  Slip stitch to next stitch to finish.

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

ROUNDS 3 +

It gets much easier from here on in!  We’re going to be changing to Suzette stitch at this point, which gives a lovely texture to your soap saver, and helps the soap foam up.  The Suzette stitch is very easy – just a combination of SC and DC, and don’t forget to check out my tutorial if you get stuck.

From this point on we’re also going to be working in continuous rounds, so no finishing off each round – just keep going around and around.  You don’t even need to count or mark the start of your rows, as you’re just going to work this until it’s the length suitable for the soap you want to use!

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

Chain 1, then SC and DC in the same stitch.  Skip one stitch, then SC and DC in the next stitch.  That’s it!  Just Just remember the side facing you will become the outside of the pouch, so as it starts to curl into a bag shape, make sure you’re working on the outside.

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

Continue this around and around until your soap saver is close to the length you want – I find about 11 cm is good, but it depends on how large of a bar of soap you want to put in it, obviously. There are still a couple of rows above this, so don’t worry if you think it’s not quite enough.

 

FINISHING OFF

Wait until you’re at one of the sides of the pouch and finish off the round by slip stitching into the next stitch.  Chain 3, and then DC all the way around.  This will be the row where you’ll thread your drawstring through.  Slip stitch into first stitch of the round to complete.

Chain 1, then SC in every stitch around, slip stitch to finish round.

Final round!  Slip stitch in every stitch around and then fasten off securely.

Sew in ends.

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

 

DRAWSTRING

Chain as many as you need for length – I find about 60 is good if I’ve made the crochet soap saver with a 3.5mm hook.  Knot end securely, leaving a tail long enough to thread on a darning needle..  Using the needle, weave your drawstring in and out of the double crochet stitches in the DC row, tie tails together securely and adjust so that the knot is inside the DC stitches.

Crochet Soap Saver Tutorial

You’re done!

Simplified instructions for more experienced crocheters

 

Chain enough to reach approx 9 – 10cm across

SC into 2nd chain from hook, and back along row

3 SC into last chain – turn so you’re working in a circle, into the bottom of the chain stitches

SC back along bottom of chain stitches, and add 2 more SC into final stitch.  Slip stitch into next stitch to finish round

Chain 1 and SC all around, adding 2 SC in each of the 4 corners of your oval.  Slip stitch into next stitch to finish round

Chain 1, SC and DC into same stitch.  Skip 1, SC and DC into next stitch.  Repeat, working in continuous rounds until pouch reaches a height of approximately 11/12 cm, depending on size of soap to be used.

Stop when you are at one of the sides of the pouch, slip stitch to finish rounds.

Chain 3, then DC in every stitch around.  SS to finish round.

Chain 1, then SC in every stitch around.  SS to finish round.

SS in every stitch around – fasten off.

Drawstring – chain until desired length, fasten off leaving tail.  With darning needle, thread drawstring in and out of DC stitches, tie tails together and move drawstring around until knot is hidden inside the DCs.

You’re done!

Another tip for more advanced crocheters is that you can vary the look and texture of the Suzette stitch quite a bit by changing around where you place your spaces and stitches.  You can either work your stitches into the SC or DC from the previous round, and each give different effects.

I’ll be adding to this pattern with matching face washcloths, shower puffs and facial scrubbies soon, so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out.  They are not just great to use, but make fabulous and thoughtful gifts, am I right?

 

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