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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.
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.
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
Chain enough stitches for the width you want – I recommend 9 or 10cm
SC in to the 2nd chain from the hook, then along to end of row.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?