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I came up the Lather Up Soap Saver crochet pattern after having to toss soap sliver after soap sliver in the trash because they would just get too small to stay on the the soap holder in the shower without falling to the floor. The soap was still perfectly usable, but not very practical to use.
The Lather Up Soap Saver crochet pattern makes it so easy to just drop the almost used up soap slivers into the little cotton bag and hang it in the shower for use. No waste!
The Lather Up Soap Saver is big enough to fit a whole new bar of soap too!
This soap saver pattern also makes a great little sachet bag for your closets and dresser drawers!
A few things about the yarn. For the Lather Up Soap Saver crochet pattern, I suggest using a cotton yarn. Cotton is easy to care for. It’s absorbent, so it’ll take on water so you can lather. Cotton is also durable so it’ll stand up to use without breaking down easily.
I’ve chosen Loops and Threads Coastal Cotton (90% cotton, 10% acrylic) for this pattern mainly because I already had it in my yarn stash. Any worsted weight cotton yarn will work though, so go though your yarn stash and see what you’ve got. If you are using a cotton blend yarn, my suggestion is to use a blend that has at least 80% Cotton. The higher the percentage of cotton the better.
Washing these soap savers is a breeze. I just toss them in the wash with my bathroom towels and then dry them in the dryer.
For the Lather Up Soap Saver Crochet Pattern you will need:
Yarn- For each soap saver you will need about 18g/34m or .63oz/37yd of a worsted weight #4 100% cotton yarn or cotton blend yarn (at least 80% cotton).
Hook- 4.5mm crochet hook (sometimes called a #7 hook or a G+ hook). I used my Furls Streamline Swirl 4.5mm G+ hook in Andromeda, you can find them here (this is an affiliate link). If you prefer, you could use a 4.0mm (G) hook or a 5.0mm (H) hook, but your coaster measurements will be slightly different and your yarn usage will also be different.
Extras- yarn needle and scissors
Stitches used in this pattern
SLST- Slip Stitch
SC- Single Crochet
FHDC- Foundation Half Double Crochet
HDC- Half Double Crochet
HDC FL- Half Double Crochet in the front loop
HDC BL- Half Double Crochet in the back loop
Finished Size of Lather Up Soap Saver
Approximately 5.25″ H x 4″ W (13 cm x 10 cm)
Other things to know before you get making
This Pattern is written in US Terms.
CH 1 at the end of each round DOES NOT count as a stitch.
The Lather Up Soap Saver is worked in the round.
Let’s Get Making The Lather Up Soap Saver Pattern!
Row 1- 15 FHDC, CH 1, turn (15 STs)
Round 2- HDC in each ST across (15 STs). Move work so that the short edge closest to your hook is pointed up. Place one HDC into the side of each HDC (2 STs). Move work so that long edge closest to your hook is pointed up. HDC in each ST across (15 STs). Move work to that the second short edge closest to your hook is pointed up. Place one HDC into the side of each HDC (2 STs). Join with a SLST to the first ST of the round, CH 1. (34 STs total, 15+2+15+2)
Round 3- HDC in each ST around. Join with SLST to 1st HDC of the round, CH 1. (34 STs)
Rounds 4 & 5- Reapeat round 3. (34 STS each round)
Round 6-HDC BL in the first ST. HDC FL of next ST. *HDC BL of next ST. HDC FL of next ST*. Repeat * to * around to last ST. Join with SLST to 1st HDC of the round, CH 1. (34 STs)
Round 7-HDC FL in the first ST. HDC BL of next ST. HDC FL of next ST. HDC BL of next ST. Repeat * to * around to last ST. Join with SLST to 1st HDC of the round, CH 1. (34 STs)
Rounds 8-13- Repeat rounds 6 & 7 three times. (34 STs each round)
Round 14- SC in each ST around. Join with SLST to first ST of the round, CH 1. (34 STs)
Round 15- SC in the 1st ST. CH 1, skip one ST. *SC in next ST. CH 1, skip one ST.* Repeat * to * around. Join with SLST to 1st SC of the round, CH 1. (17 SC, 17 CH 1 SPs)
Round 16- SC in 1st ST. SC in CH 1 SP. *SC in next ST. SC in next CH 1 SP.* Repeat * to * around. Join with SLST to 1st SC of the round. (34 STs)
Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.
With your yarn, CH 54. Cut yarn and pull end to knot over the last 2 CH made. Use this CH to weave in and out of the CH 1 Spaces of round 15 to create a cinched bag closure. Line up both ends of the chain and knot the ends together. See photos above.
And there you have it, a Lather Up Soap Saver! I love seeing your makes on social media! Be sure to tag @papiocreekcrochet or #latherupsoapsaver so that I can admire your makes.