Part 5 of the Radiance Bath Set is this quick and luxurious crochet soap saver pattern! Crochet soap savers are perfect for not only holding soap so it isn’t slippery, but also creating a nice lather. As with the other parts of the Radiance Bath Set, this soap holder has an easy set of repeats and works up quickly. The repeating lines of puff stitches bring a touch of luxury while the soft yarn feels pampering.
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Just like with the other crochet patterns in the Radiance Bath Set, this eco friendly crochet soap saver pattern was designed to be soft and have texture to bring in the luxury feeling. The puff stitches and raised lines add a lovely texture and interesting feel, while the soft cotton yarn makes this make a winner from the get-go.
What’s the best yarn for a soap saver?
For the entire crochet bath set, I’ve specifically chosen my favorite soft cotton yarn – I Love This Cotton. A lot of the cotton yarns you can purchase on the market start out rough and scratchy, with the promise that they will “soften up” after a few washes. That can be fine for other projects, but for something as useful and necessary to a self-care routine, you want soft yarn that you like the feeling of from the start.
In general, regardless of what brand you decide to purchase, cotton yarn is highly recommended when it comes to any project that will often come into contact with water or be used for cleaning of any sort. Cotton yarn is typically more hypoallergenic and stands the test of time and washing much stronger than acrylic or wool based yarns do.
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When I was inspired to make a crochet bath set, I knew a crochet soap saver pattern was a must! Soap Savers are great for not only holding slippery soap bars but are also fantastic for adding a bit of luxury to a somewhat mundane routine. Self-care, especially when it comes to the skin, is so important!
This crochet soap saver is not only functional, but it’s gorgeous. With bits of texture and puff stitches to bump up that luxury feeling, you’ll never want to use a bar of soap without a crochet soap saver again.
One of the major plus sides to this crochet soap saver pattern (as well as the other portions of this bath set that have been released or will be released) is that it is designed using 100% cotton yarn. This means that this crochet soap saver will stand up to heavy washing, which is necessary for anything you use on your skin. Especially for items that are typically left in the bathroom to dry out, it must be able to be washed and dried to keep it clean and you healthy.
So, grab your favorite 100% cotton yarn, your crochet hook and let’s get to pampering!
This crochet hand towel pattern is part five of the Radiance Bath Set. The full bath set also includes:
The PDF version of this pattern is available to purchase on Etsy. The PDF comes with two versions of the pattern – 1) Full version with a photo tutorial and 2) A printer friendly version.
If you’d like a photo tutorial to walk you through the rounds, I would recommend the inexpensive PDF. It’s 8 pages long, with photos of the more intricate parts, photos for how to work the special stitches and photos for what the crochet soap saver should look like after each round in the pattern. The printer friendly version is only 3 pages to save on ink!
Advanced Beginner – This pattern requires more intermediate stitches such as puff stitches and working in the 3rd loop of half double crochet. This pattern is worked entirely in closed rounds, with the exception of the cord.
Medium (4) weight cotton yarn. You will need only one color.
You will need approximately
0.7 oz / 20g / 40 yards.
I used I Love This Cotton in Rosy. You can use any cotton yarn you prefer. I Love This Cotton is 100% cotton and is very soft for cotton yarn, so I use it for most bath items.
4 mm (G-6) hook – Check out my favorite crochet hook!
Gauge isn’t extremely important. After working 3-4 rounds, measure the width of your work. It should measure approximately 3 to 3.5 inches wide. If your gauge is larger, not to worry! It just gives a little more room for soap lathering. If your gauge is smaller, go up a hook size to ensure that your Soap Saver will fit most soap bars.
I am generally a “tight” crocheter, so my gauge is typically tighter compared to others.
Approximately 3 inches wide x 4 inches tall.
Fits the average soap bar that is purchasable in stores.
You can customize this as you see fit. You can create a wider soap saver by adding stitches to the foundation row. As long as you have an even number of stitches, the pattern will work properly. You can create a longer soap saver by repeating Rounds 7, 8 and 9 before moving on to Round 10 and 11.
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS)
- Ch – Chain
- Sl st – Slip stitch
- Sc – Single crochet
- Hdc – Half double crochet
- Dc – Double crochet
- St(s) – Stitch(es)
- Hdc3lo – Hdc in 3rd loop only*
- Puff St – Puff stitch*
- FDC – Foundation DC*
*See Special Stitches
- This pattern is part of the Radiance Bath Set.
- This pattern is worked in closed rounds. You will always slip stitch to the first stitch of the round to close.
- Chain 1 to begin rounds do not count as stitches. Always place your first stitch of the round in the same stitch.
- You can easily change the size of this soap saver.
- Create a wider soap saver by adding stitches to the foundation row. As long as you have an even number of stitches, the pattern will work properly.
- Create a longer soap saver by repeating Rounds 7, 8 and 9 before moving on to Round 10 and 11.
- Stitch counts are referenced at the end of each round in parentheses and italics (#).
- Repeats are listed in brackets [ ].
Special Stitch – Hdc3lo
The half double crochet has a “3rd loop” which is created by the yarn over before inserting your hook into your stitch. This 3rd loop is facing you when working in rows. To work a “hdc3lo” or half double crochet in the 3rd loop only, you will ignore the top of the half double crochet, and instead work only in the 3rd loop which is directly below the top of the stitch.
Special Stitch – Puff Stitch
This pattern uses a puff stitch. Puff stitches are worked in a few different ways – so it is important to know which puff stitch to use.
For the purposes of this pattern, we will be working with a closed puff stitch.
To work this puff stitch, you will: [Yarn over and insert your hook into the indicated stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop.] Repeat inside of the brackets 2 more times in the same stitch. You should now have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through 6 of the 7 loops. 2 loops on hook, yarn over, pull through 2.
Special Stitch – Foundation Double Crochet
I recommend starting this pattern with Foundation Double Crochet so that the bottom seam is easier to work into and not as noticeable as chains. If you haven’t worked Foundation Double Crochet before, I recommend checking out my photo and video tutorial.
Radiant Crochet Soap Saver Pattern – Free
Round 1 – FDC 12 sts. Place 2 additional dc in ch of last FDC. Turn to work along bottom of FDC. Place 1 dc in bottom of next 10 sts, 2 dc in last. Sl st to first FDC made to close. (26)
OR: Ch 14, dc 3rd ch from hook and each ch across for 12 sts. Place 2 additional dc in last ch. Turn to work along bottom of chains. Place 1 dc in bottom of next 10 sts, 2 dc in last. Sl st to first dc made to close. (26)
You should now have a long oval shape.
Round 2 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (26)
Round 3 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc3lo each st around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (26)
Round 4 – Ch 1, puff st first st, ch 1, sk 1. [Puff st next st, ch 1, sk 1] Repeat inside brackets to end of round. Sl st to top of first puff st to close. (13 puff stitches, 13 ch 1 spcs – 26 total)
Round 5 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in each st and ch 1 spc around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (26)
Round 6 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc3lo in each stitch around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (26)
Round 7 – Ch 1, puff st first st, ch 1, sk 1. [Puff st next st, ch 1, sk 1] Repeat inside brackets to end of round. Sl st to top of first puff st to close. (13 puff stitches, 13 ch 1 spcs – 26 total)
Round 8 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc in each st and ch 1 spc around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (26)
Round 9 – Ch 1, place 1 hdc3lo in each stitch around. Sl st to first hdc to close. (26)
Round 10 – Ch 2, place 1 dc in each st around. Sl st to first dc to close. (26)
Round 11 – Ch 1, 1 sc 1st st, ch 1, sk 1. [1 sc next st, ch 1, sk 1]. Repeat inside brackets to end of round. Sl st to first sc to close. (13 sc, 13 ch 1 – 26 total)
Trim yarn, weave ends.
Ch 56. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Trim yarn, tie off and weave ends. Weave cord in and out of the chain 1 spaces from Round 11 until the cord fully wraps around the top of the Soap Saver. Tie the two ends together with a simple knot.
Your crochet soap saver is complete!
That’s it! Be sure to check out the other parts of the Radiance bath set if you enjoyed this crochet soap saver pattern. All together, these patterns would make a fantastic gift!
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