I have been using quite a lot of cotton recently, and shock horror I'm actually enjoing it. I might even goes as far to say I'm converted. But I know there are many cotton phobes like myself that find it tricky beacuse it can be quite splitty. 

Being a knitcraft ambasador I am sent lots of amazing yarn to play with and review, in the last haul there was a whole bunch Rowan 4ply Summerlite cotton. At first I was worried because it's all the things that make me nervous. Cotton and 4ply!!! requiring a 3mm hook!!! SCARY. But then I picked it up and it is so beautifully soft. It's 100% egyption cotton and it looks and feels like a luxury cotton should. There is a slight sheen to the yarn and the colours are beautifully nautral and earthy. I am paticularly drawn to the shade seashell and mustard.

So if you are like me and want to love cotton but have struggled in the past then start here. A simple quick make that is useful, pretty and kind to the environment.

To make your soap bag you will need:

  • 1 ball of rowan summerlite 4ply in colour of your choice. 
  • 3mm hook
  • scissors
  • bar of soap
  • knife

first cut your soap into 5cm x 6cm blocks. This way you can make many out of one bar of soap.

Round 1: start by chaining 9, working into 1st chain from hook, 1dc in each ch stitch to end.

add 2 more dc into the last ch stitch and turn your work 180 degrees like turning a steering wheel.

1dc in each ch stitch working along the other side of the chain, working 2 dc in the last st, ss to top of 1st dc st to join.

Round 2: ch2, 1tr in each st round, ss into top of 1st tr to join.

Repeat round 2, up to round 8. Put your soap block into your bag. You need to close the top of the bag up, line the stitches up and work 1dc across the top to the end.

ch20 and ss to 1st dc from last row, cast off and weave in the ends.

and there you have it. Super cute, hang off your tap ready to go. 

But let's not stop there, what would be super cute is a matching wash cloth. 

For this you will need:

  • 1 ball of aran weight cotton (WATG shiny happy cotton, or WAK The Cotton is perfect)
  • 4mm hook
  • scissors

Abreviations

 - BLhtr = back loop half treble crochet (work half treble crochet into the back loop only)

 - FLhtr = front loop half treble crochet (work half treble crochet into the front loop only)

Row 1: ch37,work 2nd ch from hook, 1htr to end of chain, turn.

Row 2: ch2, alternate BLhtr, FLhtr to end of row. turn.

Row 3 - 24: repeat row 2.

you can leave your wash cloth like this or you can add a border.

Border:

Round 1: ch 1, 1dc into the side of each htr row, ch 1 to turn corner 1dc in same st, 1dc into each ch st to end of row, ch1 to turn corner, 1dc in same st, 1dc into the side of each htr row to end, ch1 to turn corner 1dc in same st, 1dc to end of row, ch1 1dc same st, ss to 1st dc to join.

Round 2: ch1, 1dc in each st to end of row, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, in ch1 space. 1dc in each st to end of row, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, in ch1 space. 1dc in each st to end of row, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, in ch1 space. 1dc in each st to end of row, 1dc, ch1, 1dc, in ch1 space. 1dc, ss to top of 1st dc st to join. 

Chain 15, ss to bottom of ch to join to make hanging loop.

Happy hooking.