This free mesh soap bag crochet pattern came about for two reasons. Firstly, I am actively trying to reduce my plastic use. One way I’ve done this is to switch from shower gels & hand wash to solid soap. I wanted a way to keep my soap in the shower yet prevent it from going soggy by hanging it away from the flow of the water. Secondly, I’d had multiple requests from students asking how to make a crocheted mesh market bag. So I decided to make a mesh soap saver as it incorporates most of the principles & design elements used in the market bags, just on a smaller scale. If you’ve never tried it before, this pattern is a good introduction to the crochet mesh stitch.
Small Steps To Environmentally Friendliness
More importantly, we can all help reduce plastic waste if we switch from plastic bottled liquid soaps, cleansers and shower gels to bar soaps. Please make this in cotton yarn as acrylic yarns can shed micro-plastics into the water supply. To be extra considerate, you may wish to check your soaps don’t contain palm oil or that the palm oil is at least grown and harvested in a sustainable fashion.
The simple, cotton, mesh bag is available in two sizes & features a crocheted lucet tie-cord and a hanging loop to help your soap dry out between uses. It’s also a great way to store and use up small, leftover pieces of soap.
The large soap bag is designed to fit a 6cm x 11cm x 2.5cm bar of soap & the small soap bag fits a 8cm x 5cm x 3cm however, the beauty of mesh means it’s very stretchy – either size would easily fit a smaller or even slightly larger bar of soap. Once you’ve mastered the basic principle, you can easily customise the size of the bag. In the same way, although the pattern is written for DK yarn you could easily switch to Aran or Worsted weight with an appropriate hook for a slightly larger size.
The large soap in the photos is made by Nesti Dante. The smaller, personalised soap is from Ella Wood – www.ella-wood.co.uk
You’ll need a small amount of DK cotton yarn, a 3.5mm hook and two wooden beads with large holes.
Please note, this pattern has not been tech edited. It has been tested during a mini workshop I ran in Norway. 6 students made this bag and we didn’t come across any issues. Everybody completed the pattern and ended up with a good looking soap bag!
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