Two years ago I spent some time designing and testing my perfect shower mitt, which I made of linen. My ultimate design became the Linen Mitt.
I use these mitts in the shower daily but I also love lots of suds and last year I decided to take a natural sponge and encase it in a linen bag with a hanging loop. This morning I needed a new one, so as it was a Crochet Club morning I took a sponge and some linen yarn with me to make a new shower sponge. This is simple and quick to make and was admired, so I decided to share the pattern on here, along with a few photos from this morning!
I used a natural sponge about 15cm high and 12cm across, this is probably the largest size I like to use (my last one was slightly smaller). The linen was linen thread by Namolio. And I used a 3mm crochet hook.
Abbreviations (UK crochet terms)
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tr = treble
ss = slip stitch
sp(s) = space(s)
Start with 4ch and join into a ring with a ss
Round 1: 4ch (counts as 1tr, 1ch), (1tr in ring, 1ch) 8 times, join to 3rd ch from start with a ss
Round 2: ss into 1ch-sp, 5ch (counts as 1tr, 2ch), (1tr, 2ch) in each 1ch-sp around, join to 3rd ch from start with a ss
Round 3: ss into 2ch-sp, 6ch (counts as 1tr, 3ch), (1tr, 3ch) in each 2ch-sp around, join to 3rd ch from start with a ss
At this point I want to start making bigger loops, so rather than work in tr with ch-sps, I use long ch loops and use dc
Round 4: ss into 3ch-sp, 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in same 3ch-sp, *5ch, 1dc in next 3ch-sp; repeat from * until you have done a dc in the last 3ch-sp, 2ch and work 1tr into the first dc of the round (this forms the last 5ch loop and places your hook in the right position to start the next round)
Now carry on increasing the size of your ch loops to about 12 over the next few rounds
So Round 5: ss into 5ch loop, 1ch (does not count as st), 1dc in same 5ch loop, *8ch, 1dc in next 5ch loop; repeat from * until you have done a dc in the last ch loop, 4ch and work 1tr into the first dc of the round (this forms the last 8ch loop)
Check it against your sponge as you go
I then did 4 more rounds of loops, using 12ch in the loops and checked against the sponge, I found at this point that the linen stretched all around the sponge and I was ready to seal it in.
Now keep your sponge inside the linen ‘bag’ to start sealing it in.
Next round: *1ch, 1dc in next 12ch loop; repeat from * to end of round and ss to 1st ch
Last round: ss in 1st 1ch-sp, *1dc in 1ch-sp, 1ch: repeat from * to end of round, ss to 1st dc
You may wish to repeat the last round, missing out some 1ch-sps to tighten it a bit more
Finally, make about 40ch and ss back to the start of your ch, break yarn, fasten off and sew in all ends.
Voila! Your new eco shower sponge is ready for use. These also make perfect gifts with a bar of natural soap.
Happy crocheting xxx
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