Eco showers

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.

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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!

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Materials

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)

The pattern

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

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.

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Voila!  Your new eco shower sponge is ready for use.   These also make perfect gifts with a bar of natural soap.

Happy crocheting xxx

This pattern and photos are copyright.

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