I've been trying to come up with a cute way to give a single bar of soap for gifts. Just a single bar on its own looks kinda cheap, and it makes a weird gift unless the recipient is very appreciative of handmade soap. The crochet soap dishes I made earlier work great for gift-giving purposes, but I wanted another option... one that was a little more obvious at first glance what it was.
I needed a cool luxury washcloth that would be as special as the soap! (Heh, you think I oversold it a little?! LOL!!) Okay, well if your definition of luxury is delightfully oversized, then this is the most luxurious washcloth ever.
approx 10" square
about 2 oz 100% cotton yarn - worsted weight
Size H crochet hook
R1: 2 hdc in 4th ch from hook (first 2 ch count as first hdc, 3rd ch counts as first ch space), skip 1 ch, (2 hdc in next ch sp, skip 1 ch, ch 1) 16 times, hdc in last ch, turn
R2: ch 3 (first 2 ch count as first hdc, 3rd ch counts as first ch space), (hdc in next ch sp, ch 1) 16 times, hdc in last ch space, turn
R3: ch 3, (2 hdc in next ch sp, ch 1) 16 times, 2 hdc in last ch space, turn
R4-19: Repeat Rows 2-3
R20: Repeat Row 2
Sc 20 stitches evenly around all four sides of the washcloth, putting an (sc, ch1, sc) in each corner.
Fasten off, weave in ends.
I folded it in half and then into thirds and put my soap on top. I tied it with about 18" of ribbon. I think it looks fun. You totes don't have to use handmade soap for this either. I think it would be a fun stocking stuffer even if you bought a big multi-pack of less expensive soap and used that instead (Ooh! It would look good and be super cheap, like $3 or less per present including your yarn costs! Yay!!).