Novel Soap Holder
Make this item for a novel bathroom decoration or for a gift or bazaar item. It takes only about 2 hours to make. The model was made of white and a color in number 20 weight mercerized crochet thread; or use bedspread cotton. Use a number 6 steel crochet hook. However, you could use odds and ends of thread you have available.
Abbreviations: Ch (chain),
sc (single crochet);
sl st (slip stitch);
tr.(treble)-thread over twice, work off 2 loops at a time
Body (starting at top of ruffle)-In color, ch 72, sl st in first st to form a
Rnd 1: Ch 8, * sk 5 sts, dc in next, ch 5, repeat from * 10 times, sl st in third st of ch 8 first made.
Rnd 2: Ch 8, * sk sp, dc in top of next dc, ch 5, repeat from * around, sl st in third st of ch 8 first made.
Repeat rnd 2 thirteen times.
Rnds 16, 17, 18: Ch 7, * sk sp, dc in top of next dc, ch 4, repeat from * around, join with sl st in third st of ch 7 first made.
Rnd 19, 20, 21: Ch 6, * sk sp, dc in top of next dc, ch 3, repeat from * round, join with sl st in third st of ch 6 first made.
Rnds 22, 23, 24: Ch 5, * sk sp, dc in top of next dc, ch 2, repeat from * around, join in third ch of ch 5 first made.
Rnds 25, 26, 27: Ch 4, * sk sp, dc in top of next dc, ch 1, repeat from * around, sl st in third st of ch 4 first made.
Rnds 28, 29, 30, 31, 32: Ch 3, * dc in top of dc, repeat from * around, sl st in top of ch 3 first made. Fasten off.
Legs: In color, after flattening body so that dc rows are along outside edge, mark rows 12 and 18 on each edge and work legs in them as follows:
Row 1: Ch 3, make 5 dcs in sp, ch 3, turn.
Row 2: Dc in each dc, ch 3, turn. Row 3: Same as Row 2, fasten off.
Edging: Join white in first Row (edge of ruffle) at left side. * In first sp make (2 dc, 2 tr, 2 dc), sc in second sp, repeat from * around edge, making 5 shells on each leg (2 on each side, and 1 at end), work a Row of shells around top of ruffle with 1 shell in each sp, and with the sc in top of dc.
Head: In color ch 35, join in first st to form a circle. Sc in each st of ch,
Picking up both lps, then sc in each sc, ec 1 st every 20 sts until there are 12 scs left (about 25 rows). In white embroidery floss, buttonhole stitch the small end together flat. Make two white sts for eyes.
Stuff head with cotton and sew in center of 4th Row of ruffle.
Cord: In color, ch 70. S1 st in each st with a ch 1 between each, make 3 sl sts in end of cord, sl st and ch in each st on other side. Run cord through Row 5. Put a white tassel on each end.
Place a large oval bar of hand soap in alligator. Tie bow knot in cord.
Work Basket OCTOBER, 1955