Crochet Club: Mother’s Day Crochet Pamper Treat
Kate Eastwood’s gorgeous tutorial this week, is for a pamper set designed for the favourite mother figure in your life – but it’s perfect for a gift, or a treat for yourself too!
With Mother’s Day just around the corner what could be more special that a homemade pamper set that you can personalise with products of your choice for that extra special touch.
This little set is all made in 100% cotton, so is all fully washable. My set consists of a storage basket, three facecloths and an exfoliating body scrubber and pads.
For my set I used Debbie Bliss Cotton DK. In total I used 2 x balls of Putty 019 for the basket, 2 x balls of Duck Egg 009 for the exfoliating pads and body scrubber, and 2 x balls of white 001 and 2 x balls of Pale Pink 072 for the facecloths and for edging the basket.
For the basket I worked with 2 strands of the cotton and a 5mm hook.
For the facecloths I used one strand of the cotton and a 5mm hook and for the exfoliating pads and body scrubber I used one strand of cotton and a 3.5mm hook.
This pattern uses English crochet terminology – to convert, use our handy conversion tables!
The basket is worked with 2 x strands of Putty and a 5mm hook.
Make a Magic Ring and for Round 1 work 8 DC in to the ring.
Round 2: Work 2 DC in to each stitch. 16 sts.
Round 3: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC into the next stitch, all the way around. 24 sts.
Round 4: Work 2 DC into the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the next two stitches, all the way around. 32 sts.
Round 5: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and then 1 DC in to each of the next 3 stitches. 40 sts.
Round 6: Work 2 DC in to the first stitch and 1 DC in to each of the next 4 stitches, all the way around. 48 sts. At the end of Round 6 you should have a good, solid base for your basket.
Round 7: You are now going to work a further round of DC, without any increases, and you will be working in to the back loop of each stitch only, 40 sts. At the end of Round 7 SL ST to join together and CH 1.
Round 8 and on: Now just continue working rounds of DC , in to both loops of each stitch, remembering to SL ST to finish the round off, and CH 1. When your basket is the required height , finish off and sew in your ends.
I used Pale Pink to edge my basket, but if you prefered you could just work your basket a little higher and roll the top over to create your edge.
To make the edging, work one round of DC, SL ST to join , CH 1.
For your next 2 rounds work a further round of DC but this time work in to the back loop/outside edge loop only.
For your final round work the following pattern of *DC, CH 2, SL ST in to the same stitch, SL ST in to the next stitch and repeat from *all the way around to form a picot border. At the end of the round join with a SL ST , finish off and sew in your ends.
The Body Scrubber
I used 1 x ball of Duck Egg and a 3.5mm hook. You will also need some ribbon to make the hanging loop.
Make a Magic Ring and for Round 1 work 20 DC in to the ring. Join together with a SL ST.
Round 2: CH 3 and then work a further 3 TR in to the first stitch. Now continue working all the way around, working 4 TR in to each stitch. At the end of the round join with a SL ST.
Round 3: CH 3 and then work a further 2 TR in to the first stitch. Continue all the way around working 3 TR in to each stitch. At the end of the round SL ST to join together , finish off and sew in your ends.
The final step is to thread some ribbon through the centre of the ball. Take a piece of ribbon, fold it in half and push the loop through a couple of stitches at the centre of the ball. Thread the two loose ends through the loop and pull tight to fasten. Knot the two loose ends of ribbon together to form a hanging loop.
The exfoliating pads
I used the Duck Egg colour for these and a size 3.5mm hook.
Make a Magic Ring and work 8 DC in to the ring.
Work Rounds 1 to 5 as for the basket. 40 sts.
Finish off and sew in your ends.
Work two circles for each pad, and then with the wrong sides together join them around the edge by working a round in white as follows :
DC, CH 2, DC, CH 2 … all the way around. SL ST together at the end of the round, finish off and sew in the ends.
I used both the white and the pale pink to make these, and a 5 mm hook.
Begin by making a chain of 26 and starting in the 2nd chain from the hook work a row of HTR.
At the end of the row CH 1 and turn.
Continue working rows of HTR, remembering to CH 1 and turn at the end of each row, until your facecloth is the required size. Finish off and sew in the ends.
To finish each cloth work a round of DC in a contrasting colour, working 2 DC in to each corner stitch to ensure the cloth keeps its shape.
I then worked a final border round.
For the pink edging I worked a Picot round of *DC, CH 2, SL ST in to the same stitch, SL ST in to the next stitch and repeat from *all the way around. Join with a SL ST , finish off and sew in the ends.
For the Putty edging I worked a round of rope stitch. This is simply DC worked from left to right, rather than right to left. At the end of the round join with a SL ST, finish off and sew in the ends.
Once all your crocheting is done it’s simply just a matter of adding the products of your choosing!
Happy Mother’s Day!
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Kate Eastwood blogs at Justpootling.com