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#1 KarensCrochet.com


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 01:44 PM

I am looking for a pattern my Grandma made had to be back in the 60's. So it would be a vintage pattern. It was a turtle that you could put a bar of soap in, it was made with crochet thread, I think #10 (If that one is finer in thickness than #3 is). It had a opening on the belly of the turtle to put your soap in. It wasn't a solid pattern it was more like a doily type pattern made into a turtle, if that makes sense? I'm guessing it would have been three pieces, the top/back of the turtle, and two for the underside, then the border would piece them together and make the turtle shape.

Anyone have a similar pattern or even a pattern back from the 60's that might resemble this?

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 06:54 AM

Here is a free pattern I found: http://www.allfreecr...rtle-Soap-Cover

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 09:19 PM

Did you ever find your pattern for the Vintage turtle Soap cover, my mother-in-law was telling me how her grandmother use to make them. And she remembers that you enter the bar of soap (Sweet Heart) from the back. I have found only two patterns so far, and both of them the bar enters from the top, with a draw string. Her grandmother died in 1955. So that tells you how old this pattern might be. 


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Posted 19 July 2013 - 02:10 PM

I'm getting a nice list of turtle soap holders, but not the right one. Please let me know if you found the turtle soap cover, that the bar of soap enters through the back, or the underneath of the turtle

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Posted 20 July 2013 - 06:38 AM

Cef, If you click on her name you can see when she was on here last. It was in Feb. Maybe send her message and she would be alerted that your working on it for her and or you could get an answer to your question.



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Posted 14 December 2015 - 06:49 PM

I inherited this soap turtle off my Nana when she died in 1987. It was made by her Mother so is quite old. Unfortunately I don't have a pattern for it but it opens with a draw string at the neck.

It came with the poem and the cake of Sweet Heart soap too.

Hopefully it gives you an idea of what you are looking for :)

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Posted 15 December 2015 - 01:41 PM

Oh, what a sweet remembrance of your grandmother and great grandmother!  Funny poem.


Too bad the pattern in post 2 doesn't seem to be on that site anymore.  I found 2 patterns, but they are not free.

http://www.ravelry.c...et&query=turtle soap cover


It looks like it would not be too difficult to improvise, however.  

o- The turtle body looks like filet (a DC, chain 2 overall pattern) started at the tail end by making a chain narrower than the soap, then working around both sides of the chain in an oval, increasing for the first few rounds to fit the soap

o- Head end is left open and wide, the drawstring is just a chain

o- The feet are just 3 rows of DC, 4 stitches across, probably worked over DCs at the sides of the turtle body.

o- The head is more or less a little ball, or watermelon shape maybe, in SC, then sewn to the middle top of the body (I'd do this as part of the weaving in of the last thread end of the head)


This site is a general guide for making crochet shapes, including the oval for the starting tail end, and 'ball' for the head:



I think I'd use Dove soap as the model to work around, it looks more available than Sweetheart. 

Edited by Granny Square, 15 December 2015 - 01:46 PM.

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 09:16 AM

This reminds me of the same idea i used to make but it was a swan instead of a turtle--with sweetheart soap inside.

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 10:32 AM

For any bath scrubbie that had soap in it we used Ivory so it would float :lol . I remember a fish design made in 2 pieces, the top had a wide tail fin, the bottom had a loop. You put the soap in the tail end and pulled the tail down through the loop (early 60's). I have a turtle pattern, maybe I can work something out.

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