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Fish Soap Holder

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From Workbasket Magazine, September, 1953

A small amount of bedspread cotton, or a thread of equal weight and a size 8 steel crochet hook is all that is needed to make this clever soap holder. One can be made in a jiffy and will be a quick seller at bazaars. It is a favorite with the kiddies.

Abbreviations: Ch (chain); st (stitch); Sp (space); sk (skip); sl st (slip stitch); sc (single crochet); dc (double crochet); tr (treble)-thread over twice and work off 2 lps at a time; rnd (round).

Body - In contrasting color, ch 5, join with sl st to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 15 sc in ring, join and fasten off.
Rnd 2: Join body color to above joining, ch (for a dc and ch 1), dc in first sc, * ch 1, dc in next sc, repeat from * around. join with sl st in third ch.
Rnd 3: Ch 5 (for a tr and ch 1), tr in first dc, * ch 1, tr in next dc, repeat from *around. join with sl st in 4th ch.
Rnd 4: Ch 6 (for a tr and ch 2), tr in first tr, * ch 2, tr in next tr, repeat from * around. join with sl st in 4th ch.
Rnd 5: Ch 7, tr in first tr, * ch 3, tr in next tr, repeat from * around. join with sl st in 4th ch.
Rnds 6, 7, 8, 9: Same as rnd 5.
Rnds 10, 11, 12: Same as rnd 4.

Tail - Row 1: Sl st in 3 sts ch 5, dc in tr, * ch 2, dc in tr. Repeat from * 4 times, 6 sps in all, ch 5, turn.
Row 2: (Dc in dc, ch 2) 4 times, dc in dc, ch 2, dc in third ch of turning ch, ch 5, turn.
Row 3: Sk first dc, (dc in next dc ch 2) 3 times, dc in next dc (no ch), dc in third st of turning ch, ch 5, turn.
Row 4: Sk first dc. (dc in next dc, ch 2) twice, dc in dc, no ch), dc in third st of turning ch, ch 5, turn.
Row 5: Sk first dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, dc in dc, tr in third st of turning ch, ch 4, turn.
Row 6: Sk first dc, dc in next dc (no ch), tr in third st of turning ch. Fasten off.

Work tail on opposite side to correspond.

Make a ch-of 100 sts in body color, thread through 12th row of body. This makes a drawstring to hold bar of soap.

Eye - (Make 2) In contrasting color, ch 5, join into ring with sl st. Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, join.
Leave length of thread to be threaded into a darning needle to sew eyes in place.

Top Fin - In contrasting color, join to top of body in 10th rnd, * ch 8, sc in same sp, ch 8, sc in next sp. Repeat from * until 5 sps are filled. Fasten off.

Lower Fin--In contrasting color, join to 4th rnd of body, * ch 4, sc in same sp, ch 4, sc in next sp, repeat from * until 5 sps are filled. Fasten off.

Insert a bar of your favorite soap, draw up and tie in bow.

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