Aleppo Soap and my Favourite Crocheted Washcloth

The Allure of Crafting Cloths

Cloths in all forms, be it washcloths, dishcloths, or cleaning cloths, hold a special place in people’s hearts and homes. Their quick and easy production makes them an enjoyable creation, providing the ideal opportunity to learn new stitches and play with colours. The resultant cloths are not just beautiful and sustainable but highly functional, making them an exquisite addition to any household.

Choosing the Right Stitch and Material

For my own creation, I selected a stitch with sufficient texture to enhance the cloth’s cleaning capabilities for both the face and body. Cotton is my go-to material for cloths as it expertly absorbs fluids, avoids excessive water retention, and is biodegradable, promoting further sustainability. The added bonus of cotton’s biodegradability aligns with the global shift towards environmental consciousness.

The Ideal Companion: Aleppo Soap

Aleppo soap stands out as the perfect companion to your handcrafted washcloth, especially if considering gifting it. My personal encounter with this exceptional soap occurred during a vacation on the idyllic island of La Palma. The soap, with its unique composition of olive oil, laurel oil, and a tincture of lye, offers a vegan and natural solution for personal hygiene.

Aleppo, a region marred by conflict, holds a rich historical tradition in soap making. The Aleppo soap, believed by many historians to be the world’s first modern soap bar, is renowned for its medicinal properties owing to the inclusion of laurel oil. This essential oil is packed with anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, making it an excellent choice for individuals with sensitive skin, babies, and those battling skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne.

Purchasing Aleppo soap goes beyond personal benefit. It plays a crucial role in supporting Syrian soap makers striving to rebuild their lives post-conflict and revive the age-old traditions of soap making in the region.

Cross eyed Wash cloth – Free crochet pattern

Skill leveleasy
Materials needed– Cotton yarn like Rocco creative cotton aran, Durable double four or Drops Paris
– Crochet hook
– Scissors
– Yarn needle
Yarn used+/- 30g Double four
Crochet hook4,5 mm hook Clover amour
Measurements finished cloth16,5 x 15,5 cm

US terms and abbreviations with UK in brackets

chchain
scsingle crochet (UK double crochet)
tchturning chain
slstslip stitch
ststitch
spspace
skskip

 

Row 1Ch 33, sc in 3rd ch from hook, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, sc. Rep from * across. Turn
Row 2Ch2 (sc, ch/2 tch), sc2tog over first and second chsp *ch1, sc2tog over previous and next chsp. Rep from * to last sc. Sc2tog over prev and tchsp, sc2tog over tchsp and first ch of tchs. Turn
Row 3-13Rep row 2.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Congratulations!

You’ve just made a super cool washcloth! This cloth is sustainable and a great alternative for non biodegradable cloths and sponges! Please follow me on Instagram and share a photo of your work using #crosseyedwashcloth and #knotsosquare That would definitely put a smile on my face!

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