Thursday, 3 March 2016

Handy Shower Gel Hanger: New Pattern!

Left: a yellow mesh bag with a long drawstring loop; right: a 60 ml bottle of shower gel
Shower Gel Hanger
60 ml bottle
fun gift
Hooray! My first shower gel hanger has been revised. I sat myself down with the graph paper and properly worked out a neat join for chain mesh in the round.  The much-improved pattern (and chart) is now here for you to use!

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Handy Shower Gel Hanger

Designed to hold a small 60 ml (2 US fluid oz) bottle of shower gel, this crocheted mesh cosy allows you to hang your shower gel from a tap or a shower rose to keep it within easy reach.

There's no need to bend down to pick it up off the floor and it will drain and dry freely in the air, not sitting in a wet puddle on a shelf. It would be especially handy on holidays, for camping, in a caravan, in hospital or for sleepovers.

A white bathroom rail runs horizontally across the top of the photograph. Hanging from it is a shower gel bottle encaed in its mesh bag. The drawstring has been looped over the rail and the bag to secure it to the rail.
A longer loop,
more hanging options.

New features of this revision are a longer drawstring loop (60 chain stitches instead of the 40 chain stitches of the first version). That's so you can hang the shower gel in even more places, like over a towel rail or shower curtain rod - simply lay the loop over the top of the rail and thread the bottle through that loop (See photo at left).

The mesh sides are worked in rounds with simpler and neater joins.

Front view of mesh bag with contents.
Shower Gel Hanger
front view

The base is worked as a flat circle until the desired diameter is reached. To begin the sides, work a round of stitches into back loops for a more defined edge. After one or two rounds of solid stitches at the base of the sides, the pattern changes to an open mesh made of 4-chain loops. Nearing the top of the shower gel hanger, the chain loops get shorter until the chain loops become 2-chain spaces into which the drawstring will be woven.

The drawstring is a single chain joined by a slip stitch to form a round. Any kind of cord or ribbon could be used as long as it is thin enough to be woven through the top rows of spaces.

A wooden bowl has a collection of coloured skeins of 4-ply cotton.
A collection of 4 ply cottons
(Milford Soft pictured here)


Yarn: any 4-ply crochet cotton; e.g. Milford Soft.
Hook: 3.5 mm crochet hook
Notions: stitch markers


This pattern uses Australian/UK terms.**

BLO - work in Back Loop Only
ch – chain
cm - centimetres
dc - double crochet (Australian/UK)
htr – half treble (Australian/UK)
lp(s) – loop(s)
pm - place marker
RS - Right Side
sl st - slip stitch (also known as single crochet in Australian/UK terms)
sp(s) - space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
rnd - round
tr - treble crochet (Australian/UK)
WS - Wrong Side

**Stitch Conversions
Aus/UK  =  USA
sc / sl st   =  sl st
dc            =  sc
htr            =  hdc
tr              =  dc

Technique: How to Make a Magic Ring

Wrap loose end around finger twice to make a 2 rings on top of each other, ending with loose end on top. Hold the loose end against the circle to keep a closed circle shape.

Insert the hook into the centre of the ring, pull the thread of the back ring through the middle of the top ring to the front (1 loop over hook), yarn round hook and pull through the loop on the hook (1st chain st made).

Work 6 dc of Rnd 1 into the ring by inserting the hook into the centre each time. Join with slip stitch to first dc.


Alternative Techniques: Work into a Single Chain or Chain Ring

If you don't want to use the magic ring technique, you can work 2 chains and work 6 dc into the 2nd chain from hook; or make a ring of 3 or 4 chains, join with slip st and work 6 dc into the chain ring.  Use the loose end to weave into ring at the end and then pull tight to close the ring. Weave the end in well to prevent it from coming loose otherwise the ring could open up again.

the underside of a shower gel hanger showing the stitch details of the round base
Base details

Crochet Instructions


Rnd 1: RS, In magic ring*  work 6 dc. Sl st into first dc.

Rnd 2: ch 3 (not counted as a st) 2 tr in next dc and next 5 dc around,

sl st in top of first tr (ignoring the 3-ch turning chain). [12 tr]

Rnd 3: ch 1 (not counted as a st),  2 dc in first tr, 2 dc in next 11 tr around, sl st into first dc. [24 dc]

At this point the diameter should be 3 cm (1¼ inches)

Rnd  4: ch 1, 1 dc in BLO of each dc, sl st in top of first st of the round. [24 st]

Rnd 5: ch 1, 1 dc in BLO of each st around, sl st into first st of the round. [24 st]

rear view of mesh bag with contents.
Shower Gel Hanger
(rear view)


Rnd 6: ch 1, dc in same st,  (ch 4, miss 1 dc, dc in next dc) 11 times, ch 2, 1 htr into first dc of round, pm in first dc. [12 ch lps]

Rnd 7: ch 5, miss first dc (marked st of previous rnd), dc in next 4-ch lp, (ch 4, miss 1 dc, dc into next 4-ch lp) 10 times, ch 4, sl st into first of 5 chains at start of round. [12 4-ch lps]

Rnd 8: sl st across next 2 ch, (ch 1, dc) into same 4-ch lp, pm in dc,  (ch 4, miss next dc, dc in next 4-ch lp) 11 times, ch 2, htr into first dc. [12 4-ch lps]

Rnd 9: repeat Rnd 7.

Rnd 10:  : sl st across next 2 ch, (ch 1, dc) into same 4-ch lp, (ch 2, miss 1 dc, dc into next 4-ch lp) 11 times, ch  2, miss htr, sl st into first dc. [12 2-ch spaces]

Rnd 11: ch 1, dc into same dc, dc into 2-ch sp, (ch 1, dc in next 2-ch sp) 11 times, sl st into first dc, fasten off. [25 sts]


Empty shower gel hanger (mesh bag) which shows how the drawstring is woven through the top spaces.
The drawstring chain
enters and exits the final round
from the inside (WS)
of the mesh bag.

Ch 60 (long enough to loop around bottle, 32 cm long (approx 12”), do not fasten off but cut yarn and secure live loop with marker etc.

Thread tail onto wool needle. Weave through ch-sps, entering and leaving from the WS (inside) at the back of the bag.

Remove marker, insert hook into last ch and sl st join to 1st ch, fasten off. Weave in ends and twist chain drawstring into body of mesh so join is hidden; weave loose ends of ch into underside loops of the ch.

Crochet symbols charted to illustrate the pattern.

Thank you for reading through my pattern.
I hope it is easy  and fun to follow.

Please tell me what you think!


Lupey Loops, "Shower Gel Hanger", blog post, 28 January 2016:

Walters, James & Cosh, Sylvia, The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches, ISBN 07111 0028 4, Lyric Books Ltd, London, England, 1986.

*WIP: Work-In-Progress


  1. Cute and a great idea 😊 Thanks for sharing x

    1. Nice to see you online again, Sharon. I hope you have had more good days than bad and I am looking forward to your next batch of crafting news. Take care xx

  2. Thanks for sharing! :)

    Take care

    1. Hi Anne! Just a little quick pattern this week but it is amazing how much one can learn from the smallest little project. Happy crochet days xx