I used to have a separate scrubber and a dish sponge in my kitchen sink caddy, but now I only have one of this fellow. Who would say no to being efficient and having one less thing to sanitize??
One quick story about crocheted dish scrubbies: when I got married, an old relative on my husband’s side couldn’t make it to our wedding because she was ill and bedridden. Instead, she sent us a bag full of dish scrubbies that she crocheted herself while praying for us. I have to say, out of all the wedding gifts, those little scrubbies were the most meaningful, not to mention the most useful. They were all different sizes and shapes: strawberry, watermelon, star, flip-flop, and even a wedding dress! I’m sad to say that I didn’t think to take a picture of the lot.. :'(
This one that I made is not anywhere close in terms of craftsmanship, but nevertheless does its job equally well! The larger holes allow the scrubby to dry fast and the cotton material lathers dish soap surprisingly well. OK, without further ado, here’s the free pattern:
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- 100% cotton worsted yarn – I used this brand
- Tulle (6 in width)
- Size K crochet hook – I used this brand
- yarn needle
- double crochet (dc)
- slip stitch (sl st)
- single crochet (sc)
- single crochet decrease (sc dec)
6 Easy Steps:
- We will be making the scrubber side first by bunching tulle to use it as yarn. Make a slip knot, then chain 1.
- Work 12 double crochets (dc) into the original slip knot. You should end up with a tight circle. Slip stitch (sl st) into the first dc.
* If this is your first time learning how to double crochet, I recommend visiting this informative website: Annie’s Craft Store
- Ch 3 and dc into the same base stitch. Work 2 dc’s into each stitch until you get to the end of the circle. Sl st into the first dc of the row.
- Ch 2. *Single crochet twice into the same stitch, then single crochet once into next stitch * Repeat (*) until the end of the row. Once you complete the last sc of the row, tie the cotton yarn onto the loop. Drop the tulle and sl st into the first dc of the row with the cotton yarn.
* If this is your first time learning how to single crochet, I recommend visiting Annie’s Craft Store
- Note: You will be working around and around in a decreasing spiral from now one. Work all your stitches into the back loop only. *Single crochet twice, then single crochet decrease once*. Repeat (*) until the hole is about dime size.
If this is your first time learning how to single crochet decrease, I recommend visiting Purl Soho
- Cut a tail of about 3 in and with a yarn needle close the hole by sewing adjacent stitches together. Weave in ends and fasten off.
Now you have a handy dandy 2-in-1 double-sided dish scrubber! Yay! I recommend sanitizing these little ones every week by soaking in vinegar for about an hour. I’ve never had any problems with mildew or odor.
Have leftover yarn? Head over to my super, super easy free pattern for making coffee cozies!
I would love to see all of your scrubbies! Try different color combinations to make a vibrant collection! I will definitely be making a few extra to give to my friends.
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