Crocheted Scrubbies

| 11/11/2013 8:51:00 AM

Tags: crochet, Lanette Lepper, Virginia,

crocheted scrubbiesNow that the cool weather is here, I have found myself crocheting up a storm.  It gives me something productive to do in the evenings when I want to put my feet up and relax, and as we all know, the holidays are coming quickly, so I’m trying to get a head start on handmade gifts.

When I get tired of dishcloths and need a break, I switch over to making scrubbies.  If you’ve never tried using them when washing dishes, you’re missing out.  I love them, which is why everyone who gets a dishcloth for Christmas will also get a matching scrubby (or is it spelled ‘scrubbie’?  I don’t know.  It’s not important to the story!). 

The backstory on these is that my dear Aunt Audrey has been making them for years.  When I asked her how to do it, these were her directions:  “Cut some netting into strips and tie them all together.  Then, crochet a circle and increase for a couple rows.  When it’s the right size, start decreasing.  That’s all.” 

That’s all.

For a newbie crocheter, that wasn’t enough! 

Fortunately, I didn’t give up.  It turns out they ARE very easy to make and take almost no time at all, once you’ve cut the netting into strips (this will take some time.)  You want to look for ‘nylon netting’ (frequently used for tutus).  The toile stuff that is used for weddings (and frequently sold next to the netting) is softer and doesn’t have as much scrubbing power.  The major fabric stores have 40 or 50% off coupons on their websites, so print one off and get yourself some yardage (I would recommend 2-4 yards.  I’ve done 5 and it gets tricky to cut.  I would also recommend a dark color, since these will get dirty.)

3/8/2015 4:33:55 PM

Works great on dry feet also.

6/18/2014 5:18:09 PM

When you purchase your netting in quantity, where do you order it from? Do you use the netting that says Scrubbie Mesh?
3/23/2014 9:48:11 PM

I received some of these in1983 when I got married. Since then I've made my own and tweaked the pattern. I dont tie the netting ends, I just overlap the ends as I work. It saves some time. I also started using yarn and netting held together when I crochet. This gives the scrubbie a little absorbancy. For this i use a K hook. My inlaws always ask for these for Christmas, I even get requests from my husbands nieces to ship them all over the country to them.

12/11/2013 9:39:04 AM

I've been making these for years out of strips of plastic shopping bags. Exact same idea as with the netting, except you might want to use the bags double-thick, as the plastic tends to stretch. These, however, are way prettier.

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