A good dish-washing scrubber has two important features: It is absorbent and abrasive. Cotton yarn can be used to make a mildly abrasive and absorbent cleaning cloth, and the addition of a steel or nylon scrubbie provides a highly abrasive surface for tackling heavily soiled dishes, pots or pans. To make the cotton scrubber to be used alone, you will stop crocheting at the end or round seven. Successive rounds are added to hold the abrasive scrubbie in place. Hand-crocheted scrubbers are inexpensive, simple and quick to make.
Items you will need
- 2 oz. Worsted-weight cotton yarn
- Crochet hook, size G
- Nylon or steel scrubbie
Make a slip stitch. Chain four. Connect with a slip stitch to form a loop. Chain two. This counts as the first half-double crochet stitch. Do nine half-double crochet stitches in the loop. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the starting chain.
Chain two. In round two, crochet two half-double crochet stitches in each half-double crochet stitch from the previous round. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the starting chain.
Chain two. In round three, begin by doing one half-double crochet stitch in the first stitch from the previous round and two half-double crochet stitches in the next stitch. Continue alternating single and double stitches until you reach the end of round three. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the starting chain.
Chain two to begin each round. In rounds four through seven, do one half-double crochet stitch in each space. At the end of each round, join with a slip stitch to the top of the starting chain. At the end of round seven, you may tie off the yarn and weave in the ends to complete the soft scrubber. If you wish to add an abrasive nylon or steel scrubbie, continue with rows eight and nine.
Chain two to begin round eight. In rounds eight and nine, do one half-double crochet stitch in the first two stitches from the previous row. Skip the next stitch. Continue with half-double crochet stitches, skipping every third stitch. The decreased stitches form an opening with a smaller diameter than the scrubber. Poke a round nylon or steel scrubbie into the hole.
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