Kitchen Scrubbies

A friend of mine gave me a kitchen scrubbie and it turned out to be an amazing tool for my kitchen. It doesn’t scratch surfaces but has significant scrubbing power. And, because it is made of tulle (a synthetic material), it doesn’t tend to put on much of an odor (just soak it now and then in the cleanser of your choice).
bag of scrubbies

Make a bag full!

Well, when the one I was given started to wear out, I considered making my own. I looked at several patterns online and experimented with a couple of different weights of tulle. I finally made a starting ring and fiddled until I had a good circle. I added an edge (for some reason it just needed an edge) and voilà! I’m supplied with scrubbies. (And now you can be too!)

Tools and Materials

I use a size H/8-5.00mm crochet hook.

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I crochet my scrubbies with strips of tulle netting that are 1½ inches wide. Using a rotary cutter makes quick work of cutting strips from yardage or you can buy spools of tulle in different widths. I like a fairly lightweight, small weave tulle. The scrubbies come out soft and pliable. (Heavier larger weave tulle creates a harder, stiffer scrubbie. Pick your preference.)

Knot ends of strips together to create longer strips as needed and tuck any knots to the back of your work as you crochet.

Abbreviations

ch – chain
dc – double crochet
hdc – half double crochet
sl st – slip stitch

When I first started working with tulle yarn, I found it hard to work in the stitches (I kept catching my hook in the yarn), so I just put my crochet hook in the space between the previous row’s double crochet stitches instead. You could do either with this pattern.

You’ll be creating two halves and the knots will be on the inside of your scrubbie when you stitch them together.

(I also chain 2 for my first double crochet. Most folks chain 3. Your call.)

First Half

Ch 4 and sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Ch 2 (counts as first dc), work 11 dc into ring, sl st to join (12 dc).
Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, 2 dc in each stitch around, sl st to join (24 dc).
Ch 2 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in next st, [dc, 2 dc], repeat parenthesis around scrubbie, sl st to join (36 dc). Finish off.

scrubbie halves

These are front and back halves of the scrubbie.

Second Half

As above, but instead of finishing off add this additional row – ch 1 (counts as first hdc) and then hdc in each stitch around scrubbie (36 hdc) and sl st to join.

Because there is no increase in this row, it will pull over slightly and become a side edge for your scrubbie. You may need to shape the edge a bit with your fingers (the picture shows the backside with the raised edge).

scrubbie half

Back side of scrubbie with hdc raised edge,

Finish Off

To finish off, I generally give myself a very long tail on the second half. I use this to stitch the two halves together.

Put your halves back to back (any knots tucked inside) and stitch together. You could slip stitch or single crochet the edges together. I like using a large plastic needle to sew them together. By grabbing the outside edge of the chains in a simple ladder stitch I can make the join fairly subtle.

sewing halves

I finish with a ladder stitch catching the outer loops.

Finish off and bury the tail in the scrubbie.

My scrubbies are 3¼–3½ inches across.

Got an itch to do more crocheting?
GRANNY IN THE ROUND
Use up your scrap yarn!

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Kitchen Scrubbie
All Rights Reserved © 2018 Lori Byerly

I have made every effort to make sure the instructions are accurate & complete. However, I cannot be responsible for human error or variations in individual work. Any scrubbies you make are yours to use, give, or sell. Please do not sell this pattern or copy to email or website. Feel free to create a link here instead.

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