Friday, December 28, 2012

Crocheted Scrubby

I love a good scrubby for scrubbing pots and pans and I just learned that more than one of my friends appreciate good scrubbies too.  So this last Christmas, more than one of my friends received my handmade scrubbies as a gift.  I have other friends who will be receiving some as birthday gifts.  They are easy, quick and inexpensive to make.  So here is how I crochet a scrubby.
Supplies:
½  yard (.46m) of net fabric ( +/- $1.00 per yard (.92m))
Size I (5.5 mm) crochet hook
Scissors
Cutting mat
Metal ruler
Rotary cutter

Here is the net fabric.  It is bought by the yard (in the US) and is 72 inches (2 yards) wide.  I folded the net and placed it on the cutting mat so that the cut edge is even with the end of the markings on the mat.  I placed the metal ruler on the net, 2 inches (5 cm) from the end,
 and used the rotary cutter to cut along that line.  I cut 9 – 2 inch wide x72 inch long strips of net. 
Then I took one end of two pieces of net and made them even and then tied a slip knot, tying the two pieces together. 
Repeat with the other 7 pieces until you have all 9 pieces of net tied into one long piece of net.  This is the “yarn” for the scrubby. 
I learned quickly that is it much better to roll the net “yarn” into a little ball.  It makes everything neat and easy to work with.
Leaving a 3-4 inch (7.5-10cm) tail, chain 3 stitches,
 
 then slip stitch the into the first chain making a small ring. 

Sc8 into the center of the ring.  You will not be counting rows or rounds, what you will be counting is each section of net between each knot.  Also, as you reach each knot you will need to make sure each knot is on the inside of the scrubby. You have 9 sections and 8 knots.
 Next, 2 sc into each stitch until you reach the 2nd knot (or the start of the 3 strip). 
Now 1sc into each stitch until you reach the 8th knot.

When you reach this point you will notice that all the knots are inside the scrubby and the outside is knot free.  Using the last strip of net, you will *(sc into a stich, skip a stitch), repeat until the top is closed. 

When you have closed the top, tie off the last stitch.
Reach the crochet hook into the center hole in the top, through to the center hole in the bottom and pull the tail up through the top. 

Tie a square knot into the two tails. 

Then use your crochet hook to pull last knot on top into the center of the scrubby. 
Looks good.
Enjoy!

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