If you’re a knitter or a crocheter, you’ve probably seen your share of scrubbie patterns. And all those scrubbie patterns most likely had the same thing in common – they were made out of strips of nylon net.
Nylon net is abrasive and makes a nice little scrubbie for doing the dishes. I just wish I had the patience for cutting up all that nylon net into little strips and tying them together. You would think for someone that likes to make her own stuff, that I would be more excited about making my own yarn out of nylon net. But, no. Sorry. Boring.
And that’s why I perked up and took notice when I found a new yarn made by Red Heart.
I saw (and bought!) the Red Heart Scrubby Yarn at both Walmart and at Hobby Lobby so there are some larger retailers that are now carrying it. If you can’t find it at a local store, it’s also available on Amazon. (you can check it out here: Red Heart Scrubby Yarn)
Now this yarn is not nylon net. But it does have lots of extra little nubs that give your finished knitted piece some extra scrubbing power. I got busy and created a simple little pattern to use this new yarn for knitting up some scrubbies.
After playing around with the yarn for a bit, I decided this yarn works best when held double as you knit. I made a scrubbie holding two strands of the scrubby yarn together as I knit, and I also made some scrubbies holding one strand of the scrubby yarn with one strand of a cotton yarn. Both those options made a nice little scrubbie that was kind of a cross between a washcloth and a scrubbie.
Here’s my quick and simple scrubbie pattern:
Knit Scrubbie Pattern
Needles: Size 8 (American)
Yarn is held double while knitting this pattern. Choose one of the options below:
Option 1: Knit with two strands of scrubby yarn. (for this option the cotton yarn is not needed)
Option 2: Knit with one strand of scrubby yarn and one strand of cotton yarn
Cast on 15 stitches.
Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) until piece measures 3″ from the beginning (about 22 rows).
Bind off loosely. (binding off loosely helps you slip the scrubby yarn off the needle, and makes for a stretchier edge on your scrubbie too).
To finish, weave in any yarn ends as necessary.
As you can see, this is a super basic pattern. After all, we’re just making rectangles. 🙂
Your finished rectangle scrubbie should be about 4″x3″ which was a size I thought was about right . . . although when I put a couple of them by the sink and we started using them, Hubby and I had different reactions:
First I did the dishes . . .
ME: Hmmm, maybe I made these scrubbies too big. Maybe I should adjust the pattern and make them a wee bit smaller.
And then Hubby did the dishes . . .
HUBBY: Hey, those new scrubbies you made? I think you need to make them a little bigger.
Ha! So if you want a dainty scrubbie, cast on few less stitches and knit fewer rows. But if you want a manly scrubbie, cast on a few more stitches and knit a few more rows.
Just make your own scrubbie rectangles in a size you like – and have fun!