There are a lot of way's to reduce our use of disposable products. One way specific to today's topic is getting rid of the sponges in your kitchen. They harbor bacteria, smell bad, you cannot wash them in the laundry multiple times, and they do not break down in the landfill without additional help from more chemicals to accelerate the process.
So what could be a better way to resolve this issue than to make your own scrubbies! Not only for your kitchen, you can use these little guys all over your house, and since they are made with Yarn Bee's Scrub-Ology Scrub It, they can be washed in the laundry over and over!
So I whipped one up, gave it to my first round product tester (my husband) and waited for his feedback. It was a hit! I made a few more and started handing them out to family and friends to use and give me feedback. Then I did the laundry...
When I pulled the washed scrubby out of the dryer it was all misshaped and quirky. I worked with it a little to get it back into shape and it was still just all wonky. I could tell by the way it was all scrunched up that I had to do something different to the stitches to be sure they would stay in place. And that is just what I did...
Back in to testing, and laundering it went... Again, a success! I was feeling on top of my game! Now I get to pass along these tricks. So go out! Get some Scrub It, and get making!
I'm still not sure how I came up with the idea. I do remember I was up to my ears in all things Knottie Hooks. And I remember it was about ten-o-clock at night, lol. I kept playing with the yarn and the stitch and all of a sudden it hit me, again... A simple twist to the stitch would help to hold it all in place and reduce the potential for the yarn to slip and misshapen during laundering.
Yarn: 1 skein of Hobby Lobby Scrub-ology Scrub It!
Hook(s): 4.5 mm hook
What I like best about this yarn is that it has some substance to it. You could certainly use this pattern with cotton yarn and basic scrubbie yarn as well, but I cannot guarantee that it will work up as easily. If you have ever worked with basic scrubbie yarn you know what I mean!
Is the weight the same?
Are the fibers similar, such as acrylic, wool, alpaca, nylon, etc.?
Is the gauge similar or close enough to make it work?
Are the recommended hook sizes the same?
Another piece of information you can look for is the number of wpi (wraps per inch). This information is not always available so may be more difficult to compare.
They will measure between 3.5”-4” in diameter when completed.
Pfs- puff stitch: Insert hook into appropriate stitch, yo pull up loop, yo insert hook, yo pull up loop, yo insert hook, yo pull up loop. Yo pull through all loops on hook, turn your work around so you are looking at the back side yo pull through to close the stitch, turn your work around again ch1. (This puff stitch description is specific to this pattern and not a typical puff stitch technique)
Turn the same direction when directed to turn. So if you turn counter clockwise, then always turn counter clockwise
Rnd 1: Make a magic circle. Pfs 6x in magic circle, sl to 1st puff. Pull tail taut (not so taut that it causes your work to overly bunch)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, Pfs into the sl space then in each puff and ch 1 space around. Sl to beginning puff. (12 puffs)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, 2 sc in each puff and chain 1 sp around. Sl st to beginning tie off weave in ends. (here you could also crochet a few chains to make a loop for hanging, do this before tying off).
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