This crochet kitchen scrubby is designed to have the same look and feel as your kitchen sponge, but is 100% cotton and reusable.
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Why I Was Set on a Rectangle Scrubby
The problem is, I really like my little kitchen sponges.The kind you find wrapped in plastic next to the dish soap at the store, with one side of strangely already moist sponge and the other side that has a layer of scratchy, wiry material perfect for scrubbing. They fit my hand perfectly, not too big and not too small, and I’ve been using them for the last 17 years. Their downside is that they are not really meant to last a long time. They also get really stinky really fast. Which means I go through a lot of them.
As I saw all these cotton dishcloth patterns and crochet kitchen scrubby patterns floating around, I really liked the idea that they were reusable. However, I am fully rooted in my kitchen habits and a washcloth or a scrubby circle just doesn’t feel right in my hand as I do the dishes. I need that slightly squishy, half inch thick, little 3 by 5 rectangle to feel just right. Otherwise, I feel awkward doing the dishes and I swear I go a little bit slower!
So, I decided to see if I could make something that had the same size and feel of my kitchen sponges, but using a combination of 100% cotton yarn and scrubby yarn!
How is this double sided scrubby constructed?
The 3 goals I had for this crochet kitchen scrubby were: 1) a scrubby with the same dimensions of a kitchen sponge, 2) a scrubby with some squeezable thickness like a sponge, and 3) a scrubby with one soft side and one scrubby side like a kitchen sponge.
The dimension part was easy and even the two-sided requirement was not difficult to figure out. The part I needed to get a little creative with was the squeezy thickness. The solution I landed on was to crochet a rectangle three times the width that I wanted for the sponge so that I could fold it up into thirds and stitch it together, creating a nice thick feel. I crocheted the scrubby yarn along with the cotton yarn in the final third of the rectangle so that when folded up, only one side had the rough scrubby texture.
I’m pretty happy with how my crochet kitchen scrubby turned out! I have the best of both worlds! I don’t have to change my kitchen habits of 17 years, but I get the added benefit of a scrubby that I can toss in the washing machine over and over.
The final perk? These are super easy to make! The whole thing can be completed in under an hour. And with all the colors of cotton and scrubby yarn out there, the color combination possibilities are endless! I hope you have fun with it!
Interested in learning more about cotton yarn and what to make with it? Check out my Ultimate Guide to Crocheting With Cotton!
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3” x 3” swatch = 9.5 hdc x 7 rows
Finished measurements: 5.25” x 3.75”
(sc) single crochet
(hdc) half double crochet
(sl st) slip stitch
Row 1: Hdc into the 2nd chain from the hook and each chain across. (15)
Row 2: Ch 1. Turn. Hdc in the same stitch and each stitch across. (15)
Row 3-16: Repeat row 2. (15)
Row 17: Starting with this row, pick up the Scrubby yarn along with the cotton yarn and crochet with both together. Ch 1. Turn. Hdc in the same stitch and each stitch across (15).
Row 18-24: Repeat row 17. (15) After completing the 24th row, finish off the Scrubby yarn and weave in ends (or wait to weave in at the end). Leave the cotton yarn on your hook for the next step.
Putting it together: Fold work into three, so that there are 3 layers of cloth, with one of the scrubby sides facing out.
Ch 1. Starting at the corner where your chain is, with the scrubby side facing away from you, crochet your edges together with sc stitching evenly along the edge. Make sure to go through both outer sides with the hook, but ALSO crochet through the “inner” layer as well, so that the layer does not bunch when used. When you get to the first corner, sc 2 in the corner. (note: count the number of stitches on this first edge so that you can be sure to use the same number of stitches on the opposing edge). The next edge is not an open edge, but in order to maintain a clean line around the entire scrubby, go ahead and single crochet across the edge (note: count your stitches on this edge as well so that you can be sure to use the same number of stitches on the opposing edge).
2 sc at the next corner. Sc evenly up the 3rd side. 2 sc in the corner. Sc the last edge together, ending with a 2nd sc in the 4th corner (the first sc for that corner was your first sc of the border). Sl st to the first sc. Finish off and weave in ends.
Second Option: If you do not like the feel of the thick edging created by the sc, you also have the option of just sewing the edges together with a whip stitch with a yarn needle. This edging won’t be as visually appealing, but the feel of a thinner, less bulky edge might be a preference for some.
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