I remember years ago, my mom and I stocked up on Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn at Michael’s when they had it on sale. We got home and worked up our very first dish clothes. We compared our stitches, and hypothesized which ones we thought would work the best. Primarily, we made them for the kitchen but they were so soft and durable, I started making them for my son for the bath.
After using them, we both agreed they were better than any wash clothes especially since we could customize them however we liked! They’re quick to whip up and wash well. I especially like to use them in the bath for my son because of how soft they are.
For Mother’s Day I got her several skeins of cotton yarn including a new cotton yarn we’ve both talked about, but neither of us picked up a skein of it: Red Heart Scrubby Cotton. When I was over at her house the other day, she handed it to me and asked me to work up a double sided scrubby. She could have done it herself, but I know she wanted me to have the first try at using the new scrubby cotton yarn because using new yarn is exciting! Gotta love moms.
To make the double sided scrubby, I worked up a circle the size I thought would be good for scrubbing dishes by increasing after each round.
Instead of fastening off to make the other side and sew it together, I worked single crochets in the back loops only and started to decrease in the next rounds to create the back.
After only three rows of decreasing, there wasn’t anymore room for more rows. I fastened off and left a tail for sewing.
I took my tapestry needle and weaved in and out of the stitches from the last row, pulled tight and tied a knot.
This is what the back looks like.
The first one I made was with the scrubby cotton yarn, but it’s difficult to see the stitches when working with this yarn. It wasn’t necessarily difficult to use, but it definitely takes some getting use to when you can’t really see where you’re crocheting into exactly. It helped to feel the stitches when crocheting, but I had no problem crocheting into stitches. If you’re confident in your crocheting, you’ll be able to work with this yarn.
I made the scrubbies with the scrubby cotton for the kitchen and the regular cotton yarn for the bathroom. Honestly, I think they can be interchangeable of where they are used, but obviously keep track of which ones are used for the kitchen and which ones are used for the bath. The cotton scrubby looks rough but is surprisingly soft enough for your face, as long as you’re gentle.
Yes, I’m going to share this easy pattern! It’s only 8 rounds! I think they would make wonderful gifts and a great small item to add to your stock for craft shows! I was able to make 3 scrubbies from one skein of the Lily Sugar n’ cream and 3 from the Red Heart Scrubby Cotton with yarn to spare. Each scrubby measures 5 inches in diameter.
[I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Pebble Beach Ombre & Red Heart Scrubby Cotton]
Round 1: Magic ring, Chain 2, 12 DC into the ring, join
Round 2: Chain 2, 2 DC into each stitch around, join
Round 3: Chain 2, *DC, DC increase, repeat from * around, join
Round 4: Chain 2, *2DC, DC increase, repeat from * around, join
Round 5: Chain 1, SC evenly around in back loops only, join
Round 6: Chain 2, *2 DC, decrease, repeat from * around, join
Round 7: Chain 2, *DC, decrease, repeat from * around, join
Round 8: Chain 2, decrease all the way around, join
Fasten off and leave tail for sewing up hole.
That’s it! Enjoy your scrubbies!