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I have seen quite a few washcloths and dish scrubber patterns circulating around Pinterest lately and I wanted to put my own spin on it.
Several years ago, I designed a scrubber that was two panels thick, palm-sized and smooth on both sides. And here’s a secret—I’m still using them! They may be faded, but they’ve held up awesome! There were aspects of my design that I didn’t care for though. Like for one, they took forever to dry when laid flat on the counter—yuck! I actually use them once and then wash them. It just doesn’t seem sanitary to leave a wet scrubber lay on the counter. Maybe it’s just me… And you really had to put some elbow grease in if you needed to scrub something.
Out of necessity I redesigned my scrubber to be considerably larger, have a smooth side for washing and a bumpy side for scrubbing and to have a hanger for you to hook on to your faucet so it could air dry completely. Less stink!
I didn’t see a need to insert a sponge between the two panels because they come out pretty thick and the cotton is very absorbent, holding the suds well. You certainly can add a sponge to these if you think it will make them better. When you get to the part in the instructions to place the two panels together, put your sponge in between before you begin stitching them closed.
I’m extremely happy with how they came out!
I’ve included instructions within the Special Stitches section of the pattern for the bumps that I called double crochet two together. Now most people would see that as a decrease, but in this pattern it is not. Instead of inserting your hook into two separate stitches and combining the double crochets, you will be combining two double crochets in the same stitch and then single crocheting in the next stitch. Those two double crochets form a bump. Don’t worry! It is not that difficult and the step-by-step directions are detailed.
The hanger is made by single crocheting over top of a chain you make when crocheting one of the panels. It’s one continuous run with the border. The entire pattern is made up of chains, single crochets and double crochets. That’s it. And as always, feel free to comment below if you don’t understand something or if my instructions aren’t clear and I will try to help you. I am only human after all and make mistakes. Thank you for understanding!
So if you’re one of those people like myself who still has to wash dishes by hand, then these dish scrubbers would be right up your alley. Go ahead and make a stack!
Jumbo Dish Scrubber
Finished Size Approximately:
Without hanger, 5 ¾”H x 5”W
Double crochet 2 together (not a decrease)
All in same space, YO, insert hook into st, YO, draw back through st (3 loops on hook), YO, draw through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), YO, insert hook into same st, YO, draw back through st (4 loops on hook), YO, draw through 2 loops, YO, draw through 3 loops.
FC – foundation chain
YO – yarn over
st – stitch
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
ea – each
sl st – slip stitch
One ball of cotton yarn will completely make 2 scrubbers.
* American crochet terms used throughout.
FC: Ch 16
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc in ea across; ch 1, turn. (15 sc)
Row 2: Sc in every st across; ch 1, turn. (15 sc)
Row 3 – Row 20: Repeat Row 2. (15 sc)
Row 21: Repeat Row 2. At the end of the row, ch 16 and sl st in last sc made of Row 21 (forms the ring for hanging). Finish off.
FC: Ch 16
Row 1: In 2nd ch from hook, sc across; ch 1, turn. (15 sc)
Row 2: Sc in 1st st; *dc2tog in next st; sc in next st* Repeat from * to * across; (end row with a sc) ch 1, turn. (7 bumps)
Row 3: Sc across; ch 1, turn. (15 sc)
Row 4: Repeat Row 2
Row 5: Repeat Row 3
Row 6 – Row 17: Keep alternating Rows 2 & 3. Even rows repeat Row 2, Odd rows repeat Row 3.
Note: There will be 8 rows with bumps.
Put Panel 1 and Panel 2 wrong sides together (make sure your bumpy side is facing outward), sc evenly through both thicknesses around (2 sc at the end of each row to make a corner). In the corner with hanger, 25 sc around the chain loop. Sl st into top of 1st sc of edging.
Finish off. Weave in end.
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