I like to use scrubbies on my dishes that will not scratch the finish. Being that I cook from scratch a lot, I’m washing pots and pans almost every day. I’ve always kept a few of the plastic scrubbies on hand, but I hate how they come apart and unravel, plus you can’t just throw them in the washing machine and reuse them. When I saw the Red Heart Cotton Scrubby yarn at my local craft store, I decided to give it a try. No, it’s not organic but it is machine washable.
I started by making a bath scrunchie, but that is still a work in progress. It is washable but I am not happy with the design. However, I was washing dishes one day, complaining to my hubbie about the scrubby that was unraveling as I used it, when I thought about using the Scrubby Yarn for a dish cloth. I dug through my yarn stash and came up with a skein of 100% cotton yarn, so I picked up a skein of Cotton Scrubby Yarn in a complementary color and set to work. So far I am happy with it and I can throw it in the laundry with my kitchen towels and wash it. The free pattern is below along with links (affiliate links) to the particular yarn I used under 'Supplies'. This is a simple diagonal knitted dishcloth pattern that I’ve used for years and I have no doubt it is all over the Internet as we speak.
This is a good pattern for a beginning knitter because you get to practice with casting on, increasing by yarn over, decreasing by stitching two together and bind off as well as using two strands of yarn together.
#7 straight needles
1 skein worsted weight 100% cotton yarn (Dishie, Sugar’n Cream, Crème de la Crème)
1 skein Red Hearth Cotton Scrubby yarn
Choose complementary or contrasting colors. Use 2 strands of yarn throughout the pattern-1 strand of cotton yarn and one of Scrubby held together throughout the pattern. The Scrubby yarn can be a little bit challenging if you are new to knitting because its thin and knobby and you can drop a stitch without noticing (voice of experience). This makes about a 6" square dishcloth. For larger or smaller, just change the number of stitches you add on the R2 repeat.
K = knit the number of stitches indicated with a number (K1 or K2) or knit to the end of a row (K to end)
Yo = yarn over (increase)
K2tog = knit two stitches together (decrease)
Cast on 4 stitches
R1: Knit 4
R2: K2, yo, K to end
Repeat R2 to 25 stitches on needle
R3: K1, K2tog, yo, K2tog, K to end
Repeat R3 until 6 stitches are left on needle.
Bind off and leave about a 6” tail to weave in.
The combination of cotton yarn and scrubby yarn means these cloths will hold quite a bit of moisture for cleaning, so they may make good cleaning cloths for other things. Washing instructions for Scrubby are to wash warm on gentle cycle and tumble dry on low.
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