A few weeks ago I was running to the store and I asked my husband if he needed anything, his response caught me a bit by surprise – “buy more dish cloths for the kitchen.”
We had several Ikea packs of dish cloths to where they had their own stack in the cabinet, so many they filled to the top of the shelf. Also, we had several hand made crochet scrubbers that were given to us as gifts. Over time, unbeknownst to me, they had been deemed unusable and disappeared (they were getting beyond just being called “used”). I looked in the cabinet and we were down to 2 dish cloths.
So we needed more dish cloths.
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But, like many things you find when you craft, why buy them already made when you can make them. Plus, it is another reason to go to the craft store and buy more yarn!
Thinking about whether to make just knit cotton dish cloths on my machine, crochet them, do little scrubbies, or something entirely different I start thinking about what I enjoyed using the most. One of the little crochet scrubbers that was gifted to us was a combination of both cotton and a netting. It had enough grit to get the job done, but not too abrasive to damage pots. I also liked the thickness that the crochet had.
We also had a solid cotton knit cloth that was given to us. I enjoyed washing dishes with it also. It had a nice and heavy quality that was nice to use. It didn’t feel like it was just a thin piece of cloth you were using to wash dishes.
So the idea came to me to join both of these qualities into one dish cloth. One side could be the abrasive scrubby and the other portion the more traditional dishcloth. This way you wouldn’t have to have two different things lying around the sink. It could be all in one! Each there for when you needed it.
At the yarn store I found Red Heart Scrubby yarn and decided to go with it. There were some other options, but they are quite harsh. I didn’t think I would like crocheting with it. I also picked up Lion Brand’s 24/7 cotton to be the companion cotton yarn.
Of course, our 4 year old daughter was with me and she picked out the colors. I think they are perfect, and make me smile each time I see them. We shall see how the husband likes to use pink dish cloths.
The Scrubby yarn is a bit more tricky to work with in finding the top loops to work into. But, after the first row it seemed easier to work in the correct stitch. The cotton yarn from Lion Brand (find it here) is great with the Scrubby yarn by Red Heart (find it here). It has a nice thickness and feel to it as it is being worked with a hook compared to some other cotton yarn.
The pattern is quite simple, just single crochets. It also is one of the shortest patterns that I have written. Easy to learn, easy to remember, and easy to whip up a stack of them with just 2 skeins of yarn!
Update: If you would like an additional pattern using this same yarn – you can now find the Summer Spiral Scrubby crochet pattern HERE.
Or the Waffle Scrubby crochet pattern HERE.
Also, click HERE to read about our trio of dish cloths also using Red Heart Scrubby yarn.
Dual Duty Scrubber Crochet Pattern
By City Farmhouse Studio
Red Heart Scrubby – Candy – 1 skein – (find it here)
Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton – Rose – 1 skein – (find it here)
Crochet Hook: H 8(5.00MM)
Gauge: 18 sc x 11 rows = 4” x 4”
Dish cloth measures 5 ¾ ”x 6 ½ ”
With textured yarn: Ch 26.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain to the end. (25 sc)
Row 2: Ch 1 turn. Sc 25.
Repeat for 10 rows
Change to solid yarn color repeat row 2 for 28 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.