Simple to make and cleans the dishes surprisingly well! They are also reusable because they can be washed over and over again! No more nasty, smelly, scrubby sponges! Pair it up with our 100% Cotton Reusable Dishcloth Pattern!
They are made with a special yarn by Red Heart called Scrubby Yarn (affiliate link). The yarn was $3.99 on Amazon, but the shipping was $3.95! I consider that outrageous so went in search of it all over the internet and locally. I could not find it anywhere. If a store sold it, it was out of stock. If I found it online, the shipping was just as bad. After all the searching, I ended up just paying the ridiculous shipping charges on Amazon because I couldn't find what I wanted anywhere else for a better price. NOTE: Mary Maxim makes a 'scrub it' yarn, however it is $6.19 with free shipping and, in my opinion, NOT as good as the scrubby yarn by Red Heart which actually states on the label that it is great for dishcloths!
Bottom line, price was ridiculous, but the yarn works wonderfully!
HOWEVER - note that I found the yarn difficult and annoying to work with at first...after a little practice I learned to crochet a little looser so that working with it was easier. Hope that hint helps you!
Make the Center:
Chain 3 and create loop by connecting with slip stitch. Chain 1 and do 10 single crochets into center of loop and continue around in a spiral increasing the stitches every time around so that it lays flat (example: do two sc in one stitch every 1 stitch around, then do 2 sc every two stitches, etc.). Continue around in a spiral until it is approximately the size that you want (3-4 inches across). When it is big enough, connect to the last stitch using a slip stitch instead of a sc and then end with a slip knot.
Don't know how to crochet a flat circle? Check out instructions on How to Make a Flat Circe at Pink Mambo.
Plain Single Crochet:
Simply attach the color of your choice and do 1 or 2 rows of single crochet stitches around (adding stitches as needed to keep it flat).
Scalloped Flower Look:
Row 1: Do one single crochet in each stitch around keeping it loose. Slip stitch to connect.
Row 2: Chain 1 and do one sc. Skip one stitch and do 5 double crochets in the next stitch. Skip a stitch and do a single crochet, skip a stitch and do 5 double crochets in the next, skip a stitch, and do a sc. Repeat all the way around and slip stitch connect and knot it at the end. If the numbers don't work out perfectly, just supplement as needed (skip two instead of one) etc. REMEMBER, it is just a dish scrubby and will be scrubbing old food off your dishes soon! It doesn't need to be a work of art!
Reverse Single Crochet:
This is really a cool look! This is also the first time I had ever tried it. All you do is crochet from left to right instead of right to left. Practice a little before you do it on the piece you are trying to finish! Here is the video I used to learn the stitch....
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