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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Another Scrubbie From The Countess

Ok I admit it, my mind never stops.  Ask my husband.  Sometimes he just wants to sit and not think about anything.  I chatter a lot and bless his heart, he just sits there.  For a long time I thought he was listening, but he usually isn't, until I say "are you listening?" I'm pretty sure that is why he stays up late so he can have the peace and quiet I have in the morning.

I have made so many sweaters and afghans that the thrill is gone. These days my projects are smaller.  They are little things I can do quickly like hats, mittens and scarves.  I also have a pair of socks on the needles at all times.  This project started out as a simple dish rag.  I had some cotton yarn in my stash, so one day I started to crochet some round dish rags.


They turned out pretty nice.  I haven't been using them for dish rags though.  I use them under plants and lamps.  They seemed too nice to put in dish water.  I got to thinking about the scrubbies I make for the hospital gift shop.  I wondered if I could incorporate the cotton and the netting together.  It would have the absorbency of the cotton and the slight abrasion of the netting.  I used the same pattern.


I found out by making this one that the concept is good, but it is way too big.  The wet cotton is heavy and the scrubbie part is hard to handle.  I decided to try a smaller version.  They seem to work out great.  It is only five inches across and fits perfectly in my hand.  The outside two rows are netting material.  If you don't want to use netting around the outside, using all cotton works fine.  I really like the smaller size.


Dish Rag/Scrubber

About 10 yards of Cotton Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Peaches and Cream)
About 10 yards of 1 1/2 inch nylon netting
Size "I" crochet hook

Chain (ch) 4 and join with a slip stitch (sl st) to first chain to form a ring.
1st Round:  Ch 2, then 10 half double crochets (hdc) into the ring.  Join with a slip stitch in first hdc.
2nd Round:  Ch 2, then 2 hdc in each hdc around.  Join with sl st in first hdc. - 20 hdc
3rd Round:   Ch 2, then 2 hdc in each hdc around.  Join with sl st in first hdc. - 40 hdc

Drop the cotton yarn and begin with strip of netting.  How to cut the netting from flat goods
 http://www.thecabincountess.com/2013/10/nylon-net-scrubbies.html
or from a spool.
 http://www.thecabincountess.com/2014/05/revised-nylon-netting-scrubbie.html

4th Round:  Ch 2, hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc in same space as sl st.  (Skip 3 stitches and 2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc next stitch).  Continue around in this manner.  Join with sl st in beginning ch 2.  There are 10 shells around.

5th Round:  Ch 2, hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc in same space as slip st.  (Single crochet (sc) in space between shells.  2 hdc, ch 1, 2 hdc in next shell).  Continue around in this manner.  Join with sl st in beginning ch 2.  Finish off by pulling through loop.  Weave ends.