Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Scrubbie Teaser Post

Have you ever made a dish scrubbie? Did you even know that you could crochet one? Well this post is part teaser, part pattern. You are welcome to finish off the scrubbie when we are done with the directions or you can hold onto it and wait... 

I'm going to have something really fun to dress it up with that was inspired by a friend of mine and is based off of one of Cre8tion Crochet's designs. A BIG thank you to her for being so kind as to let me use her pattern and to create a little twist on it for you. 

What is a dish scrubbie? Well.....



A dish scrubbie is made from nylon net fabric. {I had a reader comment below that if you cannot find nylon net fabric in your area that she has used some made with rougher tulle and that they work just as well.} You will need to purchase it at your local craft store and then cut it into strips before you can crochet with it. I'm going to show you how to do that. It is the best dish scrubber you will ever use! It is safe for non-stick pans and lasts FOREVER!!!!

Are you ready? This is going to be fun!


First you are going to open your material all the way out. (I recommend 2 yards for the entire project that we are going to make. If you are just in this to make scrubbies you can make a bunch out of just one yard.)

Once you have your material open all the way you need to identify the longest side of the material I used a piece of construction paper in the next few photos to show you how we are going to fold the material for easy cutting.



You are going to fold the material "hamburger style." If that doesn't make sense to you, fold the material so that both of the short sides touch each other and the long side is folded in half.



Repeat this as many times as you feel necessary so that you can manage the material but it's not slipping all over the place.



Here is what my material looked like when I was done folding it.


I used a rotary cutting mat to cut mine because it is SO EASY! You can also use scissors. It doesn't matter terribly if your lines are straight or not, it will all hide once you start crocheting with the nylon net fabric. The rotary cutting mat just makes it really efficient and quick.



Cut your material into strips that are 2" thick.





Ok, once you have all your material cut we will begin by making the scrubbie.

Scrubbie Pattern
Materials
I (5.5mm) hook
Nylon Net Fabric

Abbreviations
Ch - chain
sl st - slip stich
hdc - half double crochet

Note about how to connect new strips:
As you come to the end of one nylon strip leave about 3" and connect your new strip when you draw through all 3 loops to form a hdc. Stitch over the top of your ends. Because of the rough nature of the nylon it will grab onto itself and not unknot/unwind.

Ch 3, sl st to first ch to form a ring.

There are a couple different ways you can hold the nylon strips to control your tension. You can still weave it through your fingers but since it isn't yarn it doesn't feel as nice sliding between your fingers.
The way that I tend to hold it is by running it through my pointer finger that hooks over the nylon. If you have another way that works for you, use it. Gauge doesn't really matter with this project.
Round 1: Ch 1, 6 hdc in ring, join with a sl st to the top of first hdc. (6 hdc)
Round 2: Ch 1, 2 hdc in next st and in each st around. (12 hdc)
Round 3: Ch 1, 2 hdc in next st and in each st around. (24 hdc)
Round 4: Ch 1, *hdc in next st, 2 hdc in next st,* repeat *to* around. (36 hdc.)

Continue to connect strips and follow the above directions until you have completed round 4.

For the purposes of our scrubbie we are going to stop here. You can weave in the end of the nylon using a plastic yarn needle. They are probably the only ones with an eye big enough to get the nylon through. Cut off all your ends and use your new kitchen tool. If you are excited to see what I am going to do with MY scrubbie then stay tuned and leave your scrubby in this condition. We are going to make one more and then add some "window dressing" to make it really fun! 

To finish up this pattern head to the Owl Dish Scrubbie Pattern!
Be happy!!

34 comments:

  1. Ooooh I see an owl out of this already! Love Cre8tion Crochet's designs! Lorene is just amazing. Can't wait to see the rest of the post

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    1. Emily, NICE GUESS!!!!!! I love her too she's a good friend. I can't wait to get the whole thing done and show everyone!!!!

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  2. i have a large amount of tulle from a wedding that is never going to happen, would that work for this

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    1. I've heard not to use tulle... I've never tried it myself so I'm not sure why it is recommended that you don't. I don't think it would effect the pots but maybe just won't scrub as well? Good luck!

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  3. Do these retain the water and collect bacteria like sponges do?

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    1. They do retain water sufficient to clean and scrub dishes as a sponge does. I have no idea about their cleanliness in comparison to sponges. You can wash them in your washing machine with other rags and things just as you would a sponge. Don't know if that answered your question but I hope it helps some. :)

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    2. I think you could probably throw them in the dishwasher. I do that with regular scrubby things like scotchbrite pads. Of course, you can't bleach them if you add colored yarn to them, but as is, you certainly can.

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    3. then you would have a white owl!

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  4. I'm having trouble finding the nylon mesh netting; tulle is all over the place but it's too fine for scrubbies. Where did you get yours? Cute project!

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    1. I was able to find mine at Wal-Mart. Hope you can find some! Good luck!!

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    2. Lens Mill has the mesh in many different colours too.

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  5. Thank you so much for posting photos of how to work with netting! I wanted to make scrubbies but I was afraid of preparing the netting. This makes it look easy enough!

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    1. You're welcome! It is easy once you get the hang of it. Good luck!!!

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  6. Hi, I am a beginner and want to make these for a dear friend of mine for Christmas. I've never worked with netting and am lost as to how to start the project. Are there any tutorials I could watch to help me? Your instructions as to how to prepare the netting are great. I need help with connecting the netting to the yarn. Any help is appreciated with many thanks.

    Ladyhull

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    1. You could probably find a YouTube video that shows how to make a basic scrubbie and attach cotton yarn for the back. The pattern may not be the same as this pattern but the process is the same. Basically you are going to join cotton yarn just as you would change colors in any other pattern. I'm not sure if that answers your question or not. Let me know if you have a more specific question.

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  7. We can't find netting in this area either, but some of the tulle we sell is a bit rougher, not as soft as other tulle. Some of our customers are using the tulle. They are making scrubbies with just the tulle, or making a larger washing/scubbie cloth holding the cotton yarn and tulle together as they crochet/knit the cloth. It works fine, I bought one at a crafty place, it works fine. I plan to make some myself now.

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    1. That is great to know! Thank you!!!

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    2. I have added that as an option in the beginning of the pattern where I talk about the nylon net fabric. Thanks again!

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  8. We get nylon yarn on reels, the little old ladies used to make coathanger covers with it (and toilet roll dolls!)

    Would that be suitable for this?

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    1. I honestly have no idea. I've never tried it. I've had people tell me tulle works and other people say it doesn't and becomes too soft. It may just be a personal preference thing. If you do try it let me know what you think.

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    2. Try Lens Mill store. They have it in bolts. Cut in strips and tie together. It will work. I have made them. All kinds of colours too.

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    3. Where do you get your nylon yarn reels from?

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  9. I make scrubbies and everybody wants them. Can't wait to make the Owl scrubbies. They are so cute!

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  10. Love these scrubbies! My question is where do you find such bright colors in the cotton yarn?

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    1. I buy mine at either Wal-Mart or JoAnn's they are just Lily's Sugar and Creme. :)

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  11. In the beginning of preparing the nylon net fabric, is the object to cut it into 2" wide strips?? That part I don't understand Thank you so much

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  12. Love this pattern and I love the collaboration with Cre8tion Crochet!

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    1. Thank you!!! And I have to tell you your screen name made my night! ;)

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  13. Have to assume that you mean 2" wide - not thick?
    so I have a bunch of 2" wide strips? is that correct? I LOVE scrubbing with nylon netting scrubbies...have one dedicated to veggies - BEST veggie scrubber ever! - ..esp. for those veggies fresh out of garden,.carrots are scrubbed - NOT peeled - little 'hair' roots are removed and they are ready to cook or eat as is. Also the 'prickles' you sometimes get on fresh cucumbers (esp. the white ones). scrubbie takes em right off....brush (even a soft one) sometimes scratches peels/veggies.

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  14. If people are using rectangles of netting, it might be easier to use the continuous bias binding method to cut long continuous strips instead of having to manually join every strip: http://so-sew-easy.com/making-continuous-bias-binding-tape/

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  15. Thank you for this great idea. I have loved owls since I was a tiny child, and I am loving their current popularity. I am always looking for a nifty and new idea for gifts. This would be perfect for about anyone. My sister was just showing me some surplus kitchen cotton she had, and netting is not too pricey, so this may be our next big gift project. We like to make things ahead for gifts. I think they would be great for some of my friends in Quilt Guild, too.

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