Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crocheted Kitchen Scrubbie (Mini Washcloth)

 Some things are better in smaller packages.  Like humans.  Babies are the best thing ever - much better than their full-sized human being version called adults.  But hey, I'm a mom.

After crocheting up a set of face scrubbies for myself, I thought, "I like these.  Why would I ever want to use a regular washcloth again?"  Which led me to think, "Wait a minute.  I need something for my kitchen."

By all means, you could use the face scrubbies pattern to make kitchen scrubbies.  I think it would work just fine.  I personally wanted a different design so that when they all get thrown in the wash together, I will know which ones have cleaned up pork fat and which ones have cleaned up some eyeshadow.  Also, I generally love any excuse to crochet something new for my home.

So enter the crocheted kitchen scrubbie, which could also be called a mini washcloth.  Because seriously, that's all that it is.  I just took my favorite washcloth pattern and made it into a smaller version. One of these days I will attempt a new dishcloth pattern - but the basic single crochet washcloth is easy, it works, and I like the way it looks.  And when you already have time-consuming, complicated projects that are way overdue, why in the world would you feel the need to make a time-consuming, fancy dishcloth?  I don't.  So I don't.

This is what I did:

Using an I hook (5.5mm) and some Sugar 'N Cream 100% Cotton Yarn, I chained 14 stitches.
Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook.  Sc in each stitch across.  Ch 1 and turn.
Rows 2-11: Repeat row 1.
Row 12 will be the beginning of a SC border in the main color.  Do 1 sc in each stitch across and when you get to the corner, do 3 sc in that stitch.  When you get back to the beginning of the border, sl st into the beginning sc.
Second sc border in contrasting color: using a sl st, attach the new color and do a repeat of the first border.

I think I like these better than a standard, regular washcloth.  It's all because of the size.  When it's this little, you can easily scrunch it, double it over, and put some elbow grease into those dirty dishes.  Plus with it being small, it will be much easier to fit in those annoying places like the inside of a cup or a mug.

It fits and leaves room for my big man-hands.

Small enough to double over for extra scrubbing power.

This is pretty much the easiest thing to crochet in the history of crochet (minus the chain stitch).  So if you're a beginner looking for a super easy, quick project and you're sick to death of potholders and regular washcloths, give this sweet little baby a try.

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