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diy wednesdays: crocheted cotton dish scrubbers

by Grace Bonney

our recent crappy weather has encouraged some quiet, crafty evenings at home. In going through our supplies, we’ve discovered tons of leftover yarn from previous projects. instead of trying to mix and match it all into one larger thing, we’ve discovered the joys of making little things—projects we can whip up in 30 minutes or so while catching up on flight of the conchords or whatnot… these dish scrubbers are a good example: quick and easy to make, a great use of cotton yarn scraps, and they make great gifts. plus they’re a great alternative to stinky, disposable sponges. use these, toss them in the laundry, and use them again and again and again.

have fun!
derek & lauren

CLICK HERE for the full project and instructions

here’s what you’ll need:
-worsted-weight cotton yarn (available at yarn stores and craft stores for $3-$6 per skein). we used lion brand cotton in seaspray, paprika and avocado.
-size F crochet hook
-yarn darning needle for weaving in ends

1. to make an 8″ square dish scrubber, chain 34 stitches with your crochet hook.

2. insert the hook back into the third chain from the end and do one half double crochet stitch into each chain to complete the row. for more detailed instructions on how to crochet this stitch, click here for a youtube video. we found the half double crochet to be the perfect stitch for these dish scrubbers- not as dense as the single crochet and not as loose as the double.

3. chain 2 stitches at the end of each row and continue working in half double crochet until you end up with a piece that is 8” square (about 24 rows).

4. cut your yarn, tie it off and weave in both loose ends with your yarn darning needle.


5. depending on the size of your skein of yarn, you should be able to get 2-4 dish scrubbers out of each one.


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  • I make mine like yours, it takes me 2 hours to make one!!! :) :) :) I get my yarn on the cones and make about 6 dishcloths per cone.

  • I stopped about halfway thru cause my hands were hurting (arthritis)…..So I decided to fold in half longway and stitch up the sides. You can stick your hand in for easier scrubbing or stick a bar of soap in it. If it’s a rougher yarn/string it makes a great exfoliator.

  • I see where you said to start in 3rd chain, but do we go to 3rd chain in every row? or just the 1st could have done it then found out but this is easier ty

  • I made up a similar pattern but inserted hook in back of loop. It gives it a nice ridge/ texture. Love using the half double stitch!

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