Keeping It Clean

Last week I admitted my affinity for cute notebooks.

And as I was cleaning the bathroom this week, I realized there might be a loofah habit forming that could rival the notebook situation. So much so that I had been entertaining ordering some yarn from a shop in NY. And then I found it, both Hobby Lobby and Red Heart have a scrubby yarn!

To make these scrubby balls, you will need cotton yarn like Sugar ‘n Cream or Crafters Secret, a ball of scrubby yarn like Red Heart Scrubby or Hobby Lobby’s Scrub-ology as well as a crochet hook size J. A yarn needle, scissors and a stitch marker will come in handy.

One of the great things about this project is that gauge isn’t important, just use a hook that allows you to easily work the 2 strands together.

supplies

To begin, make a magic circle (here is a decent video if  you are new to this technique, https://youtu.be/p298HxgsO1s) leaving a long tail using just the cotton yarn.

Why, well I’m frugal (you can call me cheap, it’s ok) and the scrubby yarn is expensive so I don’t like to add it into the center of the ball.

Chain 30 stitches for the handle, and attached the handle to the magic circle with a slip stitch. If you want a thicker handle, half double crochet the chain.

handle

Next, work 30 half double crochets (hdc) into the magic circle. Join the last hdc to the first hdc with a slip stitch.

magiccirclecomplete

Pull the tail to close the magic circle, and tuck the end. Trust me, it is easier now than once you have a nice full and fluffy scrubby ball.

You have completed the foundation work and are ready to crochet the rounds that make up the ball itself.

Round 1 – chain 2, work 3 hdc into the first stitch and 4 hdc into each remaining stitch. Slip stitch to join the round

round1complete

Round 2 – add in the scrubby yarn, chain 2, 3 hdc into the first stitch and 4 hdc into each remaining stitch. Slip stitch to join the round.

addinginscrubby

Round 3 – chain 2, work 3 hdc into the first stitch and 4 hdc into each remaining stitch. Slip stitch to join the round.

Depending on the size of your hand and/or the amount of yarn you have left, you could end the ball here or repeat round 3 one more time before binding off and tucking the end.

finishedmultiscrubby

Happy crocheting. And just so you know that I can do more then crochet, next week will NOT be a crochet pattern.

You can always visit this site for free access to this pattern, but if you would like a PDF download, it’s available for only $.99 on my Etsy store, You Crafty Thing.

And as always, if you don’t have time or the supplies,  you can grab the finished product on my Etsy store too, You Crafty Thing

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