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Knitting Tips and Techniques: How Can I Improve a Scrubbie Pattern?

Do you like knitting scrubbies?

They’re often a quick knit and practical.  Because they’re usually small projects, they make a great project for on-the-go.  Such as when you’re caregiving.  And a simple pattern like garter stitch is easy to work on, leave and then come back when needed.

One of my favorite patterns is a knitted scrubby called Tribble or maybe it’s Tribble2.  Click here for a link to the original pattern.

Image of knitted scrubbie called Tribble2 for Knitting Tips and Techniques: How Can I Improve a Scrubbie Knitted Dishcloth Pattern?

The knitted dishcloth pattern calls for knitting with worsted weight crochet yarn.  As I learned about eco Tawashi, I decided to try knitting one with acrylic yarn.  And found acrylic Tribbles are great for scrubbing, and easy to knit.  When needed, I’ve even thrown them in the dishwasher for cleaning (no heat on the dry cycle).

Why eco Tawashi?

Because they can be used with less soap or even no soap on dishes.  Acrylic scrubbies including Tawashi are too rough for skin, though.  They do make great scrubbers for dishes and cleaning.

So how can you improve a scrubbie knitted dishcloth pattern?

  • Change cotton yarn to acrylic which often lasts longer…
  • Consider changing the edging to suit yourself.  Such as adding a slipped stitch garter stitch edging, which looks like a row of single crochet when finished…
  • Change the size and colors to suit you!

Acrylic yarn lasts longer and I notice the colors stay brighter longer.  Not as much fading as cotton dishcloths or scrubbies.

For the tribble pattern, using a slipped stitch garter edging makes it easier to gather the long ends into a circle, forming the three-dimensional scrubbie.

Image showing slipped garter stitch edging for scrubbie in Knitting Tips and Techniques: How Can I Improve a Scrubbie Knitted Dishcloth Pattern?

The gathered circle is also more symmetric.

Often the size of needles are a suggestion.  You can of course change them to suit your gauge.  Or you can experiment with different sizes to see what works best.  And of course, changing colors is part of the fun of making small projects like knitted dishcloth scrubbies!

While using knitting tips and techniques may sound complicated, as you can see it can also be super easy!

Knitting Tips and Techniques: How Can I Improve a Scrubbie Knitted Dishcloth Pattern?

Keep knitting to your heart’s desire – or someone else’s,

Dr. Ina
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”

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40 thoughts on “Knitting Tips and Techniques: How Can I Improve a Scrubbie Pattern?

  1. This might be a good way to use up leftover acrylic. Can other yarn weights be used besides worsted?

  2. Yes, it’s a great way to use up leftover acrylic. And you can use any yarn weight you like. You may need to change the needle sizes to match. Although some yarns may not make good scrubbies. Basically have fun experimenting! :)

  3. Always love quick knit projects before the Holidays. Can usually find a way to decorate packages with things i knit.

  4. Wow…I really want to learn how to do this…Have been knitting up dishcloths like a storm since 2 kids are moving out…..Can’t wait to try knitting up scrubbies..Want to do dishcloths and scrubbies for Christmas this year….

  5. This looks like a great ‘take-along’ project. I am always looking for those, but they have to be something I need to have done. I like the idea of using the scrubbies to tie onto gifts.

  6. My sister crochets this and I could never successfully do crochet. Been looking for a knitting pattern. Thanks!

  7. I use macrame cord and even twine to make my scrubbies. They really do a good job and also last a long time. They are knitted, of course, can’t crochet.. Just shows that yu can make them from almost anything. besides cotton.

  8. Can’t wait to get started on these for Christmas along with the dishcloths and towels, thank you so much for the pattern

  9. Being a senior citizen, I am always looking for projects to while waiting in the doctor’s office. This looks like a wonderful project. Easy and useful. Thank you,

  10. I think it’s a great one for trips to the doctor’s office, or even to other appointments. Thanks for your comment and I hope you enjoy the pattern!

  11. Senior, grandma, recovering from spinal reconstruction surgery ….. and love knitting dishcloths etc. while watching TV, sitting with sleeping grandsons, etc. My daughter and daughter-in-law love them, giving them to teachers, crossing guards, etc. for gifts throughout the year. Now – am trying to make scrubbies. I don’t crochet, and find knitting patterns to be less in abundance! Would appreciate *any* knitting patterns available! Thank you so very much.

  12. I love these, they are my favourite pattern for scrubbies! I’m always looking for ways to make them even better!

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