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.
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.
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!
Keep knitting to your heart’s desire – or someone else’s,
Ina Gilmore, M.D. (Retired)
“The Knitting Dr.”
Ambassador of Elder Care, www.HowToLiveOnPurpose.com
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