Pot Scrubby

Pot ScrubbyEver wonder what to do with the left over yarn from you latest washcloth or dishtowel project? This is my perfected scrubby pattern. Extremely easy using only the (sc) single crochet stitch.

It is cotton on one side for the delicate items you wouldn’t want to scratch and braided nylon cord on the other for more scrubbing power. Braided cord can be found in any hardware store. It comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Just choose a size about the same diameter of the cotton yarn you are using. Although I haven’t tried it, I think hemp twine would make a good scrubbing side too and would make a totally natural fiber scrubby. I’m afraid my skin is a bit too sensitive to work with twine.

It is also designed to curve over on the top forming a ridge to help protect your fingertips.

A printer-friendly PDF of this pattern is available for immediate download at my Etsy store: Creations by Kalei.


The scrubby is worked in the round without joining. Use a piece of scrap yarn to mark the beginning single crochet of each round. (Weave the yarn in and out between the last stitch and first stitch of each round. Then remove it at the end. Note: Remember that the stitches, because they are worked in the round will not lie exactly on top of each other and the beginning stitch will spiral to the left on each round.)

4 ply cotton yarn
Braided nylon cord
Crochet hook H or J
Tapestry Needle

Stitches used:
Single Crochet (sc)
Chain Stitch (ch)

Size: These instructions should produce a scrubby 3″ in diameter.

Bottom: Using braided nylon cord starting on round 2 work the single crochets in the back look of the previous rounds. This will make a ridge which will add to the surface scrubbing area.

Published: April 1, 2011

Self-Striping Hand Towel

Button Top Self-Striping Hand Towel

Button Top Self-Striping Hand TowelHand knit washcloths are one of the true luxuries of life. They are wonderful in either the kitchen or the shower. And they are nearly indestructible. I’m still using cloths I made 10 years ago.

Washcloths are a great way to experiment with new stitches. Instead of making swatches I make washcloths or soap savers. I find out pretty quickly if I want to do a whole garment in the stitch. As you can imagine, I have quite a few washcloths, so much so that I have begun to make button-top hand towels instead.

Lily Sugar’n Cream has started to make a self-striping yarn. I liked the idea of the self-striping but wasn’t too fond of the way the color changes showed up. The changes didn’t blend in as well as I wanted. Not to be defeated by a bit of yarn, I developed the pattern below that incorporates an eyelet row to camouflage the color change.

I formed the eyelet row on the purl side because it is easier to purl 2 together (P2T) than it is to knit 2 together (K2T), especially with yarn that does not have much stretch like cotton.

The top portion of the pattern can be added to the top of any washcloth pattern. The only modification needed would be if the washcloth pattern was made on an even number of stitches. In that case, increase one stitch in the middle of row 1.

Math alert: To determine the number of purl 2 together (P2T) you will need on rows 2, 4, and 6, divide the number of stitches in half, then divide that number in half. If the result is even, purl the middle stitch of the row. If the result is odd, subtract one set of decrease stitches, these 2 stitches will be added to the number of plain purl stitches made in the center of the row. Repeat until there are 7 stitches remaining.

Row 2: (37 stitches)
37 ÷ 2 = 18 remainder 1 (even)
18 ÷ 2 = 9
9 P2T, P1, 9 P2T

Row 4: (19 stitches)
19 ÷ 2 = 9 remainder 1(odd)
9 ÷ 2 = 4 remainder 1
4 remainder (2 + 1 = 3)
4 P2T, P3, 4 P2T

Mileage may vary on the length of the button loop, make it the length needed. Making the actual YO, K2T buttonhole on the knit side of the fabric. I have taken to making my loops with two button holes 7 rows apart.

A printer-friendly PDF of this pattern is available for immediate download at my Etsy store: Creations by Kalei.

Button-Top Self-Striping Hand Towel

Size 7 knitting needles
1 3/ 4” button
1 ball self-striping cotton yarn
Finished size 9×11 including top(unblocked)

Gauge: Not too important, the bottom section should be square or a bit over.

Published: January 19, 2011