Crochet Project and Pattern: Dish Scrubby

My Sister’s coworker had a dish scrubby for many years that she loved, which was crocheted from strips of nylon netting. She asked my Sister if she could figure out how to make her some new ones, but for some reason my Sister was struggling to get hers to turn out right. So, last weekend she passed along the project to me.

I investigated the original (red) scrubby and then tried to make something similar with a size K hook and the pink nylon craft netting - somewhere between 24 and 36 inches (wide) of netting cut into 2 inch wide strips - that my Sister supplied for the project. My scrubby turned out pretty much exactly like the original scrubby in look, feel and size, measuring 5.5 inches in diameter.
4 photos of the dish scrubby in progress and complete.  Left to right: strips of netting, scrubby about half-way complete, complete pink scrubby laid out on a wooden surface with the original red scrubby, and a close up of my pink dish scrubby. For anyone who might want to make one for yourself, here is approximately what I did to replicate the dish scrubby:
Round 1: chain 2, work 8 sc in second chain from hook (or work 8 sc in a magic ring), slst to beginning sc. (8 st)
Round 2: ch 1, 2 sc in each sc, slst to beg sc. (16 st)
Round 3: ch 3, *1 dc in first 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc**, repeat from * around, slst to beg dc. (20 st)
Round 4: ch 3, *dc in 1st dc, 2 dc in next dc**, repeat from * around, slst to beg sc. (30 st)
Round 5: ch 1, 2 sc in each dc, slst to beg sc. (60 st)
Finish off and weave in ends.

The pattern is actually pretty simple; the challenge for me was working with the netting. The strips I received were each about 72 inches long, but they were used up quickly, so there were numerous ends to deal with while crocheting each round. And, I somehow snagged my hook in net holes several times. I guess I should also note that the netting can be rather rough on the skin to work with (but, that is, of course, what makes it good for scrubbing dirty pots and pans too). I'm sure if/when I make more of these, I'll get better at working with this unique material so the resulting scrubbies will look a little nicer, but I am still very pleased that my first attempt turned out so well.

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  1. So did you hold the netting and a strand of yarn together and crocheted with both? I can't tell from the photos. I wish someone around here liked using dish scrubbies or dishcloths, because I enjoy making them, but no one I know uses them...

  2. Thank you for posting this, I have been looking for this pattern. I am new to crochet and left handed so I am not sure what I am doing but this looks easy.