I really think that there are few things in this world grosser than an old smelly sponge. Do you agree? Just the idea of trying to clean with something full of germs is high on my yuck scale. Well, good news! Today I have a much prettier, natural alternative for you all – crocheted hemp scrubbies! Did you know hemp is naturally antibacterial? It is! That makes it the perfect material for making scrubbies. Plus, Darice hemp cord comes in dozens of colors so you have lots of options!
- Darice 20 lb. Weight Hemp
- Darice 20 lb. Weight Colored Hemp Cord Set
- Size G (4.00 mm) Crochet Hook
- Darice Yarn Needle
A quick tip before we get started: hemp is a little rougher than the yarn you are probably used to working with. I found that wrapping a band aid around the index finger of my left hand (where the cord runs over as I crochet) made it much more comfortable.
Hemp Scrubbie Pattern (Make 2 for each scrubbie).
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc) – The front post double crochet is worked just like a regular double crochet, but instead of working the stitch into the top of the stitch from the previous row, the stitch is made by inserting the hook around the post of the previous row’s stitch from front to back. (See image below.) This raises the stitch up above the rest of the stitches and that’s what gives this scrubbie its texture.
Round 4: Ch 2 (counts as first dc), dc in same st, fpdc around next st, *2 dc in next st, fpdc around next st, repeat from * around. Sl st to beginning ch 2 to join (32 dc, 16 fpdc). Finish off. Weave in ends using yarn needle.
When you have two circles completed, you will crochet them together to give you a nice, thick scrubbie with texture on both sides.
Step Three: Crochet Shell Edge.
To create a pretty shell border, begin with ch 1 and sc in the same stitch. Then skip one stitch, and work three dcs in the next stitch. Skip one stitch again, and work a sc in the next stitch. You’ve made your first shell! Continue in this pattern (sc, skip one st, 3 dc, skip on st, sc) all the way around the circle. Slip stitch to the first sc, finish off, and weave in the ends using your your yarn needle.
And you are all done! I made a little set of three in pink, mint, and teal. The Darice hemp cord comes in lots of colors, so pick your favorite! The colored thread is a bit softer than the regular hemp, so you may even want to make an entire scrubbie using the colored cord if you find the regular hemp too rough.