Nylon scrubby puffs are handy for cleaning dishes, counter tops and pots and pans without scratching surfaces. The nylon mesh netting used to make these puffs dries quickly, which prevents mold and mildew from forming in a kitchen sink. It is possible to make your own crocheted scrubbies using nylon netting, which is available in a variety of colors in craft and fabric stores and through the Internet. Knowledge of basic crochet stitches such as chain and single crochet and a few inexpensive supplies are all you need to get started. These scrubbies crochet up quickly, making them an inexpensive item to create and sell at craft fairs and bazaars.
Things You'll Need
- 1 Spool Nylon Netting Fabric, 3 Inches Wide
- Size N Crochet Hook
Hold the spool of netting as you would a ball or skein of yarn when you crochet. Pull some of the netting off the spool and squeeze to reduce the bulk as you work. Start by creating five chain stitches.
Skip one chain and single crochet in each of the next three chain stitches. Place three single crochet stitches in the last chain.
Stitch one single crochet stitch in the bottom of the next chain on the row without turning what you have already completed. This will connect the stitches to form a circle.
Stitch two single crochet stitches in a chain, followed by three single crochets in the next chain. This brings you to the first single crochet stitches you completed.
Begin growing the circle by adding additional single crochet stitches. Stitch two single crochet stitches in the first single you created. Then stitch one, two, one, three, two, two and one in the next seven stitches.
Begin the pattern that will repeat until the end. Stitch two single crochets in the next stitch, followed by one single crochet. Repeat until the scrubby measures about 3 inches across. As you work, be sure your circle is flat. If it starts to curl up, loosen the stitches or add additional stitches in one or two of the stitches as you work.
Decrease the size of the circle to create a puff shape. Single crochet in every other stitch until you reach the end of the stitches. One odd stitch will remain. Skip this stitch and slip stitch with the crochet hook to fasten. Leave a short tail of netting.
Weave the tail of netting into the finished puff and pull to create the rounded puff shape. Use the crochet hook to pull the tail through the stitches, weaving in and out until the tail is enclosed inside the puff.
One roll of 3-inch-wide netting will make at least two scrubbies, depending on the length on the roll. Rolls are at least 25 yards long.
To use nylon netting fabric, cut it into 3-inch-wide strips. Overlap 2 inches at the end of each strip and fold over lengthwise to encase as you crochet. You need 11 yards of strips to make one scrubby. Since netting fabric is available in widths from 54 to over 100 inches, 1 yard will give you ample yardage for one scrubby.
Erika Marie started writing in 1996 and has covered a variety of topics, including arts, crafts, and home and garden. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art from Rowan University.