Things You'll Need
- 1/2 yard, 45-inch netting
- Ruler or yardstick
- Size P crochet hook
Crochet net scratchers are made from strips of netting. The scratchers are crocheted into a circle, square or rectangle. The texture of the net scratchers provides an abrasive surface for cleaning similar to a scouring pad. Netting is available in small, medium and large weave. The medium weave is the best weave to use when crocheting net scratchers. The size of the net openings are approximately an 1/8 inch. A single crochet stitch is used to make the net scratchers.
Place the folding netting on a flat work surface. Open all folds but the center fold. This will make the fabric 22 1/2-inches wide by 18 inches long. Match the center fold to the long outside edge. Fold to create a rectangular piece of fabric 11 1/4 inch wide by 18 inches long.
Place a ruler or yardstick along the long edge. Move the ruler onto the fabric so it is positioned approximately 2 inches from the edge and is still parallel. Cut the netting into 1-inch strips. Open the scissors and line the nose up with the 1-inch mark on the ruler. Slide the ruler onto the fabric another 3 to 4 inches. Make a second cut. Repeat the process across the netting until a 1 inch strip is made. Set the strip aside. Repeat the process for the remaining 17 inches of netting.
Pick up one netting strip. Tie a slip knot 2 to 3 inches from one end of the strip. A slip knot is made by crossing the strip of fabric and making a loop large enough for your forefinger and thumb to fit through. Insert your thumb and forefinger through the loop and pinch the long strip of netting. Pull the netting through the loop. Pull the short end of the netting tight.
Slide the slip knot over the end of the crochet hook. Continue to slide the slip knot until it is approximately 1/2 inch up the shaft from the hook. Twist the netting slightly to make it rope-like. Loop the netting over the hook. Pull the newly made loop through the loop on the shaft of the crochet hook. This is a chain stitch. Repeat the chain stitch for a total of 10 stitches.
Position the 10 chain-stitched tail to your left (or to your right if you are left handed.) Insert the tip of the crochet hook through the top loop of the second chain stitch from the end. Loop the netting over the hook. Pull the loop through the chain stitch. Two loops are now on the crochet hook. Loop the netting over the hook. Pull the newly made loop through the two loops on the shaft of the crochet hook. This is a single crochet stitch. Repeat the process across the entire row for a total of 10 stitches.
Chain one stitch. This is the first stitch to the next row.
Crochet a total of 10 rows --10 single crochet stitches and one chain stitch.
Cut the long piece of netting approximately 2 inches from the crochet hook after the last single crochet in the last row. Pull the cut piece of netting through the loop on the crochet hook. Pull the 2-inch tail tightly to secure the last row of stitching.
Weave the beginning and ending tail back and forth through the first and last row of single crocheted stitches.
Adjust the size of the crochet hook to make smaller or larger stitches in the nylon netting scratcher. Add more stitches to make it larger or crochet in a circle. Always use the single crochet stitch to provide a maximum abrasive surface.
Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."