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Slowly but surely my family and I are becoming more self sufficient.  I love making my own cleaning products and supplies. While they may be simple, cheap and easy DIY projects, they have big payoff in terms of self satisfaction and use! If you haven’t done so already check out these past blog entries:

 

Pin  DIY window cleaner  DIY all natural dish soap

 

I love my homemade dish soap, but I found that my old method of dish washing (fill the sink with water, squirt in some soap and wash) wasn’t really working with my new product. I finally found a blog that suggested using a sponge and putting the dish soap directly on it (worked perfectly I might add). Of course I didn’t want to use disposable sponges, so my goal was to find a crochet sponge pattern.  After a few test runs of already existing patterns, I instead decided to create the perfect pattern for my needs. And today I share it with you!

 

DIY Crocheted Cotton Sponge

Terms

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • tr = triple/treble crochet
  • sts = stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch

 

Materials

  • Worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Bernat)
  • 5.00 mm crochet hook
  • Yarn needle

 

Instructions: Front/Scrubbie of Sponge

Scrubbie Side

  • Ch 13
  • R1: sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
  • R2: (sc, tr) repeat 4 more times, sc in the each of the last 2 sc, ch 1, turn (12sts)
  • R3: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
  • R4: sc (sc, tr) repeat the (sc, tr) 4 more times, sc in the last sc, ch 1, turn ( 12 sts)
  • R5: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
  • R6-R17: Repeat R2-R5 3 more times
  • Fasten off and break your yarn

 

Instructions: Back of Sponge

Back of Sponge

 

I used a different colour yarn for the back but this is not necessary 

  • Ch 13
  • R1: sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
  • R2 – R20: sc in each stitch across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
  • Fasten off but DO NOT break the yarn

 

Note: You want to make the back portion of the sponge the same size as the front. Due to differences in tension the number of rows may differ from person to person. It took me 20 rows.

 

Instructions: Assembly of Your Sponge

  • You will be holding the wrong sides of the sponges together and working from the right side on the scrubbie portion
  • Ch 1 and put your hook through stitches on both pieces (as pictured below), sc

Through Both SC

  • sc across your sponge effectively attaching them together
  • You will want to do 3 sc in each corner
  • Once you’ve worked all the way around the sponge, sl st to join with the first sc

 

Finished!

 

Use, Care and Suggestions

These crocheted sponges can be used exactly like disposable sponges. The only difference is that when you feel they need a wash, you toss them in your washing machine. Wash on cold and hang to dry. If you use coloured cotton yarn it will fade over time. That is completely normal.

One post I saw suggested using coloured sponges for your dishes and making white ones for your tub/sink/cleaning. I think that’s a brilliant idea, if only for the purposes of keeping them separate. Also, if you use bleach when you wash your whites it won’t effect the colour of the sponge.

 

Enjoy!