Did you catch the Heart Pillow pattern I released earlier this week? If not, check it out here. I’ve been having a lot of fun finding different ways to utilize the heart pattern and thinking up Valentine’s Day projects. So, in that vein, I give you heart-shaped dish scrubbies!
Okay, I know washing dishes is not exactly romantic, but as soon as I saw this colour-way in Red Heart’s Scrubby yarn during my last Michael’s trip, I really couldn’t resist. At least having an interesting-shaped scrubby will make doing the dishes more fun? They’ll certainly make a cute addition to your kitchen.
And, can I just say, that feeling of exhilaration when you crochet something utterly practical and boring and useful? It honestly never goes away, even when you’ve been crocheting for years. Is that just me? I find it so satisfying to know that you can simply make a new dish scrubby whenever you need one (or hat, or scarf, or potholder, or tea towel, or place mat, you get the idea!). I just love that about the fibre arts. One little skein of the Scrubby yarn can easily make four or five scrubbies. You’re saving money AND crocheting while you do it! Yay!
For convenience, I’ll repost the pattern here but it is exactly the same as the Heart Pillow pattern, just with a smaller hook and lighter yarn! The scrubbies also have much less assembly (i.e. none!) since you only need one heart panel to make a finished scrubby.
Here’s what I used:
*If you’d prefer a formatted, printable, and ad-free version of the Heart Pillow pattern, you can find an inexpensive PDF HERE.*
- 3.5mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Red Heart Scrubby Yarn in Candy (less than an 85g skein for 2 scrubbies);
- Tapestry needle;
Terms and Stitches:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single crochet
Inc – Increase. Work 2 sc in the same st.
Dec – Decrease. Work 2 sc together.
Let’s get started! (Or Pin it for later!)
*Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row*
Heart (make 1 panel for 1 scrubby) in Candy:
Using a 3.5mm hook:
Row 1: Ch 3, sc across (2 sts)
Row 2: Inc twice (4 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 2, inc (6 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc 4, inc (8 sts)
Row 5: Inc, sc 6, inc (10 sts)
Row 6: Inc, sc 8, inc (12 sts)
Row 7: Inc, sc 10, inc (14 sts)
Row 8: Inc, sc 12, inc (16 sts)
Row 9: Inc, sc 14, inc (18 sts)
Row 10: Inc, sc 16, inc (20 sts)
Row 11: Sc across (20 sts)
Row 12: Inc, sc 18, inc (22 sts)
Rows 13-14: Sc across (22 sts)
Row 15: Inc, sc 20, inc (24 sts)
Row 16: Sc across (24 sts)
Now we will start the heart shape. Each “bump” is done separately, so you will be crocheting only half way across the panel and then we’ll go back and do the second bump afterwards.
Row 17: Sc 12 (12 sts)
Row 18: Dec, sc 10 (11 sts)
Row 19: Dec, sc 7, dec (9 sts)
Row 20: Dec, sc 5, dec (7 sts)
Row 21: Dec, sc 1, dec twice (4 sts)
Tie off. Turn your heart panel so that the bump you just completed is on the left, as seen in the pictures below. Join your yarn and repeat rows 17 to 21 for the second bump.
Tie off and weave in ends. That’s it!
I did try crocheting around the outside of one of the scrubbies to give it a “finished” look, but, as you can see, there is barely a visible difference between them, other than one of them being a little wider and the “bumps” being less defined, so I decided not to crochet around the outside of the second one.
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