Handmade Christmas Idea #4: Although I do love my knitted dishcloths, they don’t always work when you need to scrub stubborn baked-on foods.
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Years ago, someone gave me a pot scrubber that was hand-crocheted. I had no idea how to make one, but felt that with my newly acquired skills I could learn. One of the ladies at Alona’s Beauty Shop kindly offered me her pattern. That was all it took.
Last year I discovered that a couple of the yarn manufacturers have introduced a dish scrubber yarn. It has a feel of plastic and looks a bit fuzzy, but don’t let that intimidate you. It is easy to work. I have noticed this year that more colorways are on the shelves, and I can’t wait to use all of them!
The original pot scrubbers I made were done in simple netting. These have a bit more ‘bite’ to them, and I use them to scrub stubborn areas. The ones I made with the pot scrubber yarn I use to scrub out any non-stick pans that need just a little more elbow grease, but don’t want to scratch the coating.
One caveat: When making scrubbers for the first time, it can be a little daunting to work with either the netting or pot scrubber yarns. It can be difficult to see the stitches, especially when working the second row.
However, once you get the hang of it, you can whip these out in no time. I can now make one complete scrubber in just a little over an hour. As with any craft, you just need a little patience, and take it slowly. Before you know it, you will have a whole box of these ready to use or give as gifts.
Handmade Christmas #4 Gift Giving Idea
Did you make the dishcloth and draining mat? Tuck two of these in the stocking, too – one made of netting, and one made with the new pot scrubber yarn. These make fun gifts and are low cost gift items.
As a helpful reminder – if you don’t know how to crochet and want to learn, try this book from Amazon: The Art of Crochet for Beginners
Keep in mind. If you have someone on your gift list that wants to learn to crochet, accompany this book with a set of crochet hooks, some yarn, and wrap them all up together. Then you can spend time with them teaching them what you have learned, and you can work with each other to learn even more.
Ready to start making your pot scrubbers? Step-by-step instructions are available HERE.
Be sure to send me a photo of your finished project to [email protected] I will be sure to share it so everyone can enjoy. Include your name so you can get full credit for your creativity!!!
Don’t miss the rest of the Handmade Christmas Series!
Handmade Christmas #1 – Psalms 91 Throw
Handmade Christmas #2 – Crochet Hats & Scarves
Handmade Christmas #3 – Knitted Kitchen Fun
Handmade Christmas #5 – Embroidered Dish Towels
Handmade Christmas # 6 – Wooden Spoon Butter
Handmade Christmas #7 – Fresh Baked Christmas Trays
Handmade Christmas #8 – Gift Baskets