I had found some old acrylic yarn down in the depths of my stash, and it was so rough and scratchy and I couldn’t figure out what I would ever knit with it. Being the frugal person that I am, I could not just toss it out. I decided it was coarse enough that it felt like one of those green kitchen scrubby pads you buy at the store.
Then, it hit me. I could knit washable and reusable scrubby pads! This was my result:
Here is how I made them!
You need: Size 7 needles
Scraps or ends of worsted weight acrylic yarn. It will be more effective for cleaning if it has a coarse texture.
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Gauge is unimportant for this pattern.
Cast on 20 stitches.
Knit first row, turn, and knit back. Continue on in this garter stitch pattern until you have a square. You can fold it diagonally and see if the edges are even, or you can use a ruler, whichever you find easiest. Bind off. Weave in ends.
I have washed mine in hot water with bleach and dried in the dryer and they come out looking new no matter how dirty they get. I have even used them to scrub my stove. This is a fantastic project for beginners and is great for using up leftover yarn.
Here is a stack of scrubby pads I made for a friend’s wedding gift. Her kitchen is red, black, and tan.