Ask 10 people what they use to wash dishes, and you’ll get 10 different answers. I used to have one of those brushes where you fill the handle with soap. Then I went through a rag stage. But most recently, I switched to sponges.
I use traditional green and yellow sponges, and, as we all know, they don’t last forever. At some point, they start to stink and they have to be thrown out. My husband tries to make them last by microwaving them in bleach, but that usually just makes them fall apart.
After the last bleach-microwave episode, I decided to crochet a sponge that I wouldn’t have to throw away. I can throw these little beauties in the wash, and voila! Like new.
One side has bobbles, and the other is flat. The “bobbles” are made from crocheting a combination of single crochet and triple crochet. Since the tr is three times as high as the sc, it scrunches down, creating a little bump. (That’s the “stitch” of the week, by the way.)
These sponges each have three colors, but they’re worked in one long strip folded into thirds. Super easy.
By doing the perimeter stitching in a contrasting color, it adds a little somethin’.
So, here’s the pattern!
Bobble Sponge Pattern
- Worsted weight cotton yarn (I used Lily’s Sugar and Cream)
- G hook
- Yarn needle
Gauge: Not important, but my sponge measures approx. 3 by 5 inches, the same dimensions as a traditional green and yellow sponge.
Row 1: Sc in each ch across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Rows 2 to 49: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (If you want to change colors so each “layer” is a different color, change on rows 24 and row 49)
Row 50: (sc, tr) repeat a total of 5 times, sc in each of the last 2 sc, ch 1, turn (12 sts)
Row 51: Sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 52: sc (sc, tr) repeat a total of 5 times, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn (12 sts — watch out, you’re making two sc at the beginning of the row)
Row 53: sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
Row 54 to 69: Repeat rows 50 to 53 four times.
Finishing: Leave a three-foot long tail for sewing. Fold the long strip into thirds (at rows 24 and 49) with the bobble side facing outward, and sew around the perimeter. Weave in ends.
Here are a few pictures of the construction process. Here’s the long strip before folding.
Then, fold the long strip into thirds at rows 24 and 49.
Then stitch through all three layers around the perimeter of the sponge.
Here’s to adding a little handmade to your handwashing.
If you decide to give this a whirl, I’d love to see your FOs on Ravelry!