Thursday, October 2, 2008

How to Crochet a Nylon Net Scrubbie- Tutorial and Pattern!

Here is a quick tutorial with pattern for making those nylon net scrubbies everybody is after! I found out about these during a visit to the Midwest this summer, and have been eager to make some since.


Nylon netting- about 3 yards. When you go to the craft store this is the more scratchy, abrasive feeling netting. You may also find tulle, which is also netted, but will be softer to the touch and not as abrasive for scrubbing those pots!

Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook

Optional- ball winder. If you love to work with yarn in general, this is a great tool and is worth the $! You will be able to ball up the netting with ease.


First you must cut the nylon netting into 2" strips. There are several ways to do this. I would highly recommend keeping the nylon folded nicely- as it usually comes from the fabric store. Fold it a few times so you have a smaller roll to work with and then get out a rotary cutter and slice off your strips. This is the quickest. Scissors will also do the trick too though. As you slice off your 2" strips, begin to join them together at the ends. Just a simple double-knot will do. Don't worry, the knots don't show once your done crocheting the scrubbie :)

After joining all your strips you will end up with a big puffy cloud of netting! Go ahead, take a moment to throw it up in the air and roll around in it. It's fun!

Next, ball all that mess up. Here's where that ball winder really comes in handy. Look how nicely this winds up. I highly recommend spending a few extra $ and getting the Royal brand. Works great.

Now it's time to start crocheting in the round!


With nylon net, ch 4. Join with sl st to form a ring.
Round 1: Ch1, 6 sc in ring- 6 sc. Join with sl st in first sc.

Round 2: Ch1, 2 sc in same sc as joining and in each sc around-12dc. Join.

Round 3: Ch1, sc in same sc as joining, 2 sc in next sc, *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around- 18 sc. Join.

Round 4:
Ch1, sc in same sc as joining and in next sc, 2 sc in next sc; *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around-24 sc. Join.

Round 5:
Ch1, sc in same sc as joining and in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc; *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around- 30 sc. Join.

Round 6:
Ch1, sc in same sc as joining and in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc; *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around- 36 sc. Join.

Round 7: Ch1, sc in same sc as joining and in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc; *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc; repeat from * around- 42 sc. Join. Finish off.

Your scrubbie should work up like this. Pretend the nylon is just like regular yarn as you work with it. You don't need to fold the strips in half as you crochet. When you reach a knot (from joining the strips) just keep crocheting like it's not there- we will worry about the little ends that poke out later. Just keep crocheting and it will work up like this.

Once you finish off you may see little ends from the knotted strips poking out from the back of your work. Some may already be semi-worked into other sc stitches and you can just go ahead and cut those. Others can be woven in on the wrong side with a large tapestry needle. Just hide and cut. No sweat!

Finished! This scrubbie is larger than most. It's about 5" across. That's mega scrubbing power!
Also you'll end up with a sort of geometric design, which looks kinda cool.

These scrubbies can be used for a variety of tasks, from cleaning pots and pans, to wiping bugs off a windshield. Enjoy!

2/13/09 update: I've added another scrubbie pattern here!


Anonymous said...

Do you know of a specific store that sells the "scratchy" stiffer netting; we can't find it, and it does work best for the scrubbers.

CakesMix said...

I've had pretty good luck with finding it at Super Walmart or JoAnn Craft Stores. --Good Luck!

Jim said...

The word among the scrubbie aficionados at the Jo-Ann's where I work is that the stuff called 'petticoat net' is the best. It's pretty stiff and abrasive, with relatively small holes in the net. Larger Jo-Ann's stores should have it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info! You suggest 3 yards of netting. How many scrubbies do you make out of 3 yards?

Anonymous said...

JoAnn's has the netting. I buy 10 yards, fold ot back onto itself 4 times. Then you don't tie ends together. All one strip. Just more of a challenge to cut those 2 inch strips. The effort is worth no knots later. I can get 28 scrubbies from 10 yds.

Frankie said...

Just what I was looking for...Thanx for sharing.. :)

LaDonna Owens said...

I use a yarn winder also! Just takes a couple minutes to get it in a nice little bundle. I cut 10 yards at a time and sometimes add a row of yarn also!