Knit the World's Best Kitchen Scrubbie

Uploaded by verypinkknits on 08.08.2012

In this tutorial, weíre going to learn to knit this kitchen scrubbie.
And I wanted to show a tutorial on this, because this, in my opinion, is the worldís greatest
kitchen scrubbie.
They not only really do the job well, being rough enough to clean up dishes, but they
dry out really quickly, and they donít hang on to anything. They rinse really really cleanly.
Now I make these and they last a long time and they soften up with use, and they actually
get kind of bigger with use.
The reason I end up having to make more of them, for myself and for my friends and family,
is because they eventually end up in the garbage disposal. [laughs]
All chewed up, and they canít be used anymore.
So you do have to make some.
The good thing is, once youíre in ñ you have the stuff out to make it, you can make
a lot of these in a very short period of time.
Now, this is something very different than weíve ever done in a tutorial before, because
this is knitting with fabric.
And you have some choices for what youíre going to use.
The fabric used in this is tulle. T ñ U ñ L ñ L ñ E.
And itís also called mesh fabric or netting fabric.
And there are some different ways this is sold and how ñ uh, depending on the kind
of scrubbie that you want.
This comes in a bolt, and I think this was actually called netting fabric.
This is sold by the yard, and if you buy it like this, you want to keep it folded. I still
have it around the cardboard.
You want to keep it like this for ease in cutting.
Donít take it off of here and let it get into a mess, a pile.
Because when itís folded like this, slide the cardboard out, and itís easy to do the
cutting to knit with it.
This kind of fabric will make the roughest scrubbie.
The other option you have is for this rolled fabric. This rolled netting.
This is much finer netting, but it is ñ it is a little less expensive than that, and
itís a little easier to work with because just with these strips, itís easy to cut.
If you know what I mean ñ you can roll this out and cut your strips more easily than you
can, because there is the chance of this getting messed up and off the bolt and everything,
and this is always really tidy and on the roll.
These little rolls are always in the sale baskets at the fabric store near my house.
Like this ñ it actually says on here ìtulle spoolî, this was just a couple of bucks,
and you can get a lot of kitchen scrubbies out of this.
So this will make a little bit of a finer scrubbie, this will make a rougher scrubbie.
I like both.
Iíll tell you what I donít like! [laughs]
Iím not taking this out of the Ziploc bag!
I bought this roll sparkly tulle. And I thought it would just make a cute thing and I knew
the sparkles would eventually come out and not be there anymore after it was kept in
water for a long period of time.
But this! Donít buy this! [laughs]
This resulted in blue sparkles covering every inch of my home, including my dogs.
It made a nice scrubbie, but this is never coming out of this plastic bag again.
Iím going to throw it away like this because it took me forever to vacuum up all the blue
sparkles from this project.
So, as cute as it is, stick with the non-sparkly tulle.
Okay, now that weíve talked about the fabric choices that we have for the netting ñ oh,
one other thing.
These are inexpensive at the fabric store, but if you can buy the end of a bolt, you
can get a discount on the price.
Thatís what I did here, and thatís how I got the cardboard with it.
Youíll want to cut this stuff so that you can knit with it, of course.
And for the ones that I have here, Iíve used one inch wide netting fabric.
Now, I put this out on my blocking board, which has a grid, and cut along the lines
and it was really really easy.
If you donít have a blocking board, donít worry about it. If you can stay close enough
to an inch, there is no need for perfection here.
Itís going to knit up and no oneís ever going to know that itís not perfect.
This is pretty easy to cut, as long as itís like this, because you can just cut one cut
and have several feet of tulle ready to go, ready to knit with.
So, letís go ahead ñ I think thatís all I wanted to tell you about the fabric choices.
Oh! As you cut them, roll them up into little things like this.
Throwing them into a pile together, theyíll stick together and itís hard to get them
apart again.
So roll them up in a pile like this, and youíll see how many youíll probably need for the
length of the fabric that you have, as you get going with it.
Anyway, itís such a simple project. The main thing is getting your fabric cut and ready
to go.
Okay, letís take a look at what I have here.
This little scrubbie was knit with this tulle mesh fabric, and it is really pretty rough.
And on this one, you can see that I have the edges here.
The poking edges. And thatís because I knit across the row and cut the fabric, knit across
the row and cut the fabric.
I never went back and forth on this ever.
Because I wanted to have this little edge on it.
And then Iím going to show you this sparkle one here.
Without taking it out of the bag! [laughs]
This is a much denser kitchen scrubbie, because I used two inch wide, whoops, two inch wide
And thatís because this roll stuff is six inches wide, and I just cut it into thirds.
And it made for a much denser scrubbie, but it will soften and get bigger with use.
This one is going in the trash though, as I said.
And this one is knit with just the regular netting fabric on the spool, and itís pretty
tiny right now, but like I said, with use, this gets bigger and softer.
But I still think itís a good size right now.
Okay, let me show you casting on with this.
Iím going to start with a long tail cast on, a slip knot.
And if you need a review of the long tail cast on, Iíll give you a link right here.
My slip knot isnít moving very easily.
Now if youíre used to knitting with yarn, this is a little rougher to knit with.
And one trick is that you really want to take a look at each stitch, including the cast
on, and make sure that itís tightening up around the needle properly.
So pull each one and really take a look at it and make sure that itís good.
Now, this being the most simple pattern in the world, weíre going to cast-on 18 and
knit 18 rows and bind off.
And that is the pattern.
Okay, you get the idea here for the cast on.
Iím going to take that off because, weíre going to jump over here to this piece that
I already have going.
And knitting with this is just like casting on with it. You want to make sure each stitch
is pulled tightly, not crazy tight.
But the thing with knitting with tulle, especially this rough stuff, is that if youíre not watching,
the stitch can get caught up and not pull through, and you can have one crazy big stitch
amongst all the other normal size stitches.
So just watch your tension, is what Iím saying.
See what happened there, I went to tighten it up and I pulled my needle out of a few
Iím using dpns here because I like to use the shortest needles possible for a project,
and there is no need for long needles for this.
So here we are, I just worked across the row.
And because this is not yarn, youíre going to need to attach a new strip of fabric pretty
often, depending on how long you cut your fabric.
And so Iím actually just going to pretend here that I ran out of fabric.
And cut that.
You always want to start a new strip of fabric at the end of a row.
Donít start it in the middle because itís more likely to come unraveled there, and a
knot will show.
So weíre going to start a new strip of fabric here at the beginning of this row.
And to do that, Iím just going to put my needle into the first stitch.
Find that end there and really give that a tug.
Pick up a new piece of netting, and leaving myself like a six inch tail, just wrap the
needle with that new strip and continue knitting.
Usually what I do is I knit about four stitches, and then I go back and I find the end that
I just finished knitting with and the one that I just started and I tie a knot there.
And we can just leave that for ends to weave in later.
Okay. You get the idea for that.
Always start new strips at the ends of the row.
Okay, now weíre going to talk about ñ slide these over so I can be on one needle.
Weíre going to talk about counting your stitches. Counting your rows.
You donít have to keep a row counter for this because if you knit 18 or 20 rows, youíre
good. You just want to knit to about this size.
But an interesting thing about garter stitch and keeping track of where you are is that
each one of the garter stitch ridges counts for two rows.
So two, four, six, eight, ten, twelve, fourteen, sixteen ñ I just got 18 rows here, and Iím
ready to bind off.
Thatís just a little lesson in counting garter stitch rows.
Now, [laughs] weíre going to go ahead and pretend that Iíve bound off, and I have this
ñ actually I have a lot of extra netting in here that I donít need.
Besides all these pokey ends, I have a lot of extra netting in here.
To weave in these ends, youíre going to do it just like normal with a tapestry needle.
Thread that on to the tapestry needle.
And weíre going to weave it in just like we would any other knitted end.
And if you would like to see a video on weaving in ends the way that Iím doing it here, where
itís easier to see on proper yarn instead of fabric, Iíll give you a link right here.
I have woven that in about an inch into the work. Give it a stretch to make sure that
itís not pulling anything tightly.
And then go ahead and cut that end short.
And this stuff is sticky enough that that end will stay put pretty darned well.
And then you go through the process of weaving in the other ones, checking the knots as you
go to make sure theyíre nice and tight before you weave in the ends.
And then this kitchen scrubbie is ready to go.
Like I said, it will soften up and get bigger with use, and it will last forever as long
as you keep it out of the garbage disposal.
And thatís it! The worldís greatest kitchen scrubbie. Good luck.