Poufffff!

Mar 24

wpid-Photo-Mar-24-2014-1259-PM.jpgThere are probably a blue million patterns and tutorials on the web for those little round scrubbie things we use in the shower. Here’s one more.

I’m a natural fiber kind of gal. I love cotton, wool, bamboo, hemp. Today I am working with hemp yarn. Hemp is one of the most durable fibers. Your creations will last for ever and ever. Known for its special properties for over 5,000 years, hemp fiber is much like linen in that it actually softens & drapes beautifully with repeated washings.

This little scrubbie pouf is a really simple pattern. Chain stitches and double crochet are all you need to know.

Here is the yarn I used. AllHemp6 is the brand. There are others out there. Martha Stewart even makes a yarn that is a combination of hemp and cotton. Check in your local yarn shop to see if it’s available. If not, a search on Google turned up several places to purchase this yarn. It is a DK weight. I used a size G crochet hook.

 

So, here goes. As always, contact me with any questions.

Start by chaining 50. Connect your last chain with the first chain using a slip stitch. This will be the hanging loop.

Next, chain 6. Make a circle by connecting the last chain with the first chain using a slip stitch. Chain 2. Work 20 double crochet into the little circle you just created. Connect the last double crochet with the beginning chain 2 using a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Work 5 double crochet into each stitch around. You will notice your work starting to curl as you go around the circle. That means you are doing it correctly. Join the last stitch with the beginning chain 2 using a slip stitch. Chain 2.

Now it gets fun. You are going to work 6 double crochet into each stitch. About half way around it will start to be a little challenging to manage this wavy ball you are creating. Just take your time. When you finish the last stitch, join it to the beginning chain 2 using a slip stitch.

You can stop here if you want. I did. This doesn’t make a huge scrubbie. It will fit in the palm of your hand. But I like it that way. If you want a larger pouf, repeat the last round as many times as you need.

And, here’s the finished product.

Like I said earlier, hemp fibers are great to work with. You will notice, however, that it feels a bit “stiff” when you start working with it. That all goes away the first time you get it wet. Some people like to wash or rinse the yarn before it is used.

If hemp is not your thing, or you just can’t find it, you can use cotton. Lilly’s Sugar & Cream works well. Make sure you have an appropriate crochet hook for whatever yarn you use.

 

 


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