Have you ever realized how hard it is to clean a bottle without a special scrubber? When my youngest son was little we were at a cabin and I forgot the scrubber for his bottle. With no stores around, I ended up having to stick a towel in the bottle and used a wooden spoon to wipe it around. I’ve wanted to make a scrubber to slide on a wooden spoon.
For this week’s scrubbie, I hope you will enjoy my bottle scrubbie.
This scrubbie is designed to slide over either the handle or spoon end of a wooden spoon. For wider bottles use the spoon end and for glasses use the handle end.
Yarn: worsted weight cotton
Miscellaneous: yarn needle. This is meant to slide over a wooden or plastic spoon so let’s add that to the list too.
Skill level: Beginner with basic crochet skills and patience. This isn’t hard but can be tricky when working lots of loops in small spaces.
1. With H hook and cotton yarn, start with a magic circle of 5 sts (or preferred method for starting a circle of 5 sc sts), pull closed. Place a marker for working in the round. (5sts)
2. 2dc in each st to end of round. (10 sts)
3. The “posts” referred to in this step are from the dc sts on step #2. Sl st around first post (see photo below), *Ch 6, sl st around same post, ch 6, sl st around same post, ch 6, sl st around next post*, repeat to end of round.
4. Pull loops forward, out of the way. This step will be worked into the sts from step #2. Working the sts from this point on is a little tricky. Just take your time. *sc, 2sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (15sts)
5. *Ch 6, sl st around same post, ch 6, sl st around same post, ch 6, sl st around next post*, repeat to end of round.
6. Pull loops forward, out of the way. This step will be worked around the base of the sts from previous round. See arrow in photo below. Sc in each st to end of round.
7. Ch 8, sl st in same st, *ch 8, sl st in next st*, repeat to end of round.
8. Sc between each loop.
9. *sc 2, 2sc in next st*, repeat to end of round. (20sts)
10. Work in FLO for this round. *Ch 8, sl st in same st, ch 8, sl st in same st, ch 8, sl st in next st*, repeat to end of round. Note: this will stretch the sts slightly but that’s ok.
Video Help: steps 10 to end
11. Sc in remaining loops from step #10. (20sts)
12-13. Sc in each st to end of round.
14-16. Hdc in each st to end of round.
17. *hdc2tog, hdc 3*, repeat to end of round. (16sts)
18. Hdc in each st to end of round.
19. Hdc, *hdc2tog, hdc 3*, repeat to end of round. (13sts)
20. Hdc in each st to end of round.
21. Sc in each st to end of round.
Finish off and weave in ends.
A drawstring could be added near the end to use when cleaning long containers. Simply create a chain, knot each end and weave in and out of one of the hdc rounds an inch from the end. As written, it will stay in place or can be held for most containers.
This could be turned into a toilet bowl cleaner by adding extra rounds to the end. I would suggest making different colored ones and using one for the bath and one for the kitchen, washing after every use of course.
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