Crochet Pattern: All Purpose Scrubbie

By Rachel Choi – 44 Comments
Here is a scrubbie that is soft enough to shower and wash your face with and still tough enough to clean dirty pots and pans. I wouldn’t recommend using it for all of these at one time, so be sure to make enough to go around. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced crocheter here is a pattern you can enjoy. It doesn’t take much yarn and can be whipped up fairly quickly. For extra scrubbing power, add some nylon netting. crochet scrubbie
Skill Level: beginner crochet skill level

Finished Size: 3” (8 cm) diameter

Medium Weight Yarn (approximately 30 yards)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Crochet Pattern: Scrubbie (make 2)
Round 1: ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook, place marker: 6 sc
Round 2: 2 sc in each sc around: 12 sc
Round 3: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next sc) around: 18 sc
Round 4: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 2 sc) around: 24 sc
Round 5: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 3 sc) around: 30 sc
Round 6: (2 sc in next sc, sc in next 4 sc) around, sl st in next sc, finish off: 36 sc

With a yarn needle, sew two circles together.

Row 1: ch 19, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across: 18 sc
Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across, finish off: 18 sc

Using photo as a guide, sew strap to scrubbie with a yarn needle.

If you needle help with this pattern, let me know by leaving a comment!

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  1. Jess says:


    I came across your site by accident looking for a good pattern for baby booties that I was going to get my Grandma to translate for me (all of the little codes might as well be another language for me).

    I found the listing of abbreviations so helpful. They must seem like insignificant details to regular crocheters because I could not find them anywhere else until I came to this site.

    What you do is absolutely amazing !! You are so clever and I am so jealous !! 🙂

    Now I can’t wait until I get home from work to start some patterns on my own 😀

    Thank you for taking the time to share your creations !!

    – Jess

  2. Cat says:

    I’ve never used a place marker. Can you explan the purpose as it relates to this pattern?

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Cat!

      A place marker helps you keep track of where one round ends and the next begins. You can use a piece of scrap yarn and put it into the stitch. More info on using place markers in crochet can be found in a post a wrote a while back. It’s in example 2 at the bottom.

      I hope that helps!

  3. Sharon Young says:

    This is a great idea!! I’m going to whip up a couple and use them on my dishes tonight….thanks!!

  4. Allyson says:

    Very cool. A good idea would be to only sew them together about halfway and then put buttons or a zipper or something on it so you could use it in the shower and put a soap bar in it

  5. Allyson says:

    a good idea would be to only sew the pieces halfway together and then attach a button or something so that u could use it in the shower and put a soap bar in it or something. Thanks for the pattern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Katiebug says:

    These things are great! i’m gonna try to make one out of plarn (plastic bag “Yarn”)

  7. MeanJean says:

    I made mini versions of your pattern and only one circle and use them to wash my chickens eggs.

  8. Deidre says:

    After each round should it be joined with a slip stitch? There is nothing that says to join and I’ve made it to row 3 and its a half circle. I’m new to crochet.

    • Rachel says:

      Deidre, the pattern in crocheted in the round like a spiral. There’s no need to join with a slip stitch. After each round don’t turn your work, simple continue to crochet in a circular fashion. Let me know if you need more help!

  9. Marlene says:

    “For extra scrubbing power, add some nylon netting.”

    Do you mean to crochet the netting into the yarn? Any tips on how to do that? Thx!

    • Rachel says:

      Marlene, yes you can crochet with the netting. To do so, try cutting thin strips of the netting and hold it along with your yarn as you crochet.

    • Gail Ricksecker says:

      I live in Sweden and am not sure what you mean by nylon netting. Please explain!
      Many thanks,

      • Rachel Choi says:

        Hi Gail! It is similar to tulle, the material used to make tutus or the bottom of fluffy dresses. Nylon netting has slightly wider holes in it compared to tulle and are both usually sold next to each other in fabric stores. You can use either one!

  10. gretchen says:

    may i make some of these to sell? trying to raise money to go to prom.

  11. gretchen says:

    yay! thank you so much 😀

  12. Shirley says:

    I have found thee for sale from time to time and lately can not find them. Do any of you gals sell them and for how much? I really like these, but have no time to do this even if I crocheted, which I do not. Help.

  13. nancy says:

    the Scrubbie works very goood!

  14. Belinda says:

    where can you get netting from? i can use this for face, yes?

  15. Kimela says:

    The netting you are referring to is it the coarse tulle u buy by the yard? What type of yarn can you use cotton yarn? Have you made these from just the netting? Thanks

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Yes, it is the tulle. You can use any cotton yarn, some people even like to use acrylic yarn. I’ve made them with just yarn, just netting, and some with both held together. Feel free to try it out to see what you prefer!

  16. Carol says:

    I have made the scrubbies before but do not remember how much nylon netting to buy? HELP!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      When you put your netting strips together, you’ll need about the same amount as if you were using regular yarn. This pattern calls for about 30 yards. So you can buy a yard of netting and cut it into the strips until you have about 30 yards worth.

  17. TJ says:

    just finished making one circle with peaches &cream yarn & one with netting then slip stitched them together. looks good. thanks for the idea..

  18. Kathy jeppesen says:

    Where is pattern for dish scrubber in picture?

  19. martie says:

    hi how wide do i cut the netting i want to use one stran of yarn and one stran of netting together. will this work what size needle. shoul i use thanks martie

  20. Tana says:

    the pattern and picture given here is not the same as the picture of the twirly, two-colored scrubbie I clicked on. No matter whose page its pinned on, it’s the same picture I click on, and this pattern of the two plain circles comes up. How do I get the twirly, two-colored scrubbie in the original pinned picture? It is not on this page.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Tana,
      This pattern on this page is for the scrubbie that is pictured here (blue and white). It uses a yarn that has 2 colors in it so it gives the multicolored look. If you use a solid colored yarn you’ll get a solid colored scrubbie.

  21. Karen says:

    Just made this using Red Heart Scrubby yarn. Turned out really cute! I added an extra row because I wanted it a little bigger. I also found that you can avoid sewing them together if you slip stitch around. Then you can just chain the handle, slip stitch to the other side (I did it in 2 places to make it more sturdy), sc back across the handle and slip stitch again to join! Very easy!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      That’s awesome! I haven’t tried the Red Heart Scrubby yarn yet, but have seem it in stores. Let me know how much scrubbie power it has. I’ll have to try it!

      • Diane says:

        LOL, the scrubby yarn is great, but the best is look carefully at all the washing instructions on the packaging both inside and out. Somebody was REALLY confused and has a TOTAL disconnect as to what I do with my dishcloths!

  22. Kathren Munro says:

    How do the dish Scrubbies stand up to machine washing & drying?

    Thank You

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Kathren! I find that it can depend on the yarn you use. It’s no different than washing anything else that is crocheted. They hold up well, but over time it will fade (if using cotton) and become worn. But that gives you reason to crochet even more 🙂

  23. Mary Newlon says:

    Dear Ms. Choi: I do not understand the Row 1 when you say to make two chains and place 6 single crochets in the second chain. Do I not join the chains in a circle, and how do you keep track of the rows. I also do not know how to finish off the pattern.

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Mary!
      There is no need to join chains. Follow the instructions to chain 2, then make 6 sc into the second chain from your hook. This will create a tiny circle. To keep track of the rounds, place a stitch marker in your work at the end of the round. Here is a tutorial about using markers
      When it says to finish off, you will simply cut the yarn then weave in the end into your work to hide it. Let me know if you need more help with it!

  24. Jane says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I see tutorial on how to embroider eyes….on Pacifer Animals, not sure how to embroider snout/nose, and smile. Did a search and didn’t find anything. Please help!
    Thanks, Jane

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Jane! The nose and mouth can be done in a similar manner. You can adjust the shape by inserting your hook into different stitches. The mouth is usually done with a single “line” in the direction that you want it to be.

  25. Ann Bicknell says:

    Please explain how you join the circles to make the
    spiral scrubbie. I’m lost.

    Your scrubbie are beautiful.

    Thank you, Ann Bicknell

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