Crochet Pattern: Optical Illusion Tawashi

By Claire Ortega-Reyes – 13 Comments

The tawashi has gained much popularity over the years. Originally from Japan, today knitters and crocheters all around the world have joined in the fun. And who wouldn’t like the idea of making their own scrubbers, made of 100% acrylic (read:ridiculously cheap) yarn, and save the environment all at the same time? It can be used with or without detergent, too, so it not just helps save the environment, but gives your everyday budget a break, too.

Skill Level: crochet skill level easy

Finished Size: 5.5″ across (excluding strap)

100% Acrylic Medium Weight Yarn in Main Color (blue) and Contrast Color (pink)
Crochet Hook H (5.00 mm)
crochet yarn size 4

Gauge: Not important.

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Crochet Pattern: Optical Illusion Tawashi
Round 1: With Main Color (MC), make an adjustable magic ring, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), 5 dc into ring, change to Contrast Color (CC), 6 dc into ring: 12 dc

Round 2: ch 3, dc in first stitch, 2 dc in each of next 5 dc, change to MC, 2 dc in each of next 6 dc: 24 dc

Round 3: ch 3, dc in first stitch, dc in next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) 5 times, change to CC, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) 6 times: 36 dc

Round 4: ch 3, dc in first stitch, dc in next 2 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) 5 times, change to MC, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next 2 dc) 6 times: 48 dc

Round 5: ch 1 (does not count as stitch), sc in next 3 dc, (ch 3, sc in next 3 dc) 15 times, ch 4, tr on top of first sc of the round.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Enjoy your tawashi! Have fun experimenting with color combination. If you need any help just leave a comment below.

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  1. Jen Marr says:

    That is really cute. I think I might actually be able to teach that one to my 3 girls and they will have a blast!!! Thanks for the wonderful pattern and idea!!!

  2. Angie says:

    Very cute!

  3. Linda says:

    Thanks, Too pretty to be used as a scrubber!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Cute Scrubber! I love your patterns! Thank You

  5. MariAngel says:

    Missing round 4?

    It looks really cute too πŸ™‚

    • Claire says:

      Hello MariAngel, Thanks for catching that… No missing rounds, just me miscounting them! πŸ™‚

      Thanks everyone, hope you all have fun making this! Can’t wait to see the great color combinations you come up with.

  6. Erin says:

    I’m going to make one in acrylic for a scrubber and one in cotton for a washcloth.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern!

  7. MariAngel says:

    Welcome Claire πŸ™‚

  8. faith says:

    Okay the only question I have is on round 2: 2 dc in each of next 5 dc, change to MC, 2 dc in each of next 6 dc: 24 dc now does this mean the next 5 double crochets then change to main color. I am just a little lost or confused

    • Claire says:

      Hi faith, we begin increasing the stitch count in round 2. The beginning chain-3 counts as a dc, and another dc is made in the same stitch. The rest of the round is made with 2 dc in each dc of the previous row. We change colors after making 12 dc (counting that beginning chain-3!), and then continue the round, making 2 dc in each of the dc from the previous row. Hope that helps.

      Thank you to everyone else who likes it. πŸ™‚

  9. faith says:

    oh oh okay so I make 12dc and then change colors thanks that makes a lot of sense the same thing with round 1,too? Thanks so much going to try this again to make a dish scrubbie

  10. Sarito says:

    Great ideas to use the pattern, thanks !!!

  11. Priya says:

    I loved ths. i saw ths first d day u shared it on facebook. i made 1 for myself. and my daugher wanted it…. i made another and my mom wanted it…. i ended up making abt half a dozen of this… its veeeeeeeeeeeeery beautiful. πŸ™‚ ty 4 sharing.

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