Snowed In Yarn Stash Busting Part 1: Crochet Dish Sponges

We got a solid blizzard last weekend. As soon as the first flakes started to fall my fingers started itching for a crochet hook. Unfortunately, I was ill prepared and so just had some random skeins I hadn’t yet used up. So, I got on Pinterest for some ideas to bust my stash. I found this awesome idea for crocheted kitchen sponges from Book People Studios.

Background: I HATE sponges. Despise sponges. I use rags for dishes because after using a sponge once I’m convinced it’s full of gross stuff in all the crevices and it squeams me out. I know they can be microwaved or put in the dishwasher. I don’t care. I hate them.

So these crochet sponges made me super excited.

  1. I can put them in the washing machine with my towels
  2. They take up minimal space
  3. I quickly made up a set so I can use a new one EVERY DAY!

 

This tutorial was a bit more fancy than the ones I made. I wasn’t sure if we were going to lose power so once I got the gist of the basic part, I just carried that through the whole sponge. That way I didn’t keep having to pull it up on my phone. It worked swimmingly.

*Note: I used a size F hook, for reference*

  1. Chain 13 and turn
  2. Single chain in each of the 12 empty stitches left.
  3. Chain one and turn.
  4. I did steps 2-3 for all my rows.
  5. Crochet 50 rows. This got to be a pain to count so i started using random things, like hair pins, to mark every 10 rows. Eventually I got smart and used safety pins to mark every 10 rows. I’d recommend safety pins.

6. After row 50 I changed colors.

7. I did another 25 rows in color 2.

8. Once I had stitched all 75 rows, I left my needle in the last stitch and I used an upholstery needle to weave all my other yarn ends in. Don’t end that last piece quite yet.

9. Next, trifold the long strip. I folded the starting edge up to where I changed colors, then folded the last 25 stitches over the top. It should now be sponge shape and size. I used some straight pins to hold things together and in place

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10. Single stitch all around the sponge, making sure your needle goes through all 3 layers. Once you get all the way around, join the last edge stitch to the first with a single stitch. Once you cut the string, weave the ends in with an upholstery needle.

11. I made 6 to bust out my stash and store them on my sink. I pull a new one each day and throw any dirty ones in the washing machine for my next load of towels.

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