Tuesday 1 July 2014

Knitted Scrubbies

I've been so enjoying knitting the cotton cloths I posted the other week, I wanted to see what else I could knit as gifts. When I googled knitted scrubbies, I found a pattern for The Tribble. I had a go at one, then also checked out what other knitters had done with The Tribble.

After playing around with a few of the suggestions, I settled back on the original Tribble pattern, however, I count the number of rows needed for each one rather than measuring each time.

I wanted to clarify a couple of the terms used in the pattern and found Knitting Help easy to use, not only clear instructions but helpful video links as well.

As you can see, I've already knitted up quite a few, they are quick & easy, I've made a couple each night & feeling rather pleased I am on track with my Christmas gifts ahead of schedule!

I  use 5mm needles, cast on 18 stitches & knit 50 rows. I like to knit into the back for the first row to give a neat edge to my work. Make sure to leave the long threads as suggested in The Tribble pattern to use for sewing up. I cast off so that the threads are on the same side of the knitted piece.

After the first couple, I found I preferred to run a thread round the edge of each side & gather up the scrubbie then sew round again for strength before ending thread off.

These would also be ideal for removing make up or washing your face as the cotton is so soft. I am considering trying some in acrylic for that 'scrubbie' effect for dirty dishes.

Here's a few photos of my knitting & construction.

 Knitted piece 18 stitches, 50 rows, ends to stitch up on same side

       Stitching up the ends                                                                      Run thread round edge stitches   

 Gather up other edge                                                                                       Secure threads & knot off

                                            Flatten out finished scrubbie (tribble) 


  1. I love these Robyn and I am going to have to buy some off you. Hugs Vicki xxx

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  5. Great idea ! My late mum used to make pot holders for the microwave with leftover yarn.