The other day I found a blog and now I can't remember where it was but it suggested knitting strips of netting into a square. So, being the curious person that I am, I had to try it! Never again, thank you very much.
The blog suggested using size 9 needles. It was horribly hard to knit with that size. I thought about trying larger needles but when I was in my phase of crocheting t-shirt rugs I got this grand idea to knit the rugs instead. Big mistake! Not only was it painfully difficult to knit each stitch but the needles made my hands ache. I tried size 17, 35 and 50 knitting needles and none of them worked as nice as just using a crochet hook.
Anyways, back to my story, I casted on 15 stitches and knit not even a square of this project. I couldn't wait to be done with it. I thought for sure my brittany dpn's were going to break off at the tips because it was so tight to take off the needle. But luckily I didn't break any.
My bind off edge looks terrible because it came out way too tight but this was just a sample to see what the fuss was using some yarn and netting. When I first heard of the idea a couple years ago, I couldn't understand why anyone would bother. I figured that the netting would eventually fall off and just hang all over the place. I guess though, you'd always be left with the cotton to scrub away with. I wonder though what about using acrylic yarn. Hmmm. Maybe it would slide off the needles better. I might consider trying that when I get some more yarn- but I'm trying not to buy any more right now.
After I finished knitting the "square" and jumping for joy that I was done, I thought to myself that I would try crocheting with it. Using the same pattern as I've always done with just the straight netting. I used the same procedure for connecting the strips. When I connected them, I put the string in the middle. It was nice because the string stayed in place the whole time. I didn't bother cutting it off.
I was just using some scrap yarn that I had and hoped to have enough for one scrubber but did not, so that's why the colors are all funny looking. I also was just using up some scrap odds and ends colors of netting.
I actually like the way it feels. The crocheted version worked up so much faster than the knit. It went a little slower than just using the plain netting but not bad. Once I get these tested out, I'm planning on making a couple more.
One of my friends here in town is going to "test" out the scrubbers and tell me if they are worthy or not. I hope she doesn't like the knit version because if I never make another one, I'll be happy. If she does prefer it over the crocheted one, I'll just have to experiment with larger needles. I did find that when I left the string on the outside that it did slide up and off the needles better though.
I also wanted to see what everyone thought about me making up some "kits" for making the pot scrubbers. I know that some of you don't have access to the netting and not always in colors that you like. Or you don't want to take the time for whatever reason to cut it into strips. I know I would love some pinks and blues, but all they sell around here is red, purple, black, cream, white, green and yellow. Which is why I try to make variegated ones to change it up. Plus, I've found that I don't forget as easily what row I'm on when I do it this way.
I thought about either selling the kits with just the netting and printed instructions. Or just the link of instructions. And whether or not to include the size K hook. Also, how many scrubbers should be made in a kit. A sample of one? Half a dozen? If I didn't include the hook, then the shipping would be less.
Knit scrubber with yarn:
I used white netting and light blue yarn to make it.
Here is the crocheted version: