Bust Your Yarn Stash this Summer!

Spring cleaning season might be over, but for me, the urge to purge all of my excess junk lasts throughout the summer. Something about the heat of the season makes me want to shed all extra stuff in my life. Our Stashbuster sale is perfect for my summer purging—I get all kinds of ideas on ways to use up all those half-skeins and orphaned yarn balls lying around my house! And eBooks are a great way to add to my book collection without contributing to my clutter. It’s a win-win!

My favorite book in our Stashbuster sale is Crochet at Home, an adorable book full of stash-busting projects. There are several projects that are perfect for using up fiddly little bits of yarn, such as pot holders, dishcloths, an owl bunting, and a super cute collection of nesting dolls. For your half-skeins and other more substantial leftovers, try the Tissue Box Cozy, the Overstuffed Seat Cushions, or the Switchable Seasons Wreaths. You can’t go wrong! Sure, you’ll end up with crocheted décor items instead of bits of yarn (which kind of negates the purging element of stash busting), but you’ll definitely clear out your yarn stash! And you can always give the completed projects as gifts—your friends and family will thank you.

To encourage your stash busting, we’d like to share a pattern for dish scrubbies—our summer gift to you! These little scrubbers are a great way to use up bits of extra yarn AND they’re practical, so you don’t have to feel bad about keeping them if you’re trying to Marie Kondo your life. Make a few for yourself and a few to give as gifts for friends to really bust that stash!

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Pinwheel Pot Scrubbies, designed by Cal Patch

Doing the dishes just became a lot more fun, thanks to these colorful scrubby orbs. A clever two-tone spiral stitch pattern makes them interesting to crochet, too.
– Cal Patch

Size 9” (23 cm) circumference, stuffed.

Yarn DK weight (#3 Light).

Shown here: Cascade Yarns Fixation (98.3% cotton, 1.7% elasticlend, 100 yd [91 m/1.75 oz [50 g]). Solid: #3794 Wine (A), #5806 Granny Smith Green (B), and #8176 Ecru (C), 2 balls each. Effects: #9398 Hot Pink (D), 2 balls.

Hook Size G/6 (4 mm), or size needed to obtain gauge.

Notions Polyester stuffing or other synthetic material for stuffing (old nylons or tights work very well!); tapestry needle.

Gauge 4 sts and 2 rows = 1” (2.5 cm} in dc stitch using 2 strands of yarn. Take time to check your gauge.

Notes

  • Two balls of yarn will make at least 3 or 4 scrubbies.
  • Two strands of yarn are used throughout. Tip: Use both ends of yarn ball, one from the inside and the other from the outside, at the same time.
  • First color (A) and 2nd color (B) are worked alternately for form a spiral.
  • When changing colors, do not fasten off but drop yarn to back. Carry up unused color on WS until needed.
  • Color tip: The trick to a cohesive set of scrubbies that aren’t matchy-matchy? Choose one or two main colors, then accent with variety. Try working on half of the spiral in black on all the scrubbies, then using a different bright color for the other half of the spiral on each one.

Scrubbies

Make 1st Half in color combinations, reversing colors in 2nd Half: A/B, C/D, A/D, B/C, B/D.

1st Half

Rnd 1 (RS): With 2 strands of yarn, ch 3, 6 dc in 3rd ch from hook.

Rnd 2: Drop color A and make a slipknot in color B; join with sl st in 2nd of original 3 ch, ch 1, (sc, hdc) in next ch st, 2 dc in each of next 6 dc (you are at the last st of color A. Drop B without fastening off and pick up A)—14 sts.

Rnd 3: With color A, 2 dc in next ch (the ch-1 of color B), *2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st, rep from * to end of color B, drop A, pick up B—23 sts.

Rnd 4: With color B, (dc in next st, 2 dc in next st) 3 times, (dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) 4 times, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 2 sts—31 sts, fasten off B, pick up A.

Rnd 5: With A, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, (dc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st) 2 times, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts, sl st in next 2 sts—17 sts, fasten off.

2nd Half

Repeat as for 1st Half, reversing colors A and B. Do not fasten off.

Finishing

After completing Rnd 5, place edges tog with 1st Half with WS to inside. Join edges by working slip stitch through both laters around outer edges leaving about 2” (5 cm) opening. Stuff with fiberfill or another synthetic material such as old pantyhose, and complete seam with slip stitch, do not fasten off.

Ch 6, join with sl st to base of chain. Fasten off and weave in tail.


Grab your hook and some leftovers and bust that stash! If you need more stash-busting inspiration, check out Crochet at Home or any of the other great books that are part of our Stashbusters sale.

—Rachel


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