Loopy Dust Mop Sleeve


M.K. Carroll


I crocheted a basic reusable cloth to use with a certain trademarked floor sweeper meant to be used with name-brand disposable cloths. I improvised, but there are free crochet patterns for that (Tonya Hume’s Swiffer Cover, Tiff Crochets Swiffer Cardi, and Gherkin’s Bucket Crochet Biffer Shrug, for starters). I used the basic cloth, and it worked fine, but I found myself wanting a loopy, dust mop type of cloth to do things like clean the ceiling fan blades, so I crocheted this one – made flat in one piece, with pockets at the side to slip over the head of the sweeper.

Materials List

Yarn: about 80 – 100 yards/75 – 90 metres of worsted weight/10-ply/Medium/4 “kitchen cotton” such as Lily Sugar & Cream, Pisgah Peaches & Creme, Lion Brand Lion Cotton, Kitchen Cotton, Cotton-Ease, Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton, or Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton, Dyed Cotton, Pakucho Organic Cotton, or any other worsted weight cotton or cotton-blend yarn of your choice. You could also use wool – it does attract dust nicely!
Crochet hook: I/9/5.5mm or size to get gauge

Knitting needle: US13/9mm/UK00 [OPTIONAL] – to make loops over (can use finger, pen, dowel, etc.) For the SMALLER size, one knitting needle is enough. For the LARGER size, two knitting needles make bigger loops.

Finished Size

SMALLER (older models) 3″/7.5cm wide, 9.5″/19cm long, LARGER (newer models) 4.5″/11.5cm wide, 10″/25.5cm long. Will fit on a Swiffer ™ sweeper – but the sizes can vary, so check the measurements of the sweeper you are using and adjust pattern as needed to fit.


Gauge/Tension: in sc, 16 sts/16 rows = 4″/10cm. In loop stitch, 16 sts/10 rows = 4″/10cm


I used Chloe Nightingale’s Loop Stitch Tutorial (right here on Crochet me!) Working it over an object feels a little awkward at first; I like it because the loops turn out nice and even.

The hook size will seem large for the yarn, but the loop stitch can get very tight, making it harder to crochet and resulting in a firmer fabric than necessary.

The Pattern

ch = chain
sc = single crochet [AUS/NZ/UK: replace with dc = double crochet]
st = stitch

lp st = loop stitch

Instructions for sizes given as SMALLER(LARGER)

To make evenly sized loops, I worked the loops over a double-pointed knitting needle. I work the entire row and then slide the knitting needle out of the loops.

Begin with first flap:
ch 13 (20)
1) sc 12 (19)
2) ch 1, sc 12 (19)
repeat row 2 until piece measures 2″/5cm long (7 rows)

[for LARGER size, you may want to make the flaps a little longer]

turning row:

sc 12 (19) in front loops only

looped surface:
1) lp st 12 (19)
2) sc 12 (19)

repeat rows 1 and 2 until loop st section measures 9.5″/19cm(10″/25.5cm) long.

turning row:

sc 12 (19) in front loops only

second flap:
1) ch 1, sc 12 (19)
repeat until second flap measures 2″/5cm long. Fasten off.

[for LARGER size, you may want to make the flaps a little longer]

Assemble: Fold flaps to back (smooth side) and sew the sides down, leaving top of flap open. Weave in all ends. I don’t think this needs blocking, but if that would make you happy, wash with mild soap and wet-block to size.

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