Lemon Dish Scrubbie: Free Crochet Pattern
What is it about lemons that make me think “clean”? I gravitate toward lemon scented cleaners, lemon printed dish towels, diffusing lemon essential oils, and drinking a jar of water graced with sliced lemons. The natural progression of my lemon obsession would obviously be a crochet lemon dish scrubbie! I whipped this little dish washing scrubbie up using scraps of different cottons I had lying around in literally less than fifteen minutes! Talk about a quick and easy summer crochet project!
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Our growing family makes a lot of dirty dishes - which I then wash by hand every single day. One of these days, we will get a dishwasher, but, for now, I’m looking for ways to both simplify and enjoy the dishwashing process - since it is a necessary evil.
One method I have used to help myself enjoy washing dishes is to surround the dishwashing experience with positive sensations - diffusing oils that I like, listening to music that relaxes me, using soaps and scrubbies that are cute, pretty, or just plain nice. This little lemon scrubby brings a smile to my face and makes dishwashing slightly less painful!
Before I began making my own dishwashing scrubbies, I was a dedicated disposable sponge user. I told myself that I could disinfect it regularly, but without a dishwasher, I wonder if I am truly sanitizing all of its little spongy depths? Also, I found that the sponges I was using quickly fell apart - after maybe a week or two of use. I ended up throwing them away for a new, fresh sponge. Now that I make my own from cotton, I can easily toss them in the clothes washing machine with a load of towels to disinfect and clean it. They also last for years - reducing the unnecessary waste going out of my house each week.
Once features I knew I needed to add to this dish washing scrubbie - a bottle nipple cleaner! My youngest has just weaned off bottles now, but we will have lots of sippy cups top clean. I wanted the leaves to be able to squeeze into those tiny, narrow places to get out any old milk (eeeeewwwww!!!) that might be lingering behind.
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Yellow Worsted/4 weight cotton—scraps (I used Lily’s Sugars n’ Cream)
Green Worsted/4 weight cotton—scraps (I used Lily’s Sugars n’ Cream)
Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle Avacado—scraps (optional)
Hook I/5.5 mm - I love my Boye Hooks
Yarn Needle to weave in ends
Stitches and Terms:
Sl St—Slip Stitch
Hdc—Half Double Crochet
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In yellow, make 2
Round 1: Ch 3, dc 7 in 3rd ch from hook, join with sl st to first dc (7 dc)
Round 2: Ch 2 (does not count here and throughout) dc 2 in same st, dc 2 in ea st. Join with sl st to first dc (14 dc)
Round 3: Ch 2, dc 2 in same st, dc 2 in ea st. Join with sl st to first dc (28 dc)
Round 4: Ch 2, dc 4 in same st, hdc in next st, sc in next 11 st, hdc in next st, dc 4 in next st, hdc in next st, sc in next 11 st, hdc in next st, join with sl st to first dc. (8 dc, 4 hdc, 22 sc)
Fasten off and weave in ends of the first lemon. Do not fasten off the second lemon, but continue to Joining.
Ch 1, insert hook in same st of the lemon you just finished and the first lemon. Sc though ea st of both lemons held together. Join with sl st to first sc. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Holding both the green cotton and the Red Heart Sparkle Scrubby together, ch 10.
Drop the loop, insert your hook through a Joining sc and pull the chain through until 5 ch are on one side of the sc, and 5 ch are on the other side.
Pick the loop back up. Sc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next 2 st, sc in next st, sl st in the Joining sc you pulled the ch through, working back in the ch, sk 1, sc in next ch (you are on the 7th ch), hdc in next 2 ch, sc in last ch, sl st in the last ch as well to round off the end of the leaf.
Fasten off, weave in ends. Wash dishes.
I hope you enjoy washing dishes with this adorable scrubbie as much as I do! These are so cute and work up so quickly, I feel they would also be a fantastic addition to any summer market or to an Etsy shop! I plan to make a set and wrap them with a ribbon to give away as gifts this year as well!
Please remember, the Lemon Dish Scrubby is written by Rebekah Haas. I hold the copyright to this pattern. It should not be published, shared, or sold without direct permission of the designer. You are, of course, welcome to sell any items you make using this pattern. If you post pictures of your item on Instagram or Facebook, please credit me with the design by linking to my Instagram account or website. Thank you for choosing to make my pattern! I hope it inspires you!