I love sponges. All shapes, all sizes. I craved sponges when I was pregnant. Not to eat – just to squeeze. I will understand if you stop reading my little blog now. Since I love sponges so much I have definite preferences for which sponge does a better job at certain tasks. For washing dishes it has always been the blue Estracell sponge.
They recently changed the spongy part of the sponge. Now I do not like it anymore. The wedge edge is still fantastic, just not as effective with the new sponge formula.
I realize no one else cares about this! I am just telling you this so you will understand why I have resorted to making my own dishcloths. I was desperate I tell ya! You can do this too. If this is your first time knitting there are great tutorials out there for learning to knit and this is a great pattern to learn on. If you’ve been knitting for a while you can make a dishcloth from cast on to cast off in an afternoon. Here we go!
First you need to start with nylon plastic canvas yarn. This has become much harder to find. I used to find it at Walmart but now I have to get it online. Try here. You only need a little – don’t overbuy. If you can’t find any nylon yarn you can make the whole cloth with cotton yarn, you just won’t have a scratchy scrubby part.
My mom says a scrubby made with nylon yarn is the best tool for cleaning the shower. I wouldn’t know – I have a sponge for that.
On size 7 needles with the nylon yarn, cast on 4 stitches.
Knit one, knit in the front and back of the second stitch, then knit the remaining stitches.
Knit 1, inc in nxt st, k across on each row until you have 22 stitches on your needle. Switch to cotton yarn, I prefer Peaches & Creme. Continue knitting and increasing until you have 45 stitches on the needle. Now you will start the decrease rows.
Knit one, Knit 2 together, knit across.
Repeat this row until you have 4 stitches on your needle and bind off. Super simple but the best dishcloth you can make. The nylon yarn is scratchy like the top of a sponge but won’t scratch anything. The ribs on the cloth grab everything and do a wonderful job of cleaning. Please try it!