Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pantyhose & Plarn Multi-Purpose Scrubby Crochet Pattern

Dollar General plastic bag & black pantyhose

My scrubbies are crocheted with plastic yarn and pantyhose held together.  Don't be fooled by the plastic.  When you combine both material together, you get one thick and durable scrubby.  

These are machine washable and dishwasher safe.  I've been making these scrubbies for years to accomplish so many different cleaning tasks.  Mostly I use them for scrubbing pots and pans. However, I have found they are also good for ...

- cleaning the bugs off car windows
- cleaning my glass stove top and microwave messes because my son forgets to cover his dish
- they work awesome on cleaning bathtub rings and shower walls

Before we start - the following tutorial links show you how to prepare the pantyhose and plastic bags into yarn:
Pantyhose:  (1/2 to 3/4" width suggested)

If you haven't crafted with pantyhose before, it is very different than plarn or regular yarn.  Due to the very nature of it being nylon, you don't get a 'tightning' feel with it.  My suggestion is don't pull it, use the same tension as the plarn.

Plastic Bags:  (1 to 1 1/4" width suggested)
Double Strand:
Single Strand: 

Meijer plastic bags and red pantyhose

You will need:
  • Crochet Hook Size J (or K depending on thickness of pantyhose/plarn)
Important Note:   Not all plastic is made the same.  When using plarn, achieving the desired size or gauge is dependent on the texture, thickness and strip width of the plastic yarn. 
  • 1 pair of adult size pantyhose (2 adult legs will net 3 scrubbies)
  • Approx 1 1/2 standard size plastic bags (will net 1 scrubbie or 5 standard size plastic bags for 3 scrubbies)
  • (optional) Craft needle or F Hook for weaving in ends  

Gauge:  There really isn't any but typically 3 rounds measure approx 3" to 3 1/4" wide.

Pattern is worked with holding 2 strands of plastic yarn and 1 strand of panthose held together.

Round 1:  Beg with a slip knot, ch 3 and join with sl st in 1st ch to form ring or use adjustable ring method (click on the link for a tutorial) make 6 sc in ring.  Join with sl st to 1st sc, tighten and close the starting hole.

Round 2: Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc) make another sc in same st, make 2 sc into each st around, join with a sl st to beginning ch 1.

Round 3:  Ch 1 (counts as 1st sc) make another sc in same st, *1 sc in next st,  2 sc in next st. *Repeat around. 

(add more rounds if you want a bigger scrubby) 

Publix plastic bags and green pantyhose

FO and weave in ends.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies, please leave me a comment or email me at

Beg – Beginning
Ch – Chain
FO – Fasten Off
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
St – Stitch

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