These reusable mini face washers/make-up remover pads are great for gifts or for yourself. I don’t wear make-up but I like using these just with warm water to clean my face before bed. After each use, just chuck it in the wash. I’ve added a small loop because I like to hang them up to dry out before putting them in the dirty washing basket (so they don’t stay damp for too long). Make a set of 8 so you have one for each day + an extra for washing day.
- This pattern is written in US crochet terms (UK version coming soon!)
- I’d recommend this pattern for intermediate (or at least adventurous beginners) crocheters. I’ve written this pattern with step by step instructions with the intention that beginners could complete it, but it does include some techniques that are more advanced
- You can add the pattern to your Ravelry queue here
- A print friendly version of this pattern is available to purchase from my Etsy store here for $1.99 AUD.*** Your purchase helps support my work as a designer. You will get 2 pdf downloads – a 15 page photo tutorial, plus a 2 page short version. This short version is handy to refer to once you’ve made the pattern a couple of times and don’t need the photos. *** Until the end of March 2020 all sales from this pattern (minus Etsy Fees) will be donated to Wildlife Victoria’s Bushfire Appeal.
- There’s also a video available to compliment this written pattern.
- Yarn: 100% cotton 10 ply/worsted weight, ~20 m per scrubby. To make 8 scrubbies: 130-170 m (140-185 yards), 80-95 g (2.8-3.3 oz). Suggested yarns: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton, Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, Knit Picks Dishie Yarn, Abbey Road Fung Fu Cotton
- Hook: 4 mm (note you want the hook to be smaller than normal to get a tight gauge)
I made 8 scrubbies from 150 m (90 g) of Industrial Yarns 1.5 mm Twisted Cotton (in seamist, maroon, magenta etc), 4 mm hook. [Not an affiliate link – this is provided for your convenience]
- Gauge: 4 rows = 3 cm tall (1 1/4 in), 13 stitches = 8 cm wide (3 1/8 in)
- Finished size: ~ 8-10 cm square (3-4 inches) across a selection of crocheters
Stitches (US terms)
- ch = chain
- HDC = half double crochet
- raised TrChev – see special stitches
- raised TrFwd – see special stitches
- raised TrBk – see special stitches
- SC = single crochet
- sl st = slip stitch
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- yo = yarn over
Raised Treble chevron (raised TrChev) Numbers in bold and brackets correspond to the image below.
yo twice, insert hook under st 2 rows below and 2 sts back^ (2), pull up a loop, (yo and pull through 2 loops)x2, yo twice, insert hook under st 2 rows below and 1 st forward^ (3), pull up a loop, (yo and pull through 2 loops)x2, (3 loops remaining on hook (4)) insert hook in top loops of next st in previous row (5, st marked by red arrow in 1), pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 4 loops on hook (6)
^NOTE: The stitches 2 rows below and 1 stitch back or 2 stitches forward will the the tops of raised trebles in lower rows – work around both posts of the raised treble chevrons. Except for row 2 where the stitches 2 rows below = the front loop of the foundation chain, as shown below.
Raised Treble forward (raised TrFwd)
This is used at the start of rows 2, 6 and 10
yo twice, insert hook under the st 2 rows below and 1 st forward^, pull up a loop, (yo and pull through 2 loops)x2 [2 loops remaining on hook], insert hook in top loops of next st, pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook
Raised Treble backward (raised TrBk)
This is used at the end of rows 2, 6 and 10
yo twice, insert hook under the st 2 rows below and 2 sts backward^, pull up a loop, (yo and pull through 2 loops)x2 [2 loops remaining on hook], insert hook in top loops of next st, pull up a loop, yo and pull through all 3 loops on hook
Note: When working into a raised TrFwd or raised TrBk, work into the top/front loops at the top of the raised Tr (as indicated by the needle below). This will help give a nice shape to the diamonds on the ends of the rows.
- Hints or extra information is provided in italics
- The stitch count is provided in square brackets [..] at the end of each row
- To make a different size square, start with a chain that’s a multiple of 3 + 2. Row 1 should be a multiple of 3 + 1 HDCs.
- If you want to use an 8 ply/DK weight cotton, go down to a 3.75 mm hook
- For the foundation chain: I like to work in the back bump of the chains to give a neater finish. You may also want to go up a hook size if you chain tightly
- Did you know that your individual crochet style effects row height? So 13 stitches wide by 12 rows high came out square for me, but it may not for you. Check out this 10 min video for more information. If working 12 rows gives you a rectangle, try stopping at row 10, or adding 2 more rows to get a square shape before working the border.
- The following shows each of the special stitches in row 2 worked in a different colour to help show how the row comes together. Row 1 and the HDCs of row 2 are worked in white.
Pattern – Video Tutorial
Pattern – Photo tutorial
Foundation chain: chain 14
Row 1: skip 1st ch, HDC in each st to end, ch 1 and turn [13 HDC]
Row 2: raised Trfwd, *HDC in next 2 sts, raised TrChev* repeat 2 more times, HDC in next 2 sts, raised TrBk in last st, ch 1 and turn [13 sts]
Let’s break that down, step-by-step:
In the first stitch, work a raised TrFwd:
HDC in next 2 sts, raised TrChev
repeat *HDC in next 2 sts, raised TrChev* 2 more times, HDC in next 2 sts
raised TrBk in last st
ch 1 and turn [13 sts]
Row 3: HDC in each st, ch 1 and turn [13 HDC]
Row 4: HDC in 1st st, *raised TrChev, HDC in next 2 sts* repeat 3 more times, ch 1 and turn [13 sts]
Let’s break that down, step-by-step:
HDC in first st, then work a raised TrChev in the next st
HDC in next 2 sts, raised TrChev
HDC in next 2 sts, raised TrChev (work the same as the second raised TrChev in row 4)
HDC in next 2 sts, raised TrChev (forward leg of the last raised TrChev needs to be worked differently)
HDC in next 2 sts, ch 1 and turn
Row 5: repeat row 1
Row 6: repeat row 2, but work the raised trebles around both posts of raised trebles from row 4
Row 7: repeat row 3
Row 8: repeat row 4
Rows 9-12: repeat rows 5-8 one more time (3 rows of diamonds). At the end of row 12, ch 1 but do not turn
Border: a continuous row of SC worked around the edge of the square. With the right side facing you, start working down the side of the square.
Note the following instructions gave a flat border for my tension and most testers, but if it doesn’t sit flat for you, you can add an extra SC or ch 1 to each corner
Work one SC in the end of each row, add an extra SC into the last row [13 SC for the first side]
Work a SC into each foundation chain along the bottom of the square. For the chains that have raised trebles worked into them, insert the hook on the left hand side of the chain, and work through both loops [13 SC for the bottom edge]
Work 2 SC into the first row on the second side of the square, work one SC in each row to the corner [13 SC]
Optional: If you want to add a small loop for hanging, at this corner add a chain of 20. If you don’t want a loop, add an extra SC in the corner
Work one SC in each st on the top edge [13 SC]
Cut the yarn leaving a 10 cm tail.
Close with an invisible join (as shown below) and sew in the ends.
I hope you enjoyed this pattern. I’d love to see your finished scrubbies – you can post photos to the Ravelry pattern page, or on social media tagging me using #motherbunchcrochet or @FrankstonHooker on Instagram.