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After many months of using (cheap) acrylic yarns, I have finally jumped on the cotton bandwagon. When I built up my yarn stash via ebay lots, I only amassed sythetic yarns and now find myself swimming in a sea of Red Heart skeins. I started reading up on 100% cotton yarn and how it is ideal for many bath and beauty items, such as face cloths, bath puffs (I call them scwunchies for some reason), soap socks/holders/sacks, etc. I’m really excited to make some functional items, that I will perhaps enter into Etsy’s Sew Useful Contest, but will first post here as a tutorial. (Not to knock the more non-functional but super-cute items of mine, such as jellyfish, cupcakes, popsicles, etc.)

The scrubby cloths measure about 3.5 inches across:

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Little jelly, how did you get in the picture?!?

Anyway! I used a strand each of two kinds of cotton yarn, the thicker being “Bernat 4 Ply Worsted Weight Cotton” and a thinner yarn that came (ebay) unmarked. The thinner variety feels more rough, and it’s the same kind you use to make those Easter Eggs from balloons, yarn, and glue.

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With a G hook, and two strands of yarn, ch 14 and turn. Make a foundation row of sc. Ch 1 turn.
*Sc into first sc; #insert hook into space made, yo, pull up loop. Insert hook into next sc, yo, pull up loop. Insert hook into next sc, yo, pull up loop. Yo and pull through all 4 loops. (Make sure when you pull up that you don’t make this stitch too tight). Ch 1, repeat from # until you you have pulled through the 4 loops at the very end of the row. Do not ch 1, but instead, sc into space made. Ch 1.

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Repeat from * until it’s about 3.5 inches on each side. For the edging, I used the thinner cotton yarn (pink, yellow, green in the photos above). Ch 1 with the thinner yarn only and cut the thicker yarn, leaving an inch tail. Sc around the entire square, always making 2 sc in each corner. Finish off and weave in ends.

Here are some close-ups of the pattern, which is called “trinity” in one of my crochet books. I always call it star pattern, but whatever the name, I think it’s a nice alternative to plain sc or dc scrubbies.

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