I confess I wasn’t completely sure what to make of the Wash Knit yarn from Wendy when it arrived through the door. Fortunately though, I watched Amber, aka The Yarnhoarder, singing the praises of crochet pot scrubbers on one of her podcast episodes and I could see the merits in the quirky make.
Wash Knit has been designed to make scrubbers, whether for your body or your saucepans. So as you might expect, it’s textured and understandably robust. Made from 100% polyester, the yarn looks like a course boucle. There are 85 metres/92 yards to each 100g ball and the recommended needle size is a 5mm/US 8. It’s machine washable and can be tumble dried on a cool setting, but would also air dry quickly.
There are two free knitting designs on the reverse of the ball band – one for a dish scrubber and the other is a wash mitt. You can also find four more free patterns over on tbramsdens.co.uk. However, having seen Amber’s pot scrubbers, I decided to try the pattern she suggests – the Nylon Net Scrubbies.
The pattern links through to a tutorial, which is very clear and easy to understand, unless like me, you’ve mislaid your brain that day. Undeterred, I downloaded a couple more designs, but found nothing clicked. This is probably because I’m just not great at crochet, particularly when it comes to reading patterns.
In a last-ditch attempt, I began to crochet a circle; I can manage that much at least, and even better, the texture of the Wash Knit yarn hides a multitude of sins and no one is going to see my mistakes.
It worked! The scrubbie used only 17g of yarn, so I can easily get five from the one ball.
I’ll check it and write up what I did on my blog if you’re interested? (Crochet not being my first language, I wouldn’t want to put it here on the magazine.)
The yarn was a little odd to use to begin with, but once I got into it (and my brain played ball) the scrubbie was quick and easy to make. Best of all, I can see how they’d make a quirky gift for friends and family (yes, I do know people that would like them).
The texture of the yarn has got me thinking and I’ve been imagining handmade beasts and monsters. I also think it would add great texture to a piece of weaving. So hands up, despite my initial reaction to the bright yellow ball of strangeness, Wash Knit from Wendy is actually fun and practical to use.
Wash Mitt Monster anyone?
If you fancy having a go yourself, we’ve a spare ball of Wash Knit to give away. Just answer the question below.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever made?
The giveaway is open to everyone and we’ll announce the winner on Saturday 17th June