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Here’s a beginning knitting project that’s so tiny that when I say “easy” you’ll know I really mean it. It won’t even matter if your stitches are uneven; even if you have never knit before, you can make a useful and cute cotton/tulle scrubbie! The original idea, using just tulle, comes from verypink.com. When I saw a variation that combines cotton with the tulle netting it was irresistible. If you don’t know how I feel about my cotton knit washcloths, or want to know more about the cotton yarn I use, check my previous post here. When I gave them out at Christmas time I got polite thank-yous.  But after my friends and co-workers had the chance to try them, genuine THANKS! started rolling in. I’ve been asked to teach a class on them, and had requests that I make them to sell. (Note: the terms “netting,” “mesh,” and “tulle” are used interchangeably.)

The netting-only pattern requires about 12 yards, but when you combine the materials, you only need about 10 yards of each. Prepare regular netting (not the tiniest mesh, because you want it somewhat abrasive) by wrapping it carefully around a cardboard or large book, keeping the edges together as much as possible.

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Cut it in strips about 1 1/2 inch wide.

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Wind them up around your fingers, making sure you hold onto the beginning so you can use it as a pull-out skein (see it under my thumb.) Tuck the end inside to secure it.

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You’ll get four little “bobbins” of netting for each strip cut from a regular width bold of fabric.

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Now you’re ready to begin. Tie the slip knot using both strands, leaving only a bit of a tail of the tulle and a long tail (about 24 inches) of the cotton. . .

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. . . using two knitting needles (mine are size 9) I cast on 12 stitches.

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Notice that, using my slingshot method, my index finger is working the cotton-only tail, my thumb holds the cotton and tulle strand.

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Cast on method:  pick up the strand on the thumb side, as shown (above) then over the top to pick up the strand from the finger side, pull it through (below) and tighten. (Fuzzy picture alert. Sorry.)

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Repeat until there are 12 loops on the needles.

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Pull out one knitting needle and begin by purling the first row.

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I wrap the tail along with both the cotton and tulle strands.  This is my shortcut to secure the tail without having to weave it in at the end. Turn and repeat, purling each row until it’s the desired size. . .

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. . . or, until you come to the end of the strand of netting as you can see here. IMG_1694

Cast off with the cotton-only strand using a crochet hook and this method.

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Use a tapestry needle to weave the end in, following the knit pattern across a full row, then cut off.

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Your finished scrubbie may look imperfect.  Not to worry! It will still do the job, and you can keep practicing! These little babies only take about half an hour even for a slow knitter and you’ll want one of every color! You will LOVE using them on dishes or other cleaning projects! Happy knitting!   IMG_1699

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