One of my favorite things about springtime is the sudden and overwhelming appearance of peonies. When I was growing up, I knew the end of the school year was coming close when, out of nowhere, the two peony bushes in the back yard exploded into bloom, and we’d cut big bouquets of them for our teachers. We’d wrap wet paper towels around the bottoms of the stem, dunk the blooms in water to kill the ants that LOVED them, and then happily walk to the bus stop, flowers in hand.
The problem with peonies is that their season is REALLY short. Like, three weeks and they’re done short. So, when I saw a crochet pattern for a small ruffly brooch that looked like a peony, I immediately wanted to make one.
But rather than making a brooch (because honestly, I stick one brooch to my coat at the beginning of winter, and half of the time it doesn’t make it all the way through) I wanted to make a “full size” peony something. And so, the peony scrubbie was born.
See, the thing about crochet is that it can be very multi-functional. Need a blanket? Crochet. Need a toy? Crochet. Need a new dish scrubber? Crochet. The only thing that changes is the fiber of the yarn. For household things, such as scrubbies, pot holders, trivets, etc. it’s best to use all cotton yarn. I like the Sugar ‘n’ Cream yarn by Lily. It’s thick enough to be substantial, but still manageable and not bulky.
For this peony scrubbie, I used the hot pink, white, and mod green, but you could use any combinations you like. The stem/leaf/loop combo is completely optional, but I think it adds a nice touch.
This pattern is extremely simple, believe it or not. It contains only single and double crochet stitches, worked in the round, and a tiny bit of sewing for the loop. I used an H-size crochet hook, or 5.0 mm. If you’re worried about difficulty, I’ve been doing a similar pattern on the ends of scarves for approximately the last 15 years, or since I was about 16. Its really easy, I promise.
You can view the pattern below, or download the free PDF, your choice!
This is an original pattern for a cotton peony scrubbie. Feel free to make as many as you want, and sell the final products, just be sure to credit What’s for Dinner? (Mara Rosenbloom) as the pattern creator. Happy crocheting!
* 3 balls worsted weight cotton yarn (like Sugar ‘n’ Cream brand) in the color of your choice for the main flower color, edging, and stem
* H-size (5.00 mm) crochet hook
This pattern is worked in the round. It starts at the center and will expand outward, ruffling as you go. The more rows, the deeper the ruffles.
Stitches used: (U.S. Terms)
SC – single crochet
DC – double crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Sl St – slip stitch
CH – Chain
Round 1: CH 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Pull the tail to close the hole
Round 2: 3 DC in each SC around (18 DC), sl st in the top of the first DC
Round 3: CH 2, 2 DC in first DC, then 3 DC in each DC around (54 DC)
Round 4: CH 2, 2 DC in first DC, then 3 DC in each DC around (162 DC)
Round 5: CH 2, 2 DC in first DC, then 3 DC in each DC around (486 DC)
Round 6: SC in each DC around (486 sc)
Finish off, weave in ends
Row 1: CH 35
Row 2: ch 1, SC in each ch (35 sc)
Row 3: ch 1, SC in 20 sc, then (1 sc, 1 hdc, 3 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) in next stitch, sc in next 14 st.
Join two ends together with a few stitches, then sew to the center of the peony.
Fluff the “petals” and use to wash your favorite dishes, or use in the shower. This is machine washer and drier safe!