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!