You’ll be doing your bit for Planet Earth, too, of course by choosing reusable instead of disposable cotton facial pads and as a bonus, you’re avoiding all of that icky plastic it usually comes packaged in!
Did you know:
“Cotton is thought to be the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, using the most dangerous pesticides to human and animal health.1 Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land, yet it accounts for 24% of the world’s insecticide market and 11% of sale of global pesticides; or $2.6 billion worth of pesticides making it the most pesticide-intensive crop grown on the planet.” Source – Organic Authority.
So while yes, we are still using cotton to make our face scrubbies, at least we’re going with a zero-waste, reusable option.
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If you missed the first crochet spa tutorial, a detailed photo tutorial to help you make a gorgeous soap saver pouch, make sure you check it out HERE.
OK, so let’s get on with this tutorial.
Cotton Yarn – I’m using quite a lightweight yarn that I’ve had for ages – it’s an 8 ply, but thin compared to most. I prefer this for my face scrubbies, but you’re welcome to use any cotton / bamboo / natural fiber yarn you like. I wouldn’t recommend wool, though, unless you want some unexpected exfoliation! A great organic option would be the Simply Cotton Organic Sport Yarn from KnitPicks.
Crochet hook – As cotton can be a bit splitty at times, I definitely recommend going with your glidiest (yes, I think that’s a word) hook. As always I go for my beloved Clover Amour soft handled hooks, as I’ve never had any issues with yarn not gliding smoothly over them! I’m using a size E (3.5mm) with my particular yarn.
Darning needle – for sewing in ends
Scissors – for snipping!
Magic Ring – this is the way I highly recommend that you make your starting circle so that you can pull it firmly closed afterwards. I know a lot of beginner crocheters have trouble with the magic ring, in which case you must check out the PlanetJune video tutorial, which is by far the best I’ve seen. It’s also what I used to learn a few years back.
Double Crochet (DC) – I use US terms in this tutorial, and if you’re in the UK, this would be known as a Treble Crochet.
Slip Stitch (Sl St) – This is used to finish off each round before starting the next round. If you’re not sure how to do it, you can find it really clearly explained here on the Lion Brand site.
Start by making a magic ring and then chain 3.
That chain 3 will count as your first DC. Then crochet 11 more DCs into the magic ring, making a total of 12 stitches in this round. Crochet over your starting tail as you go, to make it easier to secure later.
At this point you can use your starting tail to pull your centre ring tightly shut. You can either sew in the last of the tail now or do it at the end. I prefer to leave it!
To close off this round you’re going to slip stitch into the 3rd chain of the chain 3 you started this round with.
To start Round 2, chain 3 again.
As we want our circle to stay nice and flat, we have to increase the number of stitches we do in this round. There’s a really easy way to work out how to do this. Basically, every round will increase by the number of stitches you originally did in your magic ring. As we started with 12 stitches, we need to add another 12 stitches, so we just put 2 DC in each of the stitches from the previous round. Don’t forget that your chain 3 counts as your first DC.
Once you’ve got a total of 24 stitches in your round, slip stitch again into the 3rd chain of your starting chain 3 to finish off Round 2.
Chain 3 to start Round 3.
Now we need to add another 12 stitches to our previous total of 24. To do this, we’re going to alternate 1 DC then 2DC in each stitch around. Our chain 3 counts as our first DC, so we’ll put 2 DC in the next stich, 1 DC in the following stitch, and just repeat this all around until we have a total of 36 stitches.
All you have to do now is finish off the round then use your darning needle to securely weave in your ends. As this crochet face scrubbie will be very frequently washed, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make sure that when you finish off you pull that final knot tightly closed and then really weave the end back and forth under a few stitches.
As you can see in the photo below, you can change the size of your scrubbie by varying the yarn weight, hook size and how many rounds you use. Just remember that if you start with 12 DC in the magic ring, you’ll have to add 12 stitches to each round to keep it flat.
I hope you’ve had fun trying out this tutorial, and that you’ll soon have a whole stash of handmade, eco-friendly crochet face scrubbies on hand. Next in the series of crochet spa products will be the ever-popular shower puff, so make sure you bookmark / Pin / subscribe so you’ll be the first to know when this tutorial is being released.
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