How to Crochet a Tawashicomments (26) April 1st, 2009
Japanese Tawashi, or dish scrubbies, have become popular crochet (and knit) items over the past few years, perhaps because they are small, cute, and useful. They can be washed and dried, meaning there's not the same gross-out factor as with commercial sponges that end up getting tossed. I designed this tawashi out of Red Heart Eco-Cotton Blend, which is made out of recycled T-shirt remnants (factory waste). You can also make these out of acrylic (the scratchier the better!) for extra scrubbing power—in Japan, they even sell yarns that have silver ions in them and are antibacterial. Supposedly they need no detergent to work—now that's eco-friendly!
After my crafting session, I put the tawashi to use straight away on the dishes and found it especially good for bowls and glasses because of its flexibility (I like to fold it over the edges and clean the outside and inside at once). A scratchy one would do a supreme job on tougher dishes, but I like the feel of the cotton. It would also make an excellent duster or counter wiper—I see more of these in my future! If you find yourself addicted to crocheting these, you might want to check out Tawashi Town on Ravelry (you must be a Ravelry member to join), or check out this roundup of knit and crochet tawashi.
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- Small amount of Red Heart Eco-Cotton (or comparable yarn, CYCA size 4) in three colors
- Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook
- Yarn needle
sc single crochet
hdc half double crochet
dc double crochet
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