How to Make a Reversible Swiffer Sockcomments (68) November 4th, 2010
I've always hated buying refills for my Swiffer sweeper—even though I used both sides of the cloth, it just seemed silly to throw them away. And truthfully, it had been languishing in my closet because I have no refills, so I thought I would come up with a reusable option for Swiffer (and like-minded) sweepers. I came up with this crocheted cover, which, as the sort-of gross photo proves, really works! It also proves that I need to dust more often. Sorry, Mom! This "sock" is fun and quick to crochet, easy to complete with scraps, and a great use for acrylic yarns, since they tend to create static that makes dust and hair cling. Once you're done dusting, you can brush the excess dirt and dust into the trash bin (really, it's okay to touch dirt!) and then throw the sock in the washer and dryer with your other laundry. This project was extremely satisfying to make, and I think I'll make another one to have on hand in case I don't always remember to throw it in the wash. Perhaps it will encourage a bit more cleanliness on my part. Perhaps.
Update: Please be sure to click through ALL the pages to see the step by step photos. If you make this, I'd love for you to add it to Ravelry!
- Small amount of worsted-weight (CYCA size 4) acrylic yarn in two colors (I used Red Heart Soft Yarn)
- Size H (5mm) hook
- Yarn needle
sc: single crochet
dc: double crochet
sl st: slip stitch
FL: front loop
RS: right side
(Note: I'll walk you through the pattern and explain how to make changes for other brands, but I wanted to have it all in one chunk as well to make it easy to use.)
Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across, turn—31 dc.
Row 2 (RS): With next color, *ch 4, sl st in FL of next st; repeat from * across, turn—30 ch-4 loops.
Row 3: Working in FL, ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next st and each st across, turn—31 dc.
Rows 4–15: Repeat rows 2 and 3, changing colors every 2 rows (if desired), turn—31 sts.
After turning on last row, you'll begin working in the round.
Round 1: With 1st color, ch 1, sc around the edge of the rectangle, working 1 sc into top or bottom of each dc and 2 sc into sides of sts, and working 2 sc in each corner st, join with a sl st to first sc—98 sts.
Round 2: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join.
Round 3: Ch 1, *sc in next 7 sc, decrease over next 2 sc; rep * twice, sc in each sc until 2 sts before corner, (decrease over next 2 stitches) 12 times or as many times as necessary to work up short side until 2 stitches past short side**; repeat from * to ** once more to complete the round, join with a sl st in first sc—68 sts.
Round 4: Ch 1, *sc in next 6 sc, decrease over next 2 sc; rep * twice, sc in each sc until 2 sts before corner, (decrease over next 2 stitches) six times or as many times as necessary to work up short side until 2 stitches past short side**; repeat from * to ** once more to complete the round, join with a sl st in first sc—50 sts.
Round 5: Ch 1, sc in each sc around, join with a sl st in first sc—50 sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
If you're making the sock for another brand of sweeper, make the foundation chain at least an inch shorter than the base. If you're using a nonstretchy yarn, you may have to adjust the pattern slightly by adding a few more stitches to the foundation chain.
Dc in 4th ch from hook and each chain across. At the end of the row, switch to the next color at the last yarn over of the last dc. Leave the first color strand there, as you'll pick it up 2 rows later.
If you have a different brand/size, you might need to work more rows. Just remember to err on making the rectangle slightly smaller than your base (rather than slightly larger).
Make a few more decrease rounds to close up the sock so it'll fit snugly over the swiffer. If your stitch counts don't match exactly, don't fret. It's okay to wing it here—just make sure you do a lot of decreasing on the short sides and around 3 decreases on each long side.
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