Cleaning fun part 2: Copycat kitchen sponges

Hi again.

After last week’s post, I felt inspired to make these adorable kitchen scrubbies. I’m not exactly sure why I’m suddenly so attracted to making cleaning products – I think it has something to do with that fact that I’ve been spending so much time recently on The Giant Peacock2 Doily (post coming soon). With all of its tiny intricate stitches – and high stakes if I make a mistake – it’s nice to do something easy and stress-free for a change.

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Here are a few reasons to love making your own crocheted cleaning supplies:

  • Simple, repetitive stitches make them the perfect relaxing or TV-watching project.
  • Made a mistake? Who cares! It’ll still work just as well for scrubbing out the sink.
  • Hate weaving in ends? Tie a knot and cut ’em short, no one will notice.

I modeled mine after the real sponges in my kitchen that they’re replacing, but you can make them in any color you want.

The best part about these babies? No need to buy any more replacements! When they get dirty, throw ’em in the washing machine.

Here’s the reverse side:

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Pattern: Kitchen Sponge (Scrubber) [Rav link]
Yarn used: KnitPicks Dishie
Hook used: G/6

I also made the following pattern modifications:

  • I started with a ch 15 instead of ch 13, resulting in 6 bumps across instead of 5, because my yarn was a bit thinner than the recommended yarn.
  • Instead of doing a single tc for the bumps, I did a 2 tc cluster, or tc2tog. This made the bumps a lot more pronounced and, well, bumpy.

Just for fun, I took a picture of another one I made after a few uses to show you how they hold up.

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Are there any other DIY cleaning projects you love? Reply with a comment!

Cleaning fun: tub scrubby & me-scrubby

I was inspired to write this post when I was cleaning my apartment the other day, and realized I had completely run out of sponges. Rather than run to the store – an endeavor which would require putting on pants and getting my lazy butt out of the house – I got out my crochet hook and whipped up a few quick ‘n dirty scrubbies to wipe down my kitchen counters and bathtub. I’m happy to say they worked pretty well – no sponges needed, and my kitchen looks a bit cuter with some homemade cleaning supplies.

Here is one I made for the bathroom:

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Pattern: Thick & Quick Bumpy Scrubby [Rav link]
Yarn used: KnitPicks Dishie in Swan & Azure
Hook used: G/6

As I was making these, I found that my scrubbies weren’t quite as bumpy as I liked. So instead of doing 1 treble crochet (tc) as specified, I substituted a 2-tc cluster for each of the bumps.

While I was at it, I decided to try a pattern that’s been in my faves for a while: the bath pouf. I was a bit intimidated by these because they looked different than the stuff I usually do, but it turns out that they are really very easy and fun. Not to mention that they just kind of… POOF into shape as you follow the pattern.

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Pattern: Bath Pouf [Rav link]
Yarn used: KnitPicks Dishie in Azure
Hook used: G/6

This pouf turned out a little bit smaller than what I wanted, since I was using a smaller hook size and yarn than recommended. If I make another (which I almost certainly will – these things make great gifts) I think I would start with a round of dc instead of sc, and would also use a larger hook size. But overall, it turned out well and I think it’s the perfect size for a travel kit.

Update after a few uses: Would definitely use a larger hook size next time; you want these to be really big and loose for maximum scrub coverage.

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Just remember to always use 100% cotton yarn for your bathtime and cleaning projects. Any other material will not be as absorbent, and can damage your countertops and skin.

Have fun – and look out for part 2 of crochet cleaning: kitchen sponges!

Pattern: Chrome logo coaster

Hello readers! As some of you know, I work at the Happiest Tech Company on EarthTM, aka Google. I made a bunch of these coasters a while back and the pattern has been requested a few times, so I’m finally posting it.

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Ravelry link

Yarn recommended: KnitPicks Dishie or any DK/worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.
Hook size: G/6 – 4.25mm

Terminology:
sc = single crochet
slip st = slip stitch
inc = single crochet increase (2 single crochet into 1 stitch)
dec = single crochet decrease (sc2tog), or optionally invisible decrease

Do not join rounds unless specified.

Row 1) Using blue yarn, sc 6 in magic circle. (6)

Row 2) Inc in each stitch around. (12)

Row 3) [sc, inc] * around. When you get to the last stitch, join rounds with a slip st into the next stitch before switching to the new color. (18)

Row 4) Switch to white; [sc 2, inc] * around. When you get to the last stitch, join rounds with a slip st into the next stitch before switching to the new color. (24)

Row 5) Switch to red; [sc 3, inc] * 2. Switch to green, repeat. Switch to yellow, repeat. (30)

You can now cut blue and white.

When you get to round 6 (and 7, 8) the yarn for each color will be at the wrong end of that color block. I like to leave a tail just long enough to catch under each stitch so that it’ll be completely hidden. You can also just leave it as a float, since it’ll get covered up by another layer of fabric anyway.

Row 6) Switch to red; [sc 4, inc] * 2. Repeat for green, yellow. (36)

Row 7) Switch to red; [sc 2, inc, sc 3] * 2. Repeat for green, yellow. (42)

Note: Switching up where you put the increase helps your coaster stay in a circular shape, instead of turning into a hexagon.

Row 8) Switch to red; [sc 6, inc] * 2. Repeat for green, yellow. (48)

Row 9) Switch to your backing color (I used white). Working through back loops only, sc around. (48)

You can now cut red, green and yellow.

Row 10) [sc 6, dec] * around. (42) At this point you can weave in all loose ends.

Row 11) [sc 2, dec, sc 3] * around. (36)

Row 12) [sc 4, dec] * around. (30)

Row 13) [sc 3, dec] * around. (24)

Row 14) [sc 2, dec] * around. (18)

Row 15) [sc, dec] * around. (12) Do a few more decreases until your coaster looks like it’ll lie flat when you close up the hole. When you get to 6-8 stitches remaining, cut the yarn, leaving a long tail. Pull through all remaining stitches to close off. Using the long tail, sew the two layers of fabric together around the white inner circle so that your coaster will stay as 1 flat piece. Weave in end. You’re done!

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Happy crafting, and I’d love to know if any of you use this pattern!

-Mere

Feelin’ blue

So, I’ve been making a lot of blue things for my room lately.

I can see why – it’s such an easy, laid-back color that goes with everything. It gives my room this beachy theme that makes me feel like I live somewhere exotic like Santa Cruz or maybe Cape Cod.

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This doily was so much fun to make. I got the pattern from this book [Rav link], which is available on Amazon Japan and ships to the US! I’d definitely recommend buying it if you like doilies – it has some of my favorite patterns, which hopefully you’ll be seeing a lot more of in future posts.

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Then we have this little guy! Isn’t he adorable? I made him with sparkly Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton! yarn, which has now become my favorite go-to amigurumi yarn. The pattern is Pops de Milk’s Cutest Little Sperm Whale. Now I kind of want another one in pink or purple. :3

Does your bedroom have a theme? And have you made any DIY decorations to go with it?

See you next time,

-Mere

Hello, crafting world

Why hello there, dear reader! This is my first EVER blog post. I decided it was time to step up my crochet game to the next level, so this is where I’ll be posting pics and patterns from now on. I’m new to blogging but not so new to crocheting. 🙂

You might ask: why “toramisu”? It’s a combination of “tora” (虎), which means “tiger” in Japanese, and “tiramisu”, which is a tasty dessert. I like both of these things, so the name was born.

My goals for this blog are:

  • Post something new approximately once a week
  • Develop an online presence as a crafter and pattern designer
  • Provide interesting and useful content to other crafters

Here’s a sample of my work so far.

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Happy crafting!

-Mere