My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Project Scrubbie

Do y’all use a nylon net scrubbie? You know what I mean — one of these:

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Well, yesterday the center cord on mine came undone and I was left holding approximately 4 yards of wet nylon net. I smooshed it back together and tied the cord around it again, but it will never be quite the same again.

Then I remembered something. A few years ago, there was a pattern in Knitty for a bath puff called Bonbon. I bought the yarn called for, Gedifra Clou, and stuck it in my stash room, thinking I’d make a couple. Of course I never did.

Gedifra Clou is a 100% nylon tape yarn — considered super bulky. And now discontinued.

Yesterday I went into the depths of the stash room ISO my Gedifra Clou. and I actually found it in the space of minutes! I was going to knit a Bonbon, but decided, hey, just for fun, I think I’ll winkle something together myself. Why do things the easy way?

Here’s the result:

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I started out with U.S. size 10 needles and woo doggies! Not big enough! I dug out a set of U.S. size 15 needles and cast on again.

By the way, doing a longtail cast on with super bulky nylon tape and size 15 needles is . . . weird.

Just for grins, I wrote up the pattern for this and you can get it (in pdf format) here. It’s also linked to from the free patterns page.

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Yeah, the yarn is discontinued. But I did a yarn search in Ravelry for bulky and super bulky yarns in nylon and/or cotton and came up with a few alternatives, which are mentioned in the pattern. I also noticed that there are people on Ravelry who have Gedifra Clou that they are willing to destash.

And of course, I have more than one skein. You didn’t really think I had bought just one, did you?

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Want a skein of my Gedrifa Clou yarn? Leave a comment to this blog post by Sunday September 6 at noon Eastern Time, and I will have the random number generator draw four names to receive a skein each of my yarn.

Lucy Sez

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“That doesn’t look like a toy for me.”


  1. Personally I prefer using a flannel, but my daughter would love it if I made one for her. Thanks for all the great stuff Wendy.

  2. I hate when the nylon ‘puffs’ (as we call them here in England) unravel.

    Gonna knit me one next time mine unwangles itself. Great pattern, Wendy!

    Laura x
    .-= Laura´s last blog ..A Post Post =-.

  3. I do like my scrubbie and would love to make a successor 🙂

  4. I hate knitting with really large needles after using small ones. My hands feel so small! Those colours are fab!
    .-= Sarah (Welshmillie)´s last blog ..Blanket KAL Week 12 =-.

  5. That is such a neat idea. I would love to knit one. And in my favorite blue too!
    .-= Aporanee Schauer´s last blog ..Block it, block it, block it =-.

  6. My daughter is coming to visit on the 15th. We’re going to spend a lot of our time working on fun knitting projects. This pattern is on the list! Thanks for another fun pattern.

  7. A blue scrubbie would be fantastic…

  8. LOve your nylon net scrubbie! Winkle on!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  9. my favorite colors! ~Michelle
    .-= Sewbeads´s last blog ..8.11.09 =-.

  10. Poor Lucy.. wouldn’t she like a new toy made from the same yarn?

  11. Very cute … and I hate it when the scrubbie falls apart when I am in the shower! I would love to make one of these myself!

  12. Ooh a scrubbie instead of a washcloth! That’d be an awesome substitute for this year’s Christmas gifts. 😀
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..Secret Garden Shawl =-.

  13. I’m in 🙂
    .-= Helene´s last blog ..Fornyelse =-.

  14. I have seen these crocheted but never knitted. Wow!!

  15. Susan Sanders says:

    OOOOOOO – memememememe 😉

  16. Oh, Lucy, that very much does look like a toy for you! Or a toy for my kitty. Or, okay, a scrubby thing. I guess it could be a scrubby thing, too… At least until kitten finds it (after all, the tub is her favorite place to play!) (= I’d love to try out that yarn and pattern.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..End of August =-.

  17. My puff is also approaching the replacement stage…

  18. Andrea Ruffin says:

    Very cool. Nice work.

  19. I love those scrubbies and would love to be entered to knit one. 🙂

  20. LilChickadee says:

    Those look like they’d fun and really fast to make!

  21. I love your bath scrubbie! Great idea, and clever pattern.
    .-= Jessi´s last blog .. =-.

  22. From one Wendy to another.. This idea rocks!

  23. You are just too clever!

  24. What fun. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Cindy in FL´s last blog ..Perking the Nest =-.

  25. I have new #15’s bamboo cirs that are waiting for a project. How weird is the long tail cast on with #15’s?

  26. I would love some of this, but can you send it to me already made if I win, I fear it might sit in my stash for a long time too.

  27. I have been wanting to knit a scrubbie for some time. Thanks Wendy.
    I would love to win free yarn, because, well ,who wouldn’t want free yarn!
    .-= Cecilia ´s last blog ..Award Winning Day =-.

  28. Thank you for the pattern. Great idea! (I’d love the yarn too.) Great fun and nice of you to share.

  29. oooh. that looks cool 🙂

  30. Kat Gardner says:

    SCRUBBY!!! I’ve had that exact same experience – the scrubby comes all undone in the shower! ICK! Hurray for knitted solutions!

  31. Wendy, knitting your scrubbie has got to have felt strange after knitting all your recent shawls! Certainly a change of pace though. 🙂

  32. I’d love to try one of those scrubbie-thingies. Please count me in!

    As for Lucy, I’m surprised by her reaction. I thought all cats believe that *everything* they see looks like a new toy for them. My cats sure do!

    Have a great holiday weekend!

  33. Love the scrubbies and love Gediria yarn. Enter me in the contest. Thanks!
    Joan Anderson

  34. I’ve had the same experience, the puff breaking apart in the midst of a shower. In fact I think my current scrubbie is about to do that any day now.

    BTW, my sister makes pot scrubbers out of cut up strips of nylon netting–they’re the best!

  35. I can allways use a new bath puff and to make it in the color your yarn is just perfect.

  36. Perfect. I need a new one of those thingies.

  37. Thanks yet again for another instantaneous project. It is clear that you exist without actually sleeping.

    I wonder if the pattern would work for other fibers like cotton or hemp …. Must try.

  38. Thanks, Wendy! What a geat little project….fun for bus knitting.

  39. I have been thinking of making bath scrubby things, but was concerned that cotton would never, ever, never dry. Nylon — brilliant. I would love to give it a try.

  40. Yeah baby count me in!!! Cool beans – – hope I get one!

    Have a good long weekend Wendy and Lucy!

  41. How fun! It would make a great package topper too.

  42. oooo, That bath poof looks great! How does it wash the bod?

  43. Well, I’ll probably never make one but hey, you never know when your scrubbie is going to give up the ghost! And my size 15 needles are pretty lonely these days!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Double Dot Dare You Periwinkle Mini Bag =-.

  44. Pat in Indiana says:

    Love that scrubbie. Please add my name in your contest. Thanks.

  45. That looks so cool. I dont use scrubbies, as my WONDERFUL boyfriend does all the dishes, but that yarn would make a VERY pretty loufa I am sure.

  46. A knitted bath pouf? Well why not! Thanks Wendy!

  47. How fun! I’d love to try to make a bath puff for myself.
    .-= Pam Roa Hipp´s last blog ..LOVE the apps! =-.

  48. I love that color!

    I made Bonbon ages ago for a friend. I believe I used a nylon ribbon yarn from Lion Brand (I think it was called Imagine). Of course, the color you bought is much more to my liking!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..36 eggs (Part 2 – 16 whole eggs, 6 egg whites) =-.

  49. I love my crocheted scrubbie (made out of scraps of old acrylic)–I bet this works even better!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog .. =-.

  50. I’ve been thinking I need to make some things like this as gifts for friends. Great idea. 🙂
    .-= Janis´s last blog ..take these sunken eyes and learn to see =-.

  51. I love the colors! And I want to knit these as Christmas gifts.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Knits in progress =-.

  52. oh I would love it = ) It does match my bathroom and I am in the middle of redoing it. Of course being a knitter/crocheter I am knitting/crocheting washcloths and such.

    I used to love those poofs but they can get so icky too. I just might have make one, or five =)

    Oh and I need to tell you this. I made my mom a pair of socks using your Diagonal Lace pattern (i did have to tweak it since I was using Claudia’s Short Sport yarn) and she LOVES them. I told her all about you and your website. So Lucy has another fan and I thank you.
    .-= qutecowgirl´s last blog ..TdF update (another one) =-.

  53. Yes, I would love some yarn to make my own scrubby. One of mine fell apart.
    Thanks and have a great weekend!

  54. Ooo you poor dear! I hate when that happens. Great innovation though!

  55. Sarah Warburton says:

    love the look of your “poofy.” Thanks for writing up & sharing the pattern!

  56. What a clever idea, Wendy!!! i would love to try this yarn!!!! my husband can’t live without his nylon net scubbie. That would make a perfect gift also for my sister-in-law for Christmas. Thank you for the free chart!
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Le mois de septembre sera fait de… =-.

  57. Oh Goodie, A projuect to get rid of all that tape yarn that followed me home from the dollar store. And just in time for holiday gift knitting. Thanks Wendy.

  58. I use scrubbies too. Mystery sez “Let my mommie have it! (the yarn)”
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..Yes, She Does =-.

  59. Those came out great Wendy! Good for you! 🙂
    .-= Daniele´s last blog ..Violets for Ida =-.

  60. my bath puffs always fall apart too.. I HATE it!! I finger crocheted the last one into some kind of flat puff… take that stupid puff!! please add my name into the draw.

  61. Ooooh, pick me, pick me! Not only would I make and use it, but those colors would match my bathroom perfectly!
    .-= Sandy´s last blog ..Back Online (with fingers crossed) =-.

  62. Would love to try making a scrubbie. Such a change from sock yarn to super bulky!

  63. Elizabeth C. says:

    looks wonderful! I’d love to give it a go 🙂

  64. 262 is the one
    Let me win for some fun,
    away I’ll knit
    for in the bathroom fit
    Suds and soap,
    But maybe on a rope!
    Thanks to you!

  65. Pick me!

  66. Oh, that looks like a lark. Pretty colors of yarn too.

  67. Thanks so much for the scrubby pattern. Believe it or not, I don’t think I have anything in my (colossal) stash that’s suitable. I just might have to buy more yarn. *gasp*

  68. Me! I tried making one with cotton, it wouldn’t “suds” up very well, but am hoping the nylon will make all the difference!

  69. I can envision making these to put with soaps in a holiday basket as gifts. Count me in!

  70. Joan Robertson says:

    Wow…i’m 269. But, you never know. I’d like to make one of those scrubbies with a skein of your yarn.


  71. Wow! I never would have thought to knit a scrubbie but it looks so fun!

  72. Marie Woodman says:

    These would make great stocking stuffers for Christmas! Now to get some of the nylon yarn…

  73. Thank you Wendy. I think you solved a problem for me. I like handnit nylon kitchen scrubbies – but cutting the nylon tulle sucks. I think I will by the cheap dollar store scrubbies undo them and knit that! Your lovely yarn is too good for a kitchen scrubby but just right for a scrubby for me!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Hello? =-.

  74. Ohhhh, a bath scrubbie! pick me, oh please pick me!

  75. The scrubbie we have at home in the guest bathroom is ancient, so sure, if I win one of these, I’ll actually take a shot at making one.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Another month gone =-.

  76. Shannon Peairson says:

    That is so awsome! I would love a skein of your Gedrifa Clou yarn to knit my own bath puff : )

  77. I think my cats will totally take that over as there new cat toy.

  78. That would certainly be a change of pace. I’m game!

  79. I could definitely use a bath scrubbie to make use of my out-of-control stash of various scented body washes (TMI??). Anyway, count me in for the contest!

  80. Love the scrubbie! I also wanted to mention in case no one else did:

    Your old scrubbie: Usually they are a tube of netting. They work great to keep yarn skeins under control. Cut to desired length, tie knot on one end, slip in skein or center pull ball… knit away mess free!

  81. Sally Howard says:

    Ooh! I think that yarn might work well for the little pot scrubbers usually crocheted out of nasty nylon netting! Softer on the hands, much prettier too!

  82. When I saw the title “Project scrubbie” I thought it was a design challenge a la “Project runway!!” ! LOL… love the pattern! thanks
    .-= liz fox´s last blog ..Slowly but Surely =-.

  83. You are unbelievable! I would love to see this “stash” of yours that apparently involves a closet. Very impressive…I would love to receive the yarn as I had just put your pattern on my list to do, as well as get some bulky nylon yarn. Thank you.

  84. I’d love to try and knit my own scrubbie! I wonder what was the original intention for the yarn? 🙂
    .-= Jenna S´s last blog ..It’s Me In The Spotlight =-.

  85. I can always use more scrubbies and it sounds like a great Christmas gift. Once again dear Wendy you have sparked my imagination!

  86. Arleta Magallanes says:

    Would love to win somethin’—

  87. Lauren Lilyestrom says:

    My mother-in-law won’t shower with normal soap, and needs a scrubbie poof whenever she spends the night. This one will make her envious!!!

  88. I’d like a skein, please! Have you tried the scrubbie out yet, do you like it as well as the commercial, nylon one?

  89. What the heck, need something new to try out.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..just not right =-.

  90. Ok – that’s definitely something I’m more willing to spend $2 on at Target, than investing the time to knit! However, you knit at supersonic speeds, so there’s far less of your time going into a project like that than there would be mine. And yours is far cuter than my Target version.

  91. Mary-Ethel Bradley says:

    I could give it to someone as a Christmas tree ornament. Then they
    could use it for Christmas clean-up…Sure would like to have that yarn
    to execute this project. You remind me of Debbie New…same kind of
    minds. Lucy’s unique. Thanks for the patterns…

  92. Count me in, I love the scrubbies and I wish i could find that Gedifra Clou!

  93. Love the scrubbie! Thank you for posting the pattern. I’m thinking those might make fun and quick gift ideas. How does it work in the shower? Do you like it better than the store-bought scrubbies? It looks like it would be better.

  94. Beverly Shaw says:

    We recently did a series of classes at my LYS. One of those classes was for a crochet scrunchie. It is mostly done in single crochet with cotton yarn. There are pictures of it on Charmed Yarn’s Projects page. I’m not sure if she has posted the pattern.

  95. Brilliant! but why give them away when they would make cool gifts for friends? Just bang ’em out! I’d be happy to win one, however, and try out your pattern. I’ll check my own stash this weekend for comp yarn.
    thanks for the idea!

  96. Imagine the possibilities… personalized scrubbies!!! And the color of that yarn is just perfect! 🙂

  97. I would like to try to make a scrubbie.

  98. Your ingenuity constantly amazes me, love the scrubbie, and the shawls, and the socks….

  99. Lisa Haynes says:

    Very cool idea! Plus, my current bath puff is slowly unraveling as well.

  100. I’d love to try it – my old scrubbie is just about to fall apart! Thanks, Wendy!