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Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Project Scrubbie

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


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:


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.


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?


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


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


  1. I’m always on the lookout for great gift ideas and this could be good one.

  2. Oooh I am just about at the point where I need a new scrubbie for myself. This sounds like an awesome idea. I just might have to hunt me up some supplies…

  3. The yarns looks very interesting! Count me in!
    .-= Sue H´s last blog ..Sheep: Front and Back =-.

  4. How clever! I would love to have a chance at the yarn!

  5. Hey very fun!!! yarn looks like fun to work with… count me in!

  6. I would love to make one of these. It sure would make me smile in the morning!
    .-= JoAnn´s last blog ..(knock, knock) Helloooo, Still With Me? =-.

  7. Love the bath pouf!

  8. Cathy Smith says:

    I’d love some; great color. Thank you,

  9. Is there no end to the stuff you can knit with sticks and string?

  10. So nice to see your shawls in Ravelry! Thanks for the pattern too! Softer on the skin than the purchased onesβ™₯

  11. A blue and purple yarn adventure — what’s not to love? Sign me up!
    .-= Barbara-Kay´s last blog ..Musing =-.

  12. I’d love to try and make a scrubbie like this! I use the one like you have that fell apart but a knitted one would be so much better!!!!

  13. Thanks for sharing the pattern!
    .-= Cindy´s last blog ..Some Crafting =-.

  14. Shirley Ryan says:

    I love the color…it would be nice to win something!


    Hi Lucy! πŸ™‚

  15. I know the comment won’t have any influence on Ye Olde Randome Number Generatore but I have to tell you, Wendy, I just love the comments Lucy channels through you. They’re always so apt! And the color of that Gedifra Clou would just SO go in my bathroom πŸ™‚
    .-= Leslie´s last blog ..A Break in the Weather =-.

  16. I just like saying “Gedifra Clou”!
    .-= ccr in MA´s last blog ..Send Ice Cream =-.

  17. i didn’t think of knitting a scrubbie! Now I have lots of ideas (and some nylon net to shred to make a knit net scrubbie. Fun!

  18. Scrubbies would be awesome stocking stuffers too…andd I want one! Thanks for the chance – and the pattern!

  19. I’m game to try my own scrubbie πŸ™‚ I like the color!

  20. That looks like fun! I’d love to be entered to win a skein.
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..End of Summer, New Projects =-.

  21. Since I have NEVER EVER won anything in the whole wide world….. what can we knit this out of. that is usually around the house ?

  22. I like your scrubby, especially the colors. Stash is great.

  23. I’m all about the 3 R’s – Reduce, Reuse & Recycle and I’m sure that knitting your own scrubbie can be one or more!! of course the classic 3 R’s will never get old either
    .-= Wannietta´s last blog ..And the Winner Is … =-.

  24. Lori Beard says:

    Yay scrubbies! My colors, too.

  25. re-inventing the wheel…um, scrubbie,
    I see.
    Such FUN!
    .-= greta´s last blog ..Sanctuary =-.

  26. And luck would have it that my scrubbie in the shower has died recently also! This would be excellent to have! πŸ™‚

  27. Looks like fun – count me in!

  28. Cool, I’d love to make one, too! πŸ˜€

  29. Kim Ledford-Hauser says:

    Thanks in advance Wendy!!! ; ) Love the yarn and the colors. I’m thinking that this would make a great Christmas gift with soaps, bath salts, etc… Tell Lucy that I think she’s adorable!

  30. Celestine Getty says:

    How Kewl is your scrubbie. I am working on spa sets for friends for Christmas and your scrubbie will make a nice addition.

  31. That looks like really interesting stuff. Please and thank you I’d love to have some to make a scrubby of my very own. As always thanks for being such a generous soul.

  32. jessica wandtke says:

    Lovely yarn color too! I could use a bath poof, especially a knitted one, oh… and I could knit it while in the bath. Perfect.

  33. What a cool idea and what a great color!
    .-= Susan B.´s last blog ..Miss Greta Loses One of Nine Lives – A Cautionary Tail/Tale =-.

  34. What a cool pattern! I’d love a skein:)

  35. Interesting. Could be a great gift! Would love to try the yarn.

  36. So industrious! Destashing. Love the color.

  37. So how did it work in the shower??? I may just give this a try! Especially if I win some yarn!!!
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..Fibery Progress =-.

  38. How neat! I think too, one from the yarn would be less scratchy than a store bought one!
    .-= Cynthia Adkins´s last blog .. =-.

  39. I really like your take on the bath scrubby. And if I am reading the directions right yours will never unravel.

  40. Hey, that looks like fun–and great holiday gifts! Thanks for sharing…

  41. I bet that would be a weird feeling cast on. The scrubbie is cute though.
    .-= Dorothy´s last blog ..Seven Years… =-.

  42. Please enter my name for the Gedrifa Clou! What a cool project idea. Thanks, Wendy!

  43. I HEART scrubbies!

  44. it’s so cute. how does it handle in the shower?
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Leaving the Lions: Into the Pride Finale =-.

  45. Heather Ricco says:

    I heart bath scrubbies…and yours is super cute, so it’s very hard to resist. Whether I win the draw or no, I’m definitely getting that patter. =)

  46. Scrubbie! Awesome.

  47. Cool scrubbie. But I can’t knit with tape. Someone will enjoy it!

  48. Sounds good to me! My girls and I use scrubbies, and we can always use more.

  49. Thanks for the pattern. I’d like to make it in a cotton yarn.
    .-= mitchypoo´s last blog ..How many of the 50 have you visited? =-.

  50. Elsie Hughes says:

    I would love to try a skein!

  51. Throwing my hat in the ring…thanks, Wendy.

  52. Would love some of this yarn….I need something new and SusanB is right…great gift idea…isn’t Christmas soon?

  53. Robin Pearce says:

    Oooh Oooh me! It’s in my colors too!

  54. Fantastic! Always looking for non-sock projects. Fabu! Count me in, in, in!
    .-= Jenni´s last blog ..A world traveler =-.

  55. Sounds like fun to me…..and something different….can you count me in, too????

  56. Robin Fremer says:

    You always know what I need – just as I need it! My scrubbie just fell apart-and so did my sponge(big foam one) so now I can replace them with a hand knit scrubbie- hope I win!

  57. My cat, Ruby, would certainly steal it as a toy for her! She steals all of my stuff! After all, my home is her home and her stuff is…well, HER stuff. LOL She just keeps me around because she can’t get the cans open.

    thanks for another great pattern!
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..Doctors and vacation! =-.

  58. Looks like an interesting project that I’d like to try! Count me in! <3

  59. Linda in OK says:

    VERY cool! I would love to knit one of those? (Tell Lucy they make fine toys)

  60. Oh bath scrubbies are the best. Currently I have one that is a sheep (from bath and body works). I keep meaning to make some for christmas gifts for the girls in my life.

  61. I use scrubbies all the time and hate it when the string breaks. Love your handknitted one.
    .-= southparknitter´s last blog ..On the go =-.

  62. I could totally use the scrubbies, and also some good news of winning. Our apartment complex caught on fire (We’re fine, and so is the inside of our apartment), and our kitty went missing during the commotion the fire and hasn’t come home yet.
    .-= Andrea´s last blog .. =-.

  63. Linda from Kansas says:

    I have been wanting some yarn like that to make a scrubbie… why not? πŸ™‚


  64. Love to try it.

  65. Ooh I’d love to have a skein of this yarn!

    Elly phoenix az

  66. Very smooshy looking πŸ™‚ I will have to try it out!!
    .-= Corey´s last blog ..β€œIn a way, it’s someone else’s story, =-.

  67. I’ve been wanting a new bath poofy. Thanks to you for the pattern… πŸ™‚

  68. Sounds like a fun idea – please enter me in the give-away!

  69. That would be fun to work with!

  70. I use the scrubbies so much that my hubby had to try one…he loves them and now I have to buy two at a time….8)

  71. The yarn even matches my bathroom! Thanks for the chance!

  72. OH what fun! I need one of those little scrubbies! too cute!!!
    .-= Michelle B´s last blog ..Boxing day =-.

  73. I’d like to make a bath scrunchy!

  74. Pick me

  75. Ruth Schoof says:

    What a great idea! Count me in on your drawing, please.

  76. Oooh, sign me up! I’d love to get a Clou and clean up!

  77. I usually make my scrubbies out of cotton, because . It would be interesting to try out another kind of yarn and the Gedrifa Clou looks positively lovely.

  78. We’re all about the scrubie here LOL. I thought at first you were going to post that you reknit the original scrubie’s fabric. I would love to make one with that yarn, I know who I would knit that for that would love those colors. Come on random generator.
    .-= Sarah O G´s last blog ..I love this…. =-.

  79. Looks like a fun project and the color is great.

  80. Kris with a K says:

    What a great idea! my 13 yo dd would LOVE this…blue is her favorite color.

  81. Ooooh…I’d love a skein to make a quick scrubbie!!

    BTW…did you shower with it yet?

    You see, I’m now on row 148 of my O2C shawl…still plugging along…must be getting close to 700 sts/row by now…round and round and round and round we go!

  82. I would love to have a skein of that yarn!

  83. I’ve actually been wanting to make one of those–something about my determination to knit something for every area of my life… Pretty colors too!

  84. Awesome! I hope I win!

  85. What a neat idea! Hope I win one of the skeins!

  86. What a fun project! I could totally see making a bunch for Christmas or as a housewarming gift.
    .-= sprite´s last blog ..ten on wednesday =-.

  87. Great colour and great idea! I’d love to be entered in the draw! I agree this could be a great gift idea – more colourful, personalized bath scrubbies!

  88. That’s really fun! And the colors would match my bathroom =)
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Sometimes, I even amaze myself! =-.

  89. Hee. Scrubby fun! I’d love to try making one of these.
    .-= camelama´s last blog ..Road Trip Video =-.

  90. Judith Strausbaugh says:

    Would love to win a skein of this yarn. This would be great to make a bath scrubbie. Thank you.

  91. Ok, well add me to the list–I could use a good rub-a-dub!

  92. Theresa in Italy says:

    Brilliant! I love fast, slightly weird projects, and I think this has “quick gift” written all over it. And how can I resist another shot at the random number generator?

  93. Sure, I could use one, and it would be a fun, quick project! Thanks again for the contest.

  94. Love your bath puffy! And my exfoliating gloves are looking rather tired…
    .-= Genny´s last blog ..Moving on =-.

  95. How do you some up with these ideas? I’d love to make one of those! Thanks for the contest.

  96. What a great gift idea, I’m collecting ideas atm and supplies πŸ™‚

  97. I was actually standing lathered up in the shower this morning when I felt the now familiar slither of yards of netting around my feet…like you said, it’s never the same afterwards and this one is now on its third reprieve with a serious danger of being stabbed with a darning needle and thread to hold it in place. I wont be bothering now, thanks.
    .-= Tracy´s last blog .. =-.

  98. Mary Ellen says:

    Scrubbies look like fun “in between” projects. Count me in the count-down!

  99. Oh, I had the same problem but I was not so creativ I buy a new one. I will be pleased to choose these solution for the next time…
    .-= Ptinutz´s last blog ..Aie Caramba =-.

  100. Gail Lucille says:

    Whoo-Hoo…Please count me in for the free yarn offer….
    Thank-You kindly… Gail Lucille