Let me guess. Are you on a cleaning spree right now? I think we all are!
This easy to do pattern is suitable for beginners and a snap for experienced crocheters. I love having a sustainable and reusable option for things around the house, especially when the solution is DIY!
Consumers are placing a constant strain on natural resources by continually purchasing single-use paper goods. Paper towels, tissues, toilet paper and items such as Swiffer pads (dusting cloths) are needed to keep things clean around the house, but there are easy ways to use less paper and save more natural resources (and money!).
One way to use less is to make an effort to conserve your use of these disposable items. For instance, instead of grabbing a handful of paper towels to clean up a big spill, use a kitchen towel. It is simple to wring the towel out in the sink and continue to soak up liquids until the job is done.
We can also help to slow down our impact on the environment by opting for recycled options or items that are not heavily processed (buying unbleached flour or sugar, for instance).
Another way to reduce our use of disposable paper goods is to replace them with reusable or washable goods. While I am still on the fence about reusable toilet paper (although I’m totally down for TP made from recycled paper!) I am one hundred percent behind these crocheted reusable swiffer pads! They are easy to make, effective, and can withstand hundreds of washings (think of the money saved!).
A pack of three in cheerful colors along with a Swiffer broom would make a lovely housewarming gift, don’t you think?
Click the link below for a one-page PDF of this pattern, or keep reading for more instructions with pics.
This simple pattern is basically three stacked rectangles. The top four and bottom four rows are double crochet, and wrap around the edge of the Swiffer broom. The middle section of eight rows alternates between double crochet and an easy loop stitch. The loops help to collect and trap dust, hair, and other small particles on the floor.
I chose acrylic yarn for this project because it holds up well in the wash, it comes in bright colors, and is inexpensive. Cotton would also work well, as likely would any type of general purpose yarn you already have on hand. The main thing to consider is the possibility of colors fading when using a natural fiber.
Washable Crochet Swiffer Pads
Original Crochet Pattern by Flo Larrabee for Pop Shop America
Crochet Hook Size: I
Recommended Yarn: 100% Acrylic, medium weight
Foundation Row – Chain (Ch) 36 for a standard size Swiffer.
Double Crochet (DC) in 3rd chain from hook and across.
*Ch 2 and turn – DC across (repeat from * 2 more times, 4 rows of DC total).
Loop Stitch – Ch 1 at the start of current row, work in the back loops of the stitches. 1 Single Crochet (SC) in the first stitch, *Ch 5, 1 SC in the next 2 stitches, repeat from * across. This will create a loop of 5 stitches with 2 SC securing each loop.
Ch 2 and turn – DC across in the back stitches of the row, not the loops, 34 stitches total.
Ch 1 and turn – repeat Loop Stitch row and row of DC 3 more times. There will be 4 alternating rows of each stitch.
*Ch 2 and turn – DC across (repeat from * 3 more times, 4 rows of DC total).
The final measurements should be approximately:10 ½” wide by 8 ½” tall. Each section of DC being 2” and the middle Loop Stitch section being 4 ½”.
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