Spring cleaning is in the air, or maybe it's that our traditional kitchen sponge is begging to be retired? Either way it's time for a new kitchen sponge here. As part of my "small changes when possible" ways of thinking, I thought there is no time like the present to make a sponge from scratch. I got the idea from our soap holder. I once knitted a coaster sized swatch when I was practicing some new stitches, and when done I washed it and it became our bar soap holder. It's great because when it starts to look a little down and out I just throw it into the wash and it comes out looking clean and ready for the job.
For this you will need wool yarn. I bought this yarn many many many years ago when I was feeling ambitious about learning how to crochet. It felt precious for a long time, and now I just want to use it up so I can move on. I still struggle with even crochet work. Can you tell? In this case I was fine just to get in the motion of crocheting and less concerned about perfection. It is a kitchen sponge after all!
You can make this by knitting or crocheting, and you can do any stitches you want! Here is what I did.
- wool yarn
- crochet hook
- Make a slip knot and cast on about 15 stitches or so. Make it larger than what you want because this will shrink over time.
- I did the Basic Double Crochet stitch and made myself a little rectangle.
- Then fold the rectangle in half until it is larger than your desired sponge shape. You can sew it together, or with slip stitches. What I did was go around the perimeter closing the square with a slip stitch.
- Tie off. Cut off. Viola!
- Put it through one round of wash before using. The hotter it is the more felting potential you have. I know mine will shrink over time, so I didn't get ambitious with the hot water.
Then you can use to wash dishes, the counter, and whatever else needs some sponge action! Wash and repeat!
So far it's working beautifully. It gets very sudsy. I will need to make a few more, so I have some to go in rotation.