The next two face scrubbie crochet patterns in this series use the front post stitch to create a spoke appearance on the surface of the scrubbie. Front post stitches create a highly textured fabric, perfect for gently scrubbing away the day’s dirt.
This scrubbie is called the Double Spoke because it’s primary crochet feature is the front post double crochets that form a spoke pattern on the front side. It gives you a slightly flatter surface texture than the bobble stitch scrubbies released earlier. You can find those patterns at the links below:
Why make a face scrubbie?
Face scrubbies are a great way to put reuse/reduce/recycle into practice. They’re eco-friendly, replacing washcloths and cotton rounds.
They’re the perfect size for targeting those trouble spots. And, one side of the scrubbie is textured for gentle exfoliation while the opposite side is smooth for that final swipe to clean off the remainder of the day’s dirt.
Let’s talk about the front post double crochet.
The first thing to note is the front post can be worked with ANY stitch. However, shorter stitches, such as single crochet and half double crochet, are more difficult to make work because the post of the stitch is short enough to be hard to work around.
The most common stitch used for front post is the double crochet. You’ll also find a fair number of uses for the front post treble crochet, a stitch I’ll be using in the next face scrubbie.
If you’ve never done a front post double crochet, it’s really just a matter of knowing where your hook goes. Typically, after the first YO, the hook is inserted under the top loop of the next stitch. In a front post stitch, the hook is inserted around the post of the next stitch from right to left. After the next YO, the yarn is drawn back around the post and up to the level where the double crochet will be completed.
Here’s a handy photo tutorial to show you how:
The yarn you use for this face scrubbie (and the others in my series) should be 100% cotton worsted weight. Choose a mercerized version for more durability. Cotton, a natural fiber, is soft, durable and easy care.
The Double Spoke Face Scrubbie Pattern
YARN – Any worsted weight mercerized or anti-pilling cotton: you’ll need about 15-25 yds for each scrubbie.
Sample: Lily ‘Sugar n Cream’ in Color Sunshine – 100% cotton worsted weight (2.5oz/120yd; 71g/109m)
HOOK – US size H-8 (5mm); I used this size to create a more compact fabric.
FINISHED SIZE – Approx. 4” in diameter
Note: Instead of working the dc in the loops at the top of the st, the dc is worked around the post of the st.
Front post double crochet (FPdc): YO, insert hook around post of indicated st from front to back to front, YO, pull loop back through from around post (3 loops on hook), (YO, draw through 2 loops) twice.
- DO NOT TURN at the end of any rnd.
- The ‘Ch 3’ at the beginning of a rnd counts as a dc.
- The ‘Ch 1’ at the beginning of a rnd does not count as a st.
- beg – beginning
- ch – chain
- dc – double crochet
- FP – front post (see SPECIAL STITCH and photo tutorial)
- rep – repeat
- rnd – round
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- YO – yarn over
Rnd 1: 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with slip st to top of beg ch-3. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, FPdc around st directly below, * dc in next st, FPdc around next st of rnd 1; rep from * around, join with slip st to top of beg ch-3. (12 dc, 12 FPdc)
Note: In rnd 2, the st behind the FPdc is worked.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, FPdc around FPdc below, * 2 dc in next st, FPdc around next FPdc of rnd 2; rep from * around, join with slip st to top of beg ch-3. (24 dc, 12 FPdc)
Note: In rnd 3, the st behind the FPdc is left unworked.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in same st and the next st, 2 sc in next st, * sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st; rep from * around, join with slip st to beg st. (48 sc)
Fasten off and securely weave in ends.
That’s it…all done! Have fun using your handmade face scrubbies!
Where can I buy the pattern?
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