Tunisian crochet face scrubbies – pattern for beginners
Why use Tunisian crochet for face scrubbies?
There are lots of patterns for reusable face scrubbies or make-up wipes out there. But most of them are quite harsh on the skin because of the intrinsic nature of crochet. These Tunisian crochet face scrubbies are completely different. Try them out and compare the feel of these ones and regular crochet scrubbies.
All crocheters are familiar with the lack of drape in crochet fabric and with the stiffness that comes with crochet stitches.
If you use puff stitches to counter this, you’ll still end up with problems, since puff stitches have loose loops that can be easily pulled while washing the scrubbies, which means that they won’t last very long.
I’ve compiled a board of crochet patterns for face scrubbies if you want to try out others as well, to compare them. Click on the photo or this link to go to the board.
Knitting is known, on the other hand, for the smoothness of knit stitches. But knitting tiny circles in the round is not much fun, especially when you don’t know how to knit!
In comes Tunisian crochet to do away with all of that. These Tunisian crochet face scrubbies are easily worked in the round with an ordinary crochet hook. The fabric comes out really soft, without sacrificing structure. In this case, Tunisian crochet is the best of both worlds.
Initially I was planning to make this pattern freely available as a blog post, but it has so many photos that I decided that it would be better to release it first as a PDF file in the shop and then maybe update this blog post with all of the details.
UPDATE: Please scroll on for the pattern on this page, or get the PDF from the button below.
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Tunisian crochet face scrubbies step by step video
You can also follow along with the video tutorial, if you prefer it. Click on the thumbnail to play the tutorial.
Full instructions for the crochet face scrubbies
Follow the instructions below to make your face scrubby. There are step-by-step photos for all the rows.
Yarn – about 10 grams or 25 meters of 4-ply or 5-ply generic cotton yarn – low twist, not shiny;
Hook – 6 mm crochet hook or size close to 6 mm (5.75 or 6.25 if 6 mm is not available);
Scissors and tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Stitches and other abbreviations
Ch – chain;
MR – magic ring;
R – return – used throughout this pattern for all rows where you have a stitch to anchor to: Sl St into the necessary stitch, repeat [YO and pull through 2 stitches on hook] until you are left with only one stitch;
Sc – single crochet;
Sl St – slip stitch;
SRR – short row return – used for short rows: repeat [YO and pull through 2 stitches on hook] until you are left with only one stitch;
Tss – Tunisian simple stitch – go behind the vertical post of the stitch, YO and pull up a loop.
When making a Tss into a stitch that was the last stitch for a short row, you work into the stitch below the short row, not the last stitch of the short row.
If you need more detailed instructions, just watch the video embedded above.
To begin, make 8 Sc in MR, Sl St to first St. This will be the foundation for the Tunisian stitches.
You will work 4 rows into each Sc.
Foundation row. 8Sc in a magic ring
R1. Ch 5, 5Tss to first Sc, R
R2. 4Tss, SRR
R3. 5Tss to first Sc, R
R4. 4Tss, SRR
R5. 5Tss to next Sc, R.
R4. 4Tss, SRR
R7. 5Tss to the same Sc, R.
R8. 4Tss, SRR
Repeat rows 5-8 6 more times, each time working into a new Sc from the foundation row.
When you finish the final R8 repeat, Sl St into the top of R1.
Cut the yarn.
First close up the hole between the two sides by threading the beginning yarn tail through the needle and going up through the horizontal loops, starting on the right and alternating left and right, like in the photos below. Make sure you take up all the loops.
When you finish seaming up the hole, weave in both ends on the wrong side and snip the excess (you can make a knot here, as it will not be felt on the outside of the scrubby).
Make another piece, but do not cut the yarn when you finish the last repeat of row 8.
Seam the hole as before, using the tail from the middle, and weave in the remaining tail.
To finish off the scrubby, face the two pieces with wrong sides together and make one Sl St in each pair of stitches, going through both pieces at the same time.
When you return to the first St, cut off the yarn and finish with an invisible bind-off, like in the photos below. Weave in the last end and you are done!
Now the Tunisian crochet face scrubbies are ready
Make as many as you like and pack them up into a little present.
Use them as stocking stuffers for eco-conscious friends and family, as little gifts for coworkers or even as milk pads for new mommies.
They are soft enough even for the most sensitive skin.
After use, you can soak them up in a gentle detergent solution, rinse them out, let them dry and reuse. Or soak and put them in the wash with the rest of the laundry.
Since they are made of cotton, they should withstand really high temperatures, but check the recommended temperatures on the labels and do a bleed test before you mix these up with colored or whites.
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