|Behold! The great and mighty Scrubbie!!|
This is part of what makes the Scrubbie so great. These little beasts are fully washable and dryable AND will work on plastics and nonstick without scratching, as long as you don't go overboard with the scrubbing. I'm sure it's possible to scratch things if you try hard enough, though I haven't managed it, but as with anything you will want to test this for yourself. Just because my things haven't scratched doesn't mean yours won't and I would feel dreadful if anything happened to someone's nice pans on my account. I've used mine on dried on potato soup mess and on fruit with equal ease. Doesn't damage the fruit, scrapes the starchy ick off my stock pot. Have I convinced you that these things are awesome yet?
You may be asking how something made from yarn can scrub more than the average washcloth. The secret to scrubbie success is that it isn't just yarn. Only using yarn will make that average washcloth. But, if you add some tulle (devil fabric, I know, but it's easier to deal with in this form) with the yarn you get something that works damn near as well as those little green scouring pads that leave green grit in your sink and won't scrape your hands like other scouring pads.
There are a number of patterns around for these, but I don't think one more will harm anything. I'm also cheap and lazy, so I saved the tag ends of yarn from making pot holders and used them up. So in a way, this is a 'bonus' project. (-:
Small bits of cotton yarn
size 8 needles
Cut the tulle into 1 inch strips. You don't have to be overly exact on this step, just make sure you aren't dealing with a huge strip. Then you have two choices. Tie the tulle strips together, end to end, and roll them into a ball or work with one strip at a time, tying the strips together when necessary. I prefer the latter because there isn't a tulle ball for the cats to get into. You now have tulle 'yarn' to use as your second strand.
All that remains is to cast on, I did about 16 sts for a 4 1/2 inch wide Scrubbie, and work in garter until the piece is 3 inches high. It helps if you have the tulle sandwich over the cotton yarn, it makes for a better Scrubbie later on.
You'll want to hold the yarn rather loose because the tulle is scratchy on fingers when you get started. Keeping a death grip tension will not do pleasant things to your hands. Also, once you start making a Scrubbie you don't really want to stop and rip it out. The tulle grabs onto itself and is very obstinate about coming un-knitted. And there you have it. Everything you need to make a fantabulous Scrubbie to aid in your battle against the never-ending line of dishes.