Pimp your bathroom – Tawashi scrubbies and washcloths

tawashi guest towels 4

Once started crocheting I couldn’t stop anymore.

In the new little crocheting book, that I had bought lately, I came across so called (eco) tawashi. And although you might think “Oh yes, old hat!” … I hadn’t heard about this trend before. I wanted to know more and read myself through the internet and the world of cute crocheted cleaning scrubbies.

tawashi face scrubby 1

Originally tawashi describes a brush/sponge to wash off dirt. As I learned, it became very popular over the last few years to crochet eco-friendly tawashi. Eco-friendly, cause they’re washable and therefore reusable items. There are a lot of funny kawaii tawashi ideas – have a look here to get an idea 😉

tawashi guest towels 1

I bought a bag of cotton yarn in different colours and started.

For my beginning, I sticked with the “classic” tawashi scrubbies – probably the most popular tawashi project. You can use them for you face in the bathroom, but as well as scrubby brush in the kitchen to clean the dishes. I haven’t any experience with the last usage yet, but if you’re thinking about this usage an acrylic yarn is recommended.

tawashi face scrubby 2

My second project was from my book: beautiful colour blocked washcloths. I think they’re really decorative … and so easy to crochet – a satisfying project as well for beginners.

tawashi guest towels 2

With the remaining scraps of cotton yarn I crocheted little reusable make-up remover pads. So far they’ve fully convinced me. You can use them a few days in a row, than wash them. Although the washing instructions of the cotton yarn I used tells you to wash it at 40°C, I washed those pads at 60°C – with no losses in colour and only minimal loss in size so far.

And suddenly the bathroom looks much more colourful…

tawashi make-up pads 1

In the course of bringing these new items into our bathroom a bit of rearranging took place … and I used the chance for another DIY project that I had on my list for a while now: Handmade wire baskets … tutorial and more pictures to follow!

tawashi guest towels 3

For all of the tawashi projects you’ll need:
medium needle size cotton yarn, f.ex. Cotton Universal” from “Wolle Rödel”, gauge: 19 sts x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm, weight/length: 50 g/85 m, crochet hook: 4.0-5.0
(This wool has a matte look. If you prefer a shiny yarn, look for mercerised cotton.)
– crochet hook size 4.5 (metric system, for conversions have a look f.ex. here)

Tawashi washcloth
Crochet 36 chain stiches.
1. row: Crochet one single crochet into each chain stich, starting with the second chain (= 35 stiches). Turn the piece.
2. row: Begin this and each following row with a chain stich. Then crochet one single crochet into each single crochet of the previous row – but in the back loop only. This creates a textured look.
3. row: Crochet one single crochet into each single crochet of the previous row – now into both loops.
Follow this pattern (row 2 and 3) for another 13 times times in colour A, 2 times in colour B and 3 times in colour C (= 39 rows).

Tawashi scrubby
Basically you are crocheting a parallelogram of single crochets (sc). This pictured tutorial (German) from Tammy and this tutorial in English helped me to find the way. I made two different scrubby sizes: The bigger one is 22 sc x 27 rows, the smaller one: 18 sc x 21 rows

Tawashi makeup remover pads
One pad is a circle of 3 rows of single crochets. I started with a magic circle of 8 chains and increased the number of stiches in each of the following rows (1. und 2. row: 2 sc in each, 3. row: 2 sc in 1, 2 sc).
Note: I tried different ways of increasing and have to say that actually at this size it doesn’t really make a difference.

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