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« on: January 01, 2011 05:22:30 PM »

I'm on a total enviro/frugal reusable kick right now, so I decided to try making some reusable swiffer covers.  I'm pretty new to crocheting, but I thought I'd try my hand at the bobble stitch for this project and share the results here:





This is the first one I've made, and I'm actually kinda stoked to try it out tomorrow when I clean the apartment.   Cheesy

Update:  I'm such a nerd, I couldn't wait.  Spent 5 minutes swooshing around the apartment with the swiffer, and it works great!   Tongue




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I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick that I had lying around from a frogged hat project... pretty much because it was the only yarn I had around that was mostly acrylic (it's only 20% wool), and I think it's the acrylic content that gives it "magic" swiffer static properties.  I think the extra bulky weight worked well, because the texture seems to trap the dirt and dust quite well.  And it was super-quick to construct.  Cheesy

I didn't use a pattern, but it super easy.  I'm not really experienced with patterns, but I'll try to write it out.  If something doesn't make sense, let me know.  Wink

(for super bulky weight acrylic yarn, 9.0mm hook)

  • ch 12 (or adjust for your gauge so that your row is an even number that is 2 stitches wider than the width of your swiffer, this gives a bit of extra padding around the edge to pick up dirt along the baseboards.)
  • next 3 rows: 12 plain dc  (this is the back of the pocket that holds the cloth on the the swiffer)
  • ch 3 to start row, 3 dc bobble in 5th ch from hook, ch 1 to finish bobble, skip one stitch, repeat (bobble-ch1-skip stitch) to end of row, ending on a bobble-ch1
  • Then continue the bobble stitch for as many rows as it takes to equal the length of your swiffer.  I think I did each row like this: ch 3 to start row, 3 dc bobble in 6th ch from hook, ch 1 to finish bobble, skip one stitch, repeat (bobble-ch1-skip stitch) to end of row.  That gave me 1 ch3 and 6 alternating bobbles per row, each row started with ch3+skip1 and ended with a bobble+ch1.  Right.  I think that makes sense... the good thing is, if I messed up the pattern, no one will really notice.  It's a dust mop.   Tongue
  • Finish with 3 more rows of dc.

You should have a long, narrow piece of fabric now.  Fold dc ends over and stitch the sides to make the pockets and turn inside out, so the stitched edges are concealed.

That's it, really... I've only just learned how to crochet, and it took me about 30 minutes to make one.... so it must be pretty easy!
 


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« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2011 06:47:44 PM »

That is amazing frugal-ness. What type of yarn did you use? Nice bobble by the way.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2011 07:02:30 PM »

Do you have the pattern for that?  Those are awesome!!!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2011 08:52:01 PM »

Thanks!  

I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick that I had lying around from a frogged hat project... pretty much because it was the only yarn I had around that was mostly acrylic (it's only 20% wool), and I think it's the acrylic content that gives it "magic" swiffer static properties.  I think the extra bulky weight worked well, because the texture seems to trap the dirt and dust quite well.  And it was super-quick to construct.  Cheesy

I didn't use a pattern, but it super easy.  I'm not really experienced with patterns, but I'll try to write it out.  If something doesn't make sense, let me know.  Wink

(for super bulky weight acrylic yarn, 9.0mm hook)

  • ch 12 (or adjust for your gauge so that your row is an even number that is 2 stitches wider than the width of your swiffer, this gives a bit of extra padding around the edge to pick up dirt along the baseboards.)
  • next 3 rows: 12 plain dc  (this is the back of the pocket that holds the cloth on the the swiffer)
  • ch 3 to start row, 3 dc bobble in 5th ch from hook, ch 1 to finish bobble, skip one stitch, repeat (bobble-ch1-skip stitch) to end of row, ending on a bobble-ch1
  • Then continue the bobble stitch for as many rows as it takes to equal the length of your swiffer.  I think I did each row like this: ch 3 to start row, 3 dc bobble in 6th ch from hook, ch 1 to finish bobble, skip one stitch, repeat (bobble-ch1-skip stitch) to end of row.  That gave me 1 ch3 and 6 alternating bobbles per row, each row started with ch3+skip1 and ended with a bobble+ch1.  Right.  I think that makes sense... the good thing is, if I messed up the pattern, no one will really notice.  It's a dust mop.   Tongue
  • Finish with 3 more rows of dc.

You should have a long, narrow piece of fabric now.  Fold dc ends over and stitch the sides to make the pockets and turn inside out, so the stitched edges are concealed.

That's it, really... I've only just learned how to crochet, and it took me about 30 minutes to make one.... so it must be pretty easy!
 

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2011 10:23:15 AM »

that is a super idea...i have a ton of leftover cotton yarn from making dish towels, now i know what i'm doing with the rest Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2011 12:21:15 PM »

That is a really clever idea.  I like that fact that you are making something reusable out of something you already had.
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2011 03:18:18 PM »

Ok, I just recently got a swiffer and I really like this idea!  I prefer the wet swiffer cloths, so maybe I could make some of these and just spray them with all-purpose cleaner or something?  Although I'm concerned that it would leave tiny yarn fibers on the floor. Because that would drive me nuts.
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2011 03:33:05 PM »

What a fantastic idea!  I'll have to give that a try since you were kind enough to share the pattern! Thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011 07:50:54 AM »

Awesome project! I plan on making some of these as well thanks to you sharing your idea!
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« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2011 03:28:25 PM »

I am so making some of these! Thanks for the pattern <3
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