Crochet Pattern: Sunflower Scrubby
Note to readers: I originally published this pattern on a previous website in February 2020. In March 2020, the world changed significantly, and I rebranded and started a whole new approach to the business and fiber arts items I feature. Because this is one of my favorite patterns that I designed, I felt inclined to post it to this page as well.
This is an Intermediate Pattern, though an ambitious beginner who knows the stitches could absolutely give this one a go!
I love simple and useful things. I also love pretty things, especially when it comes to my bath products. It’s no secret that I have a lot of flaky skin (#psoriasissucks), so I’m always ready to slough off dead skin. Most store-bought loofa type products aren’t made with natural fibers, and if I use those harsh scrubbies daily, my skin really, really hates me.
What’s a crochetist to do? Whip up my own pretty, practical, and luxurious scrubby! With Red Heart Scrubby Cotton, I found that I can make exfoliating scrubbies for daily shower use without causing more skin irritation and inflammation! SCORE!
So here is the first pattern that came to mind when I sat down to see what I could make. The Luxury Sunflower Spa Scrubby offers the double-layered center circle made with worsted weight cotton, and the petals serve as the scrubby part so I can target those dry elbows, knees, heels, and other spots where psoriasis plaques decided to form.
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Sunflower Luxury Face/Body Scrubby
Crochet Pattern by Mimi Leaseburg, Accidentally Perfect
Crochet Hook size I / US 9 / 5.5mm
Yarn Needle for weaving ends
Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn in Warm Brown – Less than 1 ball
Red Heart Scrubby Cotton in Lemony – Less than 1 ball (One ball of each will make several scrubbies. Any worsted weight cotton yarn and cotton scrubby yarn should work for this pattern.)
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Pattern Notes: This scrubby is made in two parts. The Warm Brown center is made first, and the Lemony Scrubby Cotton sunflower petals are added after the circle is made.
Abbreviations Key: *Pattern is written in US Crochet Terms 3LO – 3rd Loop only is where the stitch is placed. This is also called a Camel Stitch. Many tutorials are available online, and I have included a photo to illustrate placement of a 3LO stitch. BLO – Back Loop Only DC – Double Crochet HDC – Half Double Crochet HDC2TOG – Half Double Crochet 2 stitches together, decrease SC – Single Crochet
Center circle: To Begin: With Warm Brown, Ch 4 and join with SlSt to make a circle. You will crochet over your beginning tail in the first round, which will allow you to pull the center tighter together later. NOTE: DO NOT use a magic circle/ring. It’s tempting, I know! Making the ch-4 circle adds to the stability of the center of the scrubby, which will extend its life. Crocheting over your beginning tail gives you the opportunity to tighten the center after the first two rounds are made.
Round 1: Holding your beginning tail along the loop, make 8 HDC into beginning circle. Do not join. Rounds will be worked continuously. Place stitch marker in 8th stitch.
Round 2: Make 2 HDC in 3LO of each stitch. Move stitch marker into 16th stitch. At this point, pull your beginning tail to tighten the center ring, and use a yarn needle to weave in this beginning tail now so that your center does not open up as you continue to work.
Round 3: 2 HDC in BLO of next stitch, 1 HDC in BLO of next stitch. Continue this increase pattern until making the 24th BLO HDC in the stitch with the stitch marker. Move stitch marker up to this 24th stitch of Round 3. (24 stitches)
Round 4: 2 HDC in BLO, 1 HDC in BLO of next 2 stitches. Repeat around to the stitch marker. Move your stitch marker into the final stitch of this round. (32 stitches)
Round 5: This round creates a ridge of sorts, a flat ridge that leads to the back side of this double-sided scrubbie center circle. It will naturally fold back and will be nearly invisible when looking at the completed center. Using 3LO Camel Stitch, HDC in each stitch around. (32 stitches) Move your stitch marker to the final camel stitch.
Round 6: This now is working on the 2nd layer of the center circle. You will be decreasing for Rows 6, 7, and 8. HDC2TOG, HDC in next 2 stitches. Repeat pattern around to stitch marker, and move stitch marker to the final stitch of this round. (24 stitches)
Round 7: HDC2TOG, HDC in next stitch. Repeat pattern around to stitch marker, and move stitch marker to the final stitch of this round. (16 stitches)
Round 8: HDC2TOG 8 times. (8 stitches) Fasten off, leaving a tail long enough to cinch the center of Side 2.
Front side, attaching Red Heart Scrubby Cotton in Lemony
You are now going to work into the exposed front and back loops of Round 4, and the exposed BLO of Round 5. It is basically a petal cluster of 3DC, Ch2, 3DC placed in Round 4, followed by an anchoring slip stitch in the BLO of Round 5. There will be 3 stitches between each petal and 3 stitches between each SlSt. You are stitching overtop of the 32 HDC row, zigzagging between Rounds 4 and 5 to attach petals. See photos for a better idea.
Attach Lemony Scrubby Cotton yarn to any front-and-back loop of Round 4.
Round 9: Chain 3, 2 DC in same stitch, Ch 2, 3 DC in same stitch. SlSt in the 2nd next exposed BLO of Round 5. *Skip 3 Front-and-back loop stitches and work into 4th Front-and-back loop: *[3 DC, ch2, 3DC] in next Front-and-back loop stitch, skip 1 BLO stitch (4th stitch from previous SlSt) and SlSt into next Round 5 BLO.* Repeat between * all the way around. (8 petals) (See photos.)
Color coded components to petal attachment
Round 10: 7DC in Ch-2 space of previous round at top of petal, SlSt into the Front-and-Back loops in front of where your SlSt of Round 9 is. Continue around, fasten off after final SlSt. (Really hoping the photos make it more clear.) Weave in loose ends, and go scrub yourself with some exfoliating sunflower power!
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