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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Free Pattern: The Perfect Loofah

At long last, here it is... the pattern for my Perfect Loofah! But first, some pictures.










The most important component of this pattern is the yarn. I used Bernat Cool Crochet, which unfortunately has been discontinued. Here are the things that make this the perfect yarn for The Perfect Loofah:
1. Cotton is ridiculously absorbent. Nylon is not. This yarn is 70% cotton and 30% nylon, creating a nice balance between being soft (yay cotton!) and not sucking up all your soap never to be seen again (yay nylon!).
2. Nylon is resistant to mildew/mold. This is very useful for something that''s going to be wet a lot.
3. It''s sport weight. Worsted weight is just too heavy to make a good loofah. You need some air between the stitches in order to create suds.
4. Did I mention nylon dries faster than cotton? I guess this is a subsidiary of #1. The low absorbency of the nylon helps it dry out between uses.
5. It''s machine-washable. The label says "dry flat" but seriously, I''d like to see you try to get a loofah to dry flat. I test washed mine before putting my first one up for sale and I put it in the dryer. It came out okay but looking a little rougher, so I''d recommend hanging it up to try. Low heat tumble drying might be okay - mine went in on permanent press. 

Right, so the perfect yarn is no longer for sale, so what the heck are you supposed to do then? Well, if you''re super lucky, you have some Cool Crochet hanging out in your stash, but if not, I''ve seen it for sale on both etsy and ebay. But I bought it, so it might be all gone :). You might also be able to swap with someone on Ravelry. (Hmm... maybe I shouldn''t be telling you all this). 

I have had a lot of trouble finding another yarn that is a sport (or fingering) weight cotton/nylon blend that doesn''t have something else in it - like wool. It''s possible that there are sock yarns out there that might fit the bill, but I haven''t found any yet. Another option might be trying a cotton/acrylic blend. The acrylic should still help with the super-soap-sucking power of cotton, make the loofah lighter/less dense, and help it dry faster. But, as far as I know it''s not mildew-resistant. 

If you try a different yarn, PLEASE  let me know how it works out for you! I''m making these for my etsy shop, and I only have so much Cool Crochet, so having another type of yarn to use would be awesome. 

And now for the actual pattern. 

Important Copyright Information: This pattern is protected by international copyright law. You may not make copies or distribute this pattern in any way. If you wish to share it with someone, please direct them to this website. This pattern is provided for personal use only. I sell these loofahs on etsy. I am not giving you the pattern (for free!) so that you can compete with me. I have other patterns available which you may make for sale. Charity and gifts are perfectly fine. 


Materials:

35 g Bernat Cool Crochet (see above for reasons why this is the perfect yarn)
Size I9 (5.5mm) crochet hook
Yarn needle


Abbreviations:

st: stitch ch: chain sl st: slip stitch dc: double crochet


Instructions:

ch 4, form a ring by joining with a sl st in first st 
ch 40 
sl st into center of ring (this forms the loop for hanging the loofah)

R1: ch2, dc 4o into center of ring, join with sl st (4o st)
R2: ch2, dc 3 in each st around, join with sl st (120 st)
R3: ch2, dc 3 in each st around, join with sl st (360 st)
R4: ch2, dc 3 in each st around, join with sl st (1080 st)

Bind off. Weave in ends. 

Posted by befriendmantic at 10:23 AM
Labels: crochet, free, loofah, pattern

54 comments:

vegancrochet said...

You used an I hook and single stranded Bernat Cool Crochet? or did you double it?
Thanks ..

June 12, 2009 11:30 PM
befriendmantic said...

Hi vegancrochet. That's right - I used an I hook (5.5 mm) and single stranded Cool Crochet.

Having space in the stitches helps create suds and helps to avoid becoming a dense heavy blob that just soaks up your water and soap.

Let me know if you have any other questions :)

June 12, 2009 11:45 PM
Chooosy40 said...

Thanks for the pattern befriendmantic I made one the other day from plain cotton and it turned out to be just what you said a dense heavy blob that just soaks up water and soap. I will have to try and find some of this yarn so I can make myself a better one. Any suggestions of who might still have some?

June 15, 2009 10:33 PM
befriendmantic said...

Hi Chooosy40. I just checked on ebay and it looks like there are 3 or 4 sellers with Cool Crochet in various colors for 3.50-4.00/skein.

I also know of at least one person who recently saw it on sale in AC Moore. I don't have any big craft stores nearby, so I can't verify, but it's probably worth a look or a phone call.

I'm doing some research into other possible yarns, so I'll post an edit on here when I've found some good substitutes.

June 15, 2009 11:16 PM
Kathie said...

I live a hop, skip and a jump away from the Bernat factory outlet, they have a tent sale in mid-August, if you wanted I can see if they have cool crochet available, they have every other time I've been there. If they do, I can pick some up and get it to you, I just would want a little extra $ for gas, so that it helps me support my YAS habbit... lol

July 23, 2009 9:54 AM
Anonymous said...

Found some Cotton/nylon blend yarn on this site:

http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-crochet-yarns-fiber-nylon-polyamide/webs-knitting-yarns-berroco-zen-colors/

July 23, 2009 10:56 AM
Carol said...

Discontinued Yarn Brands has a 55/40/5 cotton/nylon/polyester. Not sure if this would work, but seemed the closest I could find to the blend you are looking for

www.discontinuedbrandnameyarn.com It is the Marco Polo yarn.

July 23, 2009 1:41 PM
Carol said...

BTW---thanks so much for this pattern. I have some blend I am going to use and see how it comes out. What a great gift!!!

July 23, 2009 1:47 PM
Anonymous said...

How about something from this site: http://www.cottonclouds.com/shopping/yarns.asp. There are a few cotton blends there that seem to be sport wt. Has anyone ever used bamboo yarn? Is it like cotton in any way? I see at least one bamboo/cotton blend on that site and am wondering how absorbent or not-absorbent bamboo is. Love the pattern - it looks like a brain!

Joy

July 23, 2009 4:52 PM
Anonymous said...

Patternworks has 12 ply cool coton $5.00

July 23, 2009 6:48 PM
Anonymous said...

You also might want to check out www.smileysyarns.com and look at some of the yarns there for fiber content. They have really good prices and there is a minimum but I have had great service from them when I buy.
PJ
Schenectady, NY

July 23, 2009 9:16 PM
Anonymous said...

You can search for yarn by fiber content at yarndex.com - bet you'll find something there!

July 25, 2009 11:37 AM
Anonymous said...

It just hit me.

Why couldn't two strands of thread work?

Perhaps a size 5 or 3 of cotton, with a matching or contrast color of size 10 nylon thread?

Using both threads on the hook at the same time.

July 26, 2009 11:35 AM