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Heart and Star Stuffies with Scrubby Yarn

Fun with Shaped Scrubby Stuffies

The absolute best thing about knitting your own stuffedscrubbies are the fun shapes you can do. All the store bought scrub pads are usually round, let’s be honest, we are knitters and that round scrubber is boring! Let’s get onto some exciting shapes, like heart and star stuffies with Scrubby yarn that we can use in the kitchen or the bathtub.

Star shaped Scrubby stuffie.
Star shaped Scrubby stuffie.

 

 

Star

The star shaped stuffy looks quite complicated, but I promise you, it’s very easy.

Legend

K- Knit
P- Purl
K2TOG- Knit Two Together
KFB- Knit in the Front and Back (Making One)

Materials

1 Ball Red Heart Scrubby in Duckie
5mm (US 8) needles
1 Tapestry Needle

Like the petals of a flower the star stuffie is coming together.
Like the petals of a flower the star stuffie is coming together.

 

 

Pattern

Cast on 10 stitches using your favorite cast on method. Turn work K2TOG, K7, KFB. Turn work again and K10 stitches along the wrong side. Repeat these two rows 5 times and secure stitches with your favorite bind off technique. The piece you have now should be a diamond shape, you will need to repeat this pattern nine more times for a total of ten diamonds.

Each star is made from five diamond shapes sewn together with a running stitch. Since the seaming and stuffing instructions are the same for both star and heart shapes, I’ll give you the heart pattern now. If you’re only interested in the star shape skip on down to Seaming and Stuffing.

Half way there!
Half way there!

 

 

Heart

The heart shapedstuffies are an excellent addition to seasonal decor as well as a cute project for loved ones.

Materials

1 Ball Red Heart Scrubby in Cherry (or Bubblegum)
5mm (US 8) Needles
1 Tapestry Needle

Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: KFB, K2, KFB
Row 2: K6
Row 3: KFB, K6, KFB
Row 4: K8
Row 5: KFB, K8, KFB
Row 6: K10

Red Heart yarn, how could you not?
Red Heart yarn, how could you not?

 

 

At this point you’ll have half of the top of the heart. Cut your yarn, slide it further down your needle, cast on another 4 stitches and repeat instructions for rows 1-5.

At this point you’re knitting across the back of the second heart bump, when you are one stitch from the end, bring your first heart bump up next to the second one and knit the last stitch together with the first stitch of the next heart bump and knit your way across.

It might look a bit odd in the beginning, but it all comes together in the end!
It might look a bit odd in the beginning, but it all comes together in the end!

 

 

Knit two rows plain, on the next row, K2TOG, place stitch marker, K until the last two stitches and K2TOG. K next row plain. Repeat these two rows until there are only 3 stitches left. Slip first stitch, K2TOG, and pass slipped stitch over. Cut yarn and pull the tail through the last stitch. Pull tight.

You can see the last stitch of the heart bump on the right being knit together with the first stitch of the heart bump on the left.
You can see the last stitch of the heart bump on the right being knit together with the first stitch of the heart bump on the left.

 

 

Seaming and Stuffing

With two shapes complete, place one on top of the other and sew around the outside edge. Instead of having to weave in all the ends from knitting each piece, you are able to tuck them inside with the stuffing. For stuffing, use 100% polyester to match the Scrubby yarn. H.A. Kidd and Company has some here that would work really well.

Don't overstuff, just add enough stuffing to give it shape and a bit of bounce.
Don’t overstuff, just add enough stuffing to give it shape and a bit of bounce.

 

 

Now, I’ll say that sewing up these shapes with the Scrubby yarn does take a little getting used to. I’m something of a purist and didn’t want to use another fiber to sew the seams.

TIP Don’t place the needle far from the edge when you’re sewing the seams, just use the very edge of your shape.

Just along the outside edge.
Just along the outside edge.

 

These heart and star stuffies with Scrubby yarn are excellent for adding a bit of interest to your dish washing or bath time. The interesting shapes are a riot for toddlers in the bath and who knows, they might help convince a teenager to help out with dishes…no guarantees though!

 

About Michelle Nguyen

Michelle Nguyen is founder and creative director of Stitch Please Yarns. She originally got into the fiber arts business writing about knitting at her blog Stitches be Slippin, and now, also writes for KNITmuch.com.

6 Comments

  1. Julie Waldron

    These are almost too cute to use! I have some square scrubbies that I love, I never heard of stuffing them but that would be a great addition.

  2. emmalene aubrey

    Ever think of stuffing it with tulle?

  3. Jenny

    Hi! Love these. Just go this yarn today. Think row 3 of the heart you meant k4 instead of k6. I ended up with 8 to knit 8 in the next row. Thanks for the pattern!
    J

  4. Stephanie

    How did the polyester stuffing stand up to water and dish soap? What made you choose that stuffing over sponge pieces? I guess that might not keep the shape very well…

    Has anyone been able to convert this to crochet?

    • The trick is to ‘over stuff’ the sponge so it doesn’t collapse. Cutting out a piece of sponge however is a far better idea. The scrubby yarn facilitates clean up.

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