I’ve covered Red Heart’s Scrubby yarn before, but now they’ve gone and made it even more irresistible. Red Heart brought Scrubby, our favorite dish cloth yarn, out in cotton. This is move we’ve all been hoping for. Anyone who hasn’t tried out Scrubby yarn before because it was synthetic had better get out their needles.
All the specifications for Scrubby Cotton yarn are the same. It’s still considered a medium or worsted weight yarn with a recommended needle size of an 8US [5mm]. If you’re crocheting it onto another piece of work (or the other side of a knitted dish cloth) the hook size is I-9 [5.5mm]. The feeling of Scrubby Cotton yarn is fairly similar to the original Scrubby, if anything, the cotton is slightly softer. I think this is a great addition to knit any spa products where you want to be a bit more gentile. Also, all the adorable scrubby patterns Red Heart has on their site are even more baby friendly.
I found this great article on the Red Heart website about knitting with the original Scrubby yarn, but it is definitely worth a read. Scrubby Cotton yarn doesn’t flow the same way a smooth yarn would while you’re knitting. The little fibers that branch off the main strand are amazing for scrubbing power, but a little bit of a hindrance for untangling purposes. If I had to give you one, and only one, piece of advice it would be to store your yarn properly and avoid tangling at all costs.
Luckily, I don’t have to limit myself to one piece of advice! This yarn is a cotton yarn and doesn’t have the same amount of stretch your average yarn does. Take the advice I gave in this article about Creme de la Creme cotton yarn; if your hands hurt and they’re done knitting, then so are you. Take a break, work on another project in a yarn that has lots of stretch.
If you’re a knitter who has their yarn in a death grip and ends up with really tight tension, this is going to be a time to practice loosening things up. The article 6 ways to relax your knitting tension was written a couple of years ago, but these tips and tricks never go out of style. I particularly want to emphasize tip #3 – giving slack. If you accidentally drop a stitch, you want to pick it back up. If you’re knitting tightly with Scrubby Cotton yarn it might slide down a row or two before you can gather it back up. The amount of texture in this yarn makes it more difficult to distinguish stitches, which also makes it challenging to find where your dropped stitch ran off. If you’re giving a generous amount of slack and drop a stitch, it will just stay where it is. That stitch will not run down at all, it will sit where it is and wait to be picked up.
If you’ve tried Red Heart’s Scrubby, Scrubby Sparkle, or Scrubby Cotton yarn before and have any tips or tricks of your own, please leave a comment! As it stands, I cannot recommend Red Heart’s Scrubby Cotton enough! It has all the tough cleaning power of Scrubby with the natural feel of cotton yarn. Watch out Spring cleaning, we’re ready for you this year.
This is part 1 of 5 in this series.