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What is the EASIEST GIFT to make with Tunisian Crochet?

a pile of spiral crochet face scrubbies, piled from dark (at the bottom) to light (at the top)


If you want to make a handmade gift, but you’re short of time AND yarn, then this free nautical-themed Seashell Scrubbie pattern is just what you need. If all you have are left-over scraps and a burning desire to add more spirals to someone’s life (I mean, who doesn’t, right…?) then read on.

What Are They?
Crochet scrubbies are an eco-friendly alternative to cotton circles/make-up removers.

They are infinitely re-usable so they reduce waste, and have a soft side for gentle cleansing and a more textured side for stubborn make-up. They are machine washable, too. Each little scrubbie uses just 10 m of Cotton DK weight yarn, and a trusty 5 mm (H) hook and you’ll find the free pattern below.

a selection of spiral-shaped crochet scrubbies arranged on a white, wooden tabletop

They’re also very cute, and piled up high would make a great gift for a friend or welcoming touch in a guest bathroom.

If you’d like to make them to sell, please be sure to credit me as the designer on the label and add my web address (www.YarnTowers.com)

Right, so let’s get stuck in!

Sea Shell Scrubbies

ESSENTIAL PATTERN INFO
Yarn Used: Paintbox Cotton DK (approx 10 m each)
Colours used: Coffee Bean, Soft Fudge, Vanilla Cream, Light Champagne

Hook: 5 mm crochet (H)
Even though this is a Tunisian Crochet pattern, a regular length hook is all you'll need)

Size: Across its widest point, each scrubbie is 9 cm / 3 1/2 in

Abbreviations:
ch        chain
ss        slip stitch
dc        double crochet
- 5 sts   stitch count
L1tr      Linked 1-uple treble
L2tr      Linked 2-uple treble
YO        Yarn Over
st        stitch
[2 dc]    [] are used to identify all the stitches in an increase/cluster
**        repeat the instructions located between *asterisks* the number of times specified in pattern.

Note: This pattern is written using UK stitch terms.
For US users: UK dc = US sc   and   UK tr = US dc

To Begin:
Make 4 chains, then work 1 ss into the chain farthest from the hook to make a circle.
This circle will be the centre of your scrubbie.

Round 1.
Make 1 ch, then into the circle work 3 dc,
1 tr, 2 L1tr,
YO, 3 L2tr
YO, 3 L3tr
YO, 3 L4tr – 15 sts

hands hold a growing half spiral of light brown crochet over a white table top scattered with completed crochet spirals
Round 1 complete.

Round 2.
Work [3 L4tr] into each of the first 6 sts of Round 1 – 27 sts

hands hold a spiral teardrop shaped piece of light brown crochet over a white table top scattered with completed crochet spirals
Round 2 complete.

Edge:
Work 4 dc down side of last L4tr made

a red hook holds one loop of light brown yarn. Behind it on the fabric are four UK double crochet stitches

Work 1 dc in same base as last L4tr cluster, then working around the outer curve of the shell, work *[2 dc], 1 dc* 13 times

double crochet stitches being added to the curving edge of a light brown spiral of Tunisian Crochet
half way through the dc edge of the scrubbie.

Into the st on the very corner of shell, make [2 dc].
Then, Bind Off and sew in ends securely.

The outer edge of a spiral piece of Tunisian Crochet has been completed covered in UK double crochet stitches.
the last [2 dc] in place, ready to be bound off.

Did you enjoy this tutorial? Tell me in the comments below!
And hey, tell your friends too!


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16 thoughts on “What is the EASIEST GIFT to make with Tunisian Crochet?

  1. Thank you for the pattern, Aoibhe! The scrubbies look very pretty and the tutorial is clear. As I am trying to learn Tunisian Crochet (and hopefully make one of your shawls), this will be good practice.

    1. You’re entirely welcome, Claire!
      If you need any further guidance, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m here to help.

      1. Thank you, Aiobhe. I have made my first scrubbie! Could you please help with the folllowing? – In row 1, for the first of the 2 L1tr, is the base of the treble used as the ‘rung’ of the ladder? – Still in row 1, is the YO before the next Ltr the first ‘rung’? – Finally, my scrubbie is not very flat, what advice would you give? I used a bamboo+cotton DK yarn and a 4mm hook. Many thanks!

      2. First Question!

        To be honest, you can use any old loop on the side of the first treble as a “rung”.

        But for me, I use the Yarn Over I added to the hook at the start of the treble.

        If you make a treble and keep an eye on that Yarn Over from the very start you’ll see it becomes a diagonal piece of yarn on the surface of your treble when you’ve completed the stitch.

        That’s what I use to pick up my first loop.

        Second Question!
        Yes! 🙂

        The Yarn over you add to make the next set taller is the first rung. That is where you’ll pick up your next Ltr’s first loop.

        Third Question!

        Well, if your scrubbie is turning into a bowl, try adding an extra Ltr to each set of sts on Round 2. That will ensure there’s less tension around the outer rim.

        But it’s more than likely that your round of double crochet stitches on the outside is putting tension on your work.

        Firstly make sure you are working 2 dcs into one space, and 1 dc into the next, repeatedly. You might just be putting one dc in each space and that will make the edge tight.

        If you ARE adding all the stitches correctly then try giving the outer edge a bit of a stretch. Double crochets settle down and stay flat pretty well after that.

  2. Hello… Another beginner here! Your stitch count has me confused… Ending row 1 with 15 stitches: ok!
    Ending row 2 with 27 stitches? If I do 3 stitches in each of the 6 first stitches that’s 18 stitches. 18 plus 15 is 33 stitches… But if I do 2 stitches in each of the first 6, I end up with 12 plus 15 which is 27 stitches… So which should I do?
    Eva – who is also having a fight with the Ishrat hat (didn’t realise there was a gauge thing going on in Tunisian crochet…), but I’m determined that the 4th version will work! And who decided to do the Venus shawl with lace weight yarn… 800m in I realise a) it is still tiny and b) I will never finish it. So will be ripped and made with fingering weight yarn.

    1. Duh!
      Just realized my idiotic mistake… Of course it is correct as I use those 6 stitches to make the new stitches into…
      Note to self: don’t start new crafts at 9 pm after a long and hard day…
      You can delete both comments if you want!

  3. Thank you so much 😊

    1. Clairr??? No, Claire 😉

  4. What are the US terms for L(1,2,3) tr, please.

    1. Hi, Lee!
      Luckily, those terms are universal.

      If you’re already a Tunisian crocheter, an L1tr (Linked 1-line treble) is basically 1 TSS, with the end of the forward pass worked into the fabric you’ve already made, instead of into the previous row’s chain.

      If that’s all Greek to you, let me know, and I’ll happy do a post to explain the process in depth.

      1. Please do, I have been doing tunesian stitch for years and have no clue what this stitch is, thank you for your help 😊

      2. I’ll work on a full guide, but it’ll be a little while because I have looming deadlines right now, so for now, may I suggest you take a look at my hat pattern “Ishrat” which contains all the terminology, as well as a completely comprehensive video guide to the techniques I use.
        https://yarntowers.com/product/ishrat-crochet-and-knit-hat/

        You can get it free by signing up to my mailing list.
        https://yarntowers.com/contact/

      3. Clarification would be a great help here! <3 Just not really sure how many loops to pull up for the forward passes in the first part of the pattern!

      4. I’ll work on a full guide, but it’ll be a little while because I have looming deadlines right now, so for now, may I suggest you take a look at my hat pattern “Ishrat” which contains all the terminology, as well as a completely comprehensive video guide to the techniques I use.
        https://yarntowers.com/product/ishrat-crochet-and-knit-hat/

        You can get it free by signing up to my mailing list.
        https://yarntowers.com/contact/

  5. It took me four goes but I have cracked it! Thank you Aiobhe for your answers to my earlier questions 😊. My mini experience of Tunisian crochet makes me realise it is a different way of thinking; my understanding of what a stitch is has evolved. Enjoying the brain challenge 🧐

  6. I am a bit confused with round 1. I have the circle but not sure where to go from there. You mentioned L1tr is a TSS, but what bout L2tr, L3tr and L4tr. I am used to Tunisian crochet. Do the TSS stitches get worked into the tr stitch.

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