Anything knit in our 100% cotton Home Life would be super special, but our Scrubbing Mitt also happens to be adorable, practical, and easy to knit, too! 

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

To make the sweetest little scrubbers in town all you need to do is cast on and alternate rounds of knits and purls… Soon it’s time for the simple decreases that round off the top. 

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

Each mitt takes exactly one skein of Home Life, so with a three-skein Home Life Bundle you can make a coordinating set of three!

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

If you haven’t knit with our Home Life before, you’re in for a treat! Made of a sturdy cotton thread with little cotton tabs spun into its core, Home Life knits into a loose, shaggy fabric.

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho
Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

But if you throw your finished piece into the washer and dryer, it shrinks and softens into a wonderfully fluffy fabric. Dense and plush and perfect for sudsing!

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho
Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

Home Life comes in 18 lovely colors, each one available on its own or in our Home Life Bundle, a mix of three pretty colors with six palettes to choose from.

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

Gift a bundle to a knitter you know or knit up a set of Scrubbing Mitts for a house warming or baby shower gift… Either way, bring a little handmade beauty to a home you love!

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

Designed by Purl Soho designer, Hiromi Glover. Click here to see even more of Hiromi’s work!

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Materials

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

Our Home Life Bundle includes everything you’ll need to make 3 Scrubbing Mitts. Choose from 6 palettes…

MILLET

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Pale Stone, Sand Dollar, Fresh Cream

CAMEO

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Petal Pink, Pink Bisque, Sugar Biscuit

LICHEN

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Dune Grass, Spicy Mustard, Golden Pear

EUCALYPTUS

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Holly Green, Viridian Green, White Cabbage

OCEAN AIR

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Deep Teal, Tidal Pool, Pearl Blue

SWEET PEA

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Celestial Blue, Pale Lilac, Mauve Moor

GAUGE

20½ stitches = 4 inches in garter stitch, unlaundered

NOTE: The row gauge in this pattern is not listed because you are simply knitting to a specific length. Any row gauge will do, as long as your stitch gauge is correct!

SIZE

Unlaundered: Approximately 7¾ inches in circumference x 7¾ inches in length

Laundered: Approximately 7¾ inches in circumference x 6½ inches in length

PATTERN

Cast 40 stitches onto double pointed needles. We used a basic Long Tail Cast On.

NOTE: Prefer to use Magic Loop? Distribute the stitches equally between the two ends of your circular needles instead! For more help with Magic Loop, visit our tutorial here!

Place a unique marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Round 1: Purl to end of round.

Round 2: Knit to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until piece measures 6 inches from cast-on edge, ending with Round 1.

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Set-Up Round: K1, slip slip knit (ssk), k14, knit 2 together (k2tog), place marker, k2, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, k2tog, k1. [36 stitches remain]

Round 1: Purl to end of round.

Round 2: K1, ssk, knit to 2 stitches before marker, k2tog, slip marker (sm), k2, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, k2tog, k1. [4 stitches decreased]

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 three more times. [20 stitches remain]

Next Round: P1, purl 2 together (p2tog), purl to 2 stitches before marker, purl 2 together through the back loop (p2tog tbl), sm, p2, p2tog, purl to 3 stitches before end of round, p2tog tbl, p1. [16 stitches remain]

Next Round: Repeat Round 2. [12 stitches]

Next Round: P1, p2tog, p2tog tbl, remove marker, p2, p2tog, p2tog tbl, p1. [8 stitches]

Next Round: Knit to end of round.

Cut yarn and thread tail onto a tapestry needle. Thread tail through remaining stitches. Pull taut and bring tail to inside of mitt to weave in.

Weave in the ends and wet block by hand to keep mitt as is, or machine launder it for a denser, fluffier fabric! (Ours are machine laundered.)

Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho
Scrubbing Mitt in Home Life | Purl Soho

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