Last night I decided a good small project between Chadwick and the shawl would be to knit up a swatch with the Sugar ‘n Cream Scrubby yarn. I’ve been kind of envisioning a cotton and scrubby washcloth that could be given as part of a baby present, so I figured now was as good a time as any to try this stuff out. I’ll note, real quickly before I start writing too much, that I am in no way affiliated with the Bernat brand. I bought the yarn for $3.99 (and tax) at Michaels.
I made two swatches. One was knit garter stitch. I cast on about 16 stitches and then worked it garter stitch for 20-odd rows until I roughly had a square shape. The other, well, that was an attempt at crochet. It was meant to be square, but I think I invented a whole new shape! Quite creative of me, really. Okay, maybe not so much.
There are reasons I like the Sugar ‘n Cream Scrubby yarn and reasons I don’t. There’s not much give to the scrubby yarn, which I’m on the fence about. With cotton, as I found while making Chadwick, there’s just the slightest bit of boing, for lack of a better word. It stretches out, no doubt about that. I mean, look at my poor socks. Still, there’s just enough for it to hold it’s shape.
With the scrubby, there’s no boing and there’s no stretch. I felt like I was fighting with the yarn when trying to knit in the round. I just couldn’t get it to behave the way I wanted it to. That would be why both swatches in the top picture are squares.
That’s really about it for negative. I haven’t tried washing them yet, but I thought I might try that this evening with regular laundry. Technically, it should hold up, but we’ll see how reality does on it. If it bounces back well without too much fuss, then this would make an okay baby present. If it’s not machine washable and dry-able, it’s just not practical.
Another negative is, at least at our local store, there’s not much for colour selection. I like pink, don’t get me wrong, but what if it’s a boy? What if the parents are trying to de-genderize colour for their little one? Or better yet, what if I want some? There were the usual colours like yellow, green, and this pink, but not a whole lot of variation. I tried looking on the website, but I couldn’t find anything on this yarn. Am I looking in the wrong place?
On to the positive. Knitting-wise, it’s not so bad to work with. I even found I was able to handle it crochet-wise, as long as you ignore how uneven and wonky the swatch looks. I couldn’t help sharing a picture, though. I find my crochet attempts to be endlessly hilarious. One day I will get the hang of it. One day!
The crocheted version is rougher than the knitted version, so it seems you can adjust just how much scrub you want. My knitted one seems like just enough to exfoliate without irritating a baby’s skin. Of course, there’s no babies to test it on (poor dears if I’m wrong!), but that’s my best guess. The crochet was quite a bit rougher, but I’d still use it on my face.
I think the scrubby would be an excellent tool for learning how to crochet. I’m bad at it. I’ll be the first to admit it. I can’t really crochet yet, but because there’s not much give to the yarn, I was able to clearly see where to put the hook, though not on the edges just yet as I don’t really know what I’m doing. Plus, swatches are a great way to try anything. Scrubby washcloth/swatches would be a fun way to learn and still make something productive.
My next step will be to try a swatch with both the cotton and the scrubby to see how it holds up. I’ll toss it in the washer and dryer, and we’ll see how it turns out. I’m curious if my idea will work. If it does, then I just have to come up with a design, even if it’s as basic as garter stitch.
Would I buy this yarn again? Possibly. That’s the best answer I can give.
It was $3.99 for 68 yards. That’s really not much yarn at all, but washcloths also don’t take much yarn. After those two swatches, I still have well over half (if not 3/4) left in the skein. It’s soft-ish when knit, but I’m sure you can get it to be rougher if you want. The colours are okay, but there’s not much variety. I think if I was to buy this yarn again, I’d have to do it with a distinct project in mind. I don’t think I’ll be buying it again just to have in the stash, though. I’m not sure I like it that much.
Have you tried the Sugar ‘n Cream Scrubby yarn? What did you make? What do you think of the yarn after working with it?