Red Heart Scrubby on the Standard Machine


My friend Patty gave me a scrubby (purple one) she made following Diane Sullivan’s video and using Red Heart scrubby sparkle yarn on a mid gauge machine. I love these scrubbys the best. I bought one at a craft show last year and they are my favorite. They are light, wash well in the washing machine and hold up in the dryer. And you don’t even have to put them in the dryer. Let them air dry.

Well, I don’t have a mid gauge machine so I bought some yarn and decided to try one. I used every needle on the Brother standard machine and it was too tight. Then I tried the Brother Bulky and it was too large. Then I tried every other needle and tension 8(her tension in video) on my standard machine and it would not go into a circle when I finished. I finally turned the tension up to the highest position and the mast tension to the loosest setting and it came out very close in size and weight.

Here is what I did .
Red Heart Scrubby made on the standard machine

Set tension dial at 10 and your mast tension the loosest setting (all the way to the negative sign)

Set up every other needle from 41 left to 40 right.

Push back to non working position every other needle. You will have 3 non working needles between each working needle. Put yarn in and knit one row to the left. Hang comb. Bring into work the middle needle from the NON WORKING needles. Your set up will now be every other needle. Knit across row. This is a weaving cast on so you can gather the stitches when finished.

Knit 30  rows . Carriage on the right. Cut yarn and take work off on a bodkin and gather stitches.
I was able to make six scrubbys from one ball of yarn. I paid $2.50 at Joannes for the yarn . It was $5.00 but I had a 50% coupon. So the cost was 42 cents a scrubby.
Suggestion: When you start and finish, do not leave a long tail of yarn because it gets longer when you gather stitches. Only leave about a six inch tail . It will then be long enough to sew up the side. I only had about 12 inches of yarn left after my last scrubby but I did some of them at 32 rows and some at 30 rows.

Watch Diane Sullivan’s video on how to make a scrubby on the mid gauge machine for more detail.

Oh, on a funny note, the power went off so I decided to knit since I could not run the sewing machine. I finished all six of the scrubbys and walked into the kitchen and the power came back on. Do you think it was an omen for me to get back to knitting? lol I am glad it brought me back since all I have been doing is sewing.

Here is my latest sewing/quilted Christmas wall hanging.

I will be knitting again since I saw a cute poncho I would wear in one of Charlene Schaeffer’s knitting books.



  1. Rhonda Hazen Said:

    Love the Red Heart Scrubbies! I demonstrated that in September at our machine knitting meeting on the Brother KX350 mid-gauge machine. I also crank these out on my Legare 400 using a 54 cylinder. These are wonderful gifts and, are great for washing dishes. Carol, thank you for sharing your scrubbies.

    • OMG Rhonda, never thought of using a sock machine. I hate to change cylinders on sock machine and I have the 72 needle one in. Would it work using every other needle? Can you describe how you make one on sock machine?

  2. Susan R McBean Said:

    I want to know wha happened to the passap????

    • Lol, Hey S2 , How are you? My passap is hiding in a bedroom. It is not fun to knit in there but I still love her.

      • Susan McBean Said:

        OKay, phew ! I am alive and almost kicking….will send a note our usual way, later this week. Enroute home. S2

  3. israelmeesterkat Said:

    I think a knitter is the one that pulled the power cord on your house! LOL! Glad you are knitting. I knew you just needed a break from it…. 😉 Your quilting is perfect as always. I really love the snowman design.

  4. pvc van da Said:

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