Crochet #5: Rico Creative Bubble “sponge” yarn incl. free patterns
A few weeks ago I was at the Pipoos hobby shop. There I bought two balls of Rico Creative Bubble yarn. This yarn is special, with this yarn you can make sponges for the bath/shower, but you can also use them in the kitchen. In this article I share my experience with the yarn and show what I made. Includes patterns and I share my first homemade crochet pattern :-).
My experience Rico Creative Bubble yarn
Creative Bubble has a stiff hairy 100% synthetic thread. When you crochet with this yarn you get a hairy effect and it feels a bit rough. So super suitable for sponges.
Crocheting with this yarn was surprisingly nice. I was afraid it would chafe but that wasn't the case at all. The thread also stretches a bit and that works well. I used crochet hook 4, as advised on the packaging. It was nice working with crochet hook 4 and I could see the stitches I made well, despite the hairy yarn. That was very nice.
If you would use the sponges in the kitchen and/or bathroom, you can wash the yarn at 60℃. I haven't tried this yet so I have no experience with it.
The crocheted elephant sponge
To test the yarn I first chose to make a flat elephant (
Click here for the free elephant crochet pattern unfortunately no longer available). The elephant is crocheted in rows of single crochet stitches. This technique was new to me, but I really enjoyed working with it. You had to be careful with counting. I followed the pattern almost completely. I only made the ears slightly larger by crocheting one extra row (2 sc in every 5th sc (= 18 sc)). I crocheted the elephant quickly and it was finished in one long evening.
The crocheted cat sponge
Yes, where do I start. I had so much trouble making this cat head. It was the first time for me that I crocheted a flat figure using double crochet stitches. I started with this pattern of a cat's head, unfortunately I kept telling myself. My crochet work kept curling up. I didn't count the first 2 chain stitches as a double crochet, and yes, that's not right, I found out after pulling out 2 times...
Fortunately, I found an extensive Dutch explanation on YouTube how to crochet in the round with double crochet stitches and I watched this video. As a result, my kitten is slightly different from the original pattern above. I made my own pattern, with a little help from dear Susan :-). The final pattern became this (NOTE: this is my first pattern that I wrote out):
Crochet cat's head (2x)
Start with a magic ring
1st round: Chain 3, 11 double crochets total is 12 (first chain counts as first double crochet)
2nd round: work 3 chain stitches (this counts as your first double crochet), immediately work a double crochet in the first of the 3 chain stitches, then crochet 2 double crochet stitches in each chain (= 24 double crochet stitches).
3rd round: work 3 chain stitches, (this counts as your first double crochet), immediately a double crochet in the first of the 3 chain stitches, * 1 double crochet in the next stitch, 2 double crochets in the next stitch *, repeat from * to * to the end of the row, slip stitch in 3rd chain (= 36 double crochets).
4th round: work 3 chain stitches, (this counts as your first double crochet), immediately a double crochet in the first of the 3 chain stitches, * 1 double crochet in each of the next 2 stitches, 2 double crochets in the next stitch *, repeat from * to * to end of row , slip stitch in 3rd chain (= 48 double crochets).
5th round: 1 chain, 2 single crochet, 1 x 2 single crochet in the next stitch. Now comes the first ear: chain 5, crochet half a double crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, a double crochet in the next stitch, then a double double crochet in the next stitch and a triple double crochet in the last chain, skip 4 stitches and attach the ear with a single crochet to the body, continue with 2 single crochet and 1x 2 single crochet in the next stitch, 3 single crochet and 1x 2 single crochet in the next stitch. Now comes ear 2, chain 5, crochet half a double crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, a double crochet in the next stitch, then a double double crochet in the next stitch and a triple double crochet in the last chain, skip 4 stitches and make attach the earpiece to the body with a fixed strap. * 3 single crochets and 1x 2 single crochets in the next stitch *, repeat from * to * to end of round, slip stitch in the beginning chain.
Connect both parts together. I chose to do this with a row of fasting.
The crocheted butterfly sponge
Because I actually still had quite a lot of yarn left, I crocheted the skinner. I used this for this free crochet pattern for a butterfly.
Is this special yarn also something for you? Would you use these creatures or do you think it's a shame?
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