Sponges are one of those essential items found in every household – and now you can crochet your own! At this point, there are many different types of yarn available on the market and you can pick from a wide variety of material. For the sponges described in the patterns below, I chose “Creative Bubble” by Rico Design. It is made from polyester and can be washed at 60° C, meaning that you can use your sponge many times. This is a nice alternative to the single use sponges you can buy in stores. Because of their bright and happy colors, these little helpers look great in any kitchen. Make them for yourself and/or give them as little gifts to your friends and family.

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The Set-Up

  • crochet terminology: American
  • Yarn: Rico Design, Creative Bubble
    • Since the yarn is so fluffy, we don’t have to worry so much about “hiding” the chain stitches at the beginning of each round as well as the sponge developing “corners” because we are stacking increases on top of one another.
  • Hook: 4.5 mm
  • Other material: sowing needle
  • Basic stitch: double crochets (dc)
    • crochet in rounds
    • begin each round with 3 chain stitches (or 2, if you prefer)
    • close each round with a slip stitch into the second (or third) chain stitch (i.e. the “top” of the first double crochet)

Crocheting a Big Sponge (Diameter ca. 14 cm)

  • Make a magic ring and crochet 3 ch (counts as 1 dc) and 9 dc. Close the circle with a ss into the third ch (i.e. the “top” of the first dc). (= 10 dc)
  • Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 20 dc)
  • Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every second dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 30 dc)
  • Round 3: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every third dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 40 dc)
  • Round 4: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every fourth dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 50 dc)
  • Round 5: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), crochet a dc into each dc (no increases). Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 50 dc)
  • Round 6: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), crochet a dc into each dc (no increases). Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 50 dc)
  • Round 7: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every fourth and fifth stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 40 dc)
  • Round 8: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every third and fourth stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 30 dc)
  • Round 9: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every second and third stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 20 dc)
  • Round 10: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 10 dc)
  • Round 11: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 5 dc)
  • 1 ss in the second and fourth stitch, fasten off, and weave in the end.
The big sponge.

Crocheting a Medium-Sized Sponge (Diameter ca. 11 cm)

  • Make a magic ring and crochet 3 ch (counts as 1 dc) and 9 dc. Close the circle with a ss into the third ch (i.e. the “top” of the first dc). (= 10 dc)
  • Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 20 dc)
  • Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every second dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 30 dc)
  • Round 3: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every third dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 40 dc)
  • Round 4: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), crochet a dc into each dc (no increases). Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 40 dc)
  • Round 5: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), crochet a dc into each dc (no increases). Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 40 dc)
  • Round 6: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every third and fourth stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 30 dc)
  • Round 7: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every second and third stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 20 dc)
  • Round 8: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 10 dc)
  • Round 9: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 5 dc)
  • 1 ss in the second and fourth stitch, fasten off, and weave in the end.

Crocheting a Small Sponge (Diameter ca. 8 cm)

  • Make a magic ring and crochet 3 ch (counts as 1 dc) and 9 dc. Close the circle with a ss into the third ch (i.e. the “top” of the first dc). (= 10 dc)
  • Round 1: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 20 dc)
  • Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), increase every second dc. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 30 dc)
  • Round 3: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), crochet a dc into each dc (no increases). Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 30 dc)
  • Round 4: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), crochet a dc into each dc (no increases). Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 30 dc)
  • Round 5: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every second and third stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 20 dc)
  • Round 6: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 10 dc)
  • Round 7: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc), dc2tog every stitch. Close the circle with a ss into the first dc. (= 5 dc)
  • 1 ss in the second and fourth stitch, fasten off, and weave in the end.
The small sponge.

Individualizing Your Sponges

As you crochet your sponge, you can get creative with the color scheme and individualize your sponge. One way to do that is by alternating the colors in each round. Another possibility is to sow on a smiley face onto the sponge in the end. A third option is to sow a slogan or funny word onto the sponge; this will work best on the big sponge because you have more surface.

Have fun and let me know in the comments below or on Instagram and Twitter what kind of sponges you made.

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