There are a handful of people who taught me things over the course of my life that have given me tremendous amounts of joy. One of them was my college photography professor. Another is the kindly older lady who showed me how to crochet when I was just a child of maybe 12 or 13 years old.
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She very patiently helped me with the most common crochet stitches and started me on making granny squares, afghans and scarves. Over the decades since then, I’ve crocheted off and on.
Most recently, last year around Thanksgiving, I decided to make scarves for my daughters. My four-year-old niece saw me making a scarf and said, “Aunt Beth, could you please make me a scarf?” So, I ended up making two more scarves for little nieces, the four-year-old and her six-year-old sister, as part of their Christmas presents.
When I saw Krysten Lewelling’s pattern online for a “Crochet Biffer Shrug” (Swiffer pad), I hesitated because it contained some stitches I’d never heard of. Thanks to the wonderful world of YouTube, though, I decided to take a stab at learning the unfamiliar stitches and crochet Swiffer pads.
The pattern is fantastic, though I had to make the pad longer than the instructions indicated. I measured it against my Swiffer to make it the correct size.
To follow Krysten’s Crochet Biffer Shrug pattern, you’ll need to know the Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC), Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC), Half Double Crochet (HDC) and Half Double Crochet Decrease (HDCD). I already knew the half double crochet but had to learn the other stitches.
For the cotton yarn, I used Peaches & Creme brand. My Swiffer pad took less than the whole skein of yarn. I chose the pink and white blend just because I liked it, but you can use any color you desire, of course.
You may want to use something darker so that it won’t show stains. I’ve already washed my crocheted Swiffer pad several times in the washing machine with bleach and air dried it, and the pad seems to be holding up well.
This makes a great project when you want to make something useful fairly quickly but with a few lesser-used (at least to me) stitches to mix things up a bit. Thank you, Krysten, for the excellent crochet pattern, the great time I had making the Swiffer pad and the useful item I ended up with!
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