What is a tawashi you’ll ask? Tawashis, just as their name suggests, originate from Japan. They are eco-friendly crocheted sponges used to wash dishes without detergent. On top of being eco-friendly, they are also cheap because they last way longer than the sponges we are used to. And you can throw it in the washing machine as soon as it gets dirty.
What an inspiring pretty project ! Here is a very easy knit version, which you can make in an evening if you’re as eager as I am. It’s also super pretty, and a perfect stash-busting project. Which makes it twice eco-friendly!
You will need two colors of acrylic yarn. Cotton is sometimes also used, but most knitters prefer acrylic for the dishes, while they’ll keep cotton for a bath flower. I used remnants of Bernat “berella 4”, which suggest using 5mm (US 8) needles. The pattern did suggest using 5.5mm (US 9) but after swatching I switched to 4.5mm (US 7) so that the finished fabric is tight and does not stretch too much when wet.
I followed the free knitting pattern available on Ravelry HERE. Here is the knitted piece you will end up with.
Next, you need to sew top edge to bottom edge. The pattern suggest sewing right sides together (1), mais I prefer invisible stitches (2). You get a tube (3).
You then only need to sew long stitches (1) to gether the ends (2). Stitch through center several times (3) to finish off. And weave in the remaining end inside the tawashi.
That’s all there is to it!
I tested it to wash my dishes and I love it ! Now I only need to make lots more…
I am now trying those with another kind of yarn, I will keep you posted as soon as I’m done!