I love this style of sweeper/mop, but the disposable cloths get expensive over time. A reusable sweeper cover is so much more cost-effective and more environmentally friendly too!
Using the reusable sweeper cover
This reusable cloth has pockets at each end, which are meant to slide up over the ends of the sweeper head. The fabric is thinner on top of the pockets, with all the bumpy bits on the bottom. So if your sweeper has the little grips on top like mine does, you can push the fabric into those for an even more secure fit.
Perfect for stash busting!
Use up your worsted-weight cotton yarn scraps for this pattern, changing colors wherever you want to. Just be sure that the colors you use don’t bleed in hot water.
Cotton yarn is ideal, but a cotton/acrylic blend will work too. I used up some Lion Brand Cotton Ease that’s been in my stash for years. The color is #132 Cactus, but this yarn has long since been discontinued.
This sweeper cover has no right or wrong side – the pattern is the same on both sides, and can be used either way!
This reusable sweeper cloth fits sweeper heads that are about 10″ long by 4.5″ wide. You can adjust the pattern fairly easily to fit any size you like.
To adjust width:
Add or remove starting chains in groups of two, so that you have an even number of chains.
On row 20, add or remove the same number of extra/fewer chains. So if you start with 14 chains instead of 12 (2 extra), then on row 20, add 11 chains instead of 9. You should end up with the same number of stitches in section 3 as you have in section 1.
To adjust length:
Work each section to about 1/3 of the desired length, adding or removing repeats in group of 2 rows as necessary. Pay attention to whether you need to end on an odd or even numbered row to match the pattern.
Reusable Sweeper Cover
- Yarn: 85 yds worsted weight, cotton or cotton/acrylic blend yarn
- Hook: Size H/5 mm crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
- Yarn needle
- Stitch marker
Easy – Worked in the round and in rows, with combinations of basic stitches.
4.5 inches x 10 inches
Use pattern as gauge swatch. After rnd 11, work should measure 4.5 inches x 3.5 inches.
ch = chain
hdc = half double crochet
sc = single crochet
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
st(s) = stitch(es)
tr = treble crochet
Join rounds where indicated with a sl st in the first st of the rnd.
Ch 12 (multiple of 2)
Rnd 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, place marker in last st worked, working on opposite side of chain, sc in each ch across. (22 sc)
Move marker up in each round or row when you come to it.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, [tr in next st, sc in next st] to marker, hdc in marked st, hdc in each remaining st around, join. (6 sc, 11 hdc, 5 tr)
Rnd 3: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each hdc across to marker, hdc in marked hdc, tr in next sc, [sc in next tr, tr in next sc] around, join. (5 sc, 11 hdc, 6 tr)
Rnd 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in first tr, [tr in next sc, sc in next tr] to marker, hdc in marked hdc, hdc in each remaining hdc around, join. (6 sc, 11 hdc, 5 tr)
Rnds 5-10: Repeat rnds 3-4 an additional 3 times.
Rnd 11: Ch 1, turn, hdc in each hdc across to marker, hdc in marked hdc, tr in next sc, [sc in next tr, tr in next sc] around, join, sl st in next hdc. (5 sc, 11 hdc, 6 tr)
Work should now measure about 3.5 inches long.
Row 12: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first hdc, sc in next tr, [tr in next sc, sc in next tr] across to marked st, hdc in marked hdc, leave remaining hdc unworked. (6 sc, 2 hdc, 5 tr)
Row 13: Ch 1, turn, hdc in marked hdc, tr in next sc, [sc in next tr, tr in next sc] across to last st, hdc in last hdc. (5 sc, 2 hdc, 6 tr)
Row 14: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first hdc, sc in next tr, [tr in next sc, sc in next tr] across to last st, hdc in last hdc. (6 sc, 2 hdc, 5 tr)
Rows 15-19: Repeat rows 13-14 twice, then repeat row 13 once more.
Rnd 20: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first hdc, sc in next tr, [tr in next sc, sc in next tr] across to marked st, hdc in marked hdc, ch 9, join, sl st in next st. (6 sc, 2 hdc, 5 tr, 9 chs)
Rnd 21: Ch 1, turn, hdc in first hdc, hdc in each ch across to marked st, hdc in marked hdc, tr in next sc, [sc in next tr, tr in next sc] around, join. (5 sc, 11 hdc, 6 tr)
Rnds 22-30: Repeat rnds 2-3 an additional 4 times, then repeat rnd 2 once more.
Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.
Flatten rnd 30 and sew end closed using tail.
Remove marker and weave in all ends.
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