Floor duster cover (free pattern)
There are times when I just don’t want to drag out that heavy vacuum, so I turn to my trusty Swiffer Duster to give the floors a quick mop. We have 7 cats in the house, so hair is a HUGE issue for us. While I enjoy the convenience of disposable mop covers, they also make me feel guilty. I’m spending money on something I’ll use only once, and then I’m contributing to the landfill when I’m done. Not cool, y’all. So, I decided to make my own covers for the duster. I started out with one that was just flat, double crochet but I found that didn’t really handle the cat hair as well as I needed it to. So, I grabbed up a ball of leftover yarn and went to work. I came up with the popcorn stitches, which give the cover a second, third, and fourth chance to grab that hair. And what do you know? It worked!
This is a very easy pattern to make and I think once you see how well it works, you’ll do what I did and make a bunch of them.
Dust Mop Cover
Pattern is designed and written by Patricia Wilson.
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Suggested Materials: Any worsted weight yarn, acrylic works best. Size G (4.25mm) hook
Gauge: 5 stiches = 1 in, 1 row DC + 1 row SC = ¾ in
Finished Size: Will fit most modern Swiffer Dusters
This pattern is written in U.S./American terminology
Turning chains do not count as the first stitch in the next row.
For best results, you should always wash and block your work when it is finished.
Popcorn Stitch: Make 5 DC in the same stitch. Remove hook from loop and insert in the CH of first DC made. Hook the working loop and pull it through. CH 1 to lock in the ST.
SC Single Crochet
SL Slip Stitch
PS Popcorn Stitch
Begin by chaining 71
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook and every chain across. CH 2, turn. 70 ST.
Row 2: DC in first 15 ST. *PS in next ST, then DC in next 2 ST.* Repeat from * across until you have 14 PS. DC in next 15 ST. CH 1, turn. 56 DC and 14 PS.
Row 3: SC in each ST across. CH 2, turn. 70 ST.
Rows 4-13: Repeat rows 2 and 3. Tie off.
Assembly: Fold over the first 15 ST and last 15 ST so that the popcorn is on the outside. Sew the seam by your chosen method (whip stitch, slip stitch, or single crochet). Weave in your ends.