I have recently fallen in love all over again with my
house home. My husband and I put new laminate wood flooring through the dining room and hallways. The first purchase I made, after the floors were finished, was a swiffer! Dust is incredibly noticeable and I cannot believe how much there is! I clean the floors every single day-multiple times a day. I’m beginning to feel a bit OCD about the dust.
I cannot afford to buy swiffer covers from the store. The floors were expensive enough!
My sister happens to be some kind of Crochet Amazing Guru god and even roped me into creating a crochet website we run together- TheYarnBox. So- it was only natural that the idea to crochet a swiffer cover would come to mind.
even though I am so heavily involved in the Crochet World–
I don’t crochet!
I’ve attempted a few times but never finished a single project.
So, my sister gave me a few pointers and walked me through the first few rows and I picked up on it very quickly. So- if you want to crochet your own swiffer covers, but don’t crochet either- DO NOT be intimidated! It’s actually really easy!!! Plus, it’s just a swiffer cover. So who cares if you mess up or it looks horrible. It will
still most likely get the job done!
I will explain how I made an easy crochet swiffer cover the best I can: using pictures and a written description.
What You Need:
- Crochet Hook- I used an H Hook or 5 MM
- Yarn Needle
- Cotton Yarn- I used 1 skein of Peaches and Cream from WalMart
Swiffer Cover: To Begin
Step 1. Learn a basic crochet chain. YouTube is an awesome place to figure this out. One of my favorite video tutorial makers, Crochet Geek, shows you how to get started. She plays it in slow motion and even offers a link to a tutorial for left handed newbie crocheters.
So, crochet a chain as long as the swiffer head is wide. The cotton yarn stretches a lot. Don’t stretch it to fit. Make sure it is the right size while sitting relaxed (like pictured below). It took me 22 chain stitches.
Step 2: Learn the Half Double Crochet stitch or any that you may already know. My sister showed me how to do the HDC (Half Double Crochet) and you can learn just as easily by watching this video tutorial at Moogly.
You will want to make enough rows, of your choice of stitch, to completely cover the
head of your swiffer and then an additional 4 inches or so on each side- to wrap over the edges. Essentially you are just crocheting a big rectangle.
I did 36 rows of HDC
Note: If this is one of your first times Crocheting- you will probably be like me. My hands were fumbling around and I had to watch my sister crochet over and over again. Finally, after about 5 rows- I found a groove and things began moving a lot faster. Don’t let the initial awkwardness stop you from crocheting your own swiffer cover.
Step 3: Fit the Swiffer Cover
Now you will want place the crocheted rectangle over the head of the swiffer. Again, be sure your edges are hanging over by around 4 inches. You will want to bring each side up and fold them over the head of the swiffer.
Using the yarn needle and the same yarn (a new piece)- stitch the edges up to make pockets on each side of the swiffer cover.
Cut the excess ends of yarn.
Don’t worry about the pieces of yarn you cut off looking pretty- it’s just a swiffer cover!
You will want to stretch the cover in order to place it onto each side- so give it a tight fit.
Alternatively- you could make this even easier (although not as secure) by not stitching up the sides. Rather than making the pockets you could just tuck it into the swiffer holes like you would the store-bought covers.
What I did wrong
Learn from my mistakes
I should have fitted my swiffer cover a lot tighter than I did. This yarn stretches easily and now it is a little too big. Had I made it a super tight fit- it would be perfect!
I thought too much. I wanted things to be perfect so I thought too much and almost didn’t finish this crochet project. But I reminded myself that this isn’t a piece of clothing, an art project nor will it be inspected by other people- It is intended to swipe the dirt and dust off my new wood floors. So, if I made a mistake- it didn’t really matter. Some of my stitches are bigger while others are smaller and tighter. It is hard to find a groove- but once I did- it was so easy!!