How to Knit Your Own Reusable Cotton Pads
Making your own reusable cotton pads is a great way to reduce waste and save money. Cotton pads from the store are typically made of non-biodegradable materials and end up in landfills. By knitting your own reusable pads, you can cut down on this waste. Plus, you’ll save money in the long run since you won’t have to continually buy disposable cotton pads.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to knit your own reusable cotton pads:
What You’ll Need
To get started knitting reusable cotton pads, you’ll need the following supplies:
- Cotton yarn – Make sure to choose a lightweight cotton yarn that is soft and absorbent. Organic cotton is best. You’ll need approximately 50 grams of yarn.
- Knitting needles – Size 4 or 5 bamboo or aluminium circular knitting needles work well.
- Tape measure
- Tapestry needle – For weaving in ends
Optional items that can help:
– Row counter – To keep track of rows
– Stitch markers – To mark important points in the knitting
Choosing a Knitting Pattern
There are a few different patterns you can follow to knit cotton pads. The two main options are:
- Garter stitch – This creates a simple, reversible fabric. The pads will have a bumpy, ridged texture on both sides.
- Stockinette stitch – This makes a smooth fabric on one side and a ridged texture on the other. The smooth side is nice against skin.
For beginners, the garter stitch pattern is easier to create consistent, even pads. Stockinette requires knitting alternating rows to avoid curling.
Step-by-Step Knitting Instructions
Follow these steps to knit basic reusable cotton pads:
1. Cast on stitches
- For a 3-inch circular pad, cast on 36 stitches.
- For a 4-inch pad, cast on 48 stitches.
2. Knit every row
- For garter stitch: Knit every row. This will create garter stitch fabric.
- For stockinette: Knit 1 row, purl 1 row. Continue alternating rows.
3. Knit until pad is desired thickness
- For light pads, knit 18-20 rows total
- For extra thick/absorbent pads, knit 30 rows
4. Bind off stitches
Bind off all stitches purlwise to create a stretchy edge.
5. Weave in ends
Use a tapestry needle to weave in any loose yarn ends.
6. Wet and allow to dry
After knitting, wet the pad and allow to fully dry to “set” the stitches. The pad will tighten up a bit when wet.
And that’s it! You’ll now have soft, reusable cotton pads. Make a batch of 5-10 pads so you always have some ready to go.
Care and Use of Handknit Cotton Pads
Caring for your homemade cotton pads is easy:
- Machine wash in a mesh bag on a gentle cycle with mild detergent. Avoid fabric softener.
- Line dry or dry on low heat. Avoid high heat to prevent shrinking.
- Store in a sealed container to prevent dust and lint from collecting. Glass jars or mesh bags work well.
- Spot clean pads between washes as needed if they get heavily soiled.
To use, simply grab a cotton pad and use it just as you would a disposable cotton round. Use for:
- Removing makeup
- Applying toner
- Cleansing and exfoliating
- More absorbent than a washcloth for spills and messes
The pads will get softer and hold up better over time after several washes. Change them out about every 3-4 months with regular use.
Tips and Variations
- Add a loop with scrap yarn at the corner for a hanging option.
- Try organic bamboo yarn for extra softness.
- Shape pads into rounds or ovals instead of circles.
- For a scrubbier texture, use a nubby cotton yarn with flecks.
- Make pads in different sizes – from 2 inches for eyes to 5 inches for removing face masks.
- Use pretty ribbons or embroidery floss to embellish around the edges. Get creative!
Knitting your own reusable cotton pads is easy, rewarding, and eco-friendly. Not only will you reduce waste, but you’ll also have beautiful handmade pads personalized just for you!