My daughter likes to clean her face with makeup remover pads in the evening. They usually come pre-moistened with some kind of cleaning fluid in a plastic packaging. As an alternative I crocheted a couple of these DIY makeup remover pads, bought a nice cleaning fluid in a glass bottle and pleased her with this little sustainability gift.

All you need is a non mercerized cotton yarn and a crochet hook. I used a yarn with about 100m/50g (US DK) and a 3.5 crochet hook (US E/4). This is a great project to to with children or (re-)learn crocheting.

Start with crocheting 5 chain stitches (ch). If you forgot how to do that check out this explanation. for all basic stitches.

Close to a circle with a slip stitch (sl st).

Crochet 10 single crochet stitches (sc) into the circle and join with a slip stitch.

All further rounds are made of double crochet stitches (dc). So you start with 2 chain stitches. These make sure you start on the same height as your next stitches. The first dc: yarn over, needle through the next stitch, yarn over, pull through first two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops. We want the pad to grow and lie flat so we need to increase the number of stitches. To do that we put two dc into three of five stitches (that is a multiplication by 8/5th or 1.6). The two chain stitches counted as our first stitch. So in the second stitch we put 2 dc, third stitch 2 dc, 4th stitch 1 dc, 5th+6th stitch 2 dc, 7th stitch 1 dc, 8th and 9th stitch 2 dc, 10th stitch 1 dc, join with a slip stitch. This makes 16 stitches.

Crocheted pads 3rd round

Now you have the pattern. It stays the same no matter how many rounds you would like to crochet. Its always 1 2 2 1 2. After round three you should end up with 25 stitches. You could stop here for small pads or go on another round for bigger ones (also depending on your yarn weight).

Take a dull needle and sew up the threads. A bundle of 4-6 washable pads with a nice cleaning fluid make a great gift for someone you like.

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