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Sweeper Cover Pattern

Published by Shana | Filed under Free, Knitting, Patterns

swiffer sweeper cover

Re-usable swiffer sweeper cover

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Here’s my version of the ubiquitous Swiffer Sweeper cover. It’s wonderfully re-usable, so you don’t have to buy tons of those pads that can only clean half a room.

You should be able to make two sweeper covers from one skein of Thick & Quick. The wool in the yarn helps it glide easily across the floor. Subsitute an acrylic if needed, but I do not recommend using cotton because it gets sticky when wet and is more difficult to use.

Supplies

  • 2.7 ounces or 78 grams Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Wool-Ease. Approximately 50 yards.
  • 4 – 1.25″ buttons
  • Darning needle and lighter weight yarn for sewing on buttons.
  • Size 11 needles, or size needed for gauge

Instructions

Gauge  – 4 inches: 10.2 sts x 14.5 rows

Cast-on 24 stitches using the method of your choice.

  • Row 1: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 5 times, p2, k1
  • Rows 2 & 3: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 5 times, k3
  • Rows 4 & 5: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 5 times, p2, k1
  • Rows 6 & 7: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 5 times, k3
  • Row 8: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 5 times, p2, k1
  • Row 9: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 5 times, p2, k1, cast-on 8 sts
  • Row 10: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 7 times, k2, p1, cast-on 8 sts
  • Row 11: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 9 times, k3
  • Row 12: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 9 times, p2, k1
  • Row 13: K3, bo3, k1 *p2, k2, Repeat from * 6 times, p1, bo3, k1
  • Row 14: K2, cast-on 3, *k2 p2, Repeat from * 7 times, k2, cast-on 3 sts, k2
  • Row 15: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 9 times, k3
  • Rows 16 & 17: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 9 times, p2, k1
  • Rows 18 & 19: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 9 times, k3
  • Row 20: K3, bo3, p1 *k2, p2, Repeat from * 7 times, k1 bo3, k1
  • Row 21: K2, cast-on 3, *p2 k, Repeat from * 7 times, p2, cast-on 3 sts, k2
  • Row 22: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 9 times, p2, k1
  • Row 23: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 9 times, k3
  • Row 24: BO8, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 7 time, k3
  • Row 25: BO8 *p2 k2, Repeat from * 5 times, p2, k1
  • Row 26: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 5 times, p2, k1
  • Rows 27 & 28: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 5 times, k3
  • Rows 29 & 30: K1, *p2, k2, Repeat from * 5 times, p2, k1
  • Rows 31 & 32: K1, *k2, p2, Repeat from * 5 times, k3
  • Bind off and weave in ends.
  • Sew on buttons in corners.
  • Fold around sweeper and button to use.
reusable cover

Finished cover

Fold it around the swiffer top to use. If you used the Lion’s Brand Thick & Quick, it is machine washable.

February 12th, 2009
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5 Responses to “Sweeper Cover Pattern”

  1. Knittysong Says:

    I love this sweeper pad. Would there be any disadvantages to using velcro instead of buttons- I think it would be easier.

    Thanks!

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  2. Shana Says:

    Velcro will probably wear out faster, since it will pull at the yarn when you unstick it. I’m not a big velcro fan in general, so I’m probably not the best person to ask. It should work fine though, if that’s what you’d prefer. Just work the button hole rows in the established pattern.

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  3. Bambi Says:

    Is it necessary to make the fold up ends & add the buttons? Couldn’t you just poke it in like you do with the throw away ones?

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  4. Linda Says:

    Thank you. I hope to adapt this pattern at sometime to another cleaning tool. The tips on the yarn are helpful too.

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  5. Pammie Says:

    Oh how cute! I was looking for a washable solution to the papery Swiffer pads. My DD (5yrs) was so excited she loves to clean! This just makes it more fun.:)Thank you!

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