I found this gal's blog through Pinterest, and was inspired by her tutorial to make my own rag rug. I liked the chunky braided look of the crocheted scrap rug. I have been collecting and purchasing old bed sheets for the rag rug I have wanted to make for his room over the course of the last year or so. I even bought the large crochet hook I needed to do the job. But I kept making excuses as to why I couldn't start the rug. Really! I had so many other projects to do, and people to visit, and a little boy to chase around, and a family to feed, and blog posts to write, and piano to practice, and time to waste on facebook . . . Ok, I'll admit it - I was mostly just intimidated. Really intimidated. I have never crocheted in my life and so I was really starting from square one with this project.
And I had reason to be intimidated. Look at the little lumpy frumpy blob I came up with before I got the hang of things:
|The difference is magical!|
- I used a stretchier fabric (instead of bed sheets) for the center round of my rug the second time around. So there is no puckering - it all lays perfectly flat.
- I made very loose chain and single stitches which made the rug easier and faster to work with.
- Making sure I was being consistent in where my bed-sheet-yarn was laying when I entered the rug for the single stitches.
- I got into a pattern of doing one chain stitch and then one single stitch throughout the work, which helped a lot with the unevenness - instead of just winging it as I had the first go around.
- I ripped the sheets as the blogger instructed in her tutorial, but as I crocheted and got to a point where I wanted a new color, I sewed across the top of old color and new color bed-sheet-yarn nice sides facing each other, and closed the seam up inside the yarn and continued crocheting.
- The "Knit Witch" video tutorials! I linked the three I used to the bottom of this post if you don't know how to crochet, but are interested in tackling this project yourself.
Here is the finished rug! I think I may have it wrong side up - but I don't care. I like the way this side looks better. More like a braided rug than a knotty rug.
|This rug is 60 inches in diameter.|
And here is the rug in Lincoln's room. I love how it complements the beautiful quilt my Aunt Sheryl made for Lincoln:
|It totally brightened up his space.|
The only tragedy about all of this is that Squire can't weat my first attempt at crochet as a hat for Halloween as I had to take it apart for its yellow and red bed sheet yarn:
this link. If you have never crocheted before and need to know where to begin, watch, study and practice with these three videos from the Knit Witch to figure it out: