Friday, November 25, 2011

Crochet Rag Rug: In progress


I've been window-shopping braided and rag rugs for a while now.  I've even haunted ebay.  They're so expensive! I had never really thought about making my own, because it seemed too complicated, or at the very least a long process.

Guess what?  It's not! 

I found a simple tutorial on crocheting a rag rug on Vintage Chica a few days ago.  There are several tutorials out there (search rag rug on Pinterest, which is how I found the one I liked).  I like this one because it's just one stitch (SC, single crochet).  You work more intuitively, adding an increase as you round corners, or if you "need to" (if the rug isn't lying flat).  I'd rather work it out on my own than try to follow a complicated stitch pattern anyway.

I started this rug yesterday morning while watching the Macy's parade and waiting for my casserole to cook, so you can see it works up really fast.

I started out using leftover strips of "jelly roll" from this tablerunner project, because I love the colors.  I have similar cottons in my fabric cabinet too.  I tore the jellyroll strips in half lengthwise, making about 1-1/4" strips.  I did find that 3/4" strips are alot easier to work with though!

I also found a cool video on youtube HERE, for tying the ends of your strips together.  I had been knotting them, but since the jellyroll strips are pretty short I was ending up with a lot of knots on the back.  (I actually don't mind them much, but that video has a cool method that leaves barely a bump of a knot).

This project is my "Black Friday Avoidance" strategy.  Since it will be a throw rug, on the smallish size, hopefully I'll have it finished and be able to show in the next few days!

6 comments:

  1. This so inspirational...

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  2. Good lord. you are so annoyingly crafty sometimes.

    I totally want one of these. Birthday!

    great, glad we got that sorted out.

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  3. thank you for this, i am currently knitting my way through my scrap fabric box and this has really inspired me to carry on, thank you for the video tutorial link that will help loads.
    debs

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  4. Fabulous idea! I can totally see making one of these... just gotta get my hands on a great big crochet hook...

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  5. That would look so perfect in my new kitchen. I love the jelly roll idea. I know what I'm going to be doing in the next few weeks. Thanks for such a great idea.

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  6. I love this! And your colors are fabulous! I could use a couple of these for my kitchen, and I have tons of fabric scraps... Like I need another project! I might try it anyway, though!

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