Friday, March 5, 2010

Crochet Rug

Here are directions for the crochet rug we taught at the Sewing Expo.

Five pounds of selvages makes one 2’x3’ rug
Size S crochet hook
Yarn needle

Loose. Very loose. If you work tighter the rug will be firmer, however it can become very difficult to work through the stitches if you are too tight.

Getting Started
Find the end of the selvage, or cut a section to make a starting point. Wind the selvage into balls, splicing the ends together if you come to an end. If it gets too tangled, you can cut it and splice the ends together.

Pull the weft yarns out of the warps for the 2 inches at the end of each selvage strand. Place all 4 ends together and tie an overhand knot. Trim ends even with selvage fringe.

Technique: Single Crochet
Chain 10-24 Stitches. The number of stitches in your chain will determine the shape of your rug. Starting with just a few will give you a rounder shape; more will create a longer oval.
Row 1:
Single crochet in second chain from hook and each chain across to last chain.
Do not turn the work, instead chain 1* and work the other side of your beginning chain.
This is the first round or row.
*Adjustments: If you are using thick selvage, or think you need a little more room on the end, chain 2-3 stitches off the end of row 1.

Continue: Repeat around chain, increasing at ends of rug until reaching desired size.
Note: Sometimes you will need to adjust your increases to shape your rug.
If rug begins to ruffle you are increasing too much.
If rug begins to bowl you are not increasing enough.

Taper the wool by dropping one of the two selvage strands, and crochet two more stitches. Cut the selvage and pull through. Use a yarn needle to weave in the ends.

Dry clean or hand wash. For hand washing, soak in mild soap and tepid water in tub. Drain tub, refill with cool water to rinse soap. When soap is rinsed out, run through the spin cycle of washing machine to remove most of water then lay flat to dry in ventilated area.


Anonymous said...

Good Evening,

I am a Beginner Knitter and I bought 13 pounds of wool selvedge edge.

Do you have a knitter on staff to tell me what Size Needles to use and how should I ball it into manageable balls?

Thank you.

Woolen Mill Store said...

Good morning!

Knitting with selvage is a fast and satisfying project! We suggest using size 19 knitting needles. To roll it into a ball, the best way is just to jump right in and dump it all out of the bag, then try to find an end. But if you can't find an end, it's ok to just cut any place in the selvage to make one. Then you just start rolling it into a ball as though it were yarn. If your selvage has lots of white strings, it's ok to cut them to prevent, but you don't need to remove them entirely. You can just roll them up with the selvage.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning,

How many stitches would you suggest that I Cast On for a Bathroom Rug on Size 19 Knitting needles?

I had bought the Pink wool selvage edge ( 13 pounds) and I have hard time making it in a ball. These seem like like not double.

Would this make a good thick rug.

Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Good Evening,

I was wondering if you have a Knitting Teacher on staff that could help me get started on a rug. I have size 19 needles.

I don't know how to begin with the Pink Wool Selvage Edge ( 13 pounds.

Should I Knit 2 strands together or just one?

How many stitches should I Cast On? When I knitted a rug with acrylic yarn years ago I cast on 80 stitches.

Thank You.

Jane Ratcliff said...

You would want fewer stitches in the cast-on than you use with yarn. It all depends on how loose or tight you knit so you should knit a swatch first to make the decision. Having knitted rugs with selvage edges, I used one strand throughout and it was a very thick and heavy rug.

Ryan said...

Hello - how can I make a rectangular rug?

Jane Ratcliff said...

I've made several on a peg loom. Makes a great rectangular rug. I've also knit a rug that turned out about 4' by 6' It was quite easy to knit but extremely heavy so much of the time I sat on the floor to knit. Crochet is also good if you know how to keep it from going wonky.