my first project

Here are a couple of pictures of my first ever completed project. It’s a two-color spiral rug crocheted from jute gardening twine, two strands per color. Half double crochet throughout. It is 3 feet across and the biggest challenge with this for me was figuring out the correct number of increases per round. Too many increases caused warping and ruffling. Too few caused cupping. After ripping back the same 10 rounds 5 or 6 times, I began to feel strongly that there had to be a mathematical answer to the problem. I’m not particularly mathematically inclined but I did recall from high school geometry something about the diameter and the circumference and pi. I looked it up in Wikipedia and bingo. The diameter times pi equals the circumference. I figured if I knew the length of the upcoming round (circumference of the rug after the next round), all I need do is take that figure and multiply it by the gauge and I should know exactly how many stitches are required for the next round. And without going into a lot of detail that’s more or less how it actually worked. No more ruffling, no more warping, no more cupping. Thank you, Euclid!

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steveluzz's picture

Wow! Very nice and it would work perfectly in my kitchen :-)

Crafty Andy's picture

Bill's picture

This is a really heavy rug! don't get a sense from the picture of how sturdy it is...or how strong Tom had to be to crochet it...but we watched him working on it on Monday's a VERY beautiful piece!

scottly's picture

Wow, that is one manly piece of crochet. Jute gardening twine?!!!! Your poor hands, how many bottles of Corn Huskers have you gone through? I've crocheted jute before - not easy. I love the effect and the color - great job.

rc_in_sd's picture

Wow! Great job! I really enjoy seeing household items like this. It's a good reminder of how versatile crocheting and knitting are. Also, I'm VERY impressed that you figured out the whole pi/circumference thing own your own. There are a number of designs out there based on this principle, so it never would've occurred to me to do the math. Kudos!

jessemkahn's picture

awesome. a great use of a rough, strong fiber. i might decide to make one myself for the back door.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great job, Tom. I have to agree with much hand lotion did you require to counter the abrasiveness of the jute? The results were worth it, though. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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