my latest man-made rug

This is a rug I just finished for my sister. She picked the pattern and she picked the colors. She wanted something for in-front-of-the-kitchen-sink so I showed her a pile of pattern books and she picked out the Hearth Rug from “Knitted Rugs” by Donna Druchunas. Actually “knitting” that rug (instead of crocheting it, as I ended up doing) requires skills (increases, decreases and short rows) that I don’t yet have. And I was game to learn them and knit this rug...until I realized that I was going to have to sew all the bits together. At that point I said, “Nah.” This rug was not going in front of a hearth. It was going in front of the kitchen sink. Sewn-together, single-layer, knitted fabric on the floor in front of the kitchen sink did not seem like such a swell idea. On the other hand, one, long row of single-crochet stitched around and around on itself seemed like a much sturdier alternative. Also, of course, light-years easier.

This is actually the second attempt, or rug 2.0. With rug 1.0 I didn’t finesse the color changes, thinking that I wouldn’t notice them and that they wouldn’t bother me. Well, of course, I did notice them and they did bother me. Also 1.0 came out pear-shaped. I avoided the pear shape in 2.0 by measuring more often and and by using half-double crochets, where needed, to increase row height.

I used three strands of worsted weight Red Heart Super Saver for each color and a size N hook. It measures 28” X 42”.

Still working on the double-knitted, Fair Isle, cotton runner for the bathroom. That one’s a bit of a slow train coming.

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ronhuber's picture

Tom, the rug is beautiful and I am sure your sister is pleased with it. The colours are very striking. Wonderful work.

RickeScott's picture

Very nice!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice work, Tom. I first attempted to learn crochet after watching my Mom work on rag rugs. That was a disaster. Later, though, I planned to teach her to knit rag rugs [she had seen a woman doing one] but, unfortunately, Mom died and I never got the chance. Three strands of yarn and a supersized hook [or knitting needle, perhaps?] would make for a fast project, though. I had best keep that in mind. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

Great Job Tom! It looks great and kudos for your improvisation of the pattern! My Mom could use a couple of new, sturdy kitchen rugs, so you've inspired a good gift for the future--thanks.

Stan Stansbury's picture

Yay, Tom. Very nice work that.

Kerry's picture

Nice looking rug Tom.

mrossnyc's picture

It looks great!

rc_in_sd's picture

Looks great, Tom! I wouldn't have thought about doing a rug until seeing your postings. One more thing to try some day...

Tom Hart's picture

Thanks, Bros, for all the comments. It’s so excellent to have guys to share this with. Thanks!

It really is a great-looking rug Tom, and isn't your sister blessed to have such a thoughtful brother?

MMario's picture

Very Nice! And reminiscent of the braided rugs my Aunt used to make.

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