New Book New Project

I've been knitting a ton of hats for gifts, but I've been thinking. I live down here in the deep south, and hats are only going to be useful for a short time as well as scarfs and other winter wear. Afghans and throws are fun, but one needs multiple projects. I went to Barnes and Noble with all this in mind and rambled through the knitting section (which as usual drew some odd looks). I came across "The Knitted Rug." "Rugs," I thought to myself, "this could be fun." It turned out to be a good book and I've started my first rug. It's basically a very long ICord sewn together using a whip stitch.

In the picture you see the book and the start of my rug project. It is still small and only one color, but it will grow.


mrossnyc's picture

I have that book and started the same rug and had to start over a couple of times while trying to make it. The problem was with my whip stiching. My rug was shaped more like an oval as pictured in the book, and no matter how loosely I did the whip stitching, after several rounds, the ends would always turn up making the rug more like a big bowl. It was frustrating because I really wanted to make that rug, but ended up ripping it all out and I'm currently working on a new rug with the same yarn.

I hope it works out for you, it looks great so far.

This is actually my second try. The same thing happened to me. I'm pressing it flat on a table while working the whip stitch and trying very hard not to let it turn. It's doing better this time, but we'll see.

chipsir's picture

This reminds me of the spools we used as children with 4 nails in the top..some call it French knitting or knitting knobbies, was great fun and kept mother in pan holders and coasters for hot pots and bowls lol. Hope we get to see the finished product.

MMario's picture

My aunt used to do braided rugs; and those have the same problems; you can't do a one for one as you go around the curve on the ends of the oval, you have to ease thestitches.

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mrossnyc's picture

I also laid my rug flat as I whip stitched, but I guess I didn't give enough ease on the rounds. I think these rugs look cool and I hope you have better luck this time with it!

scottly's picture

I just don't think I can deal with the tedium of knitting six miles of i-cord. Then there is the cost. How much yard to you reckon you'll be using for the rug? As a rule I don't knit with anything but natural fibers, wool being my favorite so a rug could get really expensive.

By the way if you are using wool the cupping won't matter because you and always block it.

Knitting the icord isn't so bad. The repetitiveness is kind of relaxing actually. I usually watch TV or listen to music while I knit. Now that I think of it I also talk on the phone, talk to friends who are over, or just about anything that doesn't require my hands. Last week I took some knitting over and watched some of my friends play gin.

I'm not sure how much yarn it will take. I've got a failed project I was working on last year. It has lots of blocks of Lion Brand Thick and Quick Wool Ease. I'm pulling my yarn from that.

I don't think blocking would have helped on this one. I'm trying to make it in a circle and the cupping was so extreme I actually turned it into a bowl. It's a nice bowl for yarn balls, but it sucks as a carpet. :)

MMario's picture

As I understand it, where the curve is sharper you have to have the stitchess further apart on the "outer" cord then on the inner. As it grows larger this is less and less so.

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albert's picture

Maybe if you whipstitch for a certain length, then turn the rug over and whipstitch the next legnth on the other side, alternating back and front ?