rag-rugWHAT YOU WILL NEED

CROCHET HOOK – 8mm (US size 11) or 10mm (US size 15)

COTTON FABRIC – Copius amounts of Cotton Fabric in contrasting colours. And when I say copius amounts of fabric… I’m talking a lot! Rag Rugs EAT fabric.

In this pattern I used scraps of heavy cotton curtain fabric kindly donated to me from a local haberdashery store (my moto: if you don’t ask, you don’t get!) Given the different types and weights of cotton fabric available, (t-shirt weight; light craft weight; ‘bed sheet’ weight (if there is such a weight); curtain weight) the type of cotton you use will impact on the tension of the rug. I strongly suggest that whatever weight of cotton you choose to use, be sure to use the same weight through-out.

In this pattern I used heavy cotton with a 10mm hook, but if you choose to use lighter cotton fabrics, then I suggest you drop down the size of hook to 8mm.

ADDITIONAL ITEMS – Scissors, Needle & Thread

FINISHED DIMENSIONS – Approx. 1.2m diameter, this is assuming you use heavy cotton fabrics and a 10mm hook. Using an 8mm hook will reduce the finished diameter of the rug.

PATTERN NOTES – Ideally you want to produce a flat surfaced rug. As you follow the free pattern below and as you crochet your rug, you may find the edges of the rug starting to ruffle/wave. If so, simply take the wave out by omitting the increases on the next round and then continue with pattern. Similarly if you find the edges starting to pucker/become bowl like, simply increase your stitches on the next round and then continue with pattern.

If you have completed the free pattern and still wish to increase the size of the rug, then I suggest you continue increasing stitches on every 2nd round. However, you will have to gauge the tension of the rug as you crochet and make the necessary adjustments on each round should you experience ruffles/waves or puckers around the edge of the rug.

ABBREVIATIONS

beg – beginning

st – stitch

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

Rep – repeat

GETTING STARTED

First things first, you will need to cut the fabric by following these 3 easy steps…

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JOINING FABRIC STRIPS

Tying the fabric strips together is a big NO, NO! It will only create knots and bulges. Let’s face it, after the time and effort making your Rag Rug you want the pleasure of walking across it bare foot!

A neat and quick way to join the strips is to simply start crocheting with a new fabric strip/ball leaving a tail of approx. 15cm / 6”. Instead of leaving the fabric tail loose, lay the tail along your work and crochet over it into the next stitch along. Continue crocheting over tail until it’s completely covered. Easy peasy!

FOUNDATION LOOP

Before you begin to crochet the rug, you will need to make a Foundation Loop with a strip of fabric. Here’s how….

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Now you are ready to start crocheting your Rag Rug…YAY! Just follow the free pattern below keeping in mind the Pattern Note at the beginning of this post.

RAG RUG CROCHET PATTERN

Round 1:              With 10mm hook, and fabric work 10dc into foundation loop. (Do not join to close round. Rug is worked in a continuous spiral.

Round2:               Work 2dc in each dc to end (20dc)

                                Tip:  Tie a length of yarn to next st to act as a marker for beg of next & subsequent rounds.

Round 3:              *1dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (30dc)

Round 4:              1dc in each dc to end

Round 5:              *1dc in each of next 2dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (40dc)

Round 6:              1dc in each dc to end

Round 7:              *1dc in each of next 3dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (50dc)

Round 8:              *1dc in each of next 4dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (60dc)

Round 9:              *1dc in each of next 5dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (70dc)

Round 10 & 11:    1dc in each dc to end

Round 12:            Rep Round 8 (84dc)

Round 13:            Rep Round 9 (98dc)

Round 14:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 15:            *1dc in each of next 6dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (112dc)

Round 16:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 17:            *1dc in each of next 7dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (126dc)

Round 18:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 19:            *1dc in each of next 8dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (140dc)

Round 20:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 21:            *1dc in each of next 9dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (154dc)

Round 22:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 23:            *1dc in each of next 10dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (168dc)

Round 24:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 25:            *1dc in each of next 11dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (182dc)

Round 26:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 27:            *1dc in each of next 12dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (196dc)

Round 28:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 29:            *1dc in each next 13dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (210dc)

Round 30:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 31:            *1dc in each next 14dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (224dc)

Round 32 & 33:    1dc in each dc to end

Round 34:            *1dc in each next 15dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (238dc)

Round 35 & 36:    1dc in each dc to end

Round 37:            *1dc in each of next 16dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (252dc)

Round 38 & 39:    1dc in each dc to end

Round 40:            *1dc in each of next 17dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (266dc)

Round 41:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 42:            *1dc in each of next 18dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (280dc)

Round 43:            1dc in each dc to end

Round 44:            *1dc in each of next 19dc, 2dc in next dc. Rep from * to end (294dc)

Round 45 & 46:   1dc in each dc to end     

Fasten off with a ss in next dc, cut fabric and sew in loose end to back of work.

Remove all loose threads from Rug.

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Now that you have completed your project, your rug is ready to take the bare foot challenge!

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