crochet rag rug

I have wanted to make a crochet rug for the longest time.  It is my need to channel Mrs Walker my domestic idol.  I remember when I was a little girl, sitting in her sewing room counting buttons and watching her make rag mats.  My young mind doesn’t recall all the details except a quiet acceptance that this was a great way to spend your time.

Couple of months ago I created a crochet pot holder following Pip’s tutorial and I followed this pattern, or what I could recall of this pattern to make my mat.  In trying out Pip’s pattern I created several pot holders that didn’t lay flat, so I decided to use the treble crochet stitch for my rug to help with keeping the mat staying flat.

These flannel sheets have been well used and I have patched them twice.  It goes against my nature the throw out old sheets, as I have made pillowcases, bags and covered art boards.

I tore a few strips off the fitted sheets and started connecting the strips.

I was impatient to see what stitches my new crochet hook would make and started a small ring. 
It looked fantastic!
My facination with over sized crochet hooks started with this youtube clip.

The rest of the king size sheet, I tore into strips and spent a couple of hours joining them.  If you want to see an easy way to join strips check out the beginning of this clip.

The many strips ended up making a soccor ball size, rag ball.

This ball I crochetted into a round rag rug.  All up it took about 6 hours to tear the strips, join them together and crochet the rug.
I am very pleased with the result.

Don’t mind my gree toe nail polish, this was from halloween.
Here and here are tutorials on crochet a round rug, I will confess that I didn’t use these patterns, just googled it to show you that there are plenty of patterns on the www.

3 responses to “crochet rag rug”

  1. That is really cool! I'm just beginning my journey into frugaldom and to be honset a little bit scared but when I see how creative you can get with the resources you have it gives me the insiration I need to continue to learn about it all. Can I ask hat kind of size hook you used. In the UK so sizing is a bit iffy but i'd love to make something along the lines of what you have done.

  2. I brought the largest size hook (19mm)that Bill makes @Turn-of-the-century.comhttp://www.turn-of-the-century.com/bighook.htmBill was fabulous to deal with and he post all his hooks first class mail, which means you get them really fast. USA to AUS in just over a week. Google and YouTube is great for finding ideas on how to be frugal.Or you can make your own, here is one I found:http://www.wikihow.com/Carve-a-Crochet-HookPS I love your blog

  3. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your crochet rug looks awesome! So neat and tidy. The next one I do, I'm going to pay more attention to the width and consistency of the strips to see what it will look like. And I love that you don't throw anything away – I'm the same way. 🙂 (Just noticed this post is an oldie…but it's the one you linked me back to so I'm assuming it's okay to still comment here.) Hope to see you around!

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