Monday, December 12, 2011

progress: stash busting rug

rug progress

Since I started crocheting, I have collected all of the yarn that I don't really like working with for one reason or another (usually it is because it is scratchy--I hate that!) and stashed it in this giant bag, hoping to put it to use one day. Some of it is from bags of random yarn from thrift stores and yard sales, and some is decades old skeins my mom gave me. Now that winter is setting in, I've decided to use it to make a giant crochet rug to fill my living room and warm these chilly wooden floors.

beginning the rug

I'm using a size M (9.0 mm) hook with 3 strands of worsted weight yarn per round. I'm trying to use shades of the same color together to blend in some of the uglier colors inconspicuously to use up those, too. I started out with 8 hdc for the first round and added 8 evenly placed increases per round. Each new round after a color change is worked into the back loop only, giving it the horizontal ridges you can see in the photo below.

rug progress

So far, the rug is a little over 2 feet in diameter. I'm hoping for at least 8-10 feet before I either run out of yarn or the will to continue. Since this is all washable acrylic yarn, I want it to be small enough to still be able to fit it in the triple loader at the laundromat.

rug progress

7 comments:

  1. Cool! I love scrap projects.

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  2. This is looking great. I don't know why I am always too intimidated by crocheting with more than one strand of yarn; I'll have to get brave and give it a try.

    I can't wait to see the finished project. On my last rug, I petered out after three feet. I'm finishing a square motif one today. It's kind of a raggedy, but my cat will like it. :)

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  3. This is awesome!! Great idea!!

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  4. I love this project. What a great way to use up extra "icky" yarn. I was marveling at your colors, until I read that you held 3 together! A very creative way to get pretty and complex colors out of less-than-fancy yarns!

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  5. what a great idea!

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  6. cool project. I made a scrap bath mat, & I definitely recommend getting rug backing on the backside for a rug this big - mine slip & slides, especially when I'm climbing out of the tub.

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  7. Girl, I love, love, love this! What a perfect use for crap yarn. Also, I want your stash- so regretting not picking up more at that estate sale this summer. Also the 3 strands & blending - genius way to use colors & make the project go faster. Will pass along!

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