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"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Crocheted Scrap Yarn Rug

When I said I would make the next yarn rug with all my leftover scraps, I really meant it.  I dug through all my totes and used up what I had.  If it didn't have enough yarn on the ball to go across one time, it was rolled up and put into a bag with even smaller scraps of yarn (to use for other projects).




I even used two strands of variegated this time (vs. one solid and one variegated color).  It really is an "anything goes" rug.

Over the years I have crocheted dozens and dozens of crocheted and knitted dishcloths, and many sets of pot holders.  The leftovers simply were put in bags for a future project.  To be honest, I am glad I kept them all.  



The final rug.....ta da!

Hubby told me it's a bit "hippy" and wanted it displayed on the quilt rack (vs. actually using it).  This got rave reviews with the kids, and now one kiddo wants one.  These are heavy duty, but will slip around on smooth surfaces.  I may need to put a piece of non-slip rug gripper under this one.   

Update:  I found a possible store to sell these at.  I am researching what I need (tax I.D., etc) to do it, and of course, I need many rugs made to do it.





14 comments:

Jacque said...

I love your rug. I crochet rag rugs. Some I've made from yarn, some from strips torn from old flannel sheets and some from strips of denim. I always cut a piece on non-slip rug backing to put under mine.

Kristina said...

Thanks Jacque. I have several rugs I have crocheted from old sheets, and even one crocheted from old jeans.

Mama Pea said...

What better project this time of year than something as colorful as your latest rug! It's so cheerful and I absolutely love it. Rugs and quilts hung on the walls provide good insulation . . . something we could both use right now!!

Kristina said...

Thanks Mama Pea, I love this one too. It did get a bit heavy while crocheting it, but it kept me nice and warm while making it.

Sam I Am...... said...

What a gorgeous rug! I need rugs too and what a great use for the yarn. An alternative to rug grippers is that plastic shelf liner they have now with the waffle texture. If you have any of that it works...in fact it may be one and the same. It really turned out nice! I love the fact that you use what you've got on hand.

Susan said...

It's beautiful! Do you crochet it with two strands of yarn? I have tons of cotton yarn and would love to give this a go - of course, I've never crocheted, but that won't stop me. It seems like a fairly straight-forward stitch. Your color blends are just wonderful!

Kristina said...

Sam I am, thank you for that tip. That's a great idea.

Kristina said...

Susan, I used two strands of 100% cotton yarn together, and a K hook. I used the single crochet stitch, which is a very easy stitch to learn. I had many ends to sew in, but I think it turned so nice. As far as width, I measured an old rug and just went by that.

Kim said...

i love your rug. I have also crochet many rag rugs through the years. Last year I found a loom to do twining on and I am preparing to get it going soon.

Kristina said...

Thanks Kim! When the kids all move out, I'll have a room for more fun crafting experiences.

Sandra Morris said...

I am learning to crotchet.
Very cool rug!! Good luck with your business venture :)

Kristina said...

Sandra, you'll love crocheting. I'm hoping to increase my knitting skills over the next year or so.

RB said...

I really like this!!! It's exactly how many rugs of different sizes and shapes was made in the old days - sometimes crocheted, sometimes knitted, sometimes woven. Sometimes they even had strips of rags from old clothes tossed in there and were called rag rugs. About the only thing one had to worry about was mixing the various fabrics, to be sure they all had the same washing instructions, so they'd all stay the same size and shape when washed.
And think how easily you could coordinate a room by using the same colors (and even materials) for the rugs that you'd used for a coverlet or quilt, curtains or drapes.

Good luck with this Kristina!!!

God bless.

RB
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Kristina said...

Thanks RB. I've already started a new one.