Ok it’s official, I am slightly obsessed with re-using items. Lately my re-use obsession has been making Crochet rag rugs. I love the way they look and feel. They are the thickest rugs and have a great texture!. I’m going to attempt rag bowls next.. 😉 This rug is a 4.5′ circular rug for my girls room in pink and purple colors. I got the sheets at the local goodwill, 6 sheets for about $28.
The first couple of crochet rag rugs I made were in a regular rectangle shape because I couldn’t get the round crochet rugs flat. The key is to just not expect to follow an exact pattern. With round crochet rag rugs, you will have rows that make it all warped and rows where the ends roll up. You just have to adjust as you go.
The best tutorial for the round rugs that will get you through your first 10-15 rows before winging it is here on the “Sunroom Blog – Circular Crochet” I’m not going to re-do a perfectly good tutorial, she does a great job of step by step with pictures etc.
- I learned to crochet via the “Stitch and bitch Happy hooker” book
- I used size “Q” crochet hook (way better than smaller it crochets up so fast!)
- Rip all your strips FIRST, then attach them and roll it all into balls. heaver fabrics smaller strips and thinner fabric bigger strips.
- Have a toddler, have them get into the ripping fun, my girls had a blast ripping rows and rows of sheets with me.
- THEN move into crochet once your balls are all assembled, then you can just chill and crochet away.
- Get your sheets at the thrift store, no need to spend money on new sheets.. and you’ll feel good about up-cycling.
- Don’t FREAK when your rug warps or rolls. When warping just do a couple of rows without increasing and it will flatten out when rolling up like a bowl, do a moderate increase the next round to balance out.
- Don’t be afraid to rip out rows to balance it all out, it’s not an exact pattern, everyone crochet’s a bit different, so just go with it and adjust as necessary.
I do recommend doing a rectangle crochet rag rug version first ,so you get used to crocheting with such heavy fabric and can get an idea of how fast it crochet’s up.
any questions? or want more info, just leave a comment!