Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Calico Crochet Rug & Pattern.....

 It is always a wonderful feeling to finish something so big...
I really love the soft octagon edges this rug has.
and also that it looks so natural and well...handmade :)
 so here is the pattern, it is rather long....
maybe as I make more patterns in the future they will become more streamline...lol!


Calico Crochet Rug
By Gillian Hamilton

Calico was my fabric of choice for this rug.  This pattern is designed for woven cotton fabric, not stretch fabric... but of course you could make it out of any woven fabric, old sheets, and old tablecloths even old garments.

The pattern below forms a ‘soft edged octagon’ shaped rag rug.

Rug can be made smaller if desired, and can be used for bath mats, placemats, and even little coasters.  Just work until rug is the size you require it to be.

You can find instructions for making the calico yarn here.


12.00mm hook used.
Rug is worked in spiral, using stitch marker as guide for round ends.

US terms used throughout pattern... sc (US terms) = dc (UK/Aust terms)

Always make sure that joining ends are worked over as you crochet not sewn in afterwards. Ends need to be at least 15cm (6”) long so that they when worked into rug they stay securely in place.  I did not trim ends but fully worked them into the rug.

I used 12mm hook for this rug, I found a larger hook made the fabric too loose and risks the ends coming out when complete. Strips of fabric were approx 4cm (1 ½”) wide. Of course if your fabric yarn is narrower, than your hook would need to be smaller.

I made 4 large balls of fabric yarn using the following pieces of fabric.

First piece was 3400mm x 2300mm rolled into a ball weighed 1263gms = 239.97mtrs
Second piece was 3500mm x 2300mm rolled into a ball weighed 1239gms = 235.41mtrs

Third piece was 4000mm x 2300mm rolled into a ball that weighed 1290gms = 245.10mtrs

Fourth piece was 3000mm x 1800mm rolled into a ball that weighed 767gms = 145.80mtrs

Total Weight of Calico 4559gms
Total length of Calico Yarn 866.28mtrs

First ball worked the first 20 rounds - approx 67cm in diameter.
Second ball worked 21st - 29.5th rounds - approx 95cm in diameter.
Third ball worked 29.5th - 36.5th rounds - approx 117cm in diameter.
Forth ball worked 36.5 -39th round - approx 130cm in diameter.

You may find that your rug is a bit bumpy as you work it, mine was too.  When complete I used a hot iron with steam on the reverse side of the rug and this made the rug flat as you can see in the photos.
 
Let’s begin.
ch4, join with ss
ch1, 8sc into ring, do not  join at end of each round from now on work as spiral; use a stitch marker to mark start of round.
2sc into each sc = 16sc
*1sc in next sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 24sc
*1sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 32sc
*1sc in next 3 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 40sc
*1sc in next 4 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 48sc
*1sc in next 5 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 56sc
*1sc in next 6 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 64sc
*1sc in next 7 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 72sc
1sc in each sc = 72sc
1sc in each sc = 72sc
*1sc in next 8 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 80sc
*1sc in next 9 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 88sc
1sc in each sc = 88sc
1sc in each sc = 88sc
*1sc in next 10 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 96sc
*1sc in next 11 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 104sc
1sc in each sc = 104sc
1sc in each sc = 104sc
*1sc in next 12 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 112sc
*1sc in next 13 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 120sc
*1sc in next 14 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 128sc
*1sc in next 15 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 136sc
*1sc in next 16 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 144sc
*1sc in next 17 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 152sc
*1sc in next 18 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 160sc
*1sc in next 19 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 168sc
*1sc in next 20 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 176sc
*1sc in next 21 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 184sc
*1sc in next 22 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 192sc
*1sc in next 23 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 200sc
1sc in each sc = 200sc
*1sc in next 24sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 208sc
1sc in each sc = 208sc
*1sc in next 25 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 216sc
1sc in each sc = 216sc
*1sc in next 26 sc, 2sc into next sc* repeat from *to* = 224sc
1sc in each sc = 224sc
1sc in each sc = 224sc
Finish off and weave in the end.
Iron on the reverse side with a hot steamy iron.  (If you are unsure about ironing your fabric, test your iron on a scrap of your fabric yarn, I used 100% cotton for my rug so I put the iron on a cotton setting) 
This pattern is shared in good faith, here on my blog and I will also be adding it to the pattern to Ravelry.   Please include a link to this pattern if you post a rug you have made using this pattern online, and link to it if you are a Ravelry member.  If you make this rug please let me know, I’d love to see what you have created.  Please feel free to share a link to your rug in the comments below, as others may also like to see. 
If there are any mistakes in the pattern, please don’t be too hard on me this is my first pattern and I think craft is about sharing, learning and growing. 
Happy Crochet
~ Gillian ♥

12 comments:

trudi@maudeandme said...

I have much admiration for your rug and even more for your comprehensive written pattern. I just made an oval rug and it was very much an "as you go" pattern. A lot of un-ravelling and redoing.

Heldasland said...

wow, gillian that is simply stunning it is amazing. i made a half a floor cushion out of the same stuff it was pretty hard going so I put it away, however after seeing this im going to finish mine .Thank you for the motivation.Dont you just love the internet.

Little Treasures said...

Oh, this is such neat job Gillian!
The rug is fantastic!

Heather - The Good Life said...

Your rug looks terrific and your kitty looks like she (he) has found a new home. :-) Hope your week is going well. Heather

Kylie said...

Gorgeous...and kitty approved! Very important ;)

Sara Duggan said...

This is a lovely rug. I've never taken on a project with fabric yarn before so I'll read up on your calico yarn post. I like the subtle octagon shape of the rug.

Cj said...

What a great rug. I wonder if you would look good If I used a multi-color yarn?

esther said...

wowsers! you have been a busy girl!... this rug is amazing! looks fabulous! Hope you are keeping well x

Pearly Queen said...

Looks great! Have you seen those 'toothbrush' rugs? My friend made me a couple and they are excellent. One day I'm going to try and make one...

Jess @ Lesniak Oriental Rugs said...

Beautiful rug, and cute cat!!

Anonymous said...

I know this is a long time after your posting but I found this.pattern on pinterest and am just wondering, did you mean in the pattern to join 4 pieces of yarn to crochet with?

jill burt said...

This is such an awesome rug! Great tutorial! Keep the rugs long. Longer the better!