Every since I painted our room last year, I've been looking for a perfect rug. It had to be vintage-y, white or cream, a certain size and pretty. Very pretty. But try as I might, I couldn't find anything that fits the bill. Then I thought to make something. Crocheting with fabric is pretty, but to a) find the perfect fabric, b) cut it into strips, sounded like a lot of work. Some yarn stores now sell pre-cut, hooky-ready fabric-ish yarn, but for a project this size, the cost becomes enormous.
Then I heard about the super chunky cotton sold at Wool Knitters Paradise in Pretoria. I bought what I thought would be the right amount, came home, started, realised I didn't buy enough, went back and bought more. (already an epic adventure, and I haven't worked one stitch yet!).
I started the rug way back in April, but between then and now, life happened. Firstly, this project is way, way too heavy to do in one sitting. Unless you have super-strong gladiator-like hands. Then, go for it. Secondly, I had a lot of side projects and my design work that needs to come first.
Finally, in-between life, other hooky and a very destructive yarn-eater, aka Max the puppy, the rug got finished. And I'm ridiculously and utterly in love with it. It's perfect. It's vintage-y, it's the right size, it has just the right amount of contemporary thrown in. In short. It's AWESOME.
Check it out:
Some vital statistics:
Pattern: Drops Pattern Collection
Yarn: Super Chunky from Wool Knitters Paradise
Hook size: 10mm
Finished size: 90cm in diameter.
Finished weight: 1.5kg
The only adjustment I made to the pattern, was the edging. I added a row of crabstitch. It makes it more rug-like and finishes it off beautifully.