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Cushy Knit Rag Rug

by Kayla K on March 11, 2012

Eat your heart out, Jo Kramer!

Behold, my coolest fabric rug ever!

Long time readers know that my mom is a very talented quilter but “can’t” knit.  She has always kept rolls of rags for me “in case” I would like to make a rug.

All of her dark-colored rag rolls are piling up so I decided to put an end to them right away.  I grabbed a pair of size 37 knitting needles, cast on 30, and knit until all the rags were gone.  I was amazed at how fast this project came together: 3 episodes of commercial-free DC Cupcakes.

Mom has been keeping the rags at around 1/2″ thick for me to crochet with.  For knitting with such large needles I doubled the strand.  In the future I will set aside all scraps less than 1″ and double up as needed.

I have determined that crochet hooks should be reserved for plarn only.  Crocheting with fabric is a lot like wrestling. Lots of rolling, hooking, swooping, etc.  Knitting with fabric is a joy.  Just lots of swoops.  Very clean.

This rug is (surprise!) off to Mom’s house.  Future scraps will go there too.  Mom likes to say that she can’t knit, but her trouble is actually purling.  Even a very very very beginning knitter can figure this one out.  The “too small stitches” excuse won’t work this time either. :)

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1 Jo's Country Junction March 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

LOVE it!! Should I keep saving scraps?

2 Judy D in WA March 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

This is fabulous!!! From now on, I’m saving and rolling my little strips to knit myself a rag rug. You did great!! Maybe now you should make your mom a rug. ;)

3 Dee March 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

Awesome rug – Mom sent me:). What a joy to have a daughter so talented and share your passions:)

4 Kathy M March 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

Nice! I love rag rugs.

5 Patty McWhorter July 23, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Love knitting with fabric strips. I have posted my creation on Ravelry and Craftsy. I knitted my rug in the Entrelac pattern and love how it turned out. I, too, found that 1″ strips on the bias worked best for my project. I only used a size 13 circular needle, but it made a very nice rug. I will have to just knit one like you did. I have lots of fabric!

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