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Crocheted Sisal Rug

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With these simple instructions, you can make your own sisal mat any size you want.  It's perfect as a welcome mat, in a mud room, or think big and make a new dining room rug!  All you need is some sisal from the hardware store and a crochet hook, and you're ready to go.  For the price of one door mat, you could make 50! 

You don't even need to know how to crochet, because I'm going to do my best to teach you!
 
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Step 1: Materials

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Git you a big heapa sisal (hardware store) and giant fat crochet hook (I used this one, but would choose a smaller hook for the next one). 

And some gloves or tape to wrap around your fingers.  You'll figure that out soon enough. - sisal is tough on the skin!

Step 2: Chain

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If you're new to crochet, don't fret.  It's totally easy.  Check out this tutorial or this video for some help, and I'll do my best to talk you through what  I did.

First, make a chain as long as you want the rug to be wide.  Mine is 24". 

To make a chain, start with a slip knot, and place that on your crochet hook.  Loop the sisal over the hook part of the . . . hook. . . and pull that loop through the slip knot, leaving you with only the new loop on the hook.  Repeat!

Step 3: First Row

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Ok, you've made a whole chain as long as you want the rug to be wide, yeah?    Cool.

Now you're going to crochet new loops into the chain  you just made.

Insert the hook into the second chain from the hook.  Wrap the sisal around the hook just like you did in the last step. 

Pull the sisal through the first loop only.    This leaves you again with two loops on your hook.

Wrap the sisal around your hook again, and pull it through both loops on your hook.

Look at you!  You just made a "single crochet"!  Well done.

Now keep doing that across the whole row.
stiltPro4 years ago
Ask your friendly local coffee roaster for his/her discarded green coffee bean bags. Some are burlap, some are sisal or jute. The sisal/jute bags make terrific farmer's doormats. Free for the asking, and you'll get a geography lesson besides!
static stiltPro8 months ago
Round here the demand for burlap bags is such, free bags wouldn't exist :( Such is life
static8 months ago
My grandma would crochet rugs out of just about anything. Women's nylons bread bags mostly I'm sure she would have used plastic grocery bags, but she died before they come into common use around here. Go to a farm supply store and get a roll of baling twine (natural fiber or plastic) you would be stocked for life. Make a hook out of a dowel and use rope you could have a gift for the jolly green giant.
melody2012w2 years ago

It's a joy conversing with you:) Whoa..thanx for the excellent tips..I can't wait to start making my crochet sisal rugs.....
melody2012w2 years ago

I can't wait to start making some crochet sisal mats...thanx for the excellent tips it's a joy conversing with you:)
melody2012w2 years ago

Whoa... thank you sooo much for sharing these excellent tips..hmmmmm...
I can't wait to start my crochet sisal rugs..:):)
ladybgood3 years ago
wow, just came across this and it brought me back to when I was a kid. My grandmother taught me to crochet using a big hook my grandda had carved. we used rags instead of sisal.
great instructable and thanks for the memories :)
chabias3 years ago
Love it!! I just might make one of these this weekend. Thanks!!
scoochmaroo (author)  chabias3 years ago
Yay! Take pictures when you're done!
Lettucehead3 years ago
Wow it looks like you bought it at a shop, great work!
doxsys4 years ago
Excellent! Nice work. I used sisal for the bottom of a knit bag that I ended up giving to mom. It's very tough stuff -- Ideal for this purpose.
farzadbayan4 years ago
Nice !
ChrysN4 years ago
Nice, I could use a new rug. I was thinking that it would be rough on your hands, but I see you have suggested using gloves under materials, good idea.
rimar20004 years ago
Nice, useful and cheap!