Chunky Crochet Rug





Introduction: Chunky Crochet Rug

About: I like sewing and crafts,and trying new things. I'm vegetarian and always looking for new recipes. My cat's name is Mirko and likes to be in the centre of things, so you will see him in several of my instr...

I had an old fleece blanket which I thought would be nice to turn into a rug. The thickness of the fleece should make for a chunky, cozy rug. I've seen a number of examples of braided rugs that looked great but I was turned off by the fact that the braided strand needed to be sown together to form the rug, this seemed like a lot of work to me. I did a bit of searching around the internet and found some rugs that were crocheted from t-shirts or sheets, this seemed easy enough. In this Instrutable I will show you my own version of a crochet rag rug made from a fleece blanket.

Step 1: Preparing Yarn

  • Fleece blanket
  • Scissors
  • Large crochet hook (if you can find one large enough)
  • Thread and needle

Fleece is nice to use for this as the edges don't fray or unravel. Cut the blanket lengthwise into strips. I first tried 3 inch wide strips which gave a nice thick rug but it was much too small so I cut the strips in half so that they were roughly 1.5 inches wide. This made a larger rug and was still chunky enough. I hand stitched the strips together at the ends, you can use a sewing machine too. You can cut up the blanket and sew together the strips before hand or do it as you go.

Step 2: Beginning

I didn't have a large enough crochet hook so I just did it by hand, it was a bit awkward at first but once you get the hang of it, it is not too bad. The important thing when hand crocheting is to keep your loops the same size. I used a simple stitch all the way through to make it easier. To start make a slip knot.

Step 3: Ch6, Sl St, 6sc in Hole

Chain stitch 6 and slip stitch in the first chain to form a loop. Make 6 single crochets into the hole.

Step 4: Sc Around

I used a twist tie for a stitch marker. When you are crocheting a spiral circle it is important to keep track of each round.

First round: 2 sc in each st
Second round: sc, 2sc, repeat
Third round: sc, sc, 2sc, repeat
Fourth round: sc, sc, sc, 2sc, repeat

Continue by adding one sc before the 2sc for each round, until you have reached the size of rug that you want. Tie off.



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    Thank you! This is neat! Are these easy to throw in the washing machine? I'm inking of doing a large one for my living room area rug. Any suggestions? Do you think this would work as an area rug?

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    Yes, this should work fine as an area rug and it is machine washable.

    I found this searching for chunky crochet blankets. And your cat looks exactly like mine. I even showed my husband and we both had a little freak out at how similar they look! I got an 18mm hook for Christmas and have been looking for a project to use it on :) This looks great! Awesome work and your cat is lovely!

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    I had to post a picture of Kitten. He has big orange patches all down his back. And the markings on his face are really similar to your cat's markings!

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    I did this same project with a queen sheet except I cut it in one long big strip. It wasn't meant to be pretty it was meant to be a rugged dog rug/mat. I ended up adding a small wall to the rug and made it a small basket. My dog LOVES it. One it smells like us and two has plenty of cushion for her. She has arthritis fairly bad and we are trying to encourage her to sleep on that instead of the furniture (it's easier for her to get onto and we are going to have a baby and want her to have her own "spot"). She has gone thru a dog bed every 6mos to a year because she paws at them to get all the padding in one spot or will lose a toy underneath and chew her way to it. This will be easy to repair IF she chews it but she can and has rolled it out of her way.

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    Oh and I made it about 30 in across in a circle using a speed hook. It took me less than 3 hours to make the rug and wall. It took me about an hour to cut the sheet into my "yarn". I used an old jersey sheet and wasn't too concerned with it being cut exactly the same width I just did my best to make it between an 1" and 1 1/2"s.I also had to use 4 of my husbands 2XL tees for the wall as I ran out of sheet after 1 row for the wall.

    Nice! I like the idea of adding a wall, I should try that for my cat.

    I would love to try this using a speed hook. You can find them at Walmart. They're big, 19 mm. crochet hooks.

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    Love this idea! I see your kitty loves it also! Thanks for sharing ChrysN !

    Oh my gosh I love this. When I first saw it, all I could think about is how expensive super chunky yarns like this are. And here you went and blew my mind! This is going on my to-do list. I know my kittens would love it too!

    This is cool - my grandmother made any number of these, including one I have that is about 5' across, multicolor. They are easy to take up and sweep under, they look so very homey, and they are (AFAIK) easy to make.

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