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.
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Step 1: Preparing Yarn
- Fleece blanket
- 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.