Monthly Archives: September 2011

Rug is Finished

Yesterday’s post was about the beginnings and a how-to (kinda) of my rag rug using old tee shirts.  Today: the final product!

Using a total of 4 tee shirts, measuring in at 22 inches in diameter, here it is.

The final shirt didn’t quite make it back around on the last row (top left section), but I’ll have to live with it.


Finally doing something new!

Last night, using old tee shirts, I started work on crocheting a rug.  We have a 2 foot area beside the bed that is just crying out for a rug.  So I will give it one.  Mainly because the floor’s crying is keeping me up at night.

If you remember my post about making a trivet out of strips of fabric, you’ll realize a rug is essentially a giant trivet.  For your feet.  I’m not sure why more rug stores don’t use that as a slogan, but, their loss.

Anyway, there are (as I see it) two ways of making your “yarn.”  The first is the method that The Crochet Dude taught me: you take many strips of fabric and then hook them together to make one long strip.  For a great how-to on this method, check out Laughing Purple Goldfish.  This method works great if you want to make a variegated yarn, mixing strips from different fabrics.

Method two is what I opted for.  Make one long piece of “yarn” out of one fabric, not linking.  After trimming off all cuffs and collars, I cut the strips by going almost all the way to the end, then flipping it over and repeating… ummm, yeah.  Since I can’t really explain that any better, I made this illustration.

 

As you can see, when I finish, I end up with one long piece.  Sure, the corners where it flips back and forth are a little weird to crochet with, but it doesn’t make it difficult.

So after sitting up all night working on this (while watching “A Bit of Fry and Laurie” …which turned into a LOT of Fry and Laurie), I have this so far:

Believe it or not, at a foot in diameter, this has already used up two shirts.  Using such a big hook totally eats up the “yarn.”  See all that blue?  That was a complete shirt.  Same with the orange.  As I get farther and farther out, I’ll be glad to make it all the way around with a shirt.  Keep in mind I’m going to 24 inches, so while I’m halfway there in measurement, I’ll have to do a lot more crocheting as the circle increases.  Eh, it’s not like I’m doing anything else with my time.

I’ll post again when I’m finished.


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