Confession time. Due to my swollen purple ankle I watched a lot of RuPaul’s Drag Race last week and as a result I had to fight serious temptation to make off-colour rug jokes throughout this post. When coming up with a title literally all I could think of was ‘Check out my rug’. Because you know I’m the most classy. Can I get an amen up in here?
Anyhoo, catch-up time. Our house-hunting is moving forward at a glacial pace and I’m getting impatient to skip the dull parts of the process and get on to the fun part, i.e the decorating. I’ve been scouting IKEA for cute armchairs, and planning what my new sewing space will look like. And since spotting this stripy crochet rug in a past issue of Mollie Makes I’ve been haunting Pinterest looking for my own rug-spiration. I finally hit upon combining chunky t-shirt yarn with a solid hexagon pattern to create a big chunky striped rug. There are about four million tutorials for hexagons on the internet, but just in case you haven’t got a favourite one I’ve included my preferred pattern at the end of this post.I love these soft, ice-cream shades together. T-shirt yarn is perfect for rugs because it works up into such a thick, squidgy, squooshable fabric, perfect for rugs. I bought mine from the T-shirt Yarn Shop, which will sell you enormous 120m bales of the stuff for around £8 a pop. I bought three to begin with, and am just about to order a few more, for maximum ruggage.
I’m really feeling the crochet mojo at the moment, and not just because my pedal foot has been out of commission. My favourite knit kit company Wool and the Gang have just released a set of crochet kits for bags and homewares, so I decided to treat myself to one. More on that story later! And in other news I signed myself up for a pattern cutting class at Central St Martins a few months back, and tonight is the first class. I’m channelling serious back to school vibes today with my little backpack and pancil case, although the last time I packed my bag for school it didn’t have a Pattern Master poking out of the top! I was an unashamed, over-enthusiastic student at school, and I’m all set to repeat the performance.The pattern
10mm crochet hook
Ch = chain
Ss = slip stich
Tr = treble crochet (US double)
- Ch 4 and join into a ring with ss.
- Round 1: Ch 3, make 11 tr into the ring
- Round 2: Ch 3, tr ch 2 tr into next st, *tr in next stitch, tr ch 2 tr into next stitch*, repeat from * to * 5 times and join (3 trebles on each side).
- Round 3: Ch 3, tr into next stitch, *tr ch2 tr in ch2 corner space, tr in each of next 3 st*, repeat * to * 5 times and join (5 trebles on each side).
- Round 4: Ch 3, tr into next 2 stitches, *tr ch2 tr in corner space, tr in each of next 5 st*, repeat * to * 5 times and join (7 trebles on each side).
- Round 5: Ch 3, tr into next 3 stitches, *tr ch2 tr in corner space, tr in each of next 7 st*, repeat * to * 5 times and join (9 trebles on each side).
Continue adding treble rows until the rug is as big as you want it to be. Mine isn’t done yet, and I’ve now run out of yarn for the moment, so I have no idea how big it will be when finished!