We needed a little rug for a sweet reading spot in the kids’ bedroom. I wanted something round and something chocolate brown (translation: won’t show dirt too quickly) and something deliciously soft. Very hard to come by, as it turns out.
I kept reading about all these people who make fantastic rugs from t-shirts and scrap fabric and such, but much of it seemed too thin for what I wanted in this rug. When I fingered through a bunch of fabric at my local fabric shop, however, I found this amazing stretch velour! Stretch velour! Just the words sound soft and sink-your-toes-in. And as it turns out, it absolutely is. I bought 9 yards.
Following the very clear instructions on how to cut continuous fabric strips at Micah Makes, I cut 1-inch strips. I chose to do 1 yard at a time to keep things manageable. The trouble with this fabric is that it sheds like crazy when you cut it. One solution is to stretch out those strips outside. But in the Miami heat, that was pretty uncomfortable. And it left me covered in chocolate brown lint. The other solution, which works really well, is to toss the cut yardage into the dryer on tumble (no heat) for about 15 minutes. This definitely gets the lint out. But it leaves your “yarn” in a very tangled mess. So if you’re not a patient person, this might push you over the edge. For me, it was the perfect thing to do when I was too tired to do anything else at the end of a long day.
From there, it’s all crochet. Using a size N crochet hook, I started with a magic loop, put 6 double crochet stitches in there, and then 2 stitches in each of those stitches for round 2. I continued increasing from there, each round increasing the number of stitches in between:
Round 3: 1 dc, 2 dc in next stitch – repeat around
Round 4: 2 dc, 2 dc in next stitch – repeat around
Round 5: 3 dc, 2 dc in next stitch – repeat around
After 5 rounds of straight increases, I started to add in some rounds with no increases (1 dc in each stitch around). After each round, I laid the rug out flat to make sure I wasn’t increasing too quickly, or not quickly enough.
Though I’m not quite finished, I have about a yard of fabric to go, I have a lovely rug that’s about 3.5 feet diameter. My most recent row was 8 dc, 2 dc in the next stitch, so you can see I slowed down the increases as the rug got larger.
It’s a fun project, and I really love how the rug feels under foot. Though I spent less on fabric than I would have on a commercial made rug, the time spent is definitely more “expensive.” In my case though, it’s exactly what I wanted, so that makes it worthwhile :).