KEY FEATURE Crochet Rag Rug You can make your own fabric yarn by cutting a duvet cover or some sheets into strips. As with the t-shirt yarn, 2.5 cm (1”) strips work the best, being neither too thick (difficult to work with) or too thin (might tear easily). You can use a duvet cover as it is already a tube (once you’ve cut the bottom off) or old sheets, and can be cut in the same way as the t-shirt yarn above, just on a way bigger scale. But if you have separate strips of fabric that you would like to link together I have given diagrams above. The advantage of using non-stretch fabric yarn is that it acts very much like yarn would in that it does not buckle and ‘bowl’ quite as easily as jersey cotton. The disadvantage of using non-stretch fabric for your crochet rug is that it does not stretch AT ALL. So where yarn would give you a little bit of stretch, making it easy to get into stitches on subsequent rounds, non-stretch fabric yarn does not budge.
By Genavieve Dupoix I recently found that the Chinese Bazaars sell this quite cheaply in a cone - 2.50 Euros to 3.00 Euros in various solid colours. You will also need a 16mm crochet hook. I started with a base chain of 75 for the width as I need it oblong. You can decide the pattern first if you want bold colours in blocks, or multicoloured. Next row is a single crochet into each chain. Insert hook from front to back in the centre of the second chain from the hook, wrap the yarn over the hook, draw from back to front (2 loops on hook) yarn over hook and, draw the yarn through the 2 loops on hook. Now continue to the end of the row and the same every row after until you have the required size. Placemats and coasters are also perfect gifts for Christmas. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
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