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FABRIC RUGS 28 Colorful Designs

for Crafters of Every Level

Karen Tiede

This is an excerpt from

Knitting Fabric Rugs AVA I L A B L E J U LY 2 0 1 5

Edited by Gwen Steege Art direction and book design by Alethea Morrison Text production by Jennifer Jepson Smith Cover photography by © Kip Dawkins Photography, except for Charles Gupton (author) and Mars Vilaubi (inside front cover) Interior photography by © Kip Dawkins Photography, except for: © Kimberley Coole/Getty Images, 29; Mars Vilaubi, 33, 61, 75, 93, 101 (bottom), 116, 123, 128 (bottom), 135, 146 (top), 167; © raciro/, 55 (left) Photo styling by Neely Dykshorn Illustrations by Alethea Morrison, except: Moses Harris, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 11 Charts by Ilona Sherratt Indexed by Nancy D. Wood © 2015 Karen Tiede All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages or reproduce illustrations in a review with appropriate credits; nor may any part of this book be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means — electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or other — without written ­permission from the publisher. The information in this book is true and complete to the best of our knowledge. All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of the author or Storey Publishing. The author and publisher disclaim any liability in connection with the use of this information. Storey books are available for special premium and promotional uses and for customized editions. For further information, please call 1-800-793-9396.

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Contents Knitted Rugs: The Backstory 1 CHAPTER 1

Materials: The Heart of a Fabric Rug 7 CHAPTER 2

Color! Rules of Thumb 27 CHAPTER 3

Process: Rug-Making Nuts and Bolts 37 CHAPTER 4

Earn Your Stripes 49 CHAPTER 5

Tantalizing Tessellations 83 CHAPTER 6

Log Cabin Designs and Beyond 95 CHAPTER 7

Spirited Spirals 137 CHAPTER 8

Inspiration: Going Free-Form 159



Once I finished Brown and Gray Spiraling Square, I couldn’t help but wonder what would happen if a spiraling square started with both light colors in the middle. The result was Green and Purple Spiraling Square, a rug in eight shades, from dark to light. The sketch at lower right shows how I tested the color shift to see how the different shades would align. I wanted to know where the dark would end up, based on how the


colors started in the center of the rug. As it turned out, starting with lights in the middle resulted in a dark border all the way around the rug, which I liked.

The rug was big enough that I let the four corners end on their knitted diagonal, rather than knitting triangles to finish the rug to square.


First Look: Knitting Fabric Rugs  
First Look: Knitting Fabric Rugs  

Take knitting beyond the sweater and add designer flair to any room in your home with "Knitting Fabric Rugs"! Discover Karen Tiede’s innovat...